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Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Work Break Hike, Morningtime Meadview, AZ


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I was in need of a break, and decided to take a morning stroll in Meadview, Arizona.

I found myself in some interesting territory very quickly.

Expecting hardly a walk, I enjoyed a very nice hiking excursion.

The Grand Canyon isn’t really a place.

It’s just a chosen portion of long stretches of deep canyons around the Colorado River and related water bodies.

My alligatoroid Lucchese boots performed well.

Dressy boots tested for real outdoor work.

Hiking and climbing.

So far they are doing well and make me curious,

how much better are hiking boots from REI and other stores,

when boots without laces perform very well.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#arizona #meadview #lakemead #coloradoriver #canyon #neargrandcanyon #hiking #walk #workbreak #niceworkbreak #scenic #scenicandclose #meadviewisamazing #boots #lucchese #nolaces #oldfashioned #oldfashionedhike #notjustdressshoes #whatisthegrandcanyonbutachunkofit

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Driving my AWD Transit down to the Colorado River


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This is a drive down into a spot that would make an excellent starting point for long ventures into the Grand Canyon. This is near Meadview, Arizona.

The vehicle is my new Ford Transit AWD van, that I’ll be using for offgrid work.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#meadview #grandcanyon #arizona #nevada #lakemead #coloradoriver #grandcanyonpashant #nationalpark #nationalmonument #exploration #offgrid #overland #transit #fordtransitawd #vanlive #vanwork #mobileoffice

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Monster-truck Vans in Progress with Hammock.



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Today I purchased my very first work vehicle!

After searching for a 4x4 Van, and finding that they are very difficult to find, I narrowed it down to the Ford Transit and the Mercedes Sprinter.

I had a Mercedes Sprinter previously and used it for travel around 2006/7, but it was very dangerous, and poorly designed for an early model.

However, it’s size was great because you could stand up and walk into the back, and have plenty of headspace.

Sprinters are commonly used as conversion vehicles for RVing.

Recently Sprinters were offered in a 4x4 version, and Ford now offers a transit which is roughly equivalent to the Sprinter. Also with an All wheel drive option.

I used it to drive a long road trip to Jasper/Banff and back, spending most of my time in Canada.

They are both extremely difficult to find and I was calling all around the country to find a model.

Finally I found a Ford Transit, fortunately, here in Vegas, which appears to be the only one that was available, here or anywhere nearby.

I will use this for business travel, and offgrid work experimentation/science, and other purposes.

I plan to jack it up, add larger tires, and make it an offroad touring vehicle.

Already I can tell this van will perform very well by comparison to the older Sprinter, and the AWD is very grippy.

It’s a hilarious replacement for my F-250 for offroad.

It is somewhat like a small bus, and has great visibility.

An AWD bus!

And it’s a dually!

Maybe one day this will be converted totally monster truck style, which would be hilarious given how large it is already.

My first task I set out for myself is to hang my hammock in the back.

This is my very first work truck for my company!

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#offroadvan #van #conversioninprogress #firstbusinessvehicle #science #vanrover #ford #fordtransit #f350 #allwheeldrive #awd #tourvan #business #firstworktruck #dually #sprinter #transit #travel #work #jeep #4x4 #dirt #vegas #alaska #hawaii #bigsteps #hugevan #tall #spacious #hammock.

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Giant Stuffed Giraffes of Bass Pro, Vegas



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Ever fold your laundry behind a giant Giraffe head?

Or help customers with outdoor gear?

At home in AK, I drove beside a house, with a giraffe like this in the living room,

visible from outside.

BTW the Bass Pro in Vegas is amazing. It’s about twice as large as the Cabelas’ and Bass Pro in Anchorage,

and it is attached to a Casino.

I drove there to buy a Pelican case for a new camera.

Did not expect wildlife this big.

Wilddeath, outta the wild.

Mummified Africans.

Huge by comparison.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#basspro #cabelas #shopping #giraffe #giraffeheads #shopping #vegas #nevada #lasvegas #casinosandstores #gearsplurge #giraffeofdeath #stuffy #taxidermed #posedforyourshoppingpleasure #amazingstore #worthavisit #hugebycomparison #mummifiedafricans

Monday, April 26th, 2021

Backcountry Camping at Lake Mead


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This weekend I took a trip to Lake Mead for some backcountry camping and swimming.

I also discovered a town called Meadview which was a very enjoyable place to hangout before and after my trip.

While I focused on staying safe while hiking along steep slopes and cliffs, and just enjoying a relaxing time by the beach,

I had an additional task of interest, to start using my new Canon EOS M50 camera.

After this trip, I am greatly interested in how mobile phones will continue to develop in comparison to professional photographer’s equipment, since in my opinion, the iPhone is hihgly competitive if not superior to the Canon, at least for basic use, which accounts for the bulk of all use for all photography.

“I would like to capture what I’m seeing now quickly.”

This isn’t a post about that, but I did spend some time learning my new camera, and I’m very happy with the results.

The highlight of the trip was the swim. I was hesitant. I’ve heard so much about risks of swimming in lakes, and deaths that have occurred.

But I just got finished in open water near Kona in Hawaii, which is vastly more dangerous, so I decided to go out.

It was worth it and I believe I’ll be swimming around to make trips to spots that are harder to access by walking, without a boat, and I’ll do it by swimming.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#lakemead #backcountry #backcountryhiking #backpacking #desert #lake #swimming #lakelife #relaxation #scenic #remote #quiet #arizona #nevada #coloradoriver #meadview

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.





































Recently I visited Petrified Forest National Park, in Arizona.

It’s amazing that these trees are preserved as solid rocks. While they appear to have living bark, on some examples, they are completely mineralized.

They are millions of years old.

Not too long ago I visited the Redwood Forest.

At that National Park, there are fallen trees, with cuts showing the many layers of growth from the beginning when the tree was a sapling.

Trees can be dated using these lines, because trees consistently grow more circles which roughly correspond to the first and second halves of years.

You can count the rings in a tree and for every second ring, one year has elapsed. So if a tree has 100 rings, it is roughly 50 years old.

Some of these trees are a thousand years old, and park officials marked some trees, showing they were alive at the time of very early milestones in our civilization. Before Europeans even arrived in North America, and far earlier.

Well, these trees are millions of years old, at the petrified park, and still they show rings.

“Millions of years ago, this tree here, lived several hundred years at least…”

For those who tell you the earth is not that old, they are totally confused.

The petrified park is one place to visit showing the extreme age of the Earth.

The layers in the Grand Canyon are a better example still.

Volcanic islands, built of lava flows that rarely occur, are an even better example. Because the lava flows are still obviously live in action, and only build the islands slowly.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#petrified #petrifiedforest #old #fossils #earthisreallyold #counterreligiousguesses #counterreligiousinventions #earth #nationalparks #mineralizedtrees #arizona #lasvegas #newmexico #southwest #trees #ancient #agate

Saturday, April 17th, 2021

Peacock Superstar of Los Poblanos.


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Peacock Superstar of Los Poblanos.

I was recently visiting my friend Steve who suggested we meet for a friendly dinner/business dinner at Los Poblanos, near the Rio Grande river in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I call it “Al-boo-qwair-qwair”.

We were enjoying dinner, while this Peacock was strutting around.

The staff seemed unimpressed,

since this peacock’s routine was already known to them.

But we didn’t see it.

And most onlookers were enjoying it quite a lot.

Anyway so here is a video of the Peacock

of Los Poblanos.

Even outside of Alaska, I’m being chronically harassed and that exists even in this video.

Nevertheless, it was a good time.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#albuquerque #albooqwairqwair #newmexico #nm #outtaalaska #ak #alaska #outtahawaii #hawaii #outtavegas #lasegas #lospoblanosrestaurant #riogrande @lospoblanos #southwest #outdoorrestaurant #birds #whythebird #itsagoodbird #interestingrestaurants #conversation #nicetimewithfriends

Friday, February 11th, 2021

Snow on Mauna Kea, Big Island, Hawaii







Snow on Kauna Kea!

The other day swimming in the ocean, I could see Mauna Kea with snow atop! A bizarre experience. The mountain is tall, over 13,000 feet, and snow is not entirely out of the ordinary. But that snow is not always clearly in view!

Next time I will attempt to be in the snow. Why? I’m also living in Alaska. But when do you have snow on an island, with a slope just right for sledding, on whatever you can find… on an island.

#Hawaii #snow #maunakea #maunamauna #hillswayafar #snowonthatthing #snowovertherebutImwarmandswimming #kona #maunakea #waikoloa #kailua #oceansnow #snow #equatorsnow

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2021

Lemonwood Pegged Ostrich Leg Boots.























Final pair of Lucchese boots for the next decade maybe.

And the most luxurius and costly, and the most precisely constructed.

They also have the best fit of all.

They have a rigid and solid construction yet feel soft.

What I like about these most is their shift from a brown chestnut appearance, to one shifting from yellow to brown.

Woodgrain. Although boots already simulate woodgrain in their layered soles. Well, wherever there isn’t actual wood.

They are not nearly as bright as my yellow full quill ostrich “ostrichy ostrich” boots, but they have an incredibly intricate pattern (I almost wanted to say “design”), and a high degree of symmetry between boots despite the risk of clash in pattern.

This must be part of the costs in the materials. The same cut of leather from differing legs in the same animal is presumed.

These are Lucchese’s premium boots. They go much higher in price, and I saw pairs at and above $7,000 USD in the store, but it appears that’s a matter of materials and not of boot craftsmanship.

#ostrich #ostrichleg #severedleg #hopeitdiedhonorably #didtheycareihopeso #leatheredvegans #Intricate #fashion #southwest #southwestfashion #precise #pricey #luxury #art #aesthetics #modeloffutureveganboots #startthemarket #blendintofutureformorality #makeleathercostlyandmoral #traditionitforeverdont #learnandmoveon #ostrichyostrich #itsaboot

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Dark Gray Ostrich Lucchese Boots





















Snagged a pair of dark gray Lucchese boots.

They don’t pop as much as some others but they have a very interesting look.

The dark gray sometimes resembles black, othertimes very dark blue or purple.

Very unique, and hand painted/dyed.

