When you’re out of a job for a while, and looking and looking and looking, and finally some friends call up and say, “We need a designer up here [in Missoula].” I’m like, “Uh, that’s a little too far.” [Laughs.] Anyway, I moved to Missoula and I decide, “What the heck. I’m going to make the most out of this experience, and do whatever the Montana thing is. That turned out to be camping and doing outdoor stuff, which I had never, ever did. I just threw myself into it. When I realized that making a living in Missoula wasn’t going to be an easy thing, I found out that there was an opportunity here in Spokane—and Spokane only being three hours away from Missoula, I figure, “Well, at least that’s a good next step,” because I still wanted to be able to do the Montana stuff. I was [active outdoors] the first five years here, and then once I opened up my own business [in 1995], that really just changed things around. I mean, if I can get out and do some car camping, I’m lucky. If I can get out and do some skiing, I feel like, “Hey! I got to ski this year!” Even if it’s [only] once.
Source: Interview with Maureen Nickerson, December 2006, held at the Northwest Museum for Arts and Culture.