We Thought We Were Ready

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 | No Comments

“Sorry sir, we don’t have” “We just ran out.  Maybe tomorrow.” A simple nod that said it all. “No.” Everywhere we went, the response was the same.  Then they would point in another direction and tell me the store up the street would have some.  The next place could help me.  I believed them.  For […]

The Art of the Barter

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 | No Comments

Depending on where you’re raised and your understanding of the world, you might wonder why things are the way they are once you’ve left your comfort zone.  Take for example, myself.  I was raised in rural Minnesota.  Some might see it as a slightly backwards place, with strange people whose notions of fun include driving […]

A Tale of Adventure

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 | No Comments
A Tale of Adventure

  Reliable internet is not what Nepal is known for.  Nor should it be.  But let that be my excuse for trying to jam an entire month’s worth of exploring into one simple blog. Each step is slightly harder than the last.  The darkness doesn’t help, but your eyes have adjusted to walking by moonlight […]

Doctor’s, Pills and Pushups

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 | One Comment

“Can you please roll up your sleeves?  We’ll do two in each arm.  These could hurt a little.  Wow, no blood.  You might feel those tomorrow or later on…when I last got my flu shot all the sudden a couple weeks later my arm hurt and I couldn’t figure out why…” “Alright, we’ll get you […]

Early Preparations

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 | No Comments

I could probably write you a mini-novel describing all the things that go into organizing a trip like this.  Every aspect has to be looked at, from what shoes you’re going to wear to what shots will be needed to protect you.  I’ve trained my body, looked at (not learned sadly) the different languages, prepared […]

The Last Supper

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 | No Comments
The Last Supper

Years had passed since we’d last seen each other.  I find that strange to say, as I’m only twenty five.  In the interim we had finished school and pursued varied careers and adventures.  As many people now do, I would check in on my old friend via Facebook from time to time.  Perhaps I’d leave […]

Hanson Photography…is heading abroad!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 | No Comments

Life is meant to be lived.  Even if it means graduating from college but not moving into any particular career right away.  Even if it means going against the wishes of your parents and ideas of your friends.  Even if it means selling all your possessions and quitting your job to go on a dangerous […]


Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 | No Comments

Honestly, I am still learning the art of “the blog”.  Does every post need to monumental in what it puts forth?  Can I (should I) share the little moments with you so you can begin to understand who I am and where I come from?  Does every post need a story to accompany it? This […]

Field Rockstar

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 | No Comments
Field Rockstar

We hadn’t put much thought into it.  We didn’t have a lot of time.  I didn’t know where we would go. The idea had sounded cool so I figured, “What the hell, let’s do it.”  She loaded her gear into her car that morning and waited for me to arrive.  I hopped in with equipment […]

Hitching in America

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 | No Comments
Hitching in America

Life just isn’t the same as it used to be.  Kids could run and play in the yard and parents didn’t bat an eye thinking about them being picked up by crazies.  If you just started flying commercially in the last six years then you won’t remember when bottles of liquid over 3.4 oz weren’t […]