One of the best things about being a nurse is the flexible schedule. Right now, I'm in the middle of a four-day-off stretch. I've used my time off for such glamorous things as a trip to the dentist and runs around the lake. But I also took a day trip to Leavenworth, WA with another nurse to go tubing on the Wenatchee River. It was so great! In the summer, the weather is hotter in the middle and eastern parts of Washington than it is in Seattle. So what was a pleasant day in Seattle was a hot one in Leavenworth, and floating in the cool water of the river felt great. My friend and I met and had beers prior to (and after) our float with two nice kids from California; one was working as a whitewater rafting guide in town for the summer, and the other was celebrating her recent college graduation by traveling around the country.
As a traveler, there are so many adventures waiting for me on my days off. Some may be in the actual city I'm working in, and others may be a few hours' drive away. Having new and different entertainment options every few months will be something I'll miss as I once again take a permanent position.