These have brass pegs, which supposedly add some value to the long term wearability.

Well, I am not really persuaded, thinking they are fasteners and glue may be enough, but let’s see how they span the next 40 to 50 years.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#lucchese #handmade #boots #luxury #luxe #darkgray #unusualshoes #shoes #shoeworship? #worshipisntanything #worshipisstaring #worshipisthinkingawhile #idolworshipiswhat #alaska #ak #newmexico #kona #taos #santafe #arizona #nevada #design #fashion #western #southwest #art #artful #walkintheart #straponart #notreallystraponsbutkinda

Monday, April 12th, 2021

More Shoe Love. New Luccheses. Ostrichy.



















Just more shoe love.

Grabbed another pair of Lucchese boots in Santa Fe.

These are full quill ostrich.

As a vegan this is an odd choice. They are beautiful, and quite different from what equivalent might exist in the vegan market.

I’m now considering what might be possible with Vegan sythetic products approsimating the beautiful natural products that currently exist.

There is an odd competition between the beauty of what exists naturally, and what can be produced with a high level of artistry, without using any animal products.

I don’t think purely synthetic products would undo the special aspects of what exists in these boots. That would be akin to comparing man made productions with what has naturally arisen on animals themselves.

But I think there is a ton of room to do better, and to be competitive with nature.

A recent snake watch I purchased from Gucci that has a pleasant design does an excellent job showing how this is possible. I would not want a snake-skin wallet, having purchased this wallet instead, and have not had an interest in similar wallets made of skin similar to these boots, although they are not quite as nice.

So now I’m wondering, when vegan boots will hit the market and when will they be competitive with boots such as these, that are incredibly attractive, and are still unique.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.arts

#lucchese #boots #handmade #santafe #newmexico #ostrich #fullquillostrich #comfort #southwestfashion #fashion #totallyuniquestyle #western #boots #explorationsintoboots #highendboots #nonveganboots #veganoptions #futureofboots #lux #luxury

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Hangout Spot in Alamogordo





My most recent hangout spot in Alamogordo.

The building is fascinating. Built in the 1800s.

Although I was thinking to myself while driving out of Alamogordo, to Ruidoso, that these buildings are almost like play structures of clay. The walls are thick but are inconsistent, and so are the windows, and the primary criteria of success seem to be: are the floors level and do the windows and doors open and close.

So nice, but errrr, easy to make…

Sooooo easy.

#Adobe #pueblo #adobe #dirthome #nicemud #onebrick #hollowbrickwithholes #newmexico #southwest #arizona #bighuts #desertshacks #luxuryshack #hopewaterisclose #beerwater #doorsandwindowslater #fillintheholes #theentiresouthwestisfillintheholes

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

White Sands NP Sand Dunes Hike.


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Today I went for a hike at White Sands National Park, and found myself climbing dunes along a trail only marked with plastic waypoints.

It is a trail that is easily accessible, yet there is a feel of unusual remoteness.

It’s called Alkalai Flats.

The mountains in the distance are almost the same shade as the sand, creating an extended continuity of the same color, far into the distance.

There were signs at the beginning of the trail, indicating higher than usual dehydration risk, and some have died here, after getting lost.

It was very windy, and I too couldn’t stay out long before feeling very dehydrated.

But it wasn’t too hot, and apparently I chose a very good time of year to make a visit, according to the manager of the hotel I’m staying at.

Amazing trip. Highly recommended because it is not a difficult trip to make, and will definitely be memorable.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#newmexico #nationalparks #parks #whitesands #whitesandsnationalpark #dunes #sand #sanddunes #purewhite #sandhills #sandridges #mountains #mountainous #desert #bright #picturesque #scenic #nationalgeographic #parksystem #texas #elpaso #lascruces #alamogordo #hiking #trailrunning #trails #incredibletrails #alaska #kona #vegas #innewmexico

Monday, April 5th, 2021

My first pair of boots. They are Lucehese.















Some sights from Alamogordo, New Mexico, and some Lucchese Boots I just purchased in Texas.

This is my first ever pair of boots.

Well, boots that are not of the hiking type.

I’m a vegan, and yes, these are leather.

Crocodillicus.

It was an exception.

I’m imagining ways to recreate these, with vegan materials.

But after 20 years being vegan, and being consistently a purchaser of non-leather materials,

I’m experiencing some fondness of the classic look, with genuine leather.

I also have a 27 years old buffalo skin wallet, that is quite a beautiful creation too.

I hope we can improve upon and replicate these in the future, with purely synthetic materials,

with some continuity with original masterworks.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#texas #elpaso #lascruces #alamogordo #newmexico #boots #luccesse #beautifulboots #comfortable #craftsman #craft #comfy #western #country #desert #enjoyment

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

La Posada Lodge and Casitas, Tucson, Arizona













Recent stay at a cool spot in Tucson!

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.arts

#casitas #laposadalodge #tucson #arizona #pueblo #art #tapestry #boutique #desert #relaxing #hotels #hotel

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico


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Today I was trail running after work in the late afternoon, at a perhaps lesser known park that turned out better than expected, called Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument, in New Mexico.

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#organmountainsdesertpeaksnationalmonument #nationalmonument #nationalpark #natgeo #parks #outdoors #nature #newmexico #texas #lascruces #santafe #whitesands #mountains #trees #trail #trailrunning #unitedstates #usa #america

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona





















Yesterday I made a visit to Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona for an evening jog and

Wog.

Wog mostly on the way back.

Although I can jog too.

I swear I can jog.

The cacti are forever here. Very tall too.

Cack

Tuss.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Gordon Ramsay’s and Snake Wallet Shopping at Caesar’s.





















Seeing a beautiful Gucci wallet that would make a suitable replacement for my binder clip, I decided to go buy it at Caesars.

It’s not real snakey, but has a nice artful design.

It’s been a very long while since I had a real wallet.

In the future I imagine myself producing pieces like this of my own.

Anyway, on the way out, I decided to hang out at Gordon Ramsay’s place.

Good times commenced.

Found some new friends. Not everyday you hang out with a pair of PhDs randomly.

Great conversation! Pleasant and unexpected surprise!

New spiffy wallet.

Gordon Ramsay brand experience. Nice bar.

Looking forward to next time.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere

#gordonramsay #gordon #gucci #gucciwallet #kingsnake #caesar #caesarspalace #wallets #artfuldesign #goodtimes #businessisgood #lasvegas #goodtimes #vegas #nevada #america #usa #traveller #alaska #kona #hawaii #homethree #gloriouscasinotimes

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

White Sands National Park, New Mexico.















Today I was able to spend some time in White Sands National Park in New Mexico.

Very beautiful spot. There is so much white!

Caught some beautiful shots of dunes with the only slightly off-white mountains in the distant background.

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Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Hotel McCoy, Tucson AZ















Recents from the Hotel McCoy in Arizona.

Cool and artsy spot.

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Sunday, March 28th, 2021

New Longboard Skateboard









Board sports were never something I learned to do well growing up.

I had a small skateboard for a while but ended up using it as a luge more than an actual skateboard.

When used as a skateboard I could hardly turn. I have the same issue with skating and with rollerblading.

But since I took up surfing, and wanted to have some improved ability to use boards more generally, I considered buying a skateboard.

On a whim, while buying board shorts, I spotted a rack of beautiful longboard.

They are very artful I feel. Anyone who skateboards, I’m sure, is interested in the design and character of their board, but I only appreciated how nice they were when I finally bought this one.

This board is very smooth to ride. Once I hit 10 mph though, I feel a strong urge to jump off. So I cannot yet go very quickly, but it does feel somewhat natural to turn and maneuver.

I hope it translates to surfing for when I’m back in Hawaii.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.arts

#longboard #skateboard #surfing #longboarding #skateboarding #kona #honokaa #hawaii #bigisland #vegas #startingupskateboardinginvegas

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Balcony at the Venetian







I was happy last week to be visited by a valued customer in the Pharmaceutical industry, and after we had dinner, we took a stroll and ended up on this balcony at the Venetian.

While there I was reflecting on how much effort really went into creating Vegas and the costs involved.

The Architecture in some locations in Vegas is truly impressive.

I’ve been to the Venetian, but this is the first time I’ve stepped out onto this balcony, providing the walkway between this hotel, and the others beside it from above.

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#vegas #lasvegas #business #alaskan #hawaiian #nenebirds #rocklizards #snakethings #venetianhotel #nevada #venetian #art #architecture #desert #warm #businessdinner #restaruants #matteosrestaurant #matteos #beautifulbalcony #goodtimes

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Saguaro National Park West, Tucson Arizona.


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Saguaro National Park West, Tucson Arizona

This video is from a spot where I went jogging at Saguaro National Park, on the West Side.

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#saguaro #tucson #arizona #az #desert #parks #cactus #cacti #nationalparks #parks #saguaronationalpark #saguaronationalparkwest #scenic #travel #nationalgeographic #hiking #trails #trailrunning #outdoors #photography #videography #quiet #serene

Monday, March 15th, 2021

Cactis Forever













For now “cactis” is the real plural.

There were way too many cactis.

Spent part of the day touring and trail running Saguaro National Park East.

Saguaro National Park is somewhat unique in that there is an eastern and western division, completely separate from each other.

Tuscon itself sits in the center, between these two parks, as the divider.

I was thinking to myself today that the whole area could be considerd Saguaro,

with Tuscon kinda in the park.

and Tuscon itself in many places is not unlike Saguaro.

With a similar landscape and feel to the park itself. Depending on where you are.

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#tucson #arizona #az #cacti #cactus #saguaro #saguaronationalpark #saguaronationalparkeast #nationalparks #parks #desert #trails #trailrunning #running #touring #explorationsbycar

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

Trail Runners for Jogging in Tucson, AZ







Today I made a trip from Phoenix to Tucson.

Initially I intended to move here, before choosing Las Vegas, as my more permanent home location.

However, Phoenix and Tucson are near enough to make trips, and I intend to

sorta live in all of these locations part time.

Anyway, today I picked up some trail runners, since I was missing shoes to use running in Saguaro National Park, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Running in Balenciagas makes no sense, nor does running in pure white Adidas Ultra Boost 4s.

