John Hinrichsen, who guided several Montana/Wyoming trips this summer, including Nam Fam, writes the following:
This was my first year guiding for Austin-Lehman and I will never forget it. Thank you to Dan and Kasey Austin for taking a chance on me. I can’t wait for next year. Thank you to the staff at Austin-Lehman for being so patient (anyone who has to decipher my hand writing on time sheets has to be a saint.) Your kindness is truly felt. HUGE and SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the other guides who made me feel like I was part of a family this year. You are all very special people, and I will miss you in the off season. In the kitchen of the Austin-Lehman office, hanging on the wall , are collages of past and present guides, just looking at the faces of each and every one, I couldn’t help but feel the warmth and friendliness. I can only imagine how many lives they must have touched during their trips over the years. I am certainly proud to be amongst them. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met some of them, and carry on the tradition here at Austin-Lehman adventures.
Dan said during training, “You will find that there are lots of hugs here because we are like family;” he was right. During the long guiding season I found that no matter what, I could count on my guiding partners for anything. We always had each other’s back. I know I was always covered, and I appreciate and will never forget it. Yesterday I dropped off a guide at the airport who was on her way home, and through a tearful good bye she said, “Such good people work in this company. Everyone is so nice and I can’t wait to come back.” That pretty much says it all.