When I stop to think about the good things in life, I am usually lost in thoughts of animatronic animals describing how great chocolate is made. Luckily, this dream came true last week when I was at work! We took the boss and his family to the Presidential Inauguration. While the women stayed there for the week of festivities, we continued flying the boss around the country for work. It was a week of firsts for me, since we were able to stop in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and drive about twenty minutes to visit the original location of the Hershey Chocolate Factory. As we approached the town we could smell the chocolate drifting in through the car vents! Oh my...this IS heaven on earth! They have a make-shift factory where you hop on a ride and are guided through the chocolate-making process by talking and singing cows. It was a morbid combination of Splash Mountain and Jurassic Park, with chocolate samples given out at the end! The town is magical, with the lamp shades shaped like Hershey Kisses. The real factory is just down the street, and we drove past it on our way out of town. They also have a huge theme park with rides, a zoo, and a water park. I was hoping the "water" was also chocolate, but it was too cold to find out.
I am just proud of myself that the only thing I bought was a fridge magnet. I found out too late that the chocolate fresh from the factory tastes different and way better than anything I could have experienced! I regret not buying at least twenty pounds. Oh well. Smaller waistline will be the outcome anyway!