Meet Your Glacier National Park Guides!

Our Glacier National Park guides are highly trained in everything from swift water rescue to Wilderness First Aid to the history, flora, and fauna of Glacier National Park and its surrounding areas. Whether or not you “need” a guide for rafting, hiking, fishing, or biking, they’ll make your experience so much richer. Some of our guides have been with us since the mid 80s, and all of them take enormous pride in being Glacier National Park guides. Did we mention they’re incredible backcountry cooks, too?


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Age: Born the same year that Tonya Harding was stripped of her figure skating title for the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.
Hometown: Born and raised in Redmond, WA. Living in Bozeman, MT in the off season.
Description: I grew up hiking, biking, and playing in the woods of the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors. I love being in the desert and up in the mountains. From a young age my father has taken me on hiking and backpacking trips all over the country. I love my job and having the opportunity to share the experiences of the outdoors and Glacier National Park with other people.
Favorite Quote:  “It is not enough to fight for the wilderness, it is even more important to enjoy it.” -Edward Abbey
Favorite Place: Heaven’s Peak!

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Age: Born the same month that John Lennon died.
Hometown: Lawrenceville, IL
Description: JD hails from a small farm town in Illinois. He attended Southern Illinois University and received a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management. His outdoor guiding career started in Alaska and has become a life long pursuit ever since. He joined our crew in 2010 after falling in love with the area while spending his summers fighting Glacier’s noxious weeds. JD has a few surprises behind that humble exterior. At 14, he got his black belt in Taekwondo and says he dabbles in playing the banjo. He is also ordained so he can perform marriages in the backcountry, in case the need should arise.
Favorite Quote: Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Favorite Place: “Ahern Pass. It is a perfect place to sun bathe naked on the continental divide. I wonder if Joe Cosley did the same?”

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Age: Born the same month that McDonalds introduced the Happy Meal.
Hometown: Helena, Montana
Description: Mark is a Montana native and has spent over 15 years as a raft guide. We were lucky to have him join our team in 2010. When Mark is not rafting, he is working for Farm in the Dell, a non-profit that builds homes for people with disabilities. He also likes to ski, snowboard, kayak and raft. Sculpture of any medium is one of his biggest hobbies.
Favorite Quote: “Adventure today.”
Favorite Place: “The river…Bear Creek to Essex for the scenic views, the feeling of wilderness and fun whitewater.”
Favorite Trip: “Half day whitewater. It’s the rapids.”

One of our longest standing Glacier National Park guides, Carolyn Beecher.


Age: Eisenhower was President when she was born.
Hometown: CONCORD, MA (Now lives in Ronan, MT)
Description: Starting in 1991, Carolyn is one of our most seasoned hiking Glacier National Park guides. When she’s not in Glacier, she guides in Utah’s Bryce and Zion National Parks and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. She also manages a small map business and maintains acreage around her home in Ronan. Her favorite thing about guiding? “My office has a really big window!!!” Carolyn has been known to swim in natural bodies of Montana water any month of the year (yep, even in the winter).
Favorite Quote (She had a hard time picking so we will go with these two):
“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
~ John Muir
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
~ Aldo Leopold
Favorite Place: “On the ‘Backbone of the World’, the continental divide, but I’m not going to tell you exactly where. Then I’d have to kill you.” Don’t believe her though, she wouldn’t hurt a fly.


Age: Dan Akroyd shares her birthday.
Hometown: MINNESOTA (Now West Glacier, MT)
Description: Stacey is the sweetest person you’ve ever met! This hiking and rafting extraordinaire’s incredible attitude can’t help but make you smile. And if you just want to know what bird it is tweeting around the corner – you’ve found your girl. When not in Glacier, you might see a blur resembling Stacey teaching skiing on the Big Mountain or cycling throughout the Flathead valley.
Favorite Place: Granite Park Chalet. Why Granite? “Why the Granite Glow of course!” Glow on Stacey! How to get there: Stay on your own or let us do the cooking and hear our favorite Granite tales on one of our scheduled 3 day hut hikes.

Glacier Guide Jennifer Buls


Age: Born just after the Blues Brothers made the first appearance on SNL.
Hometown: GREAT FALLS, MT (Now Whitefish, MT)
Description: Jennifer joined us in 2002, and has been guiding us down the river and on the trails ever since. Jen is one of our most vivacious Glacier National Park guides and has a true passion for the park. She has also guided in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the Cabinet Mountains, and on the Clark Fork River. Her education is in Forest Resource Management, and boy does she know her plants. When she is not guiding, you can find her rafting on other rivers or rippin’ up the slopes on her snowboard in the winter. She also works at our local gear shop and does she know her gear! Jennifer is also certified as a Leave No Trace Master Educator.
Favorite Place: Stoney Indian Pass. She loves the cool breeze after a good climb. Join us for a backpacking trip and you too could feel the cool breeze!

Hannah Callahan Glacier Guide


Age: Born the day before President George Bush is televised vomiting into the lap of Japan’s Prime Minister at a state dinner.
Hometown: Born in Anchorage, AK but grew up in Minneapolis, MN
Description: Hannah joined us as a rafting guide in 2014 and is now a hiking guide. In the off-season, she works as an instructor at Whitefish Mountain Resort’s ski school. She loves to snowboard, fish, and bike. If she were to sing karaoke, it would definitely be Skater Boy. Fun fact: she would rather fight 100 duck sized horses than one horse sized duck. As a girl, Hannah wanted to grow up to be a Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg to be exact!
Favorite Place: “The North Fork. It’s the most beautiful float and then you get to be in Polebridge.”

Glacier guides office manager Judith Christiansen.


