Hi, I'm Matt Hansen.

Instead of ordering another mimosa during an otherwise routine Sunday brunch, I decided to head to the nearest state park for a hike. (It was more of a walk in the woods.) But that Sunday afternoon, I unlocked a new sense of joy being surrounded by trees and water. I think it's safe to say my life hasn't been the same since.

Since mid 2016, I have traveled across the country to simply be outdoors – from Yosemite to Yellowstone to Banff and beyond.

In late 2017, I decided to head West and live among the mountains in Colorado.

This blog is about my continued explorations in the great outdoors; my new life out West; occasional musings on travel, books or politics (as necessary); and gear that I've used and recommend along the way.