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Tuesday Things

Adventures, Weekend Adventures, Tuesday ThingsMegan WhitsonComment

Hello, hello. As I said in my previous post (back in February! Yikes!), this is a super busy time of life right now: I have 4 weeks left of my LAST rotation, I’m cramming for boards and also trying to pack as much Utah/southwest adventure in as I can before I head back to the East coast in early May. I have so, so much to share with you guys about all of my outdoor adventures over the past months…but a lot of that will have to wait until I get past graduation :) If you want to keep up with my weekend adventures, follow along on my Instagram: @puravidacharleston <3

Delicate Arch at sunset : March 23, 2019

Delicate Arch at sunset : March 23, 2019

I thought I’d do a Tuesday Things post for my “study break” today. I hope you enjoy! If you have any YOU MUST DO/SEE THIS BEFORE YOU LEAVE UTAH, please comment and let me know :)

I should also mention quickly that I have absolutely loved my last rotation. I have been working on the NAC (neuro acute care) and NCC (neuro critical care) at the University of Utah since the beginning of February. It has been everything I could possibly dream and then so much more. I have wonderful instructors and I literally feel like my heart might explode from how much I love my patients in this setting. I think that neuro rehab is still my #1 but working in the ICU with neuro patients is a pretty darn close 2nd. So unbelievably thankful for the 6 months that I’ve gotten to spend at the U.

Okay…onto Tuesday Things!

  1. I created a playlist for one of my patients last week based on some of his favorite music (which happens to be some of my favorite music too). If you’re looking for some happy, eclectic beats, you can check it out on my Spotify.

  2. Also on the music front, I just found this website the other day for some study tunes. It’s Electric Forest radio. It’s a free station with all the jams from EF artists <3 I’m LOVING it. I also really hope that I get to go to Electric Forest one day - check out this year’s lineup!

  3. Y’all, I have ZERO money right now but for some reason, one of my favorite study breaks has been online “window shopping” … the perfect white tee, the perfect maxi dress for Folly nights, and I am in love with this black jumpsuit. I would also 100% wear this white strapless jumpsuit…if I knew that my fake tan wouldn’t rub off on it - ha! ;)

  4. Did you realize that Dad’s are the original hipsters?

  5. Have you heard of Trail Sisters? SUCH a cool concept/organization. I’m hoping to join the SLC group for a few trail runs before I head back to South Carolina!

  6. My clinical instructor and I just ordered these awesome Stance socks for one of our patients for his birthday. Aren’t they fun?!

  7. I have been to some pretty incredible parks over the past few weeks (I’ll try to do posts on each of them eventually): Zion, Canyonlands, Arches, Dead Horse Point, Big Cottonwood Creekside Park (disc golf) and Dimple Dell Regional Park (trail running).

  8. You guys know I love some thrifting - and here’s how it can help save the environment.

  9. When I was in Houston for my residency interview (I was offered a residency spot and have accepted - woohoo!), I checked out a few local breweries and was pretty darn impressed (in order of favorite): Platypus Brewing (Australian inspired, nice outdoor area, 6 pours per flight), Holler Brewing Co. (very cool vibe, eclectic beer options, 6 pours per flight) and Saint Arnold Brewing Company (oldest craft brewery in TX; beer was good, not great; HUGE, very cool outdoor area).

  10. And lastly, I’ll leave you with a few photos from my recent weekend adventures:

Maybe that was more than a few ;) These are from my early birthday trip to Zion and the Grand Canyon - I was lucky enough to get to experience a sunset (with champagne!) and a sunrise at the Grand Canyon…the pictures don’t even come close to doing it justice. I can’t wait to share more details and pictures with you guys soon.