Age: The Beatle’s album “Abbey Road” was released the year she was born.
Hometown: GERMANY (Now Whitefish, MT)
Description: Judith knows the answer! How, where, who, what, and when – if you need anything involving the office, Judith can help you out. Judith began working as a lead guide on the rivers and trails with her strength in geology. Over the years she decided she preferred the lively pace of the office and now manages the grand scheduling of all the Glacier National Park guides. She still enjoys leading a few day hiking trips a year, especially if the group speaks German. Track her down for the answers, or do your best to catch this hiking, bicycling, and skiing ball of energy.
Favorite Place: Nyack/Coal Creek District: SW Glacier Park. Why? “It’s very secluded – nobody there, beautiful scenery, great spot to watch for mountain goats at the head of Beaver Woman Lake. The Nyack Loop makes for a great 3-4 day backpacking trip.” Maybe if one hikes like Judith you can complete the loop in 4 days, but it’s more likely that once in the Nyack you’re going to want to take your time and enjoy it. We explore the Nyack region from time to time on our 4 day and 6 day backpacking trips.

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Age: Born the same month Home Alone was released in theaters
Hometown: Front Royal, VA
Description: I previously worked two summers as a Red Bus driver in Glacier. Now I’ll be taking to the trails as a hiking and backpacking guide! I grew up exploring the Appalachian mountains during my childhood. Since graduating from college, I have been living the seasonal life out west. On my off days you can find me trail running or climbing peaks in the park. I have also thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. So I do enjoy long walks occasionally.
Favorite Quote: John Steinbeck: “I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love.”
Favorite Place: Lake McDonald

Jeremy Covert Glacier Guide


Age: Born just a couple of days after the song Hotel California was released.
Hometown: Louisville, KY. Home of the Kentucky Derby – the most exciting two minutes in sports!
Description: Jeremy is yet another interesting guide. He joined us as both a rafting and a hiking guide after spending several summers guiding on other NW rivers. He loves boating of every kind. He bought a sailboat with the goal of eventually sailing around the world. Jeremy is one of our best guides, most handsome, funniest, and sweetest. (Jeremy, you can make the check for that one out to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft). Other than boating, he likes camping, skiing, reading (non-fiction), fine arts and crafts (concentrating on photo realistic painting), cycling, cookery & fine cuisines, yoga.
Fun Fact: Jeremy is passionate about early Neil Diamond recordings – before ’72 (that’s a first for us). He also can ride the unicycle and play the mandolin (not at the same time–but he’s working on it.)
Favorite Quote: “Fish don’t contain the sacred liquid in cups. They swim the huge fluid freedom.” Rumi, Sufi Poet
Favorite Place: Anywhere away from crowds and cars! More specifically igloo camping at Marias Pass in early spring.

Montana Raft Carter Eash


Age: Born the same day that Alice Cooper fell off the stage during a concert in Vancouver, breaking six ribs.
Hometown: Glenwood Springs, Colorado (now residing in Columbia Falls)
Description: Carter joined the Glacier National Park guides in 2011. He spends the rest of his year inspiring and teaching our youth as a middle school teacher in Columbia Falls. In his free time he plays guitar and likes to travel. New Zealand and the Grand Canyon are among some of his favorite trips. His favorite quote? “Be kind. Tell the truth. Eat good food.”
Favorite Place: “Many Glacier because of the grand peaks and pristine lakes.” Join us on a custom day hike or on our Glacier Challenge trip and explore this great valley for yourself.

Allison Egan


Age: Born the same year that Margaret Thatcher was the first woman elected prime minister of the United Kingdom (girl power!)

Hometown: The grass seed capitol of the world.

Description: Allison joined us in 2005 as a rafting guide and over the years has transitioned into one of our hiking Glacier National Park guides. Allison is a big fan of time spent in the wild, mountains under her feet in both summer and winter, and the connection to time spent in the wilderness and health … ask her about her doctorate degree to get the full story! Allison loves sharing her passion for Glacier with guests to create lifetime memories, and she’ll cook for you too! She used to cook professionally and is quite the culinary genius on a one burner stove.

Favorite Quote: “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Fun fact: She can pedal start and ride a 1977 Motobecane moped
Favorite place: Lunch at Red Gap Pass! Allison loves being in the alpine, and the views from Red Gap won’t disappoint.
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Age: Josh was born the same year Nirvana’s Nevermind came out, but doesn’t believe in astrology if it’s cloudy.

Hometown: Helena, Montana, the capital of the Treasure State

Description: Josh is a day hiking and backpacking guide who loves to spend his days off day hiking, backpacking, and bagging peaks in Glacier’s backcountry. If you’re on the trail with Josh, you’re in good hands! When he isn’t in the mountains, Josh works as support staff at a group home for the mentally disabled in Helena. If he won the lottery, he would buy the New York Jets and finally win another Super Bowl (or maybe just have a winning season).

Favorite Quote:  Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Bueller

Fun fact: Josh had a crush on all the Spice Girls in the third grade. (He’s very inclusive.)
Favorite place: Sperry Glacier basin: “It’s everything Glacier to me, rugged and remote yet so beautiful! Sometimes scary and unforgiving but I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.”
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Age: Nataly was born the month after Pulp Fiction was released in theater.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Description: Nataly has been with Glacier Guides since 2018. She spent her first summer in Glacier — 2016 — at Lake McDonald with the Glacier Park Boat Co. She has also worked at Yosemite, Canyonlands, Arches, and Yellowstone. Nataly’s passion for our National Parks stems from wanting to get the heck out of the city – but she still enjoys it in small doses. Nataly spends her winters in Yellowstone National Park as a snowcoach driver and cross country skiing and snowshoeing tour guide. Her favorite part about guiding is seeing her guests ‘nature-iphanies,’ epiphanies in nature.

Favorite Quote:  “The freedom and simple beauty is just too good to pass up.” -ChrisMcCandless

Favorite Place in GNP: That’s a tough one for this hiking and backpacking guide, but a place that stands out for Nataly is Elizabeth Lake: “the first time I heard wolves howl in Glacier!”
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Age: Never ask a lady her age.

