One of my favorite things about travel season was being able do things that I can't do in Vermont - like shop at Target and H&M, eat at Sonic (I only indulged in this once...but man their mozzarella sticks and limeade are good...), P.F. Chang's and Panera Bread, go to a show in Broadway and enjoy 70 degree weather through October.
I think the best "extracurricular" activities I did during travel season both included a trip to NYC - once I went in by myself to visit my friend Megan from camp and the other time I went in with my mom for some sightseeing and a Broadway show. Megan was one of my counselors at camp two summers ago, and we have kept in close touch ever since - we've seen each other several times, but never in NYC (she's in law school at NYU...). We walked all through Central Park, had lunch and just caught up.
Towards the end of travel my mom came down to Westchester County, NY, where I was spending two weeks recruiting. We went into NYC on Friday afternoon after I finished my visits and did lots of sightseeing - we took the Staten Island Ferry and got a great look at the Statue of Liberty and the skyline, saw Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue and St. Andrew's. We returned to the hotel on Friday night and then went back in on Saturday, when we walked all around Central Park and then saw Mary Poppins on Broadway. Mary Poppins was just about the most amazing thing I've ever seen (it's probably tied with the Christmas Spectacular - remember when I saw that?). It was a great way to wrap up the travel season!
Despite all of the awesome things I was able to do/see when I was traveling, coming back home reminds me of how much I love Vermont and how I wouldn't trade it for anything. I was never able to take a scenic Sunday morning walk when I was in NY or NJ like I did this morning, I wasn't able to hang out with my roommates and family or Jazzercise with all of my Jazzercise pals or go to SMC yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or cook, or constantly be in awe of the beauty of Vermont in the fall.
It's good to be home.