Yes, these are the thoughts I’m having lately, in addition,

to less fashion related reflections.

But these shoes are tasteful, and have some very nice patterns.

They are Cloudultra Cloudswift running shoes.

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#cloudultra #cloudswift #trailrunning #trails #saguaronationalpark #saguaro #bigasscactus #cactus #organpipecactusnationalmonument #organpipecacti #arizona #phoenix #tucson #running #travel #nationalparks #shoes #fitness #fashion #combinethem #synth

Saturday, March 19th, 2021

Fendi Sunglasses and Swapped Balenciagas, and Tivoli













Just admiring my new sunglasses, which turned out to be free, thanks to Caesar, and winnings at Caesar’s palace.

And my new white pair of balenciagas, which were a replacement for the black ones that had some odd bubble defect.

It was popping with every step. Thousand dollar shoes with bubbles.

They seemed to think there was no problem, having no understanding of product testing, but finally, they agreed to replace them, after not too much discussion, thankfully, with these white versions, which are quite nice.

The surrounding area was Tivoli just outside my gym. Very nice environment.

Works well for frivolous pictures of sunglasses and shoes.

These are my days as of late.

Life is arrogant, artful, and well, way more materialistic than usual.

Part hobo, part not. It’s fun.

I’m still frugal too.

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#balenciaga #fendi #hugesneakers #cushy #texture #art #artist #fashion #fashionisartistviacreditcard #tarjetadecredito #hellashoes #shoesthatareextraround #sunglassesthatwerepokerfree #freebypokerwinnings #enjoyingtexturesandenvirons #vegas #tivoli #offtophoenix #phoenixweekend #ilikemesomephoenix #liveinphoenix #arizona #dirtperson #dirtpersonanotherspot

Wednesday, March 16th, 2021

New Balenciagas





















Today I bought a new pair of Balenciagas.

These shoes are oddly huge.

Far from plain, although they appear so in the images.

Shopping was at crystals right besite the Aria hotel.

I’ve been to the Aria a few times before, but never went shopping at crystals.

It was a beautiful day downtown.

One large building that never caught my attention came into view.

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#shoes #sneakers #tennisshoes #balenciagas #balenciaga #lasvegas #crystals #aria #ariahotel #casino #casinoshops #luxe #lux

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

Poker at Caesars and Caesar Masked.







Yesterday night I spent some time at Caesar’s Palace shopping, and unexpectedly found myself at the poker room.

I don’t usually play poker and it’s been a long while even since playing a friendly game with friends.

Low ante no-limit Texas hold-em poker is the only game in the entire casino I feel I can control, and I regularly win.

Since antes are low, you can sit at the table and talk with people without ever playing a hand if you like. Every 30 minutes or so you may spend a few dollars to retain your spot.

The only catch with no-limit hold-em is that you want to have a fairly large amount of money on the table in the even that the right hand surfaces and the right circumstances exist, because it can be nearly guaranteed that you will win, if you are patient enough. And with no limit, to maximize earnings, you have to be willing to put a large amount of money at stake on the table.

So there is a chance of losing a fair amount of money, but it’s totally up to you, given the circumstances, if the odds are really in your favor.

So despite expecting to spend very little, mostly for enjoyment of company and drinks, I grabbed 500 from the ATM and sat down 300 in chips.

After a very nice time sitting with some interesting people, I found myself leaving with 1300 dollars, earning 800. When I arrived at my car it was daylight, however, so I was there a very long time enjoying myself. Had I left without that 300 starting buy-in, I would have still been satisfied with the experience.

Just beforehand I purchased a pair of Fendi sunglasses at the shoppes, and was happy on leaving that I hadn’t really spent anything at all in total, and still earned a few hundred extra dollars.

I suppose the one less than satisfying part of the experience is winning from others, and seeing them leave disappointed. Prior win-everything tournaments in friends’ homes have resulted in strange experiences, in which I won everything, but saw others go from enjoyment to very quiet and sullen dissatisfaction, and perhaps hidden anger. In some scenarios I felt more at risk, and/or felt guilty for taking others’ money, including potentially people who were not making the right decisions to play to begin with. Once or twice I won everything from church groups, who arguably shouldn’t have been playing poker, given belief systems, but worse still, seemed like sore losers at the end of the night. In that respect they were exactly like others who were not involved in church at all.

Closer friends in these situations behaved more as expected, but others did not take things well, and it is concerning to witness someone you don’t know well to change expressions dramatically.

Anyway, poker is still a fun sport of sorts, and apart from this experience of taking from people who hope to take from you, it is very enjoyable.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#caesars #caesarspalace #lasvegas #vegas #casino #texasholdem #gambling #gamblingyoucontrol #skippingslots #skippingtablegames #holdemonly #lowstakeshighpossibility #hangout #goodtimes #nicepeople #winnings

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Circa and Old Town Vegas Revamped


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Not too long ago Aria was the newest Casino of interest,

but more recently Circa, in Old Town has become more prominent.

So I went to Circa.

There is a massive pool bar at Circa, that is open, shockingly,

so probably I will have pics from there soon.

But for now I did nightlife Circa, and Garage Mahal, its garage,

that deserves no attention, but still, the name is cool,

and also the Golden Nugget, where I will be playing some poker

at low stakes so nobody thinks less of me,

and because I don’t gamble really.

(I usually win money and feel not so great about it).

The coolest thing about this spot, though

was the outdoor scene, with the digital projection on the ceiling.

Very cool, definitely going back.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere

#mattanaw #lasvegas #vegas #nevada #home #circa #alaska #hawaii #awayfromhomebuthomestill #travel #manyhomes #globalconsultant #architectgodchild #godchild #yeragodchild #circa #casino #goldennugget #poker #donttakeadvantage #oldtownvegas

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

My new gym in Vegas: Kilo Club.





















Happy about my new gym here in Vegas, which is a very nice spot, called Kilo Club.

Interesting custom weights that wrap around the hand.

Luxurious stairwells and entrance, in a beautiful building and setting in Tivoli.

The club keeps a low number of members to keep it relaxed for Covid, so the masking rules are not as stringent.

Dungeonlike casino vibe, and dark, but classy.

Nice boxing/MMA facility.

Also I got to protect my rental beside a McLaren that was trying to be alone.

I traded some luxury for some convenience by choosing to rent cars only. So I do not have a car of my own.

Tesla price for a Malibu, but it’s brand new and I can give it back.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere

#kilo #kiloclub #pounds #poundsclub #metricisbetter #metricsystem #vegas #ilikethisplace #verychill #quiet #darkandcasinolike #workout #gym #exercise #tivoli #summerlin #mclaren #notminegotthemalibu #vegas #lasvegas

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Mattanaw is even more haired





Jumped out of bed, after sleeping in during the afternoon/evening.

Hair was big, and I found myself wondering, how

I went from no hair at all to becoming John Stamos.

My shirt isn’t really disgusting, that’s just the mirror.

Mexicanhairmost.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere

#vegas #lasvegas #homesweethome #homesuitehome #hawaiiinvegas #alaskainvegas #summerlin #cimarron #nevada #dirtperson #desertperson #dirt #beigeisgood #myshirtsnotgross #justthemirror #haired #hairmore #howsomuchhair #hairinvegas #mattanawshair #mexicanhairmost

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Faux Kukui Nuts in the Sunset







Faux Kukui Nuts in the Sunset

#kukuinut #itsanut #lai #sunset #sunsetglowonstuff #sunsetglowonthings #iwasinacar

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Thursday, February 18th, 2021

My Old Myers Briggs Results





My Old Myers Briggs Results

In preparation for a short article on this topic, and in development of my Open Health page, designed to open my health record to the public, I’m releasing my Myers Briggs results, which are useful, if the limitations are understood, and otherwise are misleading. My result is INTP getting close to ENTP.

See some other health results at

Mattanaw.com/open-health-mattanaw.html

#psychology #personalitymeasures #personalityclassificatiom #personality #typology #partlyvalid #partlyinvalid #communicationtools #mutualinderstanding #selfinderstanding #limited #science #openhealth #mind #mattanawsmind #hawaii #bigisland #kona #kailua

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Trees of Hilo, Big Island, and Thai Curry



African Tulip. Spathodea Campanulata.



African Tulip. Spathodea Campanulata.



TBD.



Koa. Acacia Koa.



TBD.



TBD.

Today I bought some Thai Curry at Ratana’s in Hilo, and sat in my car at the park observing the beautiful trees.

Ratana is like the word Mattanaw but it starts with the word “rat”, in case you didn’t notice.

I didn’t take any pics of my curry but I took photos of the trees, because I’m still on a quest to learn the various species of trees I encounter, instead of just looking at them.

“Which tree was that?”

Is a question I would like to be able to answer now.

How weird is it to grow up without knowing the names of any species of anything around? This is how many of us grow up. And we simply don’t have that many types of trees around us wherever it is we are living, unless we are in a jungle someplace, like the Amazon.

I haven’t identified each tree quite yet. If you know a species marked TBD, or notice a mistake, let me know!

#curry #trees #hilo #hawaii #ratana #ratanasthai #ratinmattanaw #thaifood #sodelicious #thai #eastbigisland #bigisland #tastygooonrice #yum #panangcurrywithtofu #vegan #vegetarian #island #usa #globalcitizen #treesareovertherethough #letsnametrees #whatisthatplantmywholelife #whatstheplant

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Sunglass Materialism into Degeneration Part II.









The first post on sunglasses didn’t have that title but it was part I.

I feel I entered the sleezy a little but here are the new Versace’s.

Although I’m learning about the soothing experience of wearing dark sunglasses almost all of the time.

The long hair has to go soon.

#style #arts #fashion #fashionable #fashionunable #whitetshirt #itsdirty #dirty #itsstillwhitethoughsolooksclean #sunglasses #versaces #versace #intothesleeze #sleezeisfun #sleeze #guidopractice

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Monday, February 15th, 2021

Sunglasses Shopping Happened







Sunglasses Shopping Happened

I was committed to wearing cheap sunglasses because I lose them all of the time, but a friend had Oakley goggles, so I suddenly found myself in sunglass hut in Kona.

It was fun and now I have some nice sunglasses.