Hometown: Oroville, WA

Description:  Brigid is an incredible fishing guide and all around mountain woman. She studied International Business and Spanish at Central Washington University.   After college, intending to spend a winter as a ski bum, she landed in Whitefish.   She got a job at the Great Northern Bar and joined the Whitefish Mountain Ski Patrol.   17 years later, she has established roots, friends, and a couple of careers.   She spends her winters doing what she loves as well – still as a ski bum and patroller and bartending weekends at the Great Northern Bar in Whitefish.  Her summers are spent mountain biking, hiking, and fly fishing around Northwest Montana and Southeast B.C.

Of course, her new husband, Darcy, who won her heart partly by introducing her to fishing in the Elk River in Canada, has become a new source of inspiration.  They were married in November 2018.   Theirs has always been an international relationship – he lives in Fernie, BC and she lives in Whitefish.  They met through mutual friends in Whitefish, and discovered that they share a passion for fly fishing, skiing, and mountain biking, among other things.    The million dollar question is where they will end up living and the jury is still out on that.  Consequently, their life has been like one eternal honeymoon since they only see each other every couple weeks or so.   They are really living a dream – working, skiing, and fishing in two different resorts, in two different towns, and in two different and countries – making the most of their international commute.  Until that million dollar question is answered, they are fully enjoying all that Fernie BC, Whitefish and surrounding communities have to offer.

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Brendan Friel has been a guide in the fly fishing industry for nearly 20 years, dividing his time between Montana and Alaska.  Brendan spent the first half of his guide career managing and guiding at the world famous Crystal Creek Lodge, an Orvis endorsed fishing lodge near King Salmon, Alaska.  It was in Alaska that Brendan learned many tricks of the guiding trade. Managing and guiding in Alaska is a 7 day a week job, which starts well before sunrise and ends after the last guest has gone to bed.  Brendan’s efforts on the water and his management skills helped elevate Crystal Creek Lodge to the elite status they are now proud to hold amongst fly fishing lodges around the world. Brendan brought his skills back to the Lower 48, where he is often requested by guests at Spotted Bear Ranch, another Orvis endorsed operation in Northwest Montana. He now guides primarily in Montana and is an expert on many Montana rivers.  Ask around the boat ramp and you will find that Brendan is respected amongst all his peers.  Brendan is professional, courteous, and dedicated to his trade. The transition from Alaska to Montana has been made easy by Montana trout’s willingness to eat dry flies.  Although Brendan loved the big fish in Alaska, few things in the fly fishing world excite him like a trout engulfing a dry fly on the surface.  Fortunately, in Northwest Montana, we have many Westslope cutthroat eager to do just that! If this sounds like something you’d like to see and experience, Brendan says, “Let’s go out fishing together!”

Randy Gayner owner of Glacier Guides Montana Raft


Age: Same year the Detroit Lions beat the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championship.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio (Now Whitefish, MT)
Description: Randy is one of our founders – he retired in 2018. After first working in the area as a backcountry ranger based out of the Polebridge Ranger district, Randy — along with Mark O’Keefe — dreamed up the idea of Glacier Guides. These days, you can find him floating the rivers, skiing Big Mountain, hiking in Glacier, or scouting for another fun adventure!
Favorite Place: Many Glacier Valley. Why Many Glacier? “All the great day hikes (Grinnell Glacier, Iceberg Lake, Ptarmigan Tunnel) and wildlife viewing opportunities for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, and grizzly bears.”

Jeff Garretson


Age: Born the same year of the 8888 Uprising in Myanmar (Burma).
Hometown: Lakewood, CO
Description: We were lucky to have Jeff stop his travels long enough to join us as one of our Glacier National Park guides in 2014. He graduated from Colorado State, and then taught 6th, 7th and 8th graders Spanish in Philadelphia for 2 years. He has since circumnavigated the globe by bicycle, bus, plane, train, and boat, teaching English alongh the way. Honestly, he has traveled too many places to list here. He is talented too. He speaks Spanish fluently, plays guitar, mandolin, bass, and drums and loves to hike, juggle, skateboard, bike, and snowboard.
Favorite Place: “The shore of Lake McDonald, right in front of the Apgar Village Inn. My grandparents used to run the Inn, and I learned to skip rocks there as a young buck.”
Favorite GG/MRC trip: “The 2 day rafting trip because the river is so exciting, and then once you get to camp, it’s just straight chillin’ till the cows come home!”

Denny Gignoux owner of Glacier Guides Montana Raft


Age: Born the same year we first landed on the moon.
Hometown: Whitefish, MT
Description: Denny knows Glacier! Denny started here as a guide in 1993, and has since become one of our owners. We challenge you to stump one of our best naturalists. In addition to knowing his stuff, you’ll love Denny’s entertaining tales and savvy cooking. When not in Glacier, you might spy this backpacker in South America, Nepal, guiding polar bear viewing trips in Canada, helping his wife Caeli with Climate Ride, or working as a ski patroller at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Denny also works to make sure each backpacking trip runs smoothly.
Favorite Place: Summit of Iceberg Peak.
Why Iceberg? “All of it – closer to the elements, weather, touching the sky!” How to get there: Join us on one of our 3 day chalet treks and we’ll get a close up view of this peak from the trail.


Age: Born the same month Thelma & Louise was released in theaters.

Hometown: Freeport, Maine

Description:A true New Englander! Andrea was born and raised in Maine and graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Public Health and Spanish. She served in the Peace Corps in Peru where she was the highest volunteer in the world — above 13,000 ft. After traveling around South and Central America, Andrea wanted to see if the west really was the best. She moved to Whitefish, Montana, at the end of summer 2016 after a friend told her he lived 35 miles from Glacier National Park. Since then it’s been a dream come true. She really enjoys ‘getting after it,’ as they say. Whether it’s skiing, running, biking, scuba diving or her favorite, rollerblading, Andrea tries to do it all. Andrea feels very lucky to be able to spend every day outside.

