Southern Pa. Magazine Is A Year Old
This issue marks the one-year anniversary of Southern Pa. Magazine. Last year, Hanover Magazine expanded its scope and became Southern Pa. Magazine. That’s when I came on to show you the best that Pennsylvania offers from Gettysburg to York.
I hope you have discovered something new about the area you didn’t know about before you read it in our magazine. Our writers work hard to create engaging stories, and our photographers are always looking for the better picture. It’s all because they want to make you smile.
I can’t say what the next year will bring, but just like a toddler changes dramatically from year to year, I expect Southern Pa. to change as it learns to walk and then run. Is there something you would like to see in Southern Pa.? Let us know, and we will consider it.
Enjoy the sun and warm temperatures. I know I am. I can’t help it. It makes me smile. I know it can get hot and muggy at times, but at least it’s not raining like it did so much last year.
I get up early, work for a few hours, then take my bike out for an enjoyable ride to clear my head, energize myself to bust through the mid-afternoon funk, and tackle even more work in the afternoon.
Southern Pa. has a lot of beautiful places to bicycle. Not just the scenic trails like the York Heritage Trail but just back roads that meander through farms and orchards. It’s great exercise, and a good way to learn the shortcuts to just about anywhere. I may not know all the road names, but I can direct you from place to place with the shortest route possible (because as slow as I bike, I don’t want to add too many miles to my route).
Summertime also means family vacation time. As I’m writing this, my wife is planning for us to take a long driving vacation out to Yellowstone National Park, making different stops along the way. It looks like it will be the longest vacation we’ve taken, but it’s something my wife is dying to do.
While I will enjoy the stops we have planned, I am not looking forward to all of the drive time. (82 hours!) I’d much rather have a shorter time in the car.
If you’re like me and looking for something else to do locally, we’ve an assortment of activities for you to consider. Southern Pa. has plenty to keep you busy. Visit Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum near Gettysburg for great fudge, peanuts, and an unusual museum. If you want to cool off in a swimming pool, check out our list of public pools and lakes where you take a cool dip. For a good laugh, visit the Church of Satire Comedy Club in Hanover. One advantage of being a freelance writer is that I can visit places like this and call it work.
Enjoy the stories and photography in this issue, but most of all, enjoy your summer.
The next time we talk, summer break will be over.
James Rada, Jr.