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Friday, December 11, 2009

A Glimpse into the Rearview Mirror of 2009

The past, the present and the future are really one - they are today.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

The staff at Mountain Destinations ( would like to begin by saying THANK YOU to our valued clients for their commitment to us! We appreciate our relationship - and we are grateful for your business!

A glimpse in the rearview mirror of 2009:

February - Perhaps the busiest month of the year, with three conferences...
Wilderness Medicine Winter Conferences in Big Sky, Montana and Snowbird, Utah  (
Montana State University - Center for Biofilm, Montana Biofilm Science & Technology Winter Meeting (
 ...and we lived to tell about them all!
March - Big Sky was once again home to the IEEE Aerospace Conference (

ANNOUNCING the creation of A MEETING BY DESIGN (a sister company to Mountain Destinations) - building integrated online systems for successful meetings.

April - Stanford Emergency Medicine Conference in Maui, Hawaii.

May - Wilderness Medicine held their spring conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Katie Walters, Veronica Haynes and Kristen Griffin (photo: left to right) went on a "Site Visit" to Jackson, Wyoming with a tour of Grand Teton National Park. 
Here we are, at Colter Bay on Jackson Lake as Mount Moran hid in the clouds behind us. Shortly after this photo, we boarded a boat, bound for a western-styled dinner on Elk Island, but alas, we were rained out - better luck next time!

Another month with three conferences:
Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Conference in Richmond, VA.
Wilderness Medicine Big Sky Summer Conference
Montana State University - Center for Biofilm, Montana Biofilm Science & Technology Summer Meeting

The 10th International Conference on Magnetic Resonance Microscopy was held in West Yellowstone, hosted by Montana State University (this conference is only in the US every 4 years)!

Amongst all the "regular" work, we packed up and moved into our new building - 380 Ice Center Lane - Four Corners Professional Building - stop by and visit next time you're in our neck of the woods!

The annual conference for Radiation Research Society ( was held in Savannah, Georgia, and it was during this southern conference -while the Mountain Destinations staff was soaking up the humidity and end-of-season heat, Bozeman was getting dumped with an early snow storm! (Needless to say, we were not excited to return home!)

In this photo, Kathy Votaw (Executive Director of Radiation Research Society), Veronica Haynes (General Manager of Mountain Destinations), and Pat Failla - enjoying the Failla Welcome Reception aboard the Savannah Queen Riverboat (

The Travel Station (, another one of our sister companies, merges with Cook Travel of Billings, Montana - a travel institution since 1917!
Welcome to the family, Cook Travel Station!(

Which brings us to December...
...where our "Family of Companies" - The Travel Station, Cook Travel Station, Mountain Destinations and A Meeting By Design - are most thankful that 2009 ended on steady ground, and that all of our employees and their families are healthy this holiday season.

We are thankful for the everyday gifts that are often overlooked - food to nourish us, clothing to warm us, housing to shelter us, and the camaraderie of our team to comfort us and support us when the going gets rough.

What will we see when we glimpse into the rearview mirror at the close of 2010?
Only time will tell, but if it's half as good as this rearview glimpse, we will once again, be fortunate, indeed!

Merry Christmas from Mountain Destinations!

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