Favorite Quote: “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” Lance Armstrong

Favorite Place in Glacier: The Two Medicine Valley because there are lots of awesome peaks to summit, the history behind the valley, the connection with the Blackfeet Nation, and it’s usually the least crowded. Join us on our weekly hike to Scenic Point to experience the magic of Two Medicine!


Age: Boris Leonidovich Pasternak won the Nobel Prize in Literature the year he was born.

Hometown: New Market, Iowa (pop. 193 on a busy Saturday night)

Description: What can we say about Bill? He started here in 2004, and has been our Chief Getitstartedkeepitgoing Guy. He is certified in a plethora of things that most of us have never heard of. We just know that he’s great at maintaining vehicles and ski lifts. When he is not working hard in the shop, he spends as much of his time near the river as possible. Bill returned to school after 30 years and completed a degree in English/Creative Writing. Nice job Bill!

Bill’s Favorite Quote: “A road diverged in a woods and I, took the road less traveled and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

Favorite Place: As close to the river as he can get.

Corrie Holloway Glacier Guide


Age: Born just before the Ramones formed.
Hometown: Bedford, NH (Now Columbia Falls, MT)
Description: Corrie has been a hiking and backpacking guide for us since 1997. After finishing college in Northern Arizona she headed north to spend a summer in Glacier Park, and she hasn’t left since. When she is at home in Columbia Falls, Corrie loves to ski, paint, cook, and spend time with her husband, daughter, and son. Her love of travel and the outdoors has brought her to all 50 states and a handful of other countries.
Favorite Place: Belly River Valley.
Why Belly River? “Because it’s unlike any other place – wild animals, spectacular views, and no roads.”
How to get there: Join us on a 4 day or 6 day backpacking trip and there’s a good shot we’ll be traversing this spectacular region of the Park.

Ryan Hudson


Age: Born the same month that the movie Field of Dreams was released.
Hometown: Douglasville, GA
Description: Ryan joined us as a hiking and rafting guide in 2013. Super sweet and excited about the park, he loves sharing Glacier with guests — when he is not running, mountain biking, cross-stitching, and SUP’ing across Glacier’s longest lakes. In his off-season he has coordinated climbing expeditions for young people and been a surf instructor in New Zealand. Ryan is the star of our group. When he was young, he was the star of a Purity Dairy milk commercial and a speaking role in a made for TV movie, ” The Brooke Ellison Story.”
Favorite Quote: “I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, or else, I am awake for the first time and all before has been a mean sleep.” Walt Whitman
Favorite Place: “That’s a secret, but I will say Boulder Peak has great views towards my favorite place.” Anyone have a guess?


Age: Born the same year Titanic was released. Leo is still “king of the world!” in Jake’s heart.
Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama – but now residing in Whitefish, Montana
Description: Jake comes to us fresh out of engineering school to join Glacier Guides Montana Raft for the 2019 summer season. He has worked in the North Fork at the Polebridge Mercantile for several seasons and spent every spare second getting up some of the park’s highest peaks. When he is not working on wood projects or picking guitar, he loves sharing his stoke for being outside with anyone willing to recreate.
Favorite Quote: “I think there is a way to do things right to tread lightly on the world” – Alex Honnold
Favorite Place: Rainbow Peak for sure! The climb requires a couple days and some paddle time, so lots of different activities within the same trip.


Age: Born the same month George Michael released his iconic Faith album.

Hometown: LaPine, Oregon / Homer, Alaska / and now Martin City, Montana

Description: Kristal is one of our hiking Glacier National Park guides – and a fun-maker.  She’s traveled to 45/50 states, makes jewelry, sews, skis, snowboards, rides snowmobiles and dirt bikes and climbs mountains, too.

If Kristal won the lottery, she would travel to see all of the geological wonders of the world, collecting rocks where permitted – although of course not in national parks…not cool. She would also try to learn several languages and learn how to cook really good Asian food. Currently in the off season, Kristal works at ski areas so she can get free tickets all over; collects rocks from all over Montana; and continues to perfect her mushroom fried rice recipe, extra ginger. She’s hoping to visit the Chinese Wall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness this summer, and find some time volunteer at our local farmers markets, too. In the fall, Kristal hopes to visit southeast Asia.

Favorite Place: Grinnell Glacier trail.

Why Grinnell? A few years ago, my mom and I saw a moose straight line book it across the lower lake. It was amazing how quick it was!

How to get there: Sign up for a custom day hike – in January or February, we’ve been selling out early these last few years.

Glacier National Park guides Emily Lacoste


Age: When Emily was born, Pop Up Video was where it was at.
Hometown: The mountains.
Description: Emily is part of our awesome Glacier Guides Lodge and Glacier Guides Guest House staff. If she won the lottery, she would build her dream home on the edge of a lake somewhere and would make sure she had all the gear she needed to live an adventurous, fruitful life. The rest would be put away for later!


Age: Born the same year that Rose didn’t let Jack on the door. #neverforget

Hometown: Medway, Massachusetts – the birthplace of Grizzly Adams.

Description: Growing up, Luc spent most of his summers either on the beaches of Maine or at his family’s lakeside cabin in the remote town of Rangeley, Maine. After graduating from high school, Luc enrolled in an Outward Bound Instructor Development course. That is where he discovered his true calling – Luc is now an Outdoor Education / Adventure Therapy major at the University of New Hampshire.

Favorite Quote: I am Beyonce, always. – Michael Scott

Favorite Place: Iceberg Lake – Luc’s very first hike in Glacier!


Age: Born the same year as Woodstock.
Hometown: Upstate NY (Now Whitefish, MT)
Description: Cheri started as one of our Glacier National Park guides in 2001 after working at the Glacier Institute. Her knowledge of botany makes her a great gal to have around when hiking through one of the many flower filled meadows. She is also known for her culinary and coffee brewing skills, which come in handy now that she runs our kitchen. When not in Glacier, Cheri might be home visiting her native Adirondacks, teaching herbalist classes at our local community college, or hanging out with her two adorable children.
Favorite Place: “Hole-in-the-Wall” backcountry campground.
Why Hole-in-the-Wall? “The wildflowers, gushing waterfalls – it’s just the most amazing alpine cirque!”
How to get there: We love to visit the Hole-in-the-Wall on our backpacking trips.