I was not allowed to try on the sunglasses without the mask on. This is the level of absurdity we’ve gotten into with coronavirus.

I bought the red ones, the blue ones, and a pair of Versaces I’ll share later.

#sunglasses #kona #hawaii #sunglasshut #oakleys #oakleysutro #oakley #oakleyportal #versaces #versace #shinylenses #plasticthatsnice #sunshine

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

Maps of Hawaii





I’m fond of cartography, but unfortunately giant printer prints are expensive, and it’s lame to carry a roll of gigantic maps. So instead, I’ll be photographing them. Here’s a nice set of maps from a bookstore in Hilo, depicting the Big Island, as a volcanic flow infographic. Info graphics are new? No they are not they are simply alternative data visualization particular to the needs of the user. This map is an excellent example of a spatially correct and precise infographic.

#hawaii #bigisland #maps #planning #infographics #lavaflows #lava #kilauea #kilaueaandotherspots #wholeisland #devilinthedetails #devilsinthemap? #nodevil #wisdom #knowledgematters #knowledge #godinfographicissmallandhadnodetail

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Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Falls in Waipi’o Valley



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These videos are of the Waterfalls and Flora in Waipi’o Valley, very close to the coastal area that I showed in my other recent post.

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Waipi’o Coast



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The Wai’pio Coast on the Northeastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.

This will be my surf spot for the next few weeks, since I’m now living in Honoka’a, Hawaii, nearby.

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#beach #scenic #mountains #coast #hawaii #bigisland #waipio #honokaa #cliffs #waves #surfing #surfdestination #pacific #islands #islandlife #honokaa #alaska #anchorage #wasilla #palmer #lasvegas #vegas #nevada #miami #florida #traveler #international

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Waterfall at Waipi’o Valley, Big Island Hawaii











Recently I moved to another part of the island called Honoka’a, near the scenic Waipi’o Valley.

Inadvertently I took the risk of driving my mustang down the steep road reserved for 4x4s, to the bottom of the valley where this waterfall on a sheer cliff was visible beyond the trees, which were interesting on their own too.

I ran into some people who were fairly hostile to my being there, having risked getting stuck down there with an apparently offensive vehicle.

I made it back up but barely!

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere

Wednesday, February 9th, 2021

Boxing at Aloha Fitness in Hilo, Hawaii


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I’m now trying to get back into boxing again, and after a couple gym sessions, I decided it was worth checking out my form.

I never had any formal training, but I did spend some time as a teen hitting a heavy bag my father hung up in our basement, and spent a fair amount of time doing it.

It was a canvas heavy bag, that I would hit with thinner gloves or bare knuckle. It’s quite a bit different hitting with padded gloves that feel heavy and sap endurance faster, but at least my hands are protected.

The gym is Aloha Fitness in Hilo. It’s a cool spot. Open air with a relaxed feel. I exercise here when I’m on the east side of the island.

#boxing #gym #punching #fight #fighttheobject #fighttheswingyball #punchy #openair #hilo #bigisland #hawaii #islandlife #anchorage #wasilla #alaska #wintering #winteringfromak #livinghawaii

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Friday, February 5th, 2021

Starting Electric Bicycle Build


About 10 years ago I rode an electric bicycle that was far simpler than those sold today, because instead of being a complete build, it was a standard bicycle converted to an electric bike, using an electrical wheel hub and a battery bank.

Seeing that new e-bikes are not less than $1,000 USD, and frequently above $1,500, I decided to attempt to build one on my own, using the approach I saw a while ago.

I’m nearly finished with my build, and the total cost for necessary parts is approximately $55o dollars, and the performance of the bike should exceed those bikes that are pre-built on the market.

The biggest limitation of my approach is that it is less polished, because components are added to the standard bike frame, rather than being within the bike frame. However, there is the advantage that the build is modular, and components can be swapped out with more powerful components, additional low cost batteries, and so on. You are not committed to any particular bicycle or bike parts either.

Here is the current part list to build the same bicycle and costs:

At $502.90 this electric bicycle is nearly half the cost of some basic unelectrified bicycles with very limited features.

Consider the following features:

The end result of this build will be shown soon.

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Whale Calls and Swimming at Manini’owali, Hawaii



When I was swimming in the ocean, in the first video, I decided to test dipping the GoPro under the water, to see the quality of the results.

I never used the GoPro underwater before.

When I looked at the video, I was shocked that I got whale calls!

#hawaii #whale #whalecalls #beaches #beach #swimming #unexpected #unexpectedmoments #pacific #islandlife

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

Deep Ocean, Cove to Cove Swim

Just yesterday I did my first swim from one beach to another completely separate beach here in Hawaii. I started in Mau’umae beach, which is a somewhat less oft visited beach on the island, and swam from that cove, to a much more popular beach at another resort, Mauna Kea.

Initially I decided to just go for a swim at this new beach. But since it did not have waves, and was quite placid, I wanted a challenge, and simply decided to swim the other beach that I knew was somewhat nearby, without any gear, and only my board shorts on. Since I did not have this plan, I did not collect any footage, although the next time I do this, I will bring a GoPro.

I did not swim it very quickly– it took me around 80-90 minutes, and I estimate the distance was around 3/4 of a mile, or about 1.2 kilometers. I’m not a competitive swimmer, and don’t think I would want to be one, but I do like the prospect of making longer and longer swimming trips between various beaches and locations, for a challenge, and potentially to explore, since some spots are not accessible by car. Along the way on this trip, for example, I spotted a private beach and residence that was quite large and luxurious, and I would not have been able to see it without boating or making a swim like this one.



The starting point at Mau’umae Beach on the Waimea coast of the Big Island.



The path of the swim from Mau’umae to Mauna Kea.



A larger image giving an idea of the water depth and position to other locations, like Hapuna Beach, that I may attempt to swim to on a longer trip.



The path I had to take back, walking with no shoes, since I did not plan it in advance. It took me another hour to walk back, and I will never leave again without foot protection!

Recently, I considered potentially attempting a swim between the islands here where there are closer connections, like the approximately 5-6 mile distance between the Oahu and Kaho’olawe. I am considering covering it with a stop to another small island in between, at Molokini Island Preserve, or else to simply swim directly. Either way, I will need to take a long time to train, and will need to consider risks and currents before making an attempt.



Anyway, this is a goal I’m looking forward to working towards.

#mattanaw #swimming #swimtrips #swimsploration #deepswim #ocean #oceanswimming #bigisland #molokini #kahoolawe #waimea #kona #island #islandlife #surfing #beach #beachlife #luxe #luxury #adventure #travel #unplanned

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Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Erckels Francolin on Mauna Loa, Hawaii


I spotted this bird that had especially striking colors, even if a bit drab, up on Mauna Loa Drive, that goes up the more lush side of Mauna Loa, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Thatched Huts at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Big Island Hawaii

























Recently I made a trip to this historical park just south of Kona on the Big Island.

What I liked most about this park were the thatched huts, the wooden statues, and the koa canoes.

I’ve been kayaking in the past, but after seeing canoes here I’m far more interested in canoeing, and the canoes used appear to be synthetic variants of this same koa canoe.

I want the koa canoe!

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Ocean by the Cliffs Off Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii


A view of the ocean by older volcanic cliffs near Pahoa, Hawaii, on the Big Island.

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Monday, January 18th, 2021

Thunderous Waves Beside Restaurant at Magic Sands, Hawaii




For dinner today I was hanging out and reading at a restaurant beside Magic Sands beach here in Kona-Kailua, Hawaii.

The waves were thundering. How many spots exist where you can eat and drink right beside a beach like this one?!

Reading material during all this at the restaurant was Einstein’s autobiography concerning his academic pursuits and developments, from the Schlipp series, titled “Albert Einstein: Philosopher Scientist”.

As far as I know this is his only autobiography, written near the time of his death, and he even mentioned it was his obituary of sorts, meant with seriously and with humor.

A strange combination maybe but that was my day. It was very nice, and the waves don’t get boring!

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#hawaii #kona #kailua #bigisland #magicsands #loudwaves #thunderingwaves #waves #surfers #bodyboarders #stormyish #rainybutamazing #foodandwaves #drinksandwaves #reading #physics #physicaltheory #pacific #islands#hawaiilife

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

Lounging and surfing in Kona, Hawaii.

















After spending a couple days lounging and surfing in Kona, Hawaii.

This year I opted to not celebrate Christmas at all, but I had a nice time nevertheless.

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Tuesday, December 22th, 2020

Approached by Turkeys of Waikoloa.


While in Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii, after checking into a hotel, I was suddenly approached by two turkeys.

This has never happened to me before.

Their plumage is intricately patterned and colorful, and it isn’t obvious unless they are up close.

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#turkeys #holidays #holidaysinhawaii #curious #curiousbird #turkeyscometoyouapparently #hawaii #bigisland #kona #alaska #lasvegas #anchorage #waikoloa #beachturkeys #volcanicturkeys

Sunday, December 20th, 2020

The Drive to Valdez, from Glenallen AK, I.


The drive from Glenallen to Valdez Alaska is very picturesque.

Here is the first of several videos I will share of sights along that roadway.

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Friday, December 18th, 2020

Business in Hawaii






















I was finally able to divide my business operations between Alaska, Las Vegas, and Hawaii, where I’m now located, enjoying the Holidays and my birthday.

I originally intended to start business in Anchorage, AK, but did not intend to spend all of my time there. Rather, I wanted to use it as a hub only, spending winters in other locations.

I’m enjoying the transition. It’s a goal finally realized!

I’m still a bit surprised that this was possible during Covid too.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#business #businesstravel #newbusinesslocation #newlocation #vegas #lasvegas #nevada #hilo #kona #bigisland #hawaii #anchorage #alaska #ak #realestate #realestatehunt #newoffice #newofficelocation #wintering #snowbirding #wintertravel #sunshine #aloha #alohalife

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Bison of Northern British Columbia








Driving through remote British Columbia, making my move from Alaska to the Southwest for the winter, I ran into these bison, just sleeping by the roadside.

I was already feeling that night driving was a little risky in the area, and decided to stop at a nearby lodge, after flying by this one bison that was sticking out in the road.

If it was in the roadway I probably would not have spotted it in time.

