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Phoenix to Seattle

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This past weekend my husband and I completed the first leg to our 4th year rotations! We drove from Phoenix, Arizona to Seattle, Washington and it was without doubt one of the most beautiful drives we have ever been on! Coming into the Pacific Northwest was like a dream, full of gorgeous mountains, sunrises and sunsets, and tons of scenic views to stop at.

There are times where you can’t believe where you are, where you can’t believe that this is your life. And there are times, good and bad, where I feel this way. However, this trip with my husband was one I will never forget or take for granted. We went through several states on this trip: Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Through this experience I have a few tips for the road if you ever take this drive!

1.) Take your time, there are several gorgeous stops along the way! One of our favorite stops was Shoshone Falls, a gorgeous waterfall in Twin Falls, Idaho. This waterfall is down a back road and a pretty steep mountain, but it has convenient RV parking and is completely FREE! There are multiple viewpoints to view the falls, and these falls are 45 feet higher than Niagara.

2.) Plan to stay at the larger truck stops. We were huge fans of Lowe’s truck stops. They all had great amenities and large parking spots to park our trailer for the night. It also helps staying there is free and gives you the opportunity to get some rest in a safe environment with a lot of people. I would recommend looking ahead and finding a Lowe’s to stay at on your next RV trip.

3.) Spend your first day exploring your new city! We did some of the most tourist driven activities we could. The observation deck on the Space Needle and Pike Place Market were our first stops!

The Space Needle had the most gorgeous views of the Olympic Mountains and the city of Seattle. With two floors to experience the views on, rotating floor views and slanted benches you will love every minute of your time on the Space Needle. If you are planning to see the Space Needle and some of the cities other attractions, I’d highly recommend looking into the city pass which will give you a cumulative discount on your activities. You can access the city pass here: Seattle City Pass.

Pikes Place Market is a bustling market full of fresh flowers, fresh fish, and tons of local vendors. There is something for everyone at this market and it’s open 363 days a year! You could spend hours getting lost in the hustle and bustle of the market, enjoying amazing fresh local foods, and viewing the Pugent Sound while you are at it!

It’s safe to say that the Seattle has stolen our hearts and we are thrilled to experience this amazing city! Culminating all of our travels into a fun Seattle Travel Guide that will come at the end of the month!

The drive between Phoenix and Seattle
Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho
Space Needle
Observation Deck, Space Needle
Pike’s Place Market
Pike’s Place Market
Fresh Flowers at Pike Place Market
Enjoying that gorgeous Pugent Sound view!

Where Are The Aldridge’s?

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Have you ever thought about how much control you have over your future?

Well, when you are in medical school you leave a lot of your fate up to chance. You hope for the best externships programs, you hope that you are matched to the program of your choice. You hope for the best, but you don’t have near the say you wish you did.

We did our externship applications this month, which means we have a completely crazy third and fourth year ahead of us. We placed our lives and futures in a lottery pool and hoped that we would get blessed with the programs we wanted. If you’ve never been through this process, let me explain how it works.

We have about 8 months to fill with externship programs, not including the 5 month home hospital that we have on top of this. You fill out a sheet that basically allows you to apply for 4 externships a month and hope that you receive some offers. The problem that arises is, you get a lot of offers in the same month, which means you have to prioritize one really good program over another and hope you make the right decision.

So, we have spent the last couple weeks praying and hoping that we get some good programs that will give us an insight into their residency and what education they can provide my husband. All of our offers have come and we have filled all of our months for the year! I am so excited to share with you where we will be and am very hopeful that I will get to share every experience with you! If you have suggestions of what to do in any of these areas, please let me know!

2019
April – Seattle, WA (PST)
May – Louisville, KY (EST)
June– Jacksonville, FL (EST)
July – Jacksonville, FL (EST)
August– Pittsburgh, PA (EST)
September – Washington, DC (EST)
October-Fort Lauderdale, FL
November – Orlando, FL (EST)
December – Boynton Beach, FL (EST)
2020
January– (Interview Month)
February-Jacksonville, FL (EST)
March-Jacksonville, FL (EST)
April-Jacksonville, FL (EST)