My name is Shari Erickson, and I am the Founder & President of Apogee Mapping. I am also a self-proclaimed map and history geek, which is why I started this blog. As I began generating the unique 7.5 minute topographic maps that make up my new amTopo product line, I found myself getting regularly distracted by the various features I was digitizing. I would ponder the history behind some mountain’s name. I would wonder about the Native Americans who created exquisite pictographs and petroglyphs in a remote canyon. I became curious about the historic ranches that existed in the “middle of nowhere.” Naturally, these questions triggered internet searches to find out more, and because I was having so much fun with this process, I wanted to share my findings with the public. As the saying goes, “truth is stranger than fiction” and in my humble opinion, far more interesting, too!