Travel Nurse to Thru-Hiker Intro
Heya, I’m Ashley!
Exactly 18 days ago I made a spur of the moment decision to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Oh yeah, and I start next month. Follow me along my journey that I was totally unprepared for.
My hesitant start at a gear list looked like this:
And by Feb. 5, my gear list had transformed into this monster:
P.S. Don’t read too closely since it’s changed. A full gear list is to come.
So, Who Are You, Again?
As you may know, my name’s Ashley. I’m 27 years old, mother to an eight-year-old tabby cat, and was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL.
I’ve worked as a registered nurse for over five years. I’m a certified emergency nurse and have been traveling around working in various emergency departments as a traveling nurse over the past two years. A travel nurse is an experienced nurse who works short contracts (which are usually three months or more) and moves around wherever the jobs are.
After gaining experience in Florida for three years, I ventured out as a travel nurse. Since then I’ve lived in New Orleans, LA; Charleston, SC; Columbia, SC; Kilmarnock, VA; and now Hampton, VA. So in addition to all the craziness that comes with planning a NOBO AT thru-hike with a little over a month to prepare, I also move back to Florida next week. I’m crazy as all get out.
In the midst of all this, I’m also applying for grad school to become a nurse practitioner (NP) and my goal is to either work as an NP in the emergency department when I graduate or to go into dermatology. I know, those two specialties are vastly different. But I can’t lie, I love all that Dr. Pimple Popper kind of stuff.
I’m one of those people who has too many hobbies. I enjoy watercolor and organize a watercolor challenge subreddit. I love baking, sewing, singing, cats, planners, cooking, seeing live music, and the outdoors. Are you surprised about that last one?
Growing up in Florida I had an amazing outdoorsy role model of a step-grandpa who never made me feel like a step-grandkid and who sparked my love of the outdoors. He made sure I knew how to swim, how to handle a paddle in the front of a canoe, how to use a compass (which I forgot), and how to not be afraid of snakes. He and my grandma would always take me canoeing, hiking, camping, and on family road trips. I’m keeping his love of the outdoors alive through my adventures.
I’m so grateful for those experiences I got to have while growing up. Without them, who knows what other terrible hobbies I might be into instead of a love of the outdoors; like fashion or something. Just kidding. But really, I’m not very fashionable, so if you know anyone who is stylish please give them my information. I need their help.
My favorite number is nine, but I hate all other odd numbers.
I used to sing in a bluegrass band in high school. Obviously, this is when I really peaked and it’s been downhill since. Kidding! (not).
I once ate a tadpole.
Till next time.
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