Category: Gypsy nurse

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Underground Treasure

I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. Except that Christmas is months in the past and there won’t be any presents. But this is better than presents. This is an adventure! I’m about to venture into the depths of Jewel Cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This tour is considered the most strenuous wild cave tour in the National Park system. And … Read More Underground Treasure

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The Stillness

Some of you are going to read this post and know exactly what I’m talking about. The rest of you are going to think, “Yep, this chick is nuts!” But don’t write me off just yet…  Gravel crunches beneath my tires in the Hume Lake parking area. I turn off the engine and sit for a minute to squelch my frustration. Today’s adventure plan … Read More The Stillness

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That Place

On each assignment, I search for That Place. It only has a few requirements.       It must be nearby.       It must bring me closer to nature.       It must allow dogs (I do make an exception to this rule when Rocky doesn’t travel with me.)       It must center me. Sometimes I’ll be almost through … Read More That Place

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Ancient Majesty

I awake to the sound of a light rain. I feel rested–recovered from my trek across the US. And now my mind moves on to the reason I made that journey.  There are so many things here in California that I want to experience. Is there a reason I can’t start now? Grocery shopping-done Car unpacked-done Pre assignment checklist – done I grab Rocky, … Read More Ancient Majesty

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Morning musings 

Morning…I awake to the rich fragrance of orange blossoms that wafts into my new bedroom on a gentle breeze.    Not fully awake, I stumble outside and down to the river. A scrub jay squawks at me from the sycamore tree that stretches its branches out over the river.  A phainopepla (a crested black bird with white stripes on the end of the wings … Read More Morning musings 

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Day 8:  Journey’s End…for now!

Today I will arrive at my new home! I’m so excited that I have butterflies!!! Rocky senses the excitement as well. I notice an extra spring in his step.  It takes a conscious effort to focus on being “where I am” I don’t want to be so focused on my destination  that I mentally skip past this phase of my journey.  I see  the … Read More Day 8:  Journey’s End…for now!

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Day 7: Nothing ventured Nothing gained 

“Gotta find my keys.” That’s my first thought as I wake. I slept soundly last night after being  lulled to sleep by a screeching child- a welcome change after lastnight’s  adventure, but before tucking into my sleeping bag I realized the keys were  missing.  Keys in the ignition, freshly showered I look at my itinerary: Montezuma’s Castle, a place I visited my last trip … Read More Day 7: Nothing ventured Nothing gained 

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Day 6: A Short Day

I’m up, but tired.  I start my day interviewing my neighboring camp mates. No they didn’t hear anything last night. No they didn’t come down to check on me. But the creeper will not ruin my day or my trip. I set out to explore Collosal Cave Moubtain Park.  I am to see a roadrunner.  I see some sort of orange ringtail critter. A … Read More Day 6: A Short Day

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Day 5- addendum: the Creeper

My eyes fly open and I lay still, listening.  Crunch. Crunch. The distinct sound of footsteps approach.  A million thoughts race through my head…the gate’s locked. No one is camping near me. I am completely alone.  The bathroom is in the other direction. The couple in their camper won’t hear me scream… The steps draw closer and Rocky growls.  A light  shines  into my … Read More Day 5- addendum: the Creeper

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Day 5: There and Back

 I am awake. And I’m excited, not just because of the amazing sunrise or the way the sun sets the mountains behind me on fire!        I am excited because today,  for the first time, I know where I am going. Years ago I visited Collosal Cave Mountain Park and fell in love with the surrounding desert, so when I realized that I could … Read More Day 5: There and Back

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Day 3: The problem with boredom 

I would make the absolute worst long distance truck driver on the planet!  You see, I don’t seem to last more than 2 hours before I need to get out of the car, if only for a minute. And it was this propensity to boredom that led to the story that follows.    After San Antonio, Texas I-10 is an never ending stretch of high … Read More Day 3: The problem with boredom 

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Day 2: Into the night…

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” J. R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings  The soft patter of rain on my tent is soothing, so much so that I tap the snooze button on my phone and nestle a little deeper beneath the covers. But after a moment my eyes open and I toss the covers off.  California isn’t coming … Read More Day 2: Into the night…