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I moved to Montana from Minnesota because almost every summer when I was a kid, we would take an epic vacation to a national park, and I always liked Yellowstone the best.
As we drove the highway in our station wagon, my mom would read about all the little towns we passed through: their histories, who lived there--what made them special.
We stopped at nearly every historic marker to learn about the landscape, the history of the Indian tribes and the journey of the pioneers across the West. We ate in small diners and visited a lot of hardware stores because my dad always said: "If you really want to know what makes a town tick, visit a hardware store."
I'm not sure if it was the vast open prairie against the Big Sky landscape, the mountains, the stories of the people, or the history but something about traveling through Montana captured my heart and continues to hold it captive today.
I guess you could say I was a Geo-tourist before I knew the meaning of the word. Geo-tourists are interested in an authentic travel experience--an experience focused on the unique qualities of a destination (culture, heritage, geographic character) and the story that sets it apart from anywhere else on earth.
I'm here to help communities find ways to tell their own stories, to uncover the things that make them special. Chances are, somebody else will think those things are special, too.
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