“Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning’s End”

12 Nov

Wow!!  It has been nonstop for the past few weeks!!  We have been busy checking things off our Maui bucket list, visiting friends and family back home, and driving cross country for our next adventure.

During our last week on Maui we were able to fit in one more awesome surf day, a day of scuba diving off the coast of Lanai, and hiking Four Falls one last time (My favorite hike on the island!  Blog post to come.)  Saying goodbye was hard.   The friendships and memories we made left us feeling like we were leaving home again, but as much as it saddened me to leave I have no doubt we will be back.  I feel we will always be spiritually tied to the island in some way, so instead of saying goodbye, I say a hui hou, which means until we meet again.

Maui No Ka Oi

After checking off our Maui bucket list we hopped on a plane and headed back home where we spent a week catching up on some much needed quality family time, as well as visiting with great friends.  One week is never enough time to see everyone and do all that we want (especially when our week is interrupted by having to have one of my wisdom teeth out…ugh!), but we were grateful for the time we had.  It’s funny how traveling makes me really appreciate home, but going home makes me really appreciate the opportunity to get away.  What do you think that means?

Once we got our fill of  Port city we headed out for a 5 day road trip that included an opportunity to take in the beauty of the Grand Canyon, and a 2 night stay in Vegas, baby!!  I think I was more in awe of Vegas than the Grand Canyon.  I mean, seriously, the extravagance of it all was amazing.  It was sensory overload.

At first I didn’t really think Vegas was going to be all that much fun for us.  We don’t really party anymore.  We don’t gamble often because I never, ever win.  Ever.  And we prefer to go to bed at the reasonable hour of 9 pm because we like our early morning coffee time together.  Yeah, I guess we are just a couple of old fuddy-duddy’s.  I prefer the term “old souls”.  We didn’t think we would ever plan a trip just to go to Vegas so, since it was on the way we decided to spend a day exploring.

It turns out we had a blast!!  We stayed at the Luxor, and got a great upgrade to an 800 sq. ft. spa suite on the 22nd floor, complete with a sitting room that included a purple velvet fold out couch.  Classy!  We took our time walking the strip, ducking in and out of all the hotel casinos and enjoying all the over the top details.  I even gambled some.  And won!!  Tyler was not as fortunate.  All in all it was a great time, and I would recommend a trip to check out the glitz and glamour of “Sin City” to anyone!

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San Francisco Peaks

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

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Vegas

Vegas

Vegas

Vegas

Vegas

Vegas

2,000 miles and 4 hotels later we reachedour new home sweet home!  At least for the next 3 months.  One of the things I like most about travel nursing is that most contracts are 13 weeks, and that is the perfect amount of time to truly get to know a place; to immerse yourself in a different culture and experience somewhere different like a local.  Traveling has definitely helped me to be a more open minded person, and the knowledge I have gained from meeting so many different people is invaluable.

Every new location has also taught me something about myself I didn’t know.  In Washington I discovered a new found enjoyment for the outdoors, and hiking and camping became some of our favorite past times.  I absolutely loved the cath lab I worked at in Austin, and I gained an even clearer sense of confidence for my skill as a cardiac nurse.  The opportunities to learn were innumerable.  In Maui I became very connected with nature and grew a real appreciation for all the beauty the Earth has to offer.

I also can’t believe how much Tyler and I have grown over the last year.  Traveling definitely has its challenges, but Tyler and I welcome them together.  We have learned so much about each other living this nomadic life that we otherwise may not have discovered.  I am so excited to see all that the bay area has in store for us, and I look forward to finding out what I will learn next!

 

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One Response to ““Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning’s End””

  1. k8♥ November 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    I have to admit that it’s hard to read your blog! I mean … why would you ever come back here if you can keep this up? Y’all seem to be completely happy out there! [wahhh]

    Love the pictures. I’d love to see the Grand Canyon, but I’ll imagine these pics will have to do. Haha.

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