Age: Haley was born the year the move Fargo premiered.

Hometown: Whitefish, Montana

Description: Haley would karaoke to Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations. At 10, she was nerdy and unathletic – now she hikes for a living! If she had to choose between fighting 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck, she would choose the duck sized horses.

Favorite Quote: Why be a dad when you can be a fun uncle? – Michael Scott

Favorite Place: Cracker Lake – it’s so unique! It’s a 1 mile round trip from Many Glacier, or you can see it from above by hiking Siyeh Peak out of Siyeh Bend. You can book a custom hike with us if you’re interested in seeing this turquoise lake.


Fishing guide Kurt Lewis is an angler to the core and has been guiding these rivers over 20 years. He currently holds the prestigious title of being “The Oldest Guide on the River.” He is patient, knowledgeable, and thinks like a fish.

Kurt is always full of humorous stories and local lore that contribute to making your day on the river memorable and fun.

When Kurt isn’t guiding, he’s fishing, tying flies, and thinking about fishing. Feel free to request him for your North or Middle Fork of the Flathead River fishing adventure!


Age: Born the year Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch’s song Good Vibrations was a number 1 hit.

Hometown: Great Falls, MT

Where You Live Now:  Where I live now varies by the season. Outside of summer, you may find me swimming in Loch Ness, skiing in Utah, or puddle jumping on a holy mountain in China, to name a few. But every summer season, I’m drawn back to the never ending fun that Glacier offers.

Fun Facts About Tom: Like most people, I was born a baby. I was the youngest of four boys in a household consistently headed for the great Montanan outdoors every weekend. Camping, fishing, and hiking with the fam really kindled my fire to be outside, especially when my brother pushed me in the fire pit because I was winning tag. But alas, that’s a story for another time. I worked for MT DNRC for two and a half years straight out of college before trading in the big boy pants for a pair of Chacos and hiking sticks.

“I’ve never broken any bones and my first cup of coffee ever consumed was last year on a Glacier Guides and Montana Raft trip.”

Favorite Quote: No one told me to do it, it just needed to be done.

Favorite place in Glacier: Going to the Sun Road on bicycle before it opens in spring.

Keaton Mais


Age: Keaton was born in the year MCMLXXXVII.

Hometown: Florence, Oregon

Where You Live Now: On the road.

Fun Facts About Keaton: Keaton is pursuing a career in freelance photography. You’ll find his some of his work on Glacier Guides and Montana Raft’s social media pages and our 2019 Christmas card, too. Thanks for being so generous with your talents, Keaton!

Favorite Quote: Wowzers!

Favorite place in Glacier: Grinnell Glacier. That hike will never get old.


Age:  Bailey was born 3 years after the release of the movie, Titanic.

Hometown: Whitefish, MT

Fun Facts About Bailey: Last April, Bailey was finally able to achieve her New Year’s resolution by learning to salsa dance in the jungle.  When she is not dancing or floating the rivers, she is either on her bike, skis, or jamming on her cello. Bailey thinks the best color to describe July is without a doubt, a beautiful blueish green.

Favorite Quote: “No matter how intently one studies the hundred little dramas of the woods and meadows, one can never learn all the salient facts about any one of them.” -Aldo Leopold

Favorite place in Glacier: Firebrand Pass in October, the aspens are a bright yellow and the snow is littered with tracks of animals shopping for their new winter home.

Keith Meehan hiking guide


Age: Born during the Watergate scandel
Hometown: Weymouth, MA (Now Columbia Falls, MT)
Description: As one of our river and hiking Glacier National Park guides since 1996, Keith loves Glacier. When not exploring, Keith is out there teaching our local 5th graders. We need more teachers like him! When asked about how he feels about Glacier: “On the river or on the trail, I Glacier, therefore I am!” is all he says.
Favorite Place: Summit of Mt. Stimson (Southwestern/Nyack region). Why Stimson? “Glacier’s 2nd highest mountain has been taunting me for 6 years now. I see this gorgeous, elusive, and remote peak on the river every day during our full day and overnight rafting trips, as well any time I’m up in the high country looking its way. Been turned around by bears climbing it once, but someday soon I’ll be sitting on the top with the most amazing view. Half the beauty of experiencing a favorite place is the giddy anticipation of getting there.”

Pete Metzmaker hiking guide


Age: Shares a birthday with Roseanne Barr
Hometown: Whitefish, MT
Description: Whether he is rafting or hiking, Pete knows Glacier! He became one of Glacier National Park guides in 1986, and boy are we happy to still have him around. He studied forestry back in the day, and now teaches science at the local Jr. High School.
Pete’s Favorite Quote: “Happiness is wanting what you have, not having what you want.”
Favorite Place: “Any place I haven’t been.”

Colin Nolan


Age: Born a week and a half before the world’s first test tube baby.
Hometown: Duxbury, MA, but now Columbia Falls, MT
Description: Colin is an avid outdoorsman. He loves to hike, raft, fish, and hunt. Before starting as one of our Glacier National Park guides in 2012, Colin guided in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Alaska. He also worked on Glacier Park’s trail crew. In his off time, Colin can be found snowboarding, building stuff out of wood, or catching big fish. In 2013 he got his Coast Guard Captain’s license. Way to go Colin! When asked what cool things he’s done, he said “marry Courtney.” She is one of our former hiking guides! He might look tough, but he’s really a softie.
Favorite Place: “Lake Isabel because there are tons of fish and no people.” Join us on a four or six day backpack trip and we might just visit this little known gem.


