These travelogues are from the 2 1/2 years that Anna
and I took off to travel the United States. During this time, Anna
went back to being a Travel Nurse. We had done this kind of traveling
before, back in the '90. We spent about 2 years doing it back then
too. That's how we found ourselves in Houston in the first place.
It was a 3 month temp travel contract for Anna, and we ended up
stay for 12 years.
For those of you not familiar with Travel Nursing.
The nurse works short 3 to 4 month contracts. The staffing company
gives the nurse a list of job positions that are available in various
cities. The nurse can then pick the job assignment she wants. Which
means she gets to choose where she wants to travel and live for
the length of the contract. The nurse staffing company finds a furnished
apartment (usually very nice) and pays all the basic housing cost
for the nurse and her family. It's a little more complicated than
that, but not much.
This seemed like a good time for us to start traveling
again. We both wanted leave the Houston area, but we did not know
where we wanted to move to. So, doing the Travel Nurse thing would
let us see a lot of the country while trying to decide where we
wanted to settle down again. Preferably somewhere closer to our
families. While Anna worked as the travel nurse, I would find whatever
short term contract IT jobs I could in the area.
The first travel assignment that we looked at was
in Phoenix. But it fell through at the last minute. The assignment
that did come through didn't even take us out of Texas. It was to
Brownsville. This sounded like fun to us too. We had traveled to
far south Texas a couple of times and enjoyed it. Besides, it let
us spend the first winter of our traveling about as far south as
you can get in the US. You can read the travelogue for our time
in Brownsville for more details.
We really had a great time!
Next was 3 months in Wichita, Kansas. I know what
you're thinking; "Wichita?", "Kansas?" Anna
wanted to spend this time near here parents, and Wichita was as
close as we could get. Read our travel journal for details of our
time in Kansas. It was okay, but I wouldn't recommend Wichita
to anyone looking for a fun place to live.
After Wichita is was back to Texas. What can I say,
we were home sick after only 3 months. At least for good Mexican
And we do love the Texas hill country area. We had a great time
in San Antonio, and even extended
our stay there by six weeks (you can do this if you find someplace
Next we wanted to head to North and/or South Carolina
for the fall, so that we could see trees of the Appellation Mountains
in the Autumn. Anna also has some family there, that happen to have
been friends of mine from college. We ended up in a small town,
Rock Hill, just outside of Charlotte,
North Carolina. The colorful fall trees were beautiful and the weather
wasn't too bad. We do really love the Carolinas, and may retire
there when we're old and gray(er). We left in early January.
Next was something completely different. The southern
Arizona desert! Neither Anna nor I had ever lived in a real desert
before. So when offered the chance to spend the rest of the winter
in Tucson, we started packing. We
loved it (in the winter)! The whole state of Arizona is amazing,
and we can't wait to get back there again. It wouldn't surprise
me if we did not return is live in Arizona sometime in the future.
The next assignment wasn't really traveling. Anna
wanted to spend time with her family again because there were a
lot family events coming up. She was offered a job in Tulsa.
So close to family that Anna could actually stay at her parents
house. I spend much of this time working on our newly purchased
home on Lake Texoma.
Our last roaming actually took us back to Houston.
This was a work thing for me. The company I had left to start our
traveling wanted me to come back. They were also opening up an office
north of Dallas. We spend 6 months living and working back in Houston,
until I could get transferred to the new Dallas office. So, home
is now in a small town north of Dallas. Visiting either side of
the family is acceptable drive distance from here.
This ends our roaming. But never our traveling and
adventures. We will continue to see as much of this country and
the world as we can. And who knows, we may do this kind a full-time
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