Have a wonderful Tuesday! Big Love & Pura Vida <3

Weekend Recap

Weekend AdventuresMegan WhitsonComment

Hey, hey. Can you guys believe that it is almost the end of October?! How the heck did that happen? October is my favorite month of the year and I’m a little bummed that it’s almost over…BUT that means that it’s almost time to spend some time out West! Onward and upward :)

I had a fairly low-key weekend up in Greenville with Will and some friends. Will took me on a surprise date to The Trappe Door, a Belgian restaurant in downtown Greenville. It was sooo good and I loved the vibe of the place. It is below street level so you feel like you’re in an old world tavern. Very cool…and by far the best Moscow mule I have ever had in my life! They brew their own ginger beer in house :)

The lighting was not ideal for professional level iPhone photos, obviously ;) Will and I split the Wild Mushroom Vol Au Vont (seasonal wild mushrooms cooked in a white wine and garlic cream sauce served in a puff pastry boat) to start. Then he ordered the steak frites and I had the mariniere moules frites - aka mussels in a white wine broth and fries; it may sound elementary but it was absolutely delicious.

The Trappe Door is now in my Top 10 Greenville restaurant experiences <3

Saturday was spent photo styling, picture taking and editing for my Posh page…that will eventually be included as part of this site…one day haha. We also watched the Tigers CRUSH Florida State which was incredibly satisfying (I remember the days when we lost to them on the reg very well haha). I was on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster all day because of the stress of the upcoming move and because hormones are a real b*tch sometimes…I’m blessed with a very patient fella ;)

We had a fun game night with friends that night, including Settlers of Catan, ping pong and darts. It was a perfect chill evening. PS - if you have never played Settlers of Catan, it is my favorite board game of all time and I highly recommend it :) We’ve been known to play 3-4 games in a row before.

We went up to Hendersonville, NC, on Sunday to go to Grandad’s Apple Orchard. On the way there, we stopped at HenDough Chicken & Donuts for brunch. Will and I split a pumpkin spice donut to start (are you surprised? haha). The food was what brunch dreams are made of and the biscuits lived up the hype. I really loved the upstairs area too…there were lots of windows - I’m a sucker for natural light :) Some of their decorations included coffee bags from Costa Rica too…obviously I was a big fan!

Everyone enjoyed some good ole redneck fun shooting the apple gun at the orchard ;) I also got some cider spice donuts (oh my gosh…heavenly) and apple cider to take to Cat and Dave. After the orchard, Will and our friends headed back to Greenville and I left for Charleston. Another lovely Sunday evening with Catherine and Dave, enjoying the crispness in the air on the back patio with bourbon and apple cider :) We’re also almost done with The Haunting of Hill House - one episode left!

I hope you have a wonderful last few days of October…I’m planning on having at least one more pumpkin spice latte ;)


Pumpkin spice lattes…yay or nay?

Yay. Obvi.

Are you dressing up for Halloween? What are you going to be?

No costumes this year unfortunately :(

Any Colorado hiking or brewery recommendations? :)

Mountain Weekend Recap...

Weekend AdventuresMegan WhitsonComment

Hi friends! Happy Monday - I hope you had a wonderful, restful weekend and enjoyed some cooler weather!

I had a perfect mountain weekend up on Bald Mountain near Weaverville, NC - we were about 45 minutes outside of Asheville. The fella and I met one of our favorite “couple friends” at a gorgeous mountain house that our friend Tracy’s family graciously allowed us to enjoy for the weekend :) Matt is one of my good friends from PT school and Tracy is his wife - and significantly better half…just kidding, Matt…mostly ;) Matt and Tracy are who actually first got me interested in triathlons! We share a love of all things active, outdoor adventures and delicious food, wine and craft beer with them…essentially all of their favorite things are our favorite things too :) It makes for a fun weekend.

I’ll let the pictures mostly speak for themselves. If you are looking for a new location for a weekend mountain adventure though, I highly recommend finding a cabin or Airbnb near Weaverville, NC. Their downtown area is adorable with lots of fun, quirky shops, an amazing bakery, two breweries and a pizza shop with some to-die-for thin crust, wood-fired pizzas <3 There is awesome hiking along the AT with spectacular views. AND it is totally still feasible to take a day trip into Asheville! That is a win-win. Hopefully we’ll be back sooner than later!

