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Exploring York County: Irish festival, Jedi and some letterboxes

You haven’t forgotten that I challenged you to explore York County this summer, have you?

Well, I’ve been keeping my end of the bargain; our family is committed to heading outside this summer and doing as much fun stuff in the area as possible.

So, to show you some of our fun, here’s kind of a mini-scrapbook of our adventures thus far.

Letterboxing at the Mason-Dixon Line, June 19 along the rail trail

We were TIRED at this point! We’d parked in New Freedom and headed south along the rail trail to the Mason-Dixon Line to find the marker there as part of the Get Outdoors York program. And this was only the halfway point! Next time, I’ll bring more water, but otherwise, it was a ton of fun. We even ran into fellow YDR staffer Steve Navaroli and his family.

Penn-Mar Irish Festival, June 18 on the grounds of The Markets at Shrewsbury.

My friend Mary Yeaple is one of the event’s main organizers, and she was busy from sunup to sundown and beyond that day. Her hard work and the work of others really paid off; it was a ton of fun, and it seemed to draw a pretty good crowd! Sadly, I was not able to talk my husband into buying a kilt. Otherwise, we had a lot of fun, both at the fest and shopping at the market.

Letterboxing outside Seven Valleys, June 12 along the rail trail

In perhaps the most dramatic of our adventures so far, we got caught in a major downpour while about a mile and a half from our car, outside Seven Valleys on the rail trail. That’s OK, we stuck it out! my husband had taken the photo above along the trail as the storm was moving in. It got gusty like crazy, but then the sun came out again and we thought we were safe. OOPS! Good thing I keep a blanket in the car, so Sarah could warm up afterward!

Sci-Fi Saturday, June 11 at The York Emporium

Sci-Fi Saturday included a ton of cool stuff, not the least of which was a demonstration of light-saber stage combat techniques from the Capital City Jedi Knights. (And, it was fun to wander around the Emporium, as always!) Here, “Darth Nonymous,” aka Greg Ember, shares some insider info with Emporium owner Jim Lewin.

So now the real question – what have you been up to around York County lately??

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