Mountain Kidd is Michelle Kidd, an active adventure-seeker paying the bills as a freelance graphic designer and writer (see her professional website at www.kiddcreativedesigns.com). She recently moved from a 1920’s log cabin at the base of Teton pass in Wilson, Wyoming (7 miles from Jackson) to the bustling metropolis of Casper, Wyoming.
Kidd was born in Muskegon, Michigan but developed a serious passion for the mountains on family ski trips to Colorado. The 28-hour train ride from Holland, Michigan to Winter Park, Colorado gave her plenty of time to contemplate the vast differences between the mid-west and the wild west, and where she belonged was clear.
Upon graduation from high school, she yearned to flee but the financial realities of out-of-state tuition were too strong to ignore. It took one and a half years of college at Grand Valley State University before the solution became clear: drop out. And drop out she did. She was hired as a children’s ski instructor at Beaver Creek, a ski resort so high end it brands itself with, “Not Exactly Roughing It”. Biding her time to obtain in-state residency, Kidd passed the summers working on the Shoshone stretch of the Colorado river as a whitewater rafting guide for Lakota River Guides. Finally, the day came when she could complete college as in-state resident at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
After graduating from the CU’s advertising program with a B.S. in Journalism, Kidd longed to be in the mountains but couldn’t see settling down in the glitz and glam of Vail and Beaver Creek. Jackson Hole provided the small town feel with a truly incredible ski mountain. A seemingly inconsequential breakfast at a diner by the name of Bubba’s, settled it- Jackson was home for six years until love (and an engagement) moved her into the heart of Wyoming.
Casper, Wyoming is nicknamed “Oil City” for the boom and bust cycle corresponding with resource development. It’s a little rougher and a little more cowboy than Jackson, and although the outdoor community may not be quite as visible, it is just as vibrant and passionate. It’s home (at least for now).
“About” tidbit: Michelle has been “homeless” a few times. The last time was in 2006 and appeared in a newspaper article. To read it, click here.
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