Like moose they are very dark, making driving in this part of Canada especially dangerous.

They seem to hang out alongside the road here in a number of places, so if you drive through British Columbia up towards Yukon Territory, you will likely seem yourself too.

Some of the nearby parkland is quite incredible.

This happened to be near Muncho Lake, which is especially scenic, and is worth a trip on its own.

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#bison #buffalo #britishcolumbia #bc #yukonterritory #yukon #canada #wildlife #darkness #moonlit #moon #moonlight #parks #nationalparks #stateparks #muncholake

Tuesday, November 24rd, 2020

Interesting Offroad Vehicles











Seeing the range of offroad vehicles used in Wasilla AK, and areas nearby, I have become very interested in the types and varieties that exist.

Here are some examples I’ve seen in my extensive travels, as of late.

As some know, I drove from Meadow Lakes through Canada, down through Montana, and other states, to Las Vegas, Nevada, which is one of my new permanent home locations.

I’ll add more offroad vehicles as I find them!

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.adventure

#alaska #wasilla #ak #palmer #glenallen #glacierview #grizzleyak #glenhighway #montana #lakehavasu #havasu #arizona #lasvegas #saltlake #nevada #southwest #northwest #country #backroads #offroad #racing #trackvehicle #atv #allterrain #jeep #4x4

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

Recent Hatcher Pass Excursion



























These are from a recent trip to Hatcher Pass, just before winter started, with my friend Rick who visited recently.

It’s one of the spots right near my place, but it’s really spectacular. I didn’t always have to drive far to find an amazing destination.

Right now, I’m sure it’s completely covered in snow, which is nice too, although for this season, I’m staying in a warmer climate.

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#alaska #hatcherpass #hatcher #wasilla #palmer #ak #anchorage #bigisland #kona #mattanaw #hiking #mines #mining #derelict #parks #scenic #landscape

Sunday, November 1st, 2021

Mattanaw’s Coronavirus Hair



My new coronavirus hairdo.

Or, just hair.

Since I had none before.

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#lasvegas #vegas #hairdos #hair #noclippers #travel #hawaii #bigisland #kona #hilo #kilauea#anchorage #alaska #dc #washington #island #islandlife #desert #volcano #mattshair #coronavirushair #coronachanges #newstarts #newbeginnings

Monday, October 26th, 2020








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#parker #arizona #southwestisbest #southwest #lakehavasu #california #desertlife #fromarizona #arizonalife #mattanaw #mattanawtravels #photography #landscape #river #riverlife #lake #lakelife #alaska #anchorage #wasilla

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Hike Up the Lazy Mountain Trail on a Clear Day


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Yesterday I went on another hike up the Lazy Mountain trail.

It is a somewhat challenging trail that has a steep incline straight up the mountain.

Last time I went it was overcast, and I mentioned how mountainous the surroundings would appear if only there were clear skies.

Yesterday I was able to get this video, and again reminded myself about why Palmer and Wasilla are excellent base locations for many different kinds of adventure.

Many in Alaska would be familiar with this trail, and probably most trails in and around Anchorage and the Valley, but I'm new to many, and this site is in part to share with friends, colleagues, and family who do not live in Alaska.

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#mattanaw #mattanaw.everywhere #mattanaw.travels #mattanaw.is.alaska

#lazymountain #lazymountaintrails #trails #alaskatrails #anchorage #wasilla #palmer #matsu #matsuvalley #matanuska #sustina #overlook #scenic #hiking #mountains #photography #iphonex #frozen #snowy #river #partlyfrozen #water #peaks #mountainpeaks #craggypeaks

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Glacier View and the Long Rifle Lodge, near Matanuska Glacier, Alaska























































































Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, AK, on a Snowy Day.





















From a recent snowy visit to Nancy Lake Recreation Area.

I almost didn't want to hike, because I thought visibility would be too low.

But it was quite nice, hiking out on a frozen lake, with nobody on it,

in the snow, and almost completely white conditions.

The tracks are from snow machines, which was the method clearly used by most

for access.

There weren't many footprints at all, other than my own.

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#mattanaw #mattana #matt #travel #remote #remotish #alaska #ak #anchorage #wasilla #matsu #matsuvalley #snowmachine #snowmobile #snow #snowing #white #frozen #frozenlake #lakes #hiking #quiet #solitary #statepark #park #trails #hiking #alaskatrails #nancylake #nancylakestaterecreationarea #nancylakestatepark

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Denali on a Clear Day


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Denali on a Clear Day

It's amazing to be in a location,

just minutes from a clear and massive view of Denali.

Even this close,

Denali is 175 miles away, however.

The road doesn't really come close to the summit.

It's massive, so the closest you can get by road is still

more than 50 miles away.

These photos are from near Willow, Alaska.

Willow is where the official Iditerod start is located.

I hope I can make the Iditerod start this year.

It's been a while.

Will see.

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#denali #mtmckinley #denalinationalpark #nationalparks #nationalrecreationareas #clearviews #infrequentdenaliview #willow #wasilla #palmer #alaska #ak #alaskagrown #alaskagrown5years #sourdoughalready #sourdough #homesweethome #lovingalaska #snowy #winterweather #livinginabucketlistlocation #bucketlist #scenic #photography #niceday #iliketohike

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Lazy Mountain Trail, Palmer, Alaska


















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Hike up the lazy mountain trail, in Palmer, Alaska.

I'm now starting to explore the trails near my new home, just outside Wasilla, Alaska.

Online I found the "Lazy Mountain Trail",

and a nice barista at Perkup Espresso here confirmed it is a good spot to visit.

This time it's solo hiker Matt.

Like last time.

It wasn't the clearest of days.

But it was worth the hike!

I can tell that when it clears up, it will be spectacular.

Because the views from Palmer are already spectacular,

and this would provide some of the same sights,

from a higher vista.

...

As I left some of the clouds began to break,

and I could spot a massive peak, through the mist.

I'll definitely try this one out again.

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#palmer #wasilla #anchorage #matsu #thevalley #hikning #trails #trailrunnine #boots #hikingboots #mountaineeringboots #babycrampons #icecleats #steephike #challenginghike #upishard #downiseasy #scenic #photography #landscape #iphonex #outdoors #meditative #escapetheearthbygoingtotheearth #orsomethinglikethat #notworkingthisweekend

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Dying Speech of an Old Philosopher



Dying Speech of an Old Philosopher

I strove with none, for none was worth my strife:

   Nature I loved, and, next to Nature, Art:

I warmed both hands before the fire of Life;

    It sinks; and I am ready to depart.

‐ Walter Savage Landor, 1775-1864

I stumbled upon this, cracking open my

Norton Anthology of Poetry.

How strange is it, to coincidentally find,

some piece of writing,

and some frame of mind,

so akin to your own?

From another age?

How close is this to my mottos and themes in my ThoughtStream?

And this site itself?

This is why writing and reading,

can make the solitary or lonely,

feel connected again.

There are few like this today,

but someone of like mind,

thought this worth recording.

@mattanaw @mattanaws.mind @mattanaw.arts

#mattanaw #mattanaws.mind #philosophy #art #life #passion #lettinggo #writing #poetry #art #death #readiness

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Dandelion Love



While at Middleway Cafe recently with a friend, I noticed a painting that stood out to me.

I love Musk Oxen.

I love Dandelions.

I eat Dandelions.

The Musk Ox was eating, or otherwise vibing, with the dandelions.

Very nice painting.

I'm biased, but I like it.

"Dandelion Love"

Painted by Y. Thompson.

I would like something like this in my home.

If I didn't move around so much I would consider buying it.

An alternative title might be:

O. Moscatus, con Dandelion.

This title isn't as good as the chosen title.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.arts

#art #mattanaw #oilpainting #painting #akart #alaska #anchorage #dandelion #creative #wildlifeart #northernart #alaskanart #artsy #painty #houseit #addedcolor #munchthedandelion #cutemuskox #ilikemuskoxes #muskox #smooshynoses

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Prom King Matt



Mattanaw, Prom King.

Should've been.

Wasn't. I think.

I dropped out.

So,

Probably not.

I'm like the guy that just shows up to the prom.

Was there a prom king?

Forgot that dude.

Sorry man.

Kim was cute.

Everybody knows Kim.

Munchkim.

Matt is single, to be clear.

But he values

Every moment of his whole life.

Posting all the photos he has.

You should consider it too.

...

Now this is software architect Matt.

Otherwise, I'm pretty sure

you will lose everything

after not too long.

...

Privacy does not gain for you

what you think it does.

...

There is a slow lesson,

we are learning.

So slow.

...

Can I die now,

and be reincarnated?

This is not the time for me.

...

And it IS,

obviously.

#mattanaw #highschool #md #maryland #olney #silverspring #aknow #anchorage #wasilla #meadowlakesak #ak #matsu #matsuvaley #throwback #prom #prompic #promafterparty #mattwithhair #whatmattlookslikewithhair #hecanhavehairstill #helikesthemilitarylook #shavethehead

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Mattanaw Has Gifted Hands Maybe







Ben Carson wrote a book called "Gifted Hands".

I didn't read it.

It might be good.

But now I'm thinking,

"Hey I must have gifted hands too."

They do things.

Seems to be true.

Only my hands are gifted.

Look at the hands.

They achieved veins.

And

They think for themselves.

Or, my brain parts

dedicated to hands,

can do things without much thought,

Did I type this?

Here are the words, partly without my knowing,

what the words will be.

They come fast too.

You should see.

I'm handy.

I'm good at using my hands

for other things too...

I bet you can't guess what those things are.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere

#hands #handkins #giftedhand #handsthatdothings #handsthattype #typist #thoughtotext #anchorage #wasilla #matsu #alaska #handinak #ak #eastcoast #westcoast #pacificnorthwest #globes #uselesshashtag #prethoughttotext #itjusthappens #surgicalhands #surgicalnotsurgical #theytypeok #theydootherthingsgood #letmeknowifyouneedmyhands

Sunday, February 8th, 2020

Trying to Improve my Basketball game for 2020


For 2020, I'm trying to improve my overall conditioning.

I want to be stronger and faster.

Better weight lifting. Adding crossfit.

I also want to improve my basketball game.

I've always been pretty good.

