Welcome to Montana Woman’s 223rd issue. It is hard to believe that nineteen years ago Montana Woman Magazine hit the stands as a single sheet of paper. February 2014 marks our 20th year! Plans have already begun in preparation of our anniversary issue and it promises to be spectacular!
This issue is full of Montana treasures, sites, history and just plain fun. While planning our ‘Road Trip’ issue I was reminded that MW’s journey has much in common with a road trip. Each issue is like a new destination. The excitement of a new adventure brings us pure joy.
Destination: As with road trippin’ one must have a destination in mind. This is the stage where the dreaming occurs. The bigger the dream and the further the distance the more opportunity for adventure. After picking your vacation spot, it is important to plan a route to get there.
Plan: The MW team never settles for mundane. We like excitement and choose a different route each month. The team maps out the course and comes up with a plan to ensure our journey is enjoyable. We make sure to keep it flexible enough to embrace the unexpected.
Points of Interest: During our ‘trip’ we meet amazing people who inspire use to travel further than we thought we could. They share points of interest and introduce us to friends and relatives that change our lives forever. They entrust us with their life stories and allow us to preserve their history.
Be Prepared for the Unexpected: No matter how well you plan and prepare things happen. The bends in the roads keep things interesting and us on our toes. Planning any trip requires a little care and consideration, but in the case of a true adventure, it is especially important to be thorough and leave leeway for the unexpected. I have found that this is when the magic happens!
Enjoy the Journey: Road trippin’ is a wonderful adventure where it truly is the journey and not the destination that matters most. It is important to maximize the opportunity and see as much of the country’s diversity as possible. With all the American movies and songs and books about the joy of the open road, it’s hard to take a normal road trip without huge expectations. Don’t allow those expectations be the ruler used to measure the enjoyment of the trip.
Savor the Memories: The iconic road trip seems to be reserved for young people, heading out with a few buddies and nary a care in the world. But that is not true! Memories are there for the taking for travelers of all ages. Each issue of Montana Woman has a special place in our hearts and our memory banks. Memories we love to share!
As the MW team puts an issue ‘to bed’, we take a deep breath and jump into our next adventure with true enthusiasm and anticipation. Being a monthly publication allows endless opportunity to be the first to travel unfamiliar territory and share treasures not yet discovered. I am honored to share our adventures with you every month in every issue. Thank you for sharing our journey!