Gypsy Nurse

In September I started travel nursing again. Ben was accepted into, and began, a two semester long Masters in Enviornmental Law program in Denver so I decided to use the time wisely— go to CA and make some extra $ while working as a travel RN. My first assignment was on an oncology unit in Visalia for 14 weeks. My second assignment is currently going on in Modesto where I’m on a cardiac unit but really it just means I’m in the float pool (insert eye roll).  It’s over April 7th. 

For my first assignment I flew back and forth between CA and CO a lot. For this one, I am temporarily living in Modesto. I am a day shift nurse now (crazy, I know, I never thought I’d make the transition from nights to days) and needed to place some short term roots rather than play the travel back and forth game for three months.  

It’s hard. I miss Colorado like crazy. But, there are perks. The weather, for one. Seeing family a tiny bit more often. The ocean.  Not flying so much. And of course, having my dogs here. For the first assignment they stayed with Ben. They’re here now, and that makes me so happy. 

Anyway, on my off days I’ve been trying to get outside.  Two weeks ago Ben flew in for three days and we spent his 35th birthday weekend in Monterey, Carmel & Big Sur. We took Copper with us… and we had a wonderful time! 

Today I headed to Yosemite National Park for the first time in 20+ years. I haven’t been since I was a kid. I’m pretty sure Tyler was about 3 years old the last time we were there. 
It’s still as pretty as ever and bonus: it was totally NOT crowded! Two of my favorite pictures from today: 

 Zain, Copper and I walked the 0.5 mile paved trail to Lower Yosemite Falls (pictured above) and then later Zain and I walked to Mirror Lake for a better view of Half Dome. Note: climb Half Dome re-added ro Bucket List
On Sunday I fly back to Colorado for the first time since I left on Jan 8th. I’m so excited, I can hardly wait! I’ve missed it so much.

Travel nursing is hard, but it gets in your bones. The extra $$$, the 3 months & done attitude, and the constant challenges a new work places throws at you… When I’m done with California in 9 weeks, my eyes are set on continuing my travel nurse life in either Colorado (in a new area of the state), Montana or Alaska. We’ll see 🙂 

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