I never appreciated the simple beauty of this area when I lived here. I was young and had high aspirations of heading to the big city. It's only been in recent years when I gained a greater awareness of where my food comes from that I had a greater appreciation for the thriving farming industry of central PA.
national cemetery where my parents are buried. It is so beautiful and so meticulously maintained. I take great comfort in knowing that my parents are in such a serene and pretty place.
Speaking of roller coasters, this rainbow over Storm Runner helped to brighten our spirits after a thunderstorm rolled in.
When I was a teenager, Hersheypark was practically my second home. My friends and I had season passes, and our parents took turns driving us there for the day. We'd ride our favorite roller coasters all day long and never tire of it. Although I still love the roller coasters, I'm not able to ride them all day, over and over again. The ferris wheel is more my speed these days.
Although there was quite a wait for the new indoor, glow-in-dark roller coaster, Laff Trakk, we had tons of fun while standing in line. Here Harper enjoyed being cradled like a baby. Once inside the building, there are fun mirrors that distort your body and will have you in stitches.
After our trip to the park, we headed home for some night swimming after a long, hot day.
We returned to New Jersey yesterday with a fresh set of memories and hopes of doing this again next year. There's nothing like spending time with family. Whether you see each other often or only a few times per year, it's priceless.
We are counting the days until we meet up again in a few weeks in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for our annual family vacation.