• 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…

  • 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…

  • Adventures,  SF/Yosemite

    Just Traveling & Reflecting

    Sunday. June 25, 2017. An airplane. The last 2 days have been filled with traveling in the most boring sense. I left Yosemite yesterday at 0930, got to the Amtrak at 1313 and waited for 2 hours before boarding. I then took the Bart into San Francisco to get checked into my bunkhouse after 2000. This morning I woke up at 0645 to eat breakfast and buy SF souvenirs before heading to the airport at 1230 (all made more difficult by the pride parade happening in the home of the first LGBTQ community.) My first flight was delayed 45 minutes and then my second flight by 2 hours and 45…

  • Adventures,  SF/Yosemite

    Last Day

    (I apologize for the delay in a post, I am still struggling to have a consistent schedule and priorities with this taxing night shift schedule. Never fear though, I am finishing my posts about California, and then moving directly into my South Dakota trip I just got back from last week. This journal entry is from my last day in Yosemite, and typing it is surely making me miss being out in the wilderness and away from everything.) Friday. June 24, 2017. Yosemite (Camp 4) Last night in my humble abode, until my next adventure that is. I am obviously excited to go home to my cats, family, bed, and…

  • Adventures,  SF/Yosemite

    Glacier Point, ice cream, and hitching a ride

    Thursday. June 23, 2017. Yosemite (Camp 4) Today’s adventure was a hike up to Glacier Point on the 4 Mile Trail, which is a 4.6 mile trail up out of the valley to an elevation around 7200ft. That is higher than Yosemite Falls. However today’s hike seemed much easier, still strenuous, but easier. One, the elevation is more gradual with an additional mile of trail. Two, the switch backs are longer and less rocky. Three, it is on the south rim of the valley, so the sun was not directly shining on me the whole way, especially starting at 10am. Yay shade! (Read one of my past entries about the…

  • Adventures,  SF/Yosemite

    The Mist Trail

    Wednesday. June 21, 2017. Yosemite (Camp 4) Finally an improvement in how I am feeling, although my shoulders look worse now that they are healing some. Skin has been peeling off at different stages, so I am approximately 9 different colors. All painful looking, most dry and cracked, and a couple still blistered. Also apparently I have been getting “sweat blisters” the past day or two, which are satisfying to scratch at (and probably should not do?) Anyways, today I went on a hike up the mist trail, that definitely lives up to its name. The portion up to Vernal Falls is incredibly easy, especially when you consider the past…

  • Adventures,  SF/Yosemite

    Camp 4

    Tuesday. June 20, 2017. Yosemite (Camp 4). Overall a better day! I started off still sick and unsure of what to do. So I tore down my camp at the backpacker’s camp and set off towards the rest of the valley without any real plan. I had managed to eat an applesauce squeeze without feeling worse, so I finally settled on trying a real cooked meal at one of the hotel’s restaurants. I was able to eat pretty well, but soon after become increasingly more nauseous. So I headed to Camp 4, the only first come first serve camp. Each site at this camp holds six people, regardless of how…

  • Adventures,  SF/Yosemite

    Sunday. June 18, 2017. Yosemite (past Snow Creek). Pretty sure today is the first Father’s Day I have not been with my dad, which is kinda tough. I gave him his present early and still was able to text him (thank you Verizon for having service in the middle of nowhere), but it is obviously not the same. Today was much different than yesterday. There were not nearly as many people. It started off pretty steady, as I passed people on their way to the falls from staying out in the back country. But after a while, there was no one else left to pass. Which is just as well.…