Hard to tell in this video because I'm not up against anyone.

But for 2020 I want to improve my speed,

and maybe dunk.

And get back into playing one-on-one

or join a team.

I'm not sure.

But one of my favorite things to do is play basketball by myself.

it is soothing and relaxing.

Nothing quite like it.

I don't think I'll ever stop playing basketball by myself.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere

#alaskaclub #alaskaclubwasilla #wasilla #alaska #ak #basketball #multisport #crosstraining #personalimprovement #personaltransformation #playingalone #relaxing #solosports #meditation #meditative #tranquil

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Thursday Night, January 30th, 2020

A rare empty gym moment.









Wait, the gym is empty? Well, then the gym is MINE!

A rare moment. Selfies and videos could commence.

I never took videos of myself exercising at the gym before,

but now I'm thinking it's a good idea to catch problems with my form.

I'm experienced, but there are definitely improvements I can make.

Especially with shoulder position.

Let's see if I can improve. If you have any tips, share them with me!

@mattanaw @mattanaw.fitness

#mattanaw @mattanaw.fitness #fitness #emptygym #gymismine #gymlife #bodybuilding #fitnesslife #weighttraining #muscle #gains #selfie #videospotter #videoevaluation #videoanalysis #self-improvement #selfhelp #alaska #aklife #ak #wasilla #matsu #matsuvalley #alaskaclub

Monday, December 31st, 2019

More from Valley of Fire State Park, near Las Vegas Nevada















More photos from Valley of Fire State Park, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#lasvegas #vegas #nevada #valleyoffire #valleyoffirestatepark #lakemeade #nearlakemeade #nationalparks #stateparks #scenicdrive #windyroads #mustang #ford #mattanaw #anchorage #alaska #awayfromhome #businesstravel #business #tavel #consultinglife #consulting #sidetrip #remote #remotish #speed #landscape #scenery #scenicdrive

Sunday, December 30th, 2019

I can grow stubble. In Bethesda, Maryland.



Just trying to look good in a dirty shirt.

It's not that dirty though.

Just after getting back from visiting a friend in DC, and back in Bethesda, Maryland.

Maryland is one of the many places I'm from.

I wish I had more time to visit everyone, but I will be back again soon!

I have stubble. It's weird.

I can grow stubble!

No smiles right now.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#bethesda #maryland #olney #silverspring #anchorage #alaska #miami #otherplaces #dirtyshirt #shirtcanbeajacket #jacketedkinda #jacketed? #questionmarkhashtags #marriott #hotel #vacationish #rainyday #style #stylenotreally #travel #stubble #icangrowstubble

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Summerlin near Red Rock and Las Vegas, Nevada















One thing I really enjoy about traveling with a car is finding really nice neighborhoods.

A spot that comes to mind is Sedona, Arizona. An amazing place to live with incredible scenery immediately nearby.

This time I was able to visit Summerlin in Las Vegas, near Red Rock National Conservation Area.

This was my second trip here since I visited Red Rock last time I was in Vegas, nearly a year ago.

It seems like a really cool place to live. You can see the city in the distance from up near the mountains, and people who live here have quick access to the park and other remote areas.

Can you imagine having this backdrop to your home? Like it was your own back yard?

I can see myself living here, although it is more likely I'll be splitting my time between Anchorage, AK and someplace else I'll find myself working.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#summerlin #nevada #lasvegas #vegas #mountains #desert #beautiful #scenic #neighborhood #niceneighborhoods #southwestisbest #southwest #clean #clear #landscape #nationalparks #nationalrecreationareas #realestate #development #photography #everydayamazing #amazing

Day, Month 15th, 2019

Jungle in Puerto Rico

























Two weeks ago I made a trip to Puerto Rico with my parents and finally have the time to post about it.

We stayed in the Jungle near El Yunque on the eastern side of the island, and visited a tower overlooking the mountains and coastline visible from the national forest.

The jungle was lush and dense, and teemed with birds, amphibians and reptiles.

At night it was very loud, but peaceful. Frogs and other critters, most of which are nocturnal, were out making their calls, together combining into a constant cacophony.

A pleasant cacophony though!

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#puertorico #elyunque #nationalforest #jungle #cacapohony #nightsounds #animals #plants #vegetarian #vegan #bedandbreakfast #sanjuan #vieques #vequesnearby #islandlife #hammock #relaxing #relaxed #greatfood #atebreakfast #breakfastisgoodbut #flowers #travel #outofanchorage #outofdc #outofmd #maryland #washingtondc #anchorage #usa

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

Valley of Fire, near Las Vegas, Nevada





The amazing Valley of Fire State Park outside of Las Vegas Nevada.

What a great place to go for a drive!

This time it was with a Ford Mustang.

Next time I hope to take out an exotic.

The roads are perfect for a fast but safe drive.

They are windy and hilly, with spectacular views.

This was a very worthwhile trip to take, in between travels to DC, Maryland, Puerto Rico, and soon back to Anchorage.

If you go to Vegas and need to get out of the city temporarily,

I recommend driving north to Valley of Fire!

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#valleyoffire #desert #desertdriving #windyroad #offthebeatenpath #lakemead #lasvegas #nevada #anchorage #alaska #washington #washingtondc #dc #districtofcolumbia #puertorico #vieques #travelfast #travelhard #driving #ford #mustang #worktrip #consultinglife #travellife #landscape #stateparks #nationalparks #scenicdrives #scenicbyways #fastpaced #cruise #musclecar

Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

Christmas at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada











This December I was fortunate enough to spend some time with colleagues and friends in Vegas, for Adobe's Worldwide Sales Conference.

Part of the conference took place at the Bellagio. The Bellagio is beautifully designed. I tend to prefer the hotels in Vegas with the classic Italian themes, like the Venetian and Caesar's Palace, although I like modern hotels like the Aria as well. The ornate Italian hotels are especially well suited for Christmas ornamentation. While I was walking around the hotel, I discovered this annual exhibit that they show in their massive conservatory. It has amazing vaulted ceilings with a green metallic patina, like what you would see on aging bronze.

Las Vegas isn't only about gambling! There's so much to see.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#lasvegas #vegas #nevada #bellagio #bellagiohotel #italiantheme #italian #italy #christmas #xmas #merrychristmas #happynewyear #ornamentation #design #opulence #luxury #luxurious #travel #sightseeing #peoplewatching #people #displays #annualscene #holidayseason #seasonsgreetings

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Ignoring What is Definitely False.



Just admit the superstitions are false and move on.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaws.mind

#intelligence #smart #ignore #attention #attentionisvaluable #supersitionisnot #antisuperstition #antifalseobvious #eliminatetheobviouslyfalse #truth #logic #freedom #freedomfromstupid #freedomfromfoolish #freedomfromignorance #ignorance #ignoranceisnotbliss #knowledge #learn #learnandlive #moveon #moveonandlivefree

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Edited Friday, November 1st, 2019

Slow Motion Bumble-Bee Footage


Slow motion bumble-bee footage from my last road-trip.

I took a trip from AK to Seattle, and drove to Washington D.C. and back.

This footage was from near the University of Arkansas.

This was my first time ever using the slow motion feature on my iPhone X.

I didn't even know it existed.

It was amazing timing to find the feature.

Thank you bumble-bee.

I guess.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere

#unexpected #theunexpected #roadtrips #drive #hotelparkinglot #bumblebees #flowers #slowmotion #slowmo #iphonex #alaska #anchorage #washington #dc #maryland #triptotheeast #westcoasttoeastcoast #bugsnstuff #nature #naturefootage #bee #beefootage #beesondrugs

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Laundromat Play



You never know what will end up in your laundry.

Something to look forward to every time.

I had an onion waiting for a wrapper. And these things are clearly reusable.

Quarters are fun too for some reason.

What is with that?

This was from last week, but I just got finished at the same laundromat this week.

Good times.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.rvs @mattanaw.travels

#londromat #laundry #laundryday #quarters #onions #onionsandlaundry #laundrygifting #giftsappear #laundryisfun #anchorage #anchorageak #findingreasonsforlaundry #weirdthings #youputitonanonion #youscrubwithittoomaybe #washitagain #laundrysaysyoucanwashitoncemore

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Onset of Winter in Anchorage 2019





















Just some photos of recent snowfall here in Anchorage.

It's the start of winter!

Some of this already melted,

but the mountains will stay white like this for the duration of the winter.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.rvs @mattanaw.adventure

Sunday, October 19th, 2019

Just a Big Kid in Anchorage



Just a big kid in Anchorage!

#alaska #anchorage #hometownnumber8 #homebase #lovealaska #coffeeshops #kaladibrotherscoffee #decafplease #favoritespots #iguessimintodecaldnow

@mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.everywhere

September 30th, 2019









Just some recent shots of the termination dust coming down Mattanaw's Peak (also McHugh Peak),

captured just after exiting my RV a recent morning.

@mattanaw.rvs @mattanaw @mattanaw.travels

#anchorage #mountains #alaska #fattire #cycling #outdoors #wilderness #chugach #stateparks #nationalparks #land #landscape #solitude #relaxed #snow #trees #autumn #fall

September 30th, 2019



Here's a shot from my road trip from August, after visiting a client/partner in Albuquerque, NM.

This was my first trip trying to do some minimalist camping.

1 person tent, with no fly in this case— out in the open skies.

I felt a little exposed! But it was nice. I slept in the tent exactly as it is shown here.

This is at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico.

It's a little remote, and harder to access than some other parks, but it is worth it!

@mattanaw @mattanaw.arts @mattanaw.travels @mattanaw.adventure

#cacocanyon #chaco #canyon #southwest #roadtrip #cycling #camping #fattire #clearskies #intheopen #openskies #desert #relics #anthropology #nationalparks #nationalmonuments #america #newmexico #albuquerque #santafe #remote #offthebeatenpath #pictographs #petroglyphs #mesas #quiet #solitude #photography #parks #dryair #clean #usa #exploration #adventure

September 29th, 2019




Some spinning art wheels from Seattle Tacoma International Airport.

A nice sight at the end of a very long 10,000 mile plus roadtrip, from a couple months ago.

This was just after visiting Olympic National Park in Washington State.

