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SUBSCRIPTIONS If you are moving, renewing, have a question, or wish to have your name le off our mail advertisers' list, please enclose your name and mailing address with your correspondence for faster service. Please allow 8 weeks for a change of address. A new subscriber's first issue will be mailed within 8 weeks of order receipt. Our standard subscription rate is $35 per year. Address all correspondence pertaining to your subscription to: WINSTON PUBLISHING P.O. Box 1707, Great Falls, MT 59403, or call 406-452-1177 or email us at Visit our websites: EDITORIAL INFORMATION ose submiing manuscripts, photographs, artwork or other materials to SignatureMontana for consideration should not send originals unless specifically requested to do so by Winston Publishing in writing. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and other submied materials must be accompanied by a self-addressed overnight delivery return envelope, postage prepaid. However, Winston Publishing is not responsible for unsolicited submissions. Email: WINSTON PUBLISHING P.O. Box 1707, Great Falls, MT 59403 Any reproduction of all or part of Signature MT without the express wrien permission of the publisher is prohibited. PRINTED IN THE USA All statements, including product claims, are those of the person or organization making the statement or claim. e publisher does not adopt any such statement or claims as its own and any such statement or claim does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher. PUBLISHER • David F. Leray EDITOR • Hayley Lenington-Leray CREATIVE DIRECTOR • Ted Stuff SALES/MARKETING • Jack May, Jessica Riffel GRAPHIC DESIGNER • Samantha Louthan COPY EDITOR • Katherine Niemi CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kay Bjork Amy Dardis Mary Ellen Henderickson Holly Matkin Shannon Ruckman Suzanne Waring CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Really Montana Photography Eric Visocan Jim Wells Steve Wolff Sara Young SiG MT 10 FROM THE EDITOR Hayley Lenington-Leray SiG MT I love the concept behind "your happy place"… you know, the place where you can escape the stress and strife of everyday life. For some people, it may be a funky coffee shop surrounded by friends. For others, it's the serenity of a beach, surrounded by sand and panoramic views of crystal-clear blue ocean and horizon. When I was younger, I was a bit more adventurous in finding the perfect "happy place", giving places like dance clubs, weekend road trips with the girls and week-long fishing trips a genuine chance. I've flown across oceans numerous times, clinging to the misplaced logic of "You only live once", despite my panic-aack induced fear of flying. People are supposed to like these things, right? I've lost track of the times I've been told I'm too uptight or telling myself I'm not trying hard enough. So, I spent the bulk of my twenties and thirties pushing myself into adventures that sounded like the "perfect" happy place for someone else… just not for me. Regardless of what I tried, my introverted, morning-person tendencies always seem to dominate time and time again. Now, a bit longer in the tooth and a half century wiser, I have come to grips with my natural likes and dislikes and finally realized it's called your happy place for a reason; the operative word being "YOU". I had it all wrong. ere is no path or destination to finding happiness. e real pursuit should be the removal of unhappiness. Happy can only exist when you refuse to let the madness of life in. I've realized the common denominator to my happiness is me. It's not a place, nor a feeling; it's just somewhere I have to decide to go. I am the proprietor of my own happy place and I am hanging a proverbial sign that says "right of admission reserved". In this issue, we want to be unapologetic about subscribing to the concept of removing the unhappy to get to the happy. We'll make you smile and maybe even show some teeth as we venture through Glacier National Park. In an era of digital chaos, it's no surprise that over connectivity can be a major source of stress. It's time for your family to ditch those devices and take a hike through Montana's "Crown of the Continent," one of the last remaining unaltered natural playgrounds of the United States; and right here in our own backyard. Bathed in sunlight and shrouded from cell service, Glacier National Park is the perfect destination to completely unplug… summer or fall. To make it easier, we've provided four family-friendly hikes that will knock your socks off plus lots more "happy" in this issue. Enjoy! S MT

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