Age: Born the same year Happy Gilmore slap-shotted himself into a Golden Jacket
Hometown: San Clemente, CA
Fun Facts About Joe: “I was born and raised near the beach but now spend my free time at higher elevations camping, fishing, climbing, and hiking. I spent 4 months teaching English in Cambodia. I am currently studying sociology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. I was first introduced to Glacier National Park on a solo road trip in 2018 – I fell in love with the park. I am a firm believer in searching out adventure and experiences rather than material possessions.
Favorite Quote:  “If you like it, you will teach yourself. If you love it, you will teach others.” -Quote inspired by Yukitaka Yamaguchi
Favorite Place: Keep exploring, maybe you will find it 😉
Glacier Guide Kirsty Palmer


Age: On the day Kristy was born, Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go was a runaway bestseller.
Hometown: Born in Edmonds, Washington; Grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon
Description: Kristy is a day hiking and backpacking Glacier National Park guide, and a former Sperry Chalet employee. She tells herself that astrology isn’t real, but doesn’t always believe herself. She likes to write bad, facetious horoscopes in her free time. If she won the lottery, she’d pay off her student loans and travel. In the off season, Kristy often works at McMurdo Station, Antarctica! She’s been there seasonally since 2014. Kristy realized she has synaesthesia after reading a bio of Vladimir Nabokov a few years ago – she sees letters and numbers as colors.
Favorite Place: “Lake Ellen Wilson.” Join us on a four or six day backpack trip for a chance to go to this very special lake.

Tarek Penser hiking guide


Age: Born one month after Justin Beiber.
Hometown: Born in London, but living in Stockholm, Sweden, when not in Glacier Park.
Description: Tarek is no stranger to Glacier National Park. He worked several summers for Glacier Park Boat Company and hiked as much as he could when he was not guiding on the historic wooden boats. He joined the ranks of our Glacier National Park guides in 2015. Tarek’s sweet demeanor and love of sharing knowledge of Glacier Park are an asset to any trip. Tarek lives in Sweden during the off-season and is in school for engineering and design. He is an avid traveler, and once traveled around the world for over a year. His next goal is skiing the Vasaloppet (a 90km cross-country race). He loves running, hiking, climbing, biking, and anything involving adventure.
Favorite Quote: “The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir
Favorite Place: “Two Medicine at sunrise. Red mountains all around you!”

Don Peterson


Age: Born the day after the first test flight of the Concorde.
Hometown: Itasca, Illinois but now lives in Kalispell, MT
Description: We love Don! Starting as one of our Glacier National Park guides in 1996, he has become the “jack of all trades.” Whether he is backpacking, rafting, or helping out at our Lodge (or with just about anything asked of him), he always has a smile on his face. When Don is not working for us, he is teaching and entertaining local 6th graders, skiing, listening to baseball, or hanging out with his beautiful daughters. His goal is to keep getting older and when asked about his greatest achievement he relishes a 1st place win in a pumpkin carving contest … in 1977.
Favorite Place: Stoney Indian Pass because it’s “super cool.” Join us on a 4 or 6 day backpack trip to get the chance to head over this gorgeous pass.


Age: Born in Paraguay, 1993.

Hometown: Columbia Falls, Montana.

Description: Elena started with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft in 2010 – but her first trip down the Middle Fork Flathead happened when she was about a year old! At GGMR, Elena’s done it all, from office staffing to serving as a senior raft guide. In the off season, Elena likes to travel! (Although you might find her working at Montana Coffee Traders, too.) Her favorite trips have mostly involved rafts in Costa Rica, Alaska, and the Grand Canyon. But the best adventure ever was diving in Thailand with family.

Fun Fact: Elena plays drums, guitar, and piano.

Alternative Fun Fact: Elena’s cousin is the editor of Nickelodean Magazine.

Favorite Place in Glacier: Two Medicine – Trail Creek Cabin. My dad was a packer/ranger for many years, so I’ve been on horseback or hiking over those mountains my whole life. That area will always have a special place in my heart.

Favorite Quotes: “Treat the earth well: we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb

Eat half

Walk double

Laugh triple

And love without measure.

-Tibetan saying


Age: Born on the day before Earth Day!

Hometown: Wickenburg, AZ

Description: Melodie fell in love with Glacier and Montana in Summer 2018. She became a hiking and rafting guide in Summer of 2019! Her favorite things to do include backpacking, biking, hiking, rafting, snowboarding, slacklining (basically anything outdoors), jamming out, cooking, painting, and exploring. She also has a huge passion for plants and animals! And waterparks.

“I wanted to work here to be able to share the magic of the outdoors with people and show them how special it is, so people care about the environment.”

Fun Fact: I’ve been in hot springs in 3 different countries. Love me some hot sprangs.

Favorite Place: It’s hard to say! But Lockett Meadow in Flagstaff, AZ when all the aspens turn yellow is pretty awesome.

Favorite Quote: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

Glacier National Park guides Eli Primmer


Age: Born shortly after the Green Bay Packers won Superbowl XXXI

Hometown: Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Description: I’ve worked in the office for two years and am now a rafting and hiking guide.I’m studying Environmental and Ecological Engineering at the University of Minnesota. I love getting into the park on my days off! Mount St. Nicholas is one of the favorite peaks I’ve been to the top of, which you can see from the full day or overnight raft trip. Also, I’m the younger and more handsome version of Jeremy. I also enjoy biking, skiing, climbing, and of course rafting!

Fun Fact: In third grade, I dressed up as a slice of pizza for Halloween.

Alternative Fun Fact: I know every word to every song on the Beach Boys’ 1966 album ‘Pet Sounds’

Favorite Quote: “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Don Peterson


Age: Born the summer the movie Jurassic Park was released.

