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Marlboro Country

SykesCigarette commercials on television are a thing of the past. One such commercial that impressed my grandmother and in turn influenced me was the Marlboro commercials. Neither she nor any of her children smoked. It was the nature of the advertisement that piqued her interest. Scenes of the west with cowboys herding cattle or wild horses kicking up dust under sunset skies gave her a longing to see Marlboro Country. They were not unlike the automobile commercials where we watch a car zipping around Monument Valley in the middle of nowhere.

In wasn’t until 1996, when I was pregnant with my fourth child, that I got to see Marlboro Country. My husband took me on a trip to explore the west. It was a dream come true. With expansive views and spectacular scenery, we were hooked. Mountains and plateaus of different hues towered in the distance, giant cactus stood at attention in the desert, and fierce wind blew tumbleweed across the road. Over the next several years we decided to search for our Marlboro Country to raise our second litter. Horses in field

That day came near the end of 2000, when we crossed the border of Idaho into Montana. In the middle of winter and covered in snow, we knew we had found the Last Best Place.




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