Our drive down PA Hwy 15 from the New York State Line south was very pretty. The mountains are green and impressive. I admit I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have because I was anxiously watching the heat gauge on the F350. The grades aren’t as steep as they are long and long pulls have been the trigger for some overheating. However, the repairs done in western New York did the trick. The temperature gauge never wiggled above normal. I think I can declare victory on that one.
Later in the journey we drove for many miles along the Susquehanna River. Again, it was a gorgeous drive. I highly recommend the route we took for it’s scenic beauty.
We’ve seen a lot of positive reviews for the Thousand Trails near Hershey, PA so we arrived with high expectations. This place didn’t disappoint. The park is nestled beside a lake in a pretty valley. There are many good campsites and, aside from the busy weekends, a new arrival should have no problem finding a spot they like. We headed to “H Loop” because it has 50 amp hookups without the usual Thousand Trails surcharge. A portion of “H Loop” is on the side of a rather steep hill. We drove up the hill and then, on the way back down we were delighted to find a nice, level pull through site. It is on the hill but is the first site, so it doesn’t require the long pull up the hill each time you walk out of the site.
The campground has a large outside pool and an inside adults-only spa. There’s a well stocked camp store, a nifty (and challenging) mini-golf course, horseshoe pits, and tennis courts. Several people meet at the courts each morning to play pickleball – a game that’s a cross between tennis and ping pong. It looks like a lot of fun but I haven’t tried it out.
Hershey, PA is famous for, of course, chocolate. We enjoyed a visit to the chocolate-related attractions there as well as to Amish country and much more. Jackie will blog about these things shortly.
We’ve enjoyed having my sister, Susan, come in for a week’s visit. She’s good company for us and I think she’s had a good time checking out the area with us. Our stay at Hershey is our longest scheduled stop of summer 2013. We’re here a full two weeks. We’ve been in other places that were good for about a week’s stay, but Hershey Thousand Trails is well worth the full two weeks.