Hometown: Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Description: Jeremy is one serious mountaineer! Most people are content climbing one daunting peak in Glacier in a day, but an average trip for Jeremy involves reaching the summit of 3, 4, or 5 mountains in a single day. His summer goals include running the entire width of the northern part of Glacier in a day. During the winter months, Jeremy travels, backcountry skis, and climbs as much as he can. There’s more to Jeremy than climbing skills though! He worked in our kitchen for 2 seasons, and is an excellent chef, so if you’re lucky enough to be on one of his backpacking trips, you’re in for a real treat at mealtime!

Favorite Place: The North Fork, because “the mountains feel bigger, the lakes are awesome, and you can always go to the Merc in Polebridge to get a huckleberry bearclaw.”

Favorite Quote: “Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction.” – E.O. Wilson


Age: Born the year Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone came out.

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota

Description: Allie is part of our amazing office staff. She is a huge fan of swimming in every lake she comes across and loves the abundance of water in which to swim in Glacier!  She plays tennis, nordic skis, enjoys piano and violin, traveling, reading, and hiking.

“I have been coming out to Glacier every year since I was born (because my great-grandparents built the St. Mary Lodge) and am in love with it!  I attend St. Olaf College, a small Lutheran Liberal Arts college in Minnesota and plan to study Chemistry and Spanish or French.”

Favorite Place: Anywhere there are huckleberries, but also Lake Ellen Wilson because you never know what to expect from the crazy mountain goats and it is a beautiful lake.

Favorite Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Ghandi


Age: The number-one hit song in the U.S. on the day of Scott’s birth was Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Description: Scott is a day hiking and backpacking Glacier National Park guide. If he won the lottery, he would spend his time traveling and might open up his own brewery. In the offseason, Scott teaches biotechnology at a local community college in Indiana. Scott has also been a guide in Yosemite National Park.

Favorite Place: Hole in the Wall – beautiful views and really cool place for a campground!

Jay Reeves Glacier National Park Guides


Age: Jay was born the year the Big Lebowski was released.

Hometown: McDonough, GA / Now: Statesboro, GA

Description: Jay is a river guide, and loves to fish as much as he loves to row. Pretty much, whether Jay is on the clock or off, you’ll find him on a river. In the off season, Jay is a student at Georgia Southern University. If Jay won the lottery, he would spend his time and winnings hunting and fishing all across the United States.

Fun Facts: Jay is an only child but has thirteen cousins, several of which are more like siblings to him.

Favorite Place: Hidden Lake. The view of the lake and surrounding area is breathtaking. Also, the hike from Logan Pass to Hidden Lake is quite enjoyable and scenic.

Favorite Glacier Guides Trip: Overnight Rafting!

Vince Roubitchek hiking rafting guide


Age: Born in March the year that Pedro Delgado of Spain won the Tour de France.

Hometown: Mt. Prospect, IL

Description: Vince is one of our rafting and hiking Glacier National Park guides – he loves being outside. This Eagle Scout does not do a whole lot of sitting. In his time off he likes to snowboard and travel – he has been known to bike across whole countries.

Fun Facts: he played the baritone in the 5th grade and he is really good at catching food in his mouth.

Favorite Quote: “Seize the carp.”

Favorite Place: Lake Francis. “Go check it out and you’ll understand.”

Favorite Glacier Guides Trip: Granite Park Chalet!


Age: Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” was recorded the same week she was born.

Hometown: Seymour, IN

Description: Melissa is one of our most experienced hiking and backpacking Glacier National Park guides. She started working for us in 1992 after years of exploring Glacier on her time off from the Park Cafe. When not guiding for us, she has guided in Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, Canada, and Mexico. She loves to play too: biking, reading, running, skiing, hiking, and traveling the world. A trip with Melissa is an amazing learning experience filled with fun, great cooking, and a few really bad jokes.

Favorite Quote: “Life isn’t having what you want, but wanting what you have.”

Favorite Place: “Anywhere off trail and as high as I can get.”


Description: Russ Schneider is an experienced Glacier Guide and has returned to dip the oars in again. He was a Backpacking, Fishing, Hiking, and Rafting guide with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft from 1994 to 2002 and returned as a fishing guide in 2019. Russ is the author of Fishing Glacier National Park, and the co-author of Hiking Montana and Backpacking Tips with his father Bill Schneider who was the co-founder of FalconGuides. When Russ isn’t fishing, floating, hiking, or biking he’s probably crunching numbers on an outside project or doing some community thing.

Words of Wisdom from Russ: “The key to life is to build communities around things you care about-whether that is
your family or your hobby or your cause.”

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Age: Born the same month the Swiss tricked the world into believing spaghetti grew on trees.
Lives: Milwaukee, WI
Fun Facts: This is Heather’s first year with us, so say hello to her in the office! Heather is currently studying Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. She is a complete nerd for any and all things human, and loves nothing more than a good, thought-provoking conversation. When she’s not studying, Heather leads trips in northern Minnesota, or is exploring other places-now including Glacier. Heather is beyond excited to me spending her summer here in Glacier, learning about the park, meeting new people, and probably getting lost a few times along the way!
Favorite Quote: “Adventure is out there.” – UP
Favorite Place in Glacier: Still exploring, TBD … but northern Wisconsin has a special place in my heart!
Jordan Smith, one of our hiking Glacier National Park guides.


Age: Born the same year that the best sitcom ever – “Friends” – came out.
Lives: Seattle, Washington / Whitefish, Montana
Fun Fact About One Of Our Favorite Glacier National Park Guides: The only thing I love more than hiking is playing Spikeball!
Favorite: Quote: “Fries before guys.”
Favorite Place in Glacier: The ice cream shop in Apgar village. The ice cream shop in Many Glacier is a close second 🙂
Jeff Butte Soyland


Age: Born the day after the Concorde’s first supersonic flight.
Hometown: BUTTE, MT (Now Columbia Falls, MT)
Description: Behold the River God! Jeff co-manages our river operations and is always ready to pitch in. Whether behind the oars or driving the bus, this savvy veteran gets the job done. When not here in Glacier, you can find Jeff floating the Grand Canyon, exploring Costa Rica, saving injured souls via the Ski Patrol in nearby Whitefish, MT, or chasing one of his two boys around. Butte is a busy guy!
Favorite Place: Floral Park near Sperry Glacier. Why Floral Park? “Because it’s rarely visited, very recently glaciated, and pristine!”

