• 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…

  • 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,  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

    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…