• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    The East Rim

    Tuesday. May 15 2018. Thomas Springs. I warned ya’ll that today would be a long day, and that it was. I woke up at 6am, and even without cooking breakfast, I did not start hiking until 6:55. I am not sure why it always, always takes me at least an hour just to pack up camp, but it’s just become a fact of these trips. Maybe one day I won’t be so slow moving in the morning. The day started with 4.4mi down the West Rim, passing Angel’s Landing and all the people. I then took the shuttle to the next stop, after filling up on water and enjoying the…

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    The West Rim

    Monday. May 14 2018. Wildcat Canyon. It’s the morning, I figured I would write about yesterday before breakfast, since last night I was too tired both physically and mentally. I know the main reason was because I have not totally recovered from the 36 hours awake to get here, which thankfully last night I set up camp around 5 and was asleep by 7 at the latest. I even slept pretty well I believe. Thank goodness I packed melatonin; a night shift nurse’s best friend. My body is sore, but in the good way, like I have been putting in work. It is amazing what we can push our bodies…

  • Adventures,  Utah

    Where Angel’s Land

    I have been meaning to start writing about my trip to Utah, but life always has a way of getting in the way. With night shift, I am always tired. And I am trying to better the layout and content of my blog and learn how to better edit my pictures, which is tiring when that involves the support chat quite a bit. I am so technology-stupid. So thank you for your patience! So when I start travel nursing, I want the travel portion of this blog to become more of a resource for others looking to explore. When planning a trip, I spend hours trying to find the best…