It was a relaxing sight after a rush to the airport. Nice addition!

@mattanaw @mattanaw.arts @mattanaw.travels

#seattle #tacoma #washingtonstate #washington #roadtrip #flighthome #art #colors #spirals #design #shuttlewait #longtrip #omwhome #anchorage #alaska #america #unitedstates #artist #northwest #pacificnorthwest #airport #flights #illusion #perception #photography #experiences

September 24th, 2019








These photos are from a getaway trip to Homer, AK, where I spent a night in a treehouse.

I plan to return to stay in other rooms, because they are all dramatically different. Not all of them are treehouses.

It's an artsy place to visit, that includes cabins, a garden, and chickens aplenty.

There are horses and a very nice view of the nearby ridgeline as well.

Take a look. The place is called Cottonwood Cabins.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.travels

#ak #alaska #homer #cottonwoodcabins @cottonwoodcabins #cabins #treehouse #fireweed #ridges #mountains #boutique #hotels #art #artsy #design #decor #custom #handmade #builtbyhand #building #gardens #fields #chickens

June 30th, 2019

Video taken June 28th, 2019


First ride down my driveway with my new fat tire bike. Original Web Sized by Mattanaw. Written and edited solely by Christopher Matthew Cavanaugh. Terms and Conditions

I'm glad to say I purchased my very first fat tire bike.

Life in Alaska has felt incomplete without having a bike to ride.

I forgot how freeing it is to be able to get around on a bicycle.

Cycling is one of my first loves.

I let myself forget about it but now I can say I remember one of the things,

that makes me truly happy.

...

Several companies helped me get set up, but ultimately I grabbed it from The Bicycle Shop on Northern Lights. Thanks for your help! Thanks to Chain Reaction and REI for getting me on track too.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.travels

#alaska #cycling #mattanaw #anchorage #southanchorage #fattire #fattirebikes #thebycicleshop #chainreaction #rei #happy #simplethings #simplicity #exercise #commuting #experthelp #allseasonbike #fourseason #offroad #onroad #fitness #outdoors

June 22nd, 2019

Originally posted on June 4th, 2019, at off-grid-living-in-alaska.html


A Recent Hike Part of the Way Up to McHugh Peak. Original Full Sized by Mattanaw. Written and edited solely by Christopher Matthew Cavanaugh. Terms and Conditions

This is from an attempt to summit McHugh peak.

I like to think of it as Mattanaw's peak.

In fact, that is another name for it now, since that's what I call it.

This is the peak that is visible from my property.

It is snowy for most of the year.

I couldn't quite make it to the top, because my heels were being rubbed sore by the back of my boots.

But I made it close, and now it's something to look forward to for next time!

Yay for hiking adventures in Alaska!

@mattanaw @mattanaw.rvs

#summit #nearamountainpeak #rv #offgrid #country #countryliving #alaska #anchorage #ak #farnorth #mountains #camping #climbing #northwest #usa #america

June 18rd, 2019




Spent some time this late morning clearing out bushes for construction.

In the near future, I will have a new home on my property.

Built by hand? Mostly, but not completely. Not completely in the old-school ways.

I don't plan to use a hand drill.

Nevertheless, it is closer to homesteading,

than the trespasser activities are.

Keep checking back to see more about the trespasser activities.

@mattanaw @mattanaws.travels @mattanaw.rvs

#hiking #rv #offgrid #country #countryliving #alaska #anchorage #ak #farnorth #mountains #chainsaw #construction #development #building #clearing #clearinglightly #wood #yardwork #landstewardship #livingoffthelandtoadegree #livingthedream #alders #supposedlytheyhavecanbeusedforsyrup #aldersyrup #willsee

June 3rd, 2019



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#rv #offgrid #country #countryliving #alaska #anchorage #ak #farnorth #mountains #rainbows #photography #iphonex #landscape #breakintheclouds #prismatic #polychromatic #spectral #opalescent #versicolor #opaline #crackedoutthethesaurus #whatareotherwordslikerainboworrainbowlikeinuse #rainy #rainwaswelcometoo

June 2nd, 2019












New photos from the property, and my recent hike to up to the nearby mountain peak.

At the moment, there is no one living between myself and the mountains shown.

Video footage of my failed summit attempt to follow. (I made it to a secondary peak nearby before my heals were causing problems).

@mattanaw @mattanaws.travels @mattanaw.rvs

#mountains #alaska #anchorage #lovinglife #outdoors #sierraclub #nationalgeographic #naturalist #hikingalone #solitude #beauty #scenic #landscape #landscapephotography #ak #akspring #homesweethome

March 16th, 2019


Beware of the Ranker.

https://bit.ly/2W4mWiV

It's an important method to be aware of.

Used by

The jealous.

The narcissistic.

And the obsessive.

Don't be contained!

Different people know the different aspects of you. Don't get stuck in one person's narrowness!

@mattanaw @mattanaws.mind @mattanaw.arts

#darktriad #avoid #counter #psychology #defense #self-defense #watchout #notnarrow #bestrong #youremore #more #staypositive #doyou #uncontained #happy #open #multitalented #human #potentialisuncontained #noneedfortheenvious #imitator #potential #omni #expansive #eclectic #morethansomeknow #free

February 16th, 2019



If you're creative: be free and bold!

No need to work too hard protecting your ideas!

Just share 'em.

#nocompetition

http://www.elysiantrust.org/wp/member-societies/interrobang/

@mattanaw @mattanaw.arts @mattanaws.mind

#mind #meme #quote #quoteoftheday #copyright #trademarks #ip #creativity #creative #elysiantrust #interrobang #freedom #doit #thinkit #thinkmoreofit #ideas #gifted #brains #makestuff #build #art #writing #music #design #innovation #beyou #fearless #bold #generative

February 8th, 2019



Just a beautiful spot on the beach by Hanalei Bay, in Kauai, Hawaii.

I'm not there now, but am reminiscing. After 5 weeks in resorts, I had to head back home to Anchorage.

...

Many of the beaches in Hawaii are fairly discontinuous.

They do not stretch without interruption as far as they do in Florida.

The Hanalei River creates a gap between the beaches at Princeville Resort and Hanalei.

Streams also appear because of the tides and other conditions. This is one such stream. Easily crossable. Others not so much.

Beaches have a very natural feel, and have curvature, and shapes, matching the island landscapes. Plant life can extend most of the way to the water in places, creating a more private, tropical vibe.

Some spots are more continuous, like at Polihale. So long stretches of beach do exist, if that's what you're looking for.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#hawaii #kauai #hanalei #polihale #island #beaches #streams #rivers #mountains #bays #hanaleibay #travel #reminiscing #remoteish #secluded #relaxed #chill #landscapes #scenery #travelphotography #photography #sand #water #contrast

February 4th, 2019



If you have the chance to visit Kauai, I highly recommend checking out the Lava Lava Beach Club, at the Kauai Shores Hotel in Kapaa (Coconut Coast).

It's a restaurant and bar that extends right out onto the beach, that gets busy in the evening.

It seems to be a spot locals visit as well. A plus, if you don't want to be stuck at the resort, with all those "resort people".

Gross right?

Only joking. "Resort people" isn't even a real category.

It's a chill spot. Plenty to do and see. It has a trendy feel almost, for a remote spot like Kauai.

@llbckauai @mattanaw @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#kauai #kapaa #coconutplantation #hawaii #chillbar #bars #beach #resort #beachclub #beautiful #trees #travel #fresh #vacation #staycation #cooltrees #foodie #beer #work #consulting #consultingligfe #workisplay #island #aloha #love #views #greatlocation #comingback





February 3rd, 2019

Back in Anchorage.

It's a little more work. But it's beautiful.

I think it's going to be an Anchorage-Hawaii time split.

Paradises and not paradise.

Cool spot here in AK is the writer's block cafe.

Artsy, booky. Foods, drinks.

Dranks.

Enjoying myself here working and observing the art.

This piece caught my attention. Tristan Agnauraq Morgan. I love it. Popped big time.

Memories formed thereof. Thank you! And thank you @thewritersblockalaska.

@mattanaw @mattanaw.arts @mattanaw.everywhere#anchorage #alaska #spenard #art #artsy #writing #thewritersblockalaska #writersblock #legit #chill #ucanwork #foods #drinks #coffee #coffeehouse #beer #hangout #travel #nativestyle #alaskanative #cool #style #somanycoffees #nowritersblockever #ideas #decor #decoration #inspiration #beautifulsubject #real

February 3rd, 2019




Views when I was spending some time working poolside at the Princeville Hotel in Hanalei. It was a productive session.

"Why must that guy be on the computer?", I assume some thought, as they looked at me with distaste.

Changes in sun position. Transitioning shades of colors in the pool and mountains.

Not the usual office.

The best pools have tile surfaces. At some point, I want to see pools with mosaic tile surfaces at the bottom.

Pool-artworks. I will search specifically for these in Crete and Italy this year.

@st-regis-princeville-resort @mattanaw @mattanaw.travels @mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.arts

#princeville #hanalei #kauai #pacific #placid #colors #contemplative #working #mindful #productive #energy #chill #serene #tiles #mosaic #notmosaic #hawaii #sunshine #poolside #pools #water #aquatic #aquaman #fastandfurious #fastandthefurious #filmedhere #coolcast #consultinglife #love #aloha

February 2nd, 2019





Every once in a while, when I'm just sitting in contemplation, I'll notice some combination of shapes and textures contributing to my positive mood, without my being aware of it.

Beautiful, well constructed environments, have many elements not immediately apparent at first. You can enjoy them until elements pop out at you, revealing aspects of the positive experience.

The same is possible with seeing defects in an environment you enjoyed at first. You know it's done right though, when there is more to discover in what you like, before you reach the point where the defects become visible.

The details in the decor at the Koloa Landing resort in Poipu, Kaua'i created a very serene experience.

I'm not sure exactly what I liked in this (some color and shape combination), but I wanted to capture it for when I design my home in AK. Or for if I get a place in Hawaii (that's to be decided).

