Exploring my externship surroundings

Externship Project

There is so much to learn and see during the externship both in and out of the clinic. I decided to take time to explore the area of Lancaster where I am spending 8 weeks. For me, I am three and half hours away from home and my weekends are spent discovering what Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has to offer. I take every opportunity to go out and see new places, since I don’t know when I’ll have an opportunity to visit again.

Once of my favorite day trips was to Wissahickon Valley Park. It was an hour-and-a-half drive and most definitely worth it! There are over 50 miles (80 km) of trails that follow along the Wissahickon Creek where hikers, runners, bikers and equestrians can enjoy the scenery. I did a six-mile loop on Forbidden Drive that lead me to Devils Pool. It had the perfect balance of scenery and terrain.

Photo 1: Nala and I hiking the Finger Span Bridge in Wissahickon Valley Park.

Photo 2: Devils Pool is a popular swimming spot during the summer.

I also really enjoy trying local foods. The city of Lancaster has a great downtown area with a variety of restaurants. I met up for dinner with two OVC 2015 grads that I happened to run into one day while I was out on the road. It was really great to meet up with alumni and goes to show you what a small world we live in! We enjoyed great conversation and dinner at Lancaster Brewing Company.

Another favorite spot of mine after a long day out on the road or in the clinic is Kings Kreamery for a hand dipped ice cream cone. This family owned, farm to table ice cream shop uses milk from the family’s dairy farm. They offer a variety of flavors, with my favorite being the mint chip.

There is so much to see and do in Lancaster County. I recommend discovering what your externship town has to offer because it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Hope you are all enjoying what the other 2017 externship bloggers and I have been sharing and hope you continue along throughout the summer.