We came to Washington kinda stressed while hanging our butts out on the line a little bit with quitting two stable jobs, renting our house, and diving into travel nursing with the first contract cancelled before it got started. With all that, coming to Washington had other stressors, like working night shifts, rainy weather, etc.
After three months, we've come to the conclusion that Washington is a bipolar place. When the sun is out, it's one of the coolest places either of us have been. The Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, the coast, it's all amazing. Then there's the other half of the time, when it's cloudy, raining, foggy, and dark. Those days are pretty rough on us, as we are accustomed to the desert.
All in all, it was a great, but difficult time here (night shift sucks). We are glad we came here and got to explore the area for three months and we feel like we really got a feel for it. That said, we are both excited to be leaving in four days to travel to the Sonoran Desert. A place we both love, and can't wait to explore more. We would like to come back here, but we both think the best way would be when travelling to Alaska in the summer, or for a month in July to just hang out and not work.
We're contracted to be in Arizona through mid-March, but we might stay a month longer if the job is good and we are enjoying it down there. After that, probably Utah for a bit, then hopefully Alaska, but who knows. We are both hoping to get to Alaska in the next few years so we can check out the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, NW Territories, and the Arctic Ocean.