Matt and I met at his parent’s house on our way up and rode the rest of the way together. Will beat us there by an hour or so and he and Tracy greeted us with a glass of wine :) Can you tell we like wine justttt a little? ;)

We all slept in a little later than initially planned on Saturday morning because we stayed up late catching up the night before. Tracy made us breakfast the next morning: hash browns, sauted greens, scrambled eggs and sliced avocado (Trader Joe’s EBTB seasoning was my contribution…bc I’m obsessed and travel with it everywhere —> super cool kid over here you guys). It was perfect fuel for our morning hike…

Misty mountain morning views from the deck…

Misty mountain morning views from the deck…

And by hike…I mean, semi-casual 2 mile stroll through the woods. We were all still moving a little slow from staying up so late and from more than a few glasses of wine ;) Totally worth it though. This was a meandering nature trail close to the mountain house in Wolf Laurel. I would definitely like to come back to do some trail running here!

Next up: Weaverville! We decided to venture into Weaverville on Saturday afternoon after our morning hike. We walked around in some SUPER cute shops and I had to remind myself that I am (essentially) living out of my car until May so I do NOT need to buy all the super cute knick-knacks…sigh. I did buy a felt, crafted yellow bird that I’ll hang on our Christmas tree one day and some specialty popcorn - so glorious. I am a sucker for anything that I can turn into a Christmas ornament and coffee mugs when I’m traveling. So then when you are choosing a mug in the morning or when you’re decorating your Christmas tree, every piece has a story and a memory behind it :)

After strolling around and taking in downtown, we popped into the two new-to-us breweries: Zebulon Artisan Ales and Eluvium Brewing Co. They were both innovative, small batch brewing companies and I definitely recommend checking them both out if you are in the area and enjoy craft beer <3

We rounded out our afternoon with a late lunch at Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub. Y’ALL. Yes, we already had a few craft beers so we were primed for some pizza but this pizza 100% delivered - no pun intended ;) Will and I split the caesar salad (romaine, shaved parmesan, herbed croutons, Caesar dressing, diced tomato & candied bacon) and the Pesto Perfection (parmesan crust, pesto sauce, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, feta). It. was. glorious.

Will, Matt and I all tried their house craft beer as well - we all ended up getting an 8 oz. pour of the Captain Trips Ale, a 9.5% Belgian Tripel…hence, the 8 oz. pour ;) If you are in Weaverville, please check this local spot out - they have nailed the beer AND pizza game.

Hi beautiful friend :)

Hi beautiful friend :)

A picture of a lone slice bc I may or may not have already devoured the rest of the pizza before I remembered to take a picture…

A picture of a lone slice bc I may or may not have already devoured the rest of the pizza before I remembered to take a picture…

The rest of Saturday afternoon was devoted to another short 2 mile hike up to Bald Mountain where we burned off approximately 1 slice of pizza and half a beer for our efforts ;) Bald Mountain is part of the Appalachian Trail and we were able to take in 360’ mountain views. There is something about the mountains that just humbles and inspires me - it can make me feel so small yet so connected to this land I get to call home. Beautiful views with beautiful friends…life does not get much sweeter.

That second to last picture of the boys cracks me up…they were making fun of me and Tracy for taking a “holding hands with mountains in the distance” picture ;) Also, I love that Rocky (Tracy and Matt’s dog) joined in for the last boy’s picture.

My favorite part of the day was when we got back to the house. We sat on the back porch overlooking the Blue Ridge and took in a magnificent sunset. As the day faded into night, I was overwhelmed by the love and sweet friendship of these 3 people. We bundled up in our warmest, coziest clothes and stayed up far too late sitting on the porch, drinking yummy pumpkin beers and enjoying wonderful conversation. My heart is so full and I feel so lucky to be able to do life with these guys…and Rocky, of course ;)

This is my FAVORITE pumpkin beer :)

This is my FAVORITE pumpkin beer :)


Sunday morning was spent in a mild state of sadness as we prepared to leave this beautiful place. I’m so happy for the time that we had though and look forward to even more adventures in the future. Matt and I rode back to his parents and watched the last half of the Panthers/Redskins game - he’s a Redskins fan and I’m a Panthers fan…sad day for me. Then it was time to get on the road back to Beaufort. The weekend was far too short but it sure was sweet.

Only 3 more weeks in the low country and then I’ll be headed out west to Salt Lake City. Send me your recommendations! Happy Monday loves. I hope you have a wonderful, joy-filled week <3