• Adventures,  Utah

    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…

  • Adventures,  Utah

    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…

  • Nursing

    Updates

    Hey Friends, So, although absolutely nothing exciting has actually occurred in the last couple of months, hence my lack of new posts; I have been planning some things, and now 2018 should get more and more exciting as time goes on! I have officially decided what I am doing for my vacation in May. I am road tripping to Utah, and going to visit ALL 5 national parks! I won’t spend AS much time backpacking that way, but that’s okay. I am going to get a well rounded experience and mark off five parks from my bucket list. I. Am. So. Stoked. Conveniently all five parks are within an easy…

  • Adventures

    SOS

    I recently got back from a trip to Las Vegas with a couple of my best friends. And although the trip obviously focused on everything you would expect in Vegas (i.e. drinking, gambling, dancing, and nursing a hangover); there was a brief drive out to the Red Rocks. The gorgeous views that we saw just stopping at the overlook, was enough to reinforce planning my vacation for May. Since time is quickly approaching, it really is imperative that I pick which park I want to visit and start making the necessary plans. I have a couple ideas in mind, and I would really enjoy some feedback from anyone that has…

  • Nursing

    A Not Traveling Nurse

    I have a desire for this to become an iconic travel blog; allowing me to travel full time and explore literally everything this world has to offer just sounds ideal… However, that is not realistic. Because my other passion? Working in healthcare and helping people (specifically my kids and their families.) Which of course requires a semi-stable location. I say ‘semi-stable’ because fortunately my chosen career path has an option to merge the two together: travel nursing. As of now, I hope to start travel nursing next year, which is terrifying and so exciting. I cannot wait to move out west and be within short driving distances of grand National…

  • Adventures,  SD/Devil's Tower

    Badlands National Park

    Tuesday. September 12, 2017. Bandlands National Park. We woke up this morning and hiked the Notch Trail, a 1.5 mile hike out and back to an overlook. It involved an old rickety ladder at one point, and is thus identified as a moderate to strenuous trail. That being the only taxing part of the trail, unless you are in the mood to climb on the steep and slippery rocks for a more exciting picture. The Bandlands are essentially a barren landscape that were formed by deposition and then erosion. You can see the different layers of the rocks, they are sharp and steep, and for the most part sturdy and…

  • Adventures,  SD/Devil's Tower

    Chips & Salsa on Black Elk Peak

    Monday. September 11, 2017. Badlands National Park. It stormed last night, so we woke up to a wet tent, wet stuff, and no desire to eat just muffins. So we went to Baker’s Bakery and Cafe in downtown Custer. They make all homemade bread, and Allyson gave a 10/10 to their gluten free toast (and even I did.) However, it ended up being a poor choice on my part to order a full meal; a very delicious breakfast burrito. Normally when eating out I take home half of my food as leftovers. However, living out of a cooler and a backpacking stove for a couple more days, it would have…

  • Adventures,  SD/Devil's Tower

    Bison, Begging Burros, & a Big Presidential Rock

    Sunday. September 10, 2017. Horse Thief Campground. Today was eventful, and a whirlwind of events essentially, constantly changing. We started off the day early this morning planning to hike Black Elk Peak with an elevation of >7000ft. We made it about 1/4 of the way up the 5 mile hike up from the north side, before accepting the fact we did not bring enough water or a packed lunch for the time required. So, we plan to go tomorrow with my pack fully, if not overly, prepared. It is a good thing we did turn back though. Because we went to Mt. Rushmore afterwards, and while leaving there, it began…

  • Adventures,  SD/Devil's Tower

    Caves & Crazy Horse

    Saturday. September 9, 2017. Horse Thief Campground. We did more than we originally anticipated today, always a good achievement, especially on a road trip. We started the day at Wind Cave, and did the natural entrance tour. It was a little over an hour and covered approximately 1/2 mile. We had a Puerto Rican as a guide, who used to give tours at one of the old Spanish castles in San Juan. He is very good at his job; being both comical and informative, and is great at storytelling. I got to lead the group down the first long set of stairs, which solidified my place at the beginning of…