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Age: Born just before Margaret Thatcher’s famous “the lady’s not for turning” speech.

Hometown:  Martinsville, Virginia

Description: Southern expatriate. Montana devotee since 1989. As Communications and Marketing Director for Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, Courtney strives daily to meet our mission of providing exceptional active travel vacations and experiences in and around Glacier National Park, while preserving and protecting Glacier’s unique ecosystem using the best available ecologically sound practices. Otherwise, you’ll find her hiking, backpacking, rafting, skiing, or cleaning up the trail of glitter her kids leave in the wake of their own daily adventures.

Favorite Quote: We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ―Joseph Campbell

Favorite Place in Glacier: Many Glacier … the most gorgeous day hiking in the world, and it all leads to the most fabulous porch in the world, at the Many Glacier Hotel … where coincidentally they serve huckleberry margaritas. Best place ever after a hike to Iceberg Lake with one of our Glacier National Park guides!

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Age: Born the year Robin Hood: Men In Tights took the world by storm.

Hometown: Whitefish, Montana

Description: Demi was born a river rat, and she never misses an opportunity to get on the water. She is passionate about teaching guests about wilderness, ecology, and conservation. Demi plays just as hard as she works, and somehow finds the time to be our River Manager, too!

Favorite place in Glacier: The Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River, of course. And Bowman Lake.


Age: Born in August of the year that Guy Lafluer won both the Hart and the Art Ross trophies.

Hometown: ANN ARBOR, MI

Description: Kiandra has been one of our Glacier National Park guides since 2002. Her positive, cheerful attitude is enjoyed by all, and everyone looks forward to doing a trip with her. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a focus on sports management and communication. During the wintertime, Kiandra usually works in ski resorts, but also likes to keep her options open. In her off time she loves going on canoe expeditions with her family. Kiandra also enjoys photography. Most importantly, she tries to maintain her hockey addiction in a state that has very little. Kiandra is definitely our resident hockey fanatic–Go Blue!

Favorite Quote: “Do one thing every day that scares you”. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Favorite Place: “It changes every time I go into the Park. There are too many beautiful places to just pick one. Try any of them and you will see.”

Kenn Waggoner


Age: Born just one week after Richard Simmons.

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Description: Kenn came to us in 2012 from Michigan. His main goal was to explore the rivers and lakes around Glacier Park and be around his daughter, who is one of our Glacier National Park guides. When Ken’s not driving guests to and from the trailhead or river put in, he is out exploring. Or maybe watching Michigan hockey! Kenn graduated from Eastern Michigan University with majors in earth science and coastal environments. He has been to all 50 states and canoed over 10,000 miles of Canadian rivers.

Favorite Quote: “There’s a land where the mountains are nameless, and the rivers all run god knows where. There are lives that are erring and aimlesss, and deaths that just hang by a hair.” -Robert Service

Favorite Place: The Canadian border on North Fork River…it’s a small river with good isolation and great wildlife. Join us on our Wilderness Float to see this beautiful area.

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Age: Born the year “Baby Got Back” was a hit single by Sir-Mix-a-Lot.
Hometown: Kalispell, MT. Now I’m living in West Glacier!
Description: I grew up hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, and playing in the outdoors. Then, I studied political science and Spanish at PLU in Tacoma, WA. Next, I lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a year. I taught English there. In 2016, I applied to become one of Glacier Guides and Montana Raft’s Glacier National Park guides. Even though I have lived and travelled many places, I keep coming back to Montana and Glacier and learn to love it more every time. Random/surprising fact about me: I competed at the World’s Debate tournament in Manila, Philippines in college! In Fall 2017, I’ll be moving to Minneapolis to start my first year of law school.
Favorite Quote: “There is just one hope for repulsing the tyrannical ambition of civilization to conquer every inch on the whole earth. That hope is the organization of spirited people who will fight for the freedom and preservation of the wilderness.”  -Bob Marshall
Favorite Place: Two Medicine Valley


Age: Born the same month that Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, aboard Space Shuttle Challenger.
Hometown: Kennesaw, GA
Description: 2007 is the year that Ben decided to join the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft family. He is one of our rafting and hiking Glacier National Park guides. In addition, Ben is a River Manager. He works hard for us during the summers and is doing his best to play hard in his off season. His biggest achievement so far is rafting 98 miles in one day! He loves climbing mountains and snowboarding whenever he gets the chance (sometimes in that order).
Favorite Quote: “If you’re going to be dumb, you’ve got to be tough.” – Vince (co-Glacier Guide)
Favorite Place: Atop Mount Stimpson, because “it’s so remote and you feel like you’re on top of the world.”
Favorite Trip: The 6 day backpack trip because you get away from phones and computers and experience Glacier at it’s best.

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Age: Born the same year that The Little Mermaid was released.

Hometown: Coram, Montana – Caiti is as local as it gets!

“Being the daughter of a Glacier Park (911) dispatcher and a wild land firefighter taught me from a young age to love and respect the Park and its surrounding wilderness areas. So humbled to be able to share my love of Glacier with others!”

Description: Caiti is technically our Assistant Office Manager, but in our hearts she is the Director of Fun + Frivolity. Our theme parties are famous in large part due to Caiti! Her creativity is legendary – as her profile picture underlines. If Caiti isn’t giving out Glacier advice on the phone or planning a fabulous soiree, you can find her on the river with her sweet dog, Numa.

Favorite Quote: Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul. – The Grateful Dead

Favorite Place: “My favorite place is a secret that I might share with you if you call the office to plan a trip, but my other happy place is the foot of Lake McDonald at sunrise or sunset. I’m a sucker for alpenglow!”