As it has been for the past few years, I traveled with some of my work compatriots to Big Sky, Montana for the IEEE Aerospace Conference.  A conference that is more likely better known for being held at a ski resort than for the technical content.

So, Montana.

Let me preface this by saying that I’m from the middle Georgia area. It’s a slightly hilly region in some places, but overall, relatively flat and covered with trees.

And then I travel to Montana.

Wide open plains with few trees; tall mountains blue and white on the horizon; great rock walls punctuated by houses erected in their shadow; rivers flowing down, down along their sides; grand snow-covered peaks.

A place where the people are happy to say that, yes, they’re all cowboys and cowgirls in Montana.

Montana has…Montana has gravitas. 

I think that is the best way that I can describe it.

It’s a place where the adventuring spirit still thrives, if you know where to look for it.

One of these days, when not attached to a conference, I’d like to go back to Montana and just explore.  What I’ve been unknowingly searching for all these years is surely there, somewhere.

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