About the blog
With views like the one above, who wouldn’t fall in love with Central PA?
Now, those of you that know me might be a little bit shocked by that statement. While I’ve lived here since I started college (in 2001) PA is just now growing on me. It has a small community charm that’s all its own, and there’s just no escaping now. I really like it. There I said it. I like PA. I’m still not ready to use the other big L word in this relationship, but I have a feeling through this blog I might be able to say it back eventually.
We’ve had a rocky relationship. I was so excited to get away from home in Maryland (only an hour away) and start anew at York College. It was the perfect campus. Perfect class sizes, perfect number of students (both small but not too small), and perfect landscaping with a charming fountain at the center of campus and a babbling brook that you could drive through! Just perfect, sigh. The only problem: none of my perfect friends from home were here to share it with me. And at first I had a hard time finding new perfect friends.
That soon turned around when I met my future husband and his friends. I started to feel like a fit in and began discovering more of this place that I now called home. While I enjoyed my new found independence, I missed my old home in Maryland. I started comparing PA to MD, and MD had the upper hand. But then internships which eventually led to a full-time job had me stuck in PA. PA! Psh! What does PA have? MD has my family and friends (except for my future hubby – he was still by my side in PA). But MD is America in miniature! It has everything; from the mountains to the ocean. I loved Maryland and I wanted to go home, but I was stuck in PA.
PA, sigh. What am I going to do here? I decided I would make the best of it. I started exploring places and was disappointed that I hadn’t discovered them while I was still in school. PA, as it turns out, has so much to offer! It has state parks out the wazoo! I love parks! You can go paddleboating in Lake Redman or canoeing in Gifford Pinchot or hiking at Rocky Ridge or let your pooch loose in the dog park at John Rudy, etc.! There is so much to do outdoors here. Even in the winter! You can tour Rocky Ridge’s Christmas lights, visit Santa’s Reindeer at Hershey Park, go snow-tubing at Heritage Hills or skiing at Roundtop! Ohhhh and the farms are BEAUTIFUL, well they might not smell all that great as you drive by, BUT the fresh produce they make is delicious and conveniently available at the many farmers markets.
Long story short, I am falling in love with Central PA. The only problem is I’ve found it hard to fully commit to the L word because I’ve found it hard to find out what there is to do here! So I thought I’d help others on their journey to fall in love with Central PA too. I’ll blog about my adventures/and(or) misadventures/general musings about the local culture and you can join in by telling me what to do and where to go next!
Oh and I just thought I’d note that the places I mention here aren’t paying me to do so. I think a non-partial view is always helpful in deciding on what I want to do, so I thought I’d help you all out. Though if someone wants to slip me a little something *ahem- sparkling wine- ahem*I won’t object.