• Adventures,  Food Reviews,  Washington

    Rattlesnake Ledge & Dumplings

    If you’re looking for a relatively easy hike with a great reward near Seattle, Rattlesnake Ledge is for you. I had heard from several people, that it was a staple for Seattleites, and I now understand why. My traveling friends and I got up one Monday morning (well Helen had been awake all night at work, she’s a trooper) and made our way to Snoqualmie. It’s a relatively short drive from Seattle to get you in the wilderness and the hike is only 4 miles roundtrip with a constant gentle climb of about 1100ft to the top. Because of this, it can be a pretty busy hike apparently. Thankfully, a…

  • Adventures,  Washington

    Homeward Bound

    It took a while to recover from the exhaustion and write this; but I had a tiring 3 week stretch that included working around 188 hours in both Seattle & Indy, several flights, and briefly seeing my favorite people. There wasn’t really time to come to terms with what I was feeling, so let me try to verbalize it now. It was just under two months that I was away from home, and it was the strangest feeling. I worked five shifts back to back in Seattle and then headed to the airport at noon after that last shift. I didn’t arrive in Indy until around 1:30am after a layover…

  • Adventures,  Food Reviews,  Washington

    Coffee, Coffee, & More Coffee

    One of my favorite things to do in Seattle has been finding cute little cafes and coffee shops. I sit down with my artistic & local coffee and mess around on my laptop; sometimes writing a blog post, sometimes spending too much money on amazon, and sometimes just mindlessly scrolling through social media. Regardless, it’s been the most reliable reason to leave my apartment. Intrigue Chocolate & Coffee: This is probably my favorite coffee shop I’ve discovered, but it’s on the pricier side. It’s actually more a chocolate shop, and they use their own chocolate in the mochas. So they are incredibly flavorful & decadent. I have tried a cardamom…

  • Adventures,  Washington

    Quarter of a Century

    Yesterday, I had my first birthday away from my family & friends. I’ve officially reached 25 years old. Although a relatively meaningless age, I think I’ve put more symbolism into it than most. It’s officially your middle twenties, halfway to fifty, a quarter of a century. It seems the first official “mature” birthday. I’m getting older now, more a true “adult” than a “young adult.” Which, I still question when I’m going to feel like that transition has been made. So I took the day to appreciate where I’m at in my life, and the symbolism behind it all. Every aspect of my life has already changed this year, but…

  • Adventures,  Nursing,  Washington

    The First Month

    I’ve officially spent over a full month in a different city alone. Outside of the first week that my mom was able to spend with me, I haven’t seen my friends or family in A MONTH. Of course FaceTime is a beautiful thing, texting is easy (although I suck at it,) and they’re always just a call a way. Although it’s an interesting concept that when I wake up for work, I already have a “Goodnight” text from my dad? As if it wasn’t hard enough keeping in contact with everyone back home while I was on night shift, now throw in a 3 hour difference just to spice things…

  • Food Reviews,  Washington

    Road Trippin’ & Brunchin’

    If there’s one thing my mom and I can do well, it’s eat, but specifically brunch. There’s just something about breakfast food, I can support it any time of day. There’s not a single traditional breakfast item that is subpar. In fact, I’m pretty sure the worst part about brunch is having to decide what to order. A little recommendation for road tripping, if you eat a big brunch, you don’t have to pay for any other meals that day. Both full days of our trip, my mom and I found a brunch spot, and otherwise didn’t make any additional food pit stops. Eat one of the best types of…

  • Adventures,  Nursing,  Washington

    Finally.

    I guess it’s about time I get this blog up & running again, since its sole purpose is to keep people up to date with my travel nurse adventures. And yes, I am finally in Seattle for my first contract. What a glorious feeling. I left Indiana on January 25th, a Friday night. It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t drive through the night and all day the following day on a road trip. Fortunately, my mom was able to tag along and was there for communication and snacks… I don’t give up DJ duty, even driving. We briefly stopped at a hotel in No Where, Utah before getting up…

  • Adventures,  Utah

    Canyons & Arches

    Saturday. May 19 2018. Willow Springs Rd, Moab. I started the Druid Arch hike (11 miles) at 0845 and finished at 1325, it was a very nice hike with no crazy elevation changes until the very end, where it got fun with scrambling up a pile of rocks and a sketchy metal ladder. I have now seen an arch in every park but Zion. The Needles district of Canyonlands is not at all how I pictured it, the geography and rock formations are completely unique, and stand as spires towards the sky (hence the name of the district.) I was really proud of my time on my hike today, my…

  • Adventures,  Utah

    Take the Scenic Route

    Friday. May 18. 2018. Indian Creek Recreational Area. (ironic) Capitol Reef still had a 30% chance of thunderstorms this AM, which although a small chance, is not something I wanted to risk. All the hikes I would have wanted to backpack, come with high flash flood potential. So I headed out. I basically drove all day long. The needles district of Canyonlands is a long drive from Capitol Reef to begin with, but I also made some detours. I stopped by the Natural Bridges National Monument, which is no Devil’s Tower as far as national monuments go. There were three, which were pretty, but all the parks in Utah have…

  • Adventures,  Utah

    A Guy Named Bryce

    Thursday. May 17. 2018. Near Capitol Reef. Yesterday, I got to Bryce Canyon early in the morning and stopped by the visitor’s center to plan my day. I did have full intentions of hiking down into the hoodoos, but when I got to trailhead of the hike I was going to do, I opted out. My body was still just too worn out from the day before. Heck, I was limping down basic stairs because of my right knee and the two toenails I am going to lose. So I stuck with the ‘Around the Rim’ trail and saw the four viewpoints. Which they were definitely beautiful (although I would…