A visit from a friend and a remodeling problem converged in 1994 to start me on a path I invite you to join.
My friend, photographer Stuart Klipper, early adopter of a hand-held GPS receiver, offered to tell me where I was and proceeded to determine the lat/lon of my home's location. Later, while restoring a floor previously covered with layers of linoleum, tile and underlayment, I discovered a problem in the form of a 3" hole centered in the doorway.
So, I pondered how to remedy this problem.
Then the idea came to me; create a conversation piece -- a brass disk with my coordinates and "YOU ARE HERE." Later, in response to a compliment on this brass disk, I heard myself saying, "I think someone could make a business of telling people where in the world they are."
Afterwards, I thought, "Where did THAT come from?" But, once spoken, the idea wouldn't let go of me.
Before long, I was producing GEOMARK(tm) Location Markers. It was a short step to the next good idea to come from that serendipitous moment -- bench mark medallions fashioned after elevation marks at some of America's (and the world's) favorite places. Look for GEO-SITU Authentic bench mark products at National Park visitor centers across the United States.
-Betty Green Risser
Some years ago, I bought an Airstream Basecamp trailer--something of a cross between a camper and toy hauler. It's cool as the dickens--looks like aliens landed in my back yard! It first saw service as our trade show booth at APPL (Association of Partners for Public Lands) in Sacramento, CA. Quite a trip from Minnesota! Since then we've been east to Trail Days, celebrating the volunteers of the Appalachian Trail, next door when the Highpointers Club gathered in Wisconsin, and numerous local outings. See more on our Facebook page.