Recent changes to my work schedule mean that as of 2 p.m. Friday, it’s the weekend.
(OK, sometimes it is closer to 2:15 or 2:30. Cutting ties with a never-ending to-do list and telling myself “That can wait until Monday” has never been my strong suit.)
Sometimes, I go home and take naps. But this past Friday, I spent a few hours on the west end of downtown York. I grabbed a vanilla latte from New Grounds Roasting Co. and then peeked into The York Emporium for a book-browsing afternoon.
As the books editor, it’s probably some kind of terrible sin that I hadn’t yet discovered The York Emporium. And as a coffee lover, I should’ve known New Grounds would be my jam. But that didn’t stop my gleeful smiles as I sipped on caffeine-laced goodness and perused shelf after shelf of used books.
After a quick stop at home to unload my new-to-me-but-actually-used books, I walked downtown to Central Market and stopped in a few shops along North Beaver Street (Arthur & Daughters and The Watchmaker’s Daughter for the first time) for First Friday, before dinner at Maewyn’s.
It was a happy, happy Friday.
Sometimes I think we forget to appreciate the towns we live in. In between shuffling to work and the gym and the grocery store, or scheduling an oil change and a flu shot, we get caught up in Things We Have To Do. When I get a free afternoon, sometimes I really just want that nap.
But the promise of warmer weather and sunny days of summer have me itching to explore some parts of York County that have been on my “to see” list for many months. (Or years.)
The term “staycation” grew popular a few years ago when the economy first tanked and extravagant vacations were no longer a priority. As a frugal (and not-so-rich) twenty-something, I think that idea rocks. Sure, you can hike the Redwoods and not much else is going to compare. But you can also hike at Rocky Ridge or Gifford Pinchot and still love the warmth of the sun and overlooking a canopy of tree tops.
What other suggestions do you have for me, York?!