• 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

    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…

  • 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

    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

    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,  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…