Hi Ms. Montana! I'm obviously a bit late to your introduction, but when I read that you live in the Flathead Valley, I couldn't help but introduce myself. I'm Joe. I grew up in Montana and worked 3 summers in Glacier (and 2 in Yellowstone) and am excited to return home someday in the not so distant future, preferably as close to Glacier as possible.
If you've never read it, I highly recommend Colin Meloy's Helena High keynote address:
For others of you, those of you who would prefer to stay or just end up staying: that’s cool too. Because you need to create the furrows, plant the seed, on its home soil. You need to protect and cultivate the next generations of Montanans, and make sure that this spirit survives. What’s more, you need to devote yourselves to conservationism and protection in order that the spirit of the 1972 constitution and its promises survive. So that when the ones who left return, as my grandfather promised us Meloys would necessarily do, they can fall right back in line and join you in your cultivation.
Thanks for being a caretaker of MT