Where Have I Been?

north dakota train bridgeWell, I have been a busy little nurse lately. Over the last almost 2 months now of living in Bismarck, North Dakota I have planned to make blog posts but have been busy doing other things constantly.

My weeks here have been filled with work, working out, and a little bit of exploring.

For work, I still generally only work my 3-day shifts, with occasional extra shifts. The majority of days I will walk to work since I amazingly live only 8 blocks from the hospital. People are amazed that I walk to work every day, but the days that I do drive to work, it takes the same amount of time.

For workouts, I have gotten in some yoga classes at Yoga for You, they have a variety of different classes and I like that they offer classes at noon a few days a week. I also have been doing a lot of running, I completed my C25K training app and have moved on to the 10K training portion of the app. I was initially running around the neighborhood that I live in but have had to expand to going to a park that connects to the Bismarck trail system in order to have enough distance to run now that my runs are longer.

I also chose to join a gym here in Bismarck to have the ability to take classes and do strength training. I joined Verge Fitness which is a local gym here in Bismarck. They were offering a 6-week transformation program so I signed up for that and am loving the results that I am seeing. I take 2-4 Regymen classes and do a group training session each week. The classes are intense and I burn about 500 calories per class.

I have done a little bit of exploring around my neighborhood to some of the local restaurants but definitely, plan to do more. I have also explored the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. I went on a rainy day that also happened to be prom so I don’t have as many pictures as I wanted to get so I’ll have to make another trip to the museum.

There are so many more trips and things to explore here and throughout North and South Dakota that are on my list. I want to get to Mount Rushmore, see some of the various military forts that are around the state, and visit so many other places.

Hopefully, this catches everyone up on where I have been and you will definitely be seeing more posts soon. I’m making it a point to take this afternoon and write up a bunch so that you will all have some things to read and learn about.

Downtown Duluth

One of my favorite things about traveling to different cities is to be able to explore the city that I am living in. Currently, I am living in Duluth, GA and the downtown area is small but full of interesting art/sculpture. I spent an afternoon walking the downtown, looking at the sculptures, and enjoying some of the local shops and restaurants.

I started the afternoon off with a stop at a local shop, Personify and found a beautiful Georgia card. I always try to find small souvenirs from each place that I live. Being a travel nurse means that I have to fit all my possessions in the car so small souvenirs are the best. The card is by Rifle Paper Co., they make such beautiful paper goods.

georgia card

My next stop was to walk around the downtown and see the sculptures that were all around. The first one that I found was this colorful whirligig. I love the bright colors, especially since it was such a drab and gray day.

whirligig

I continued and found an awesome Emergency Workers Memorial. I love that the members of the different military branches, the police, and fire departments are holding up the monument. I find this meaningful in that our country is held up on the backs of those who give their service for us and those who gave their lives for us.

vetrans memorialI went back on a nicer day to get some better pictures of the workers holding up the monument.

Next, I came upon the sculpture of children painting a flag on a window. The colors were so bright in the flag compared to the statues and the weather. One thing I found interesting about this sculpture is that the downtown area allows people to adopt (sponsor) each of the children in the sculpture and post information about why they adopted the sculpture. Next to this is another sculpture of a little girl and dog who are singing “God Bless America.”

Finally, on my way to lunch, I found this mural depicting downtown Duluth. It was neat to see how old-time Duluth was perceived to look.

historic duluth

For lunch, I stopped at a local brewery and restaurant, Good Word Brewing. I enjoyed their GWB Cheeseburger and some of the local beer. The first beer I tried was an Ophelia, a sour ale, and a StriWi, which is a Gose. The food was great and I enjoyed the beer.

Duluth, Ga is also the site of the Eastern Continental Divide.