Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Weekend in Hershey

 For one of our wedding gifts, dear friends of ours gave us a gift certificate to go to Family Life's "A Weekend to Remember". It's a retreat for couples of any age designed to help strength your marriage. We decided to go a little early on Friday and do a few activities in the area before it began. If you know me, you know I often choose outdoor things.. but it was February and cold, so we toured Troeg's Brewery! 

 We got to sample a couple of different types of grains.

Grains wasn't the only thing we sampled (although let's be real, Mike drank 90% of this haha). The tour was about an hour, included three different "samples", and we each got a souvenir glass! Not bad for $5/person. 
 They have a sweet cafe & dining area, so we enjoyed an order of Poutine (not very authentic, but still good).

 Most of Saturday was spent inside while snow fell outdoors. The next morning I woke Mike up for sunrise (bless him) and it was so pretty!

 After the retreat was over on Sunday, we spent a few hours exploring the Hershey Gardens. Although there wasn't much to see outside (although the snow was pretty), the indoor butterfly garden was pretty incredible!

   All in all, Hershey was a lovely place for a quick weekend away for the two of us. It was nice because it was close and we really enjoyed the marriage retreat. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Family Camping at Little Pine State Park

After months of planning, researching, gear-prepping and mentally-prepping the kids, in September we went on a Faust Family camping trip. Four adults and two kids conquered the lovely Little Pine State Park in central Pennsylvania. We enjoyed camping under the stars, eating yummy camp food, hiking trails, watching wildlife and more! 

The park has a beautiful big lake, which sadly we didn't play on. Next time we will bring the kayaks! 

Pasta with meatballs - a personal favorite camp food.

The Mid-State Trail (a 323 mile trail that goes from the New York state border to the Maryland border) actually went through our campground, right next to our campsite! We enjoyed hiking parts of it throughout the weekend. 

Waking up to views like this were not the worst!
The park was about an hour's drive from the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, and since none of us had ever been, we decided to make a morning trip up. We didn't do a big hike while there, but we enjoyed the views!

Grace & I in our matching sweaters and camelbaks!

Hammock time with Aunt Sara is a BIG hit. 

Mike & I split from the group for a few hours to hike north on part of the Mid State Trail. We gained some serious elevation but sadly didn't have any overlooks. We did enjoy the solitude of the lonely woods and I definitely want to hike other parts of this trail in the future!

The Mid-State trail is known as "the Wildest Trail in PA" - not hard to see why!

 After three beautiful nights of camping, we packed up camp and went to Rickett's Glen before heading home. 

This guy is an excellent tripod carrier. I'm a lucky gal!

This is our only group shot from our first camping trip (oops). 

It poured rain the last two miles of our hike.. which was almost entirely uphill! The kids did awesome though and we were very glad to get back to the car and put on dry clothing.

The first family camping trip was a success for sure. It took a lot of work and a good bit of patience, but everyone had a good time. We're excited to try it out again in the future!
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