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Guest Blogger Wade

Wade Ellett

An Illinois native, Wade made his first trip to the Black Hills during his honeymoon in 2015. That first visit was all that it took to get him hooked, and he's happy to be a permanent resident of the hills now. You can find him most often on the trail with his wife Clarissa and their dog Inkling. Wade runs IntrepidDaily.com, a website devoted to helping people lead more adventurous lives exploring the world of outdoor recreation!

John David Guest Blogger

John Green

John currently works in the Department of Community Development for the City of Rapid City as a Land Use Planner. In his spare time, John enjoys being outside and exploring the Black Hills with his fiancée, Stephanie, and their two dogs.

Tyson Steiger Director of Convention Sales

Tyson

Tyson is an All American boy born and raised in small town South Dakota. With a love for life and quotes, Tyson’s favorite motto’s are, “rise above” and “live with passion”. Tyson’s zest for life and passion towards his job as Director of Convention Sales at Visit Rapid City shines through any time he talks about the area he calls home. Taking meetings and conventions in Rapid City, SD, from ordinary to extraordinary is what Tyson does best.

Anne Orban

Anne Orban

After 25 magnificent years in Rapid City, Anne traded the Black Hills for some of the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains. While she loves high altitude living she misses all the must see's, hidden gems, and food back home. Together with her dogs Honey and Nora, she tries to travel as much as possible and explore the hidden wonders where ever she is.

Guest Blogger Chris

Chris Johnson

Chris grew up in eastern South Dakota in the small town of Highmore. Rapid City (his favorite city in the world) has been his home for the past 39 years. He’s a local downtown business owner, a Real Estate agent, a State Representative in the South Dakota Legislature, past Chair of Visit Rapid City, and host of Amplify Rapid City, his weekly podcast.

Guest Blogger Shiloh

Shiloh Francis

With coffee in one hand, a camera in the other and her four-legged sidekick, Taz by her side, Shiloh loves getting out and exploring Rapid City. Her favorite things about Rapid City include the great dining scene, coffee shops and ease of access to the hiking trails within the city and the Black Hills.

Guest Blogger Kris

Kris Monroe

Kris, a South Dakota native, regularly travels from coast to coast in pursuit of the next creative endeavor but always returns to the Black Hills to enjoy the solitude and beauty that is hardly rivaled by other areas of the country. 

Guest Blogger Michaela

Michaela Mader

Michaela Mader Tully likes to consider herself something of an expert on the Black Hills and her hometown, Rapid City. She has lived across the west, but loves calling the hills home. You can often find her on an adventure- running the trails with her Alaskan Malamute, Kaya, cycling one of our winding highways, or camped out under a night sky with camera in tow.

Adrian Munoz

Adrian Munoz

Adrian was born and raised in the small town of Hill City located 26 miles southwest of Rapid City. Growing up in the Hills, he's always been passionate about outdoors. Some of his favorite activities include hiking, fishing, skateboarding, and traveling with his beautiful fiancé, Zoe. Just over a year ago he found his passion for photography and it has been an incredible journey of teaching himself how to use a camera and finding his own unique style.

Tessa Kopren

Tessa Kopren

Tessa is a South Dakota native that currently calls Rapid City her home. Growing up only two hours north of the Black Hills she loves exploration and adventure. She is known as a Jackrabbit on the eastern part of the state and attends South Dakota State University. You can usually find her at a coffee shop sipping on a freshly brewed cup of coffee and listening to her favorite music, 90’s country.

Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany Johnson

A year ago, if you would have asked me what I wanted to do for a job, I would have said something along the lines of “Be the next Taylor Swift.” Recently, though, I’ve discovered something else that I’m passionate about; writing about my travels or vlogging.

Guest Blogger Amanda

Amanda Hitchcock

“It’s Hitchcock, like Alfred.”

That’s likely the response you’ll get if you ask Amanda Hitchcock for her name. We still don’t know if she’s actually related to the horror-film legend, but if she inherited anything from her namesake, it’d be a fierce determination— and a knack for storytelling.

Guest Blogger Liz

Lisa Papada

Travel? Why yes she does. From Abu Dhabi to San Diego, Lisa comes from an eclectic family whose personalities will inspire future comedic films. She’ll do close to anything that will give her an adrenaline rush. It fuels her love to absolutely live life and pursue creativity on an entirely new level. She hopes to pass on that same energy in her writings and inspire others to add a little adventure to their travels.  

Guest Blogger Kevin

Kevin Stinehart

If the question involves adventure, his answer is always "Yes"! Kevin is an elementary school teacher by day, a visual artist by night, and a travel vlogger with his family during the in between times; they spend their weekends and summer breaks jamming every moment full of fun and travel. Whether it's reviewing the new local park with his silly four-year-old, or road tripping across America with his while crew, Kevin can be trusted to infuse those moments with a contagious excitement!

Guest Blogger Liz Beatty

Liz Beatty

Liz Beatty is a mom of four small children who enjoys sharing their adventures as family. They enjoy being outdoors and discovering new places. Liz hopes that by sharing their travels and tips that other families might have a more enjoyable, well-informed, and stress free vacation. When they aren't traveling, the family enjoys going on nightly walks, doing crafts, homeschooling, and just enjoying life. Join their family in trying new things and going new places!

Guest Blogger Amy

Amy Karras

Amy Karras and her husband, Jake, write an adventure blog, Unnamed Adventures! They have lived in Rapid City for the last two years with their two dogs and love hiking, backpacking, skiing, and photography! ​Being adventurers at heart, they have always enjoyed traveling, meeting new people and seeing new sights! They live their lives for the next dream fulfilled! ​Their life motto is to “Find Your Unknown”!

Guest Blogger Steph Polloch

Stephanie Pollock

My names Stephanie! I'm a mama to three little girls (Olive + Pearl + Maple)! My husband Austin and I live in Colorado near the base of the mountains and love every minute of it. We try and get outside everyday to adventure no matter the weather but also love a good nap and dinner around the table. Our lives are a little bit on the go with 3 babes under 3 but we love it!

Guest Blogger Allie

Allie Bast

Always looking for their next adventure, Allie loves to travel with her husband of 6 years, Bert and their (almost 2-year old) daughter, Parker. Day to day, she runs the operations for a digital marketing agency, Wilderness Culture where she works with outdoor brands and adventure enthusiasts alike.

Guest Blogger Ginny

Ginny Petty

Always on the lookout for enriching creative and heritage experiences, Ginny counts Rapid City and the Black Hills as one of her favorite destinations. A southern girl with a yen for open spaces with powerful stories, she loves nothing more than helping people discover the places that make their own stories richer.

Danielle Benne Director of Marketing

Dani

Best known as “Dani”, this a-smile-can-change-the-world kind of gal thrives on creativity, positive vibes and meaningful quotes. She currently shares her talents as a designer, copy editor, email marketing guru, consistency upholder and website guardian for Visit Rapid City.

Cody Wiseman Communications Manager

Cody

Despite only living in Rapid City for 12 years, this adventurer is glad to call the Black Hills his home. Actually seeing him is rare as he is usually huddled behind his camera trying to capture anything and everything that catches his eye.

Kelsy Peterson Social Media & Content Manager

Kelsy

Raised in Rapid City and lucky to call it home, this outdoor enthusiast loves to explore the Black Hills with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not at work you’ll find her out hiking, at a local ice cream shop, or perhaps home taking a nap.