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UNION CITY, INDIANA

We left Decatur and moved to  beautiful Harter Park in Union City, Indiana. The park is extensive and one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. It has hookups for the motor home, electric and water besides. Over grassy hills and dales I biked and viewed the various sections and found several places to have group barbeques; an equestrian arena with barn; fishing pond with a small island; numerous playgrounds for all ages; a canine area for dogs to play within a fenced enclosure. A skateboard area;, tennis courts, volley ball, baseball, olympic sized swimming pool. A small creek with several bridges runs through it. Let me tell you I was impressed. So, what do I choose as a single picture since we are limited by Verizon on our uploads?
An Amish woman rounding the corner in her buggy.
I don’t know why we become so fascinated by what we consider unusual. I heard someone mention, in fact it was our tour guide at Fleetwood, Tom was a Mennonite, and there are many in the area who farm in Decatur and here in Union City as well,  we learned.

I got curious about the difference between a Mennonite and an Amish person.  I learned the Amish are a subset of the Mennonites. I suppose it isn’t anything unusual around here, but it made for interesting reading on Wikipedia. And thus, the woman in the photo above is probably a Mennonite, not Amish at all. She wears blue and when we visited the Amish Community in Pennsylvania, black was the only color dresses worn. Click on the links below for more information.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mennonite

We’ll be holding up at a Thousand Trails over the busy holiday weekend and I’ll catch up with the museum, the park and such when we are set.

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Welcome To Hershey…The Sweetest Place On Earth!

Well, at least that’s what the sign says when you arrive in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It’s the Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company and Hershey’s Chocolate World!

Upon arrival at this huge facility…you notice two things. Every business in town appears to be owned by Hershey and even on a rainy Tuesday morning there were lots of tour buses already here that bring tourists from all over the world.

A number of years ago I stopped and took the factory tour which was quite interesting as you could see the many HUGE vats (perhaps 100 feet long by 10 feet high and 25 feet wide) of liquid chocolate being stirred by huge mixers. But no longer…the tour has been changed into what I call a Chocolate Disney World ride. Mary and I rode on what looks like an old roller coaster car on a about five-minute ride through a tunnel full of animated singing cows and an animated manufacturing process complete with accompanying dialogue. Cutesy, but not near as interesting as the old tour.

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Happy cows make the finest milk!

What is interesting though are the production numbers. The below photo was taken about 10:30 AM…which makes you wonder what the daily totals are.

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Production figures at 10:30 AM.

After the tunnel ride you are dumped into a HUGE store where you can buy every product they make. Including Hershey pillows and socks and everything else you can imagine with a Hershey name on it. The marketing people left no cocoa bean (excuse the pun 🙂 ) unturned of what they can offer to separate you from your money. Fortunately Mary and I do not like or eat Hershey Chocolate products, so we escaped without buying anything.

To see the other 35 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/HersheyPennsylvania051810#

Here’s the Hershey Chocolate World official website link…
http://HersheysChocolateWorld.com

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Hershey, Pennsylvania…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hershey,_Pennsylvania

After leaving the Hershey Chocolate World we drove the motorhome to the Thousand Trails Hershey RV Resort about 10 miles distant where we spent last night. Shortly after our arrival a Canadian Geese Family provided us with a parade on the next parking space.

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Mr. & Mrs. Canadian Geese and family.

Today we will explore the nearby Amish Country around Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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