One year in York

Note from Joan: I asked one of the coolest people I know in the newsroom, Matt Kinnear – one of our assistant sports editors – to guest-blog for me today. Hopefully, this will be the first in a series of posts by various people who have completely different “York experiences” than I do!
Memorial Day weekend marks the passing of what has been the biggest year of my life — getting a new job, moving out of state and living by myself for the first time, buying my first new car, getting my first promotion — and my first year in York.


I’m from just down the road in Baltimore (Bawld-amore), so I’m not a complete stranger to the area. But I have been the butt of many jokes (from Joan) about my crazy pronunciations — Weis (Weese), Lancaster (Lann-cas-ter).
And it’s a blessing and a curse being from so close. I’ve spent far too many of my days off back in Baltimore, and far too few exploring York. During a recent trip to Seven Valleys, I realized there’s a whole lot to this county I’ve yet to see.
So I’m making it my mission to see what’s outside of my Springettsbury Township apartment and see what’s out there. More importantly, I’m making it my mission to meet some more York County people.
What are some must-sees and must-dos?
I’ve visited Brown’s Orchards, and I’ve subsequently revisited many times to load up on sugar cake cookies. But in terms of York County staples, that’s pretty much it.
So what should I do next? Which parks/trails are best? Where can I meet some other people in their mid-20s?
I’m a complete Baltimore apologist, but York is my new home and I intend to make the most of it. So give me some suggestions, and I’ll be sure to take my camera out and drop by the blog some other time.

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