On July 6, Runner and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary. We can no longer call ourselves newlyweds. Luckily for us, the first year was not our hardest year. Having lived together for 3 years prior and already having made some big decisions as a couple led us to feeling very stable and settled this first year.
With our anniversary falling so close to the 4th of July, we made it a weekend of celebration. On the morning of the 4th we traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania for a day at Hersheypark. Runner found us a great deal on tickets. We purchased them at the Giant close to the park for a $15 discount per ticket (a better deal than the $10 coupon from Wendy’s).
Runner gets his thrills from coasters, I get the opposite – terror. Alas, a sacrifice of marriage, I sucked it up and rode some. We started with the Skyrush. Check out the first drop:
The longest line we waited for was about 1 hour and 10 mins but thanks to the cool weather, an unbelievable 75 degrees, it felt manageable. Other lines were much shorter and with it being a holiday I expected the lines to be worse. Runner did let me ride a few baby rides, lol, and then we took a tour of the Hershey Chocolate Factory. The free sample at the end of the tour was Brookside Dark Chocolate pomegranate seeds. Our night ended with dinner at Red Robin and watching the fireworks on TV from our hotel room.
On July 5, we visited Lancaster County which is known for being the land of the Amish. We spent a good amount of time at the Kitchen Kettle Village. The shopping center had artwork, quilts and lots of food. The best part about each shop was that you could sample almost every product – meats, cheeses and relishes, oh my! I will also admit that this part of our trip was indulging our old married couple style ;p
Our main event that day was the Lancaster Barnstormer’s baseball game. Runner and I decided that we would try and start a tradition of going to a baseball game on the 5th of July in honor our our pre-wedding Nationals baseball game last year. I hope we can keep it up!
We had a great time at the game – again, beautiful weather – and you’ve got to love minor league prices. The “Stormers” lost to the York Revolution 0-2. Following the game, there was a strong man competition and a fireworks display. So we got to see our fireworks after all.
With all the travel and fun, we made our actual anniversary low key. We unpacked our new apartment (post to come!) and indulged in cupcakes in our wedding cake flavors:
Funny story, these are from Crumbs Bake Shop. The next day, the bakery announced they were closing all of their locations. Our first and last time having them! We had a similar situation happen to us in Boston with JP Licks.
One more note, last night Runner and I went to Wendy’s, as he was craving a pretzel burger. As we were sitting eating we realized that exactly one year ago, on July 11, we were on our honeymoon in Grand Cayman. Before we headed to the beach, we stopped at Wendy’s to try their newest pretzel burger. Another anniversary tradition has been created … well, as long as the burger trend lasts, I guess.
PS: Thanks to all our amazing friends and family members who shared our special day with us. The memories are so fresh in our minds because of how much fun we had thanks to you!