I'm an EA right now with the intent of going York rite. I was hoping I could get some thoughts and opinions from brothers who have taken those degrees. Also why does it seem that the york rite is mentioned less than Scottish rite.
My main advise if you want to join the YR is to take the degrees individually, NOT at a festival. It'll take you a little longer, but you'll get a much more personal and profound experience I think. Personally my brain was totally fried after 3 degrees when I started my YR journed, and I had to call it quits after that.
And just like the blue lodge degrees, spend some time contemplating between each degree. Don't rush trough it.
But lastly, if you're presently only an EA focus on that and your next two degrees. The appendant bodies can and should wait!