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Hannah Johansen is one of the people who helped shape Big Sky. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Compassion is the way

Hannah Johansen has an ethereal quality; like she stepped from this world into another and returned with enhanced wisdom and kindness – which actually is accurate. There is a gentleness to her founded in the respect of others’ journeys, and much of that was crafted from the gauntlet life presented her from an early age.

Seth Griggs-Ryan beside Chaplain Raymond Young at his Dec. 3 graduation from treatment in Las Vegas. PHOTO COURTESY OF SETH GRIGGS-RYAN

Community of Seth

Seth Griggs-Ryan was the first Not So Average Joe, partly thanks to his kind disposition and wry humor and partly because of his quirky pursuit to be the human billboard of Big Sky – he negotiated free food and drinks from area establishments by getting their logos tattooed on his arms.

A well-travelled family, Mark, Ece, nine year old Sky and eleven year old Zeyli Walkup have made Big Sky their home. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK WALKUP

The long road home

Teamwork seems intrinsic to Mark Walkup, the new general manager of the Hungry Moose: from college football to the cheerleading squad at Auburn University to playing the bass guitar professionally for popular punk bands. He has travelled nearly every nook and cranny of the nation – that is part of the reason he wants to be in Big Sky.

Samantha Mize-Honatke with her three-year-old son Trey who “gets into everything” to the point that she and her husband have nicknamed him “Trey-nado”. PHOTO COURTESY SAMANTHA MIZE-HONATKE

Life by the numbers

Samantha Mize-Honatke once dipped her toe in water outside of Montana. She tried Phoenix for a year, “but the water was too hot,” she joked. Sure, she missed the Montana mountains and seasons and had a palpable distaste for all the concrete in the city, but people were what really made her pack up and head back to her Gallatin Gateway roots.

Sean Doherty competing in the longest one day race in the world in the single speed division. The race is 25 hours long and happens in Utah during the time change. PHOTO COURTESY SEAN DOHERTY

Surviving the city

Sean Doherty says that if he had not run away from the city he would be “a very different, miserable person.”

New York City was fun for him in his mid-20s, but it would not have been sustainable. It may have taken years or decades for him to realize that he just did not quite fit. He was in the wrong environment.

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