@koloalandingresort @mattanaw.arts @mattanaw.travels

#koloalandingresort #marriott #poipu #kauai #southshore #soutshorekauai #beach #details #decor #decoration #luxe #island #luxurycondo #design #meticulous #colorcombinations #shapes #arrangements #woodgrain #wood #classy #hawaii #serene #meditative #mindfulness #designinspriration #architecture #clean #relaxing #vacay #consultinglife #workisplay

January 29th, 2019






Some more photos of the magnificent Polihale, Kaua'i, as experienced from Jeepy excursions.

I'm proud of myself, for overcoming my distaste for Jeeps, and my decision, to enjoy them, in all their blocky unchanginess.

Fake commando in progress. With my miniature truck, that gets 11 mpg, for reasons I cannot understand.

Doesn't seem advanced, but "Hey".

"Hey there...".

What were we talking about?

Oh yeah. Jeeps. They do the job well. Tight spaces, sandy pit escapes.

My Ford F-250 gets the same gas mileage... and tows 12,000 pounds.

It is confusing to me, but "Hey"

"Hey there...".

They make good U-turns too.

#jeep #gas #fuel #gasoline #beaches #beauty #landscape #sand #sunshine #uturns #lilshrubs #golden #goldencoast #hawaii #kauai #polihale #ilovethisplace #vacay #vacation #travel #outdoors #mountains #relaxation #meditation #offroad #remote #backsoon #heyheythere

January 26th, 2019




What a view from the Princeville Resort, overlooking Hanalei Bay in Kauai!

I was needing some recuperative "me time" and found it here.

With more than 180 degrees of unobstructed ocean and mountain views, there is very little to complain about. I spent my last two days with the windows wide open, listening to the crashing waves.

Mind blown. And then glued back together. With meditation glue.

Easily one of the most beautiful locations I ever stayed.

The service is phenomenal here. Can I work here? I'd work here.

Thank you @st-regis-princeville-resort!

#hanelei #hanaleibay #princeville #kauai #hawaii #island #beaches #sea #ocean #waves #meditation #contemplation #reflection #relaxation #beaches #metime #healing #health #chill #mindfulness #natural #nature #views #mountains #landscape #coral #reefs #luxury

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January 22nd, 2019






Camping in Hawaii is amazing!

I always loved camping, but admittedly, it was something I normally did in the mountains or woods, at National Forests and Parks, and so on.

This was my very first attempt at beach camping. It was a learning experience, but it was totally worth it.

Also a first, was driving around in a Jeep. I was always biased against Jeeps, but they are perfect for getting the right access in Hawaii. I appreciate them now far more than I ever did before.

What a spot for firsts!? This is Polihale. These photos don't do it justice. Polihale is amazing. If you visit Kauai it is another must. It is drier, and sunshine is more probable.

It is very different than Hanalei (another amazing location). It is fascinating that these climates are so close to one another.

I can live here for some of the same reasons I live in Alaska. It is rural, but there is still plenty of access to city life (and Honolulu is not far away).

It also isn't too far from Alaska. Alaskans frequent Hawaii for this reason. If you have time for an extended vacation, you might want to do both. I did this in 2009 and it was cost effective.

I'm looking forward to calling this my home away from home! Especially because the people here are so kind!

Thank you Hawaii!!

@mattanaw.travels @mattanaw.adventure @mattanaw.everywhere @Jeep @Avis

#dreamlocation #parks #stateparks #hawaiiparks #hawaiibeaches #amazing #landscape #mountains #travel #cheapfun #beautiful #offthebeatenpath #hiking #island #islandlife #kauai #hawaii #camping #beach #beachcamp #thorns #stayawayfromthorns #adventure #remotecamping #secluded #alone #metime #quiet #atv #jeep #jeeps #offroad

January 17th, 2019



Shifted back from luxe-mode to adventure-mode, and the transition hasn't been comfy.

I stepped into the woods for just a minute, and returned like this.

Sandals aren't for hiking?

One thorn lodged completely in my foot, nearly an inch deep.

I hope I don't get some miscellaneous disease!

@mattanaw.travels @mattanaw.adventure

#kauai #hawaii #camping #beach #beachcamp #thorns #stayawayfromthorns #adventure #remotecamping #secluded #alone #metime #quiet #keeptheshoeson #shoes #notflipflops #miscdiseases #diseases

January 17th, 2019






Some more sights from Princeville!

Lunch at Nalu Kai, at the Princeville Hotel.

Work, pools, and beaches are compatible.

Chickens and veggie burgers are not. Go away chicken!

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#consulting #play #anjoy #consultinglife #chicken #kauaichicken #kauai #hawaii #island #pools #beaches #sunshine #clearskys #gooddays #enjoy #pleasure #palmtrees #warmth #revive #workisplay #foodsformatt #notforchicken #eatinglightish #saynotofries #pineapple #luxe #food #foodwithaview #roostersroosting

January 16th, 2019



Greetings from Kauai, at the Princeville Hotel (formerly the St. Regis) near Hanalei.

Tropical Jurrasicparkishness is nearby. Inspired by actual chicken dinosaurs.

This is an extremely beautiful resort. I was able to pop in several times from the nearby The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, also a very nice spot.

I think this is a must see if you happen to end up in Kauai, in the Hanalei area.

@mattanaw.travels @mattanaw.arts @mattanaw.everywhere @st-regis-princeville-resort @marriott @the-westin-princeville-ocean-resort-villas

#jurrasicpark #stevenspielberg #kauai #hanelei #princeville #hawaii #islandlife #beaches #secluded #private #privateish #tropical #relaxed #turf #greendesign #design #manicured #pedicuredtoo #travel #seeitall #dabbleinhotels #trynottobetoocool #morerelaxedthanbuddha #maybeanexaggeration #vicarioussurfer

January 14th, 2019








I had a wonderful stay this month at the Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection.

Usually I do not spend this much for a hotel...

I blame @Marriott for not giving it to me, as a lifer, but also, for tempting me into staying.

My suite was wonderful. Beautiful Garden views in the Garden Isle that is Kauai.

I highly recommend a stay. Beach access is amazing. It seems to be the drier side of the island as well.

Or, do as I do: visit all parts of a city or locale? There is no need to book weeks on end in one location.

Be like Mattanaw.

Do what you feel like when you feel like it.

@Miami is approaching again.

@quicksilver #quicksilver @hydroflask

#hawaii #kauai #poipukauai #miami #alaskagetaway #getawayfromalaska #poipu #marriott #marriottautograph #autograph #beaches #islandlife #luxe #yougetwhatyoupayfor #beautfiulresort #stunningsunets #sunsets #workhard #workisplay #nonstop #travel #luxury #realestate #flighty #flight #itwasworthit #life

january 14th, 2019



say "hello" to matt at 18. shooting pool, as he often did, just outside of d.c. in maryland.

former marylandian, detroitian, knoxvillian, miamivillian, charlottian, bostonian (kinda, nashuavillian), alasakervillian ("fast sourdough"), and now hawaiian (already?). nearly san diegoian. others too. all those things. i call myself what i feel like.

mostly international these days.

global citizen.

so much not incognito.

anyways i'm way off topic.

behold, the very slightly younger looking matt!

dms much appreciated (ignored mostly). try it though.

@mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels @mattanaw.fitness

#brokeaf #retirednow #retired #workisplay #yerconfused #immnotconfused #allover #global #international #flashback #maryland #baltimore #olney #silverspring #dc #virginia #detroit #knoxville #sandiego #nashua #boston #miami #ftlauderdale #charlotte #alaska #anchorage #northcarolina #hawaii #kauai #maui #oahu #bigasswaves #harvard #iamharvard #forgotwhatthispostwas

January 13th, 2019



A view of the secluded beaches from the coveted Hammerhead Room, at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas.

It had gorgeous panoramic views of the coastline from several hundred feet above.

Blue water, big waves, manicured greens, and chickens aplenty.

(Kaua'i has chickens running around everywhere).

A lucky first night in Princeville, Kaua'i!

@mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels

#retiredlife #hawaii #islandlife #hawaiilife #aloha #mahalo #kauai #princevillekauai #luxury #luxe #resorts #workisplay #playiswork #beaches #sunshine #surfing #vacation #relaxation #travel #travelphotography #photography #marriott #westin #homeawayfromhome #homeawayfromalaska #alaska #business

December 16th, 2018




A view of Sky Tower in Auckland, NZ, from The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel.

It doesn't look natural. It is striking, foreign, like an alien space ship. From the movies that pretend to know what alien space ships would look like, if there actually were aliens.

Maybe it just landed there like that.

I should be Agnostic about that, because its possible.

Anyway, Ponsonby is a cool spot, with plenty of restaurants and things to do. I highly recommend paying a visit if you get the chance to visit Auckland.

@mattanaw.everywhere @mattanaw.travels @mattanaw.arts

#skycity #skytower #nz #newzealand #auckland #ponsonby #kiwi #greatponsonbyarthotel #arthotel #bedandbreakfast #cozy #comfy #cityscape #space #spaceship #alien #alienvisit #unnatural #ship #aircraft #spacecraft #ufo #doesntlooknatural #artificial #itlanded #itlandedthere

December 14th, 2018



The beautiful vertical gardens at the Campus Service Center at Harvard University.

This was a very nice place to sit and study! A pleasant discovery in my camera roll, from last month's trip.

When I'm not living in an RV, I will emulate some of what I've seen here. I wonder which plants would be suitable replacements, here in Alaska.

@mattanaw.arts @mattanaw.travels

#gardens #green #sustainability #design #architecture #decoration #decor #inspiration #interior #livablespaces #greenarchitecture #greendesign #harvard #harvarduniversity #harvardsquare #university #college #study #reading #massachusetts #boston #cambridge #hangingout #anchorage #alaska #homedecor

November 30th, 2018




After the earthquake in Anchorage this morning, the only place I could find to get work done was called "Aftershock Espresso" 😂

Thank you @aftershock_espresso @ak.aftershockespresso for being open!!

I'm ok BTW and so far I have not heard of any deaths or injuries. Thanks to everyone who reached out! People are shaken but aside from business closures, everything seems to be mostly ok.

#anchorage #earthquake #spenard #earthquakes #espresso #caffeine #femacoffee #coffee #coffeeshop #stillworking #workanyway #grateful #alaska #anchorageisok #wereok #everybodyfine #gladitwasntworse