Saturday, August 22, 2009

Adventures at Hersheypark

Friday, we mainly hung out around the Boardwalk, the park's water-fun section. We got a cabana; I swear I did not try to color-coordinate Max's suit to it.

Of all the rides, the rented stroller was one of Max's favorites. He loves pushing stuff.

Dave and Sabrina on the Lazy River. Dave excels at navigating Lazy Rivers.

It rained on and off, and Sabrina wore this towel around all day. Lately, she has a thing about being cold and always wants a sweater or a wrap; I'm not sure when she turned 84.

This ride had antique-looking cars, it was adorable. Not to mention the riders.

Max was part terrified/part fascinated by this drummer crew.

Of course, he adored the train.

Sabrina did, too.

We stayed at The Hershey Hotel, which was very elegant, none of the furniture was edible or anything though they did give us four Hershey Bars when we checked in. Friday night, while Dave and Sabrina went swimming, I took a bath with Max. I think this tub could have fit the four of us (well, maybe before we downed all that junk food in the park).

After, I wrapped Max in the fluffy towels and he had chocolate ice-cream we'd picked up at Friendly's. He was a happy camper.

Max was too excited to eat much at the park; the only way we could shovel food into his mouth was while he was standing and watching a rollercoaster.

Sabrina ate her way through the park. She tried cotton candy, Twizzlers (both were love at first bite)...

...and lots of ice-cream. Quote: "Mommy, it's hot, I need ice-cream to help me cool down."

The kids met a gigantic walking Peanut Butter Cup...

...and a gigantic walking Kiss. Max tried to get the Kiss to come on a ride with him, but the Kiss politely declined.

One of Sabrina's favorite rides.

She liked The Frog, too (it bounced kids up and down and up and down and, you get the idea).

Max liked riding the fire truck.

He went on the race track five times in a row.

Then he hit another truck ride.

Then he tried to hijack a state trooper's motorcycle.

We had a fantastic time! The park was clean, not crazy-busy and really accommodating to people with special needs. Just be warned, it is a dangerous place to be if you consider Peanut Butter Cups a food group.

OK, off to our next adventure, a very different one: Max's stem cell infusion at Duke University. I'll keep you posted! If you have any questions you'd like me to ask over there, let me know.


  1. I just love-love-love reading your travelogues. I feel like I am right there on your adventure with you! What a wonderful place for a holiday, and what a great bunch of memories! Wonderful pictures, too!

    And speaking of adventures, I'll be with you and Max in spirit for your next one, at Duke. If all our hopes are exceeded, why, that would be just fine with me, and I'm sure no one else would mind, either!

    Fingers and toes crossed! Best of luck and busy little stem cells!

  2. I'm pretty sure my thighs got bigger just reading this post!

    I'm glad everyone had a wonderful time!

    Good Luck at Duke...

  3. Glad you had a great time! Love the pictures. I'm not sure who's more nervous/excited for Duke. I'm pretty sure it's you guys...but I am super excited over here. I'll be checking the blog like a stalker.
    This is huge.
    I'm rooting for you, Max!

  4. I think the great success of this adventure foreshadows great success in the next.

  5. Awesome pictures. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! :)

    I'm thinking of you all as you go on to your next BIG adventure! Praying for success for Max.

  6. "I don't know when she turned 84"--I laughed out loud.

  7. Loved how Max wanted the Hersey Kiss to go on a ride with him.Kelsey is scared of chracters like that. I told her that and showed her the pictures and her response,"Mmm ah(Max) wan o(wants to) see pearlp(purlpe)( touched lips)(kiss).Do you want to go there and see the Hersey Kiss? N OOO Mmm ah ad(and) Sss be ah(Sabrina) go no ee(go not me


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