LOUISE ENGELSTAD, BRIAN BRANDT, AND SASSY ENGELSTAD-BRANDT
We grew up in Bozeman, Montana when we still could (and did) ride our single-speed Schwinn bicycles into grizzly country. We grew up outdoors – and loved it. We hiked the mountains, swam in the rivers, fished, slept out in leaky tents and cheap sleeping bags in the forest, and drove gravel and dirt roads full of mud holes, packed with snow, and sometimes we got stuck – really stuck. We learned lessons about how not to get stuck. Nature is in our DNA. During the course of our lives, we’ve also spent a lot of time in big cities; we both lived in Europe, and we developed a great appreciation for literature, the visual arts, and the buzz of city living.We knew each other in high school; both graduated from Montana State University (we’re Bobcats), and then went our separate ways for forty years before reconnecting. Now we live in South Dakota (mostly by default) and use it as a centrally located base for travel. Our pet kitty, Sassy, joined our little “traveling band” four years ago, and with her potty box and food dishes behind the front seats, settles in quickly on the console between us as we find off-the-beaten path gravel and dirt roads, or drive through cities and the countryside. She’s a trooper. Before Sassy, we had another pet kitty named Leesha, who logged 20,000 miles with us before she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.