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What's in a name? Ask Reagan Bush

Let's face it, some people are just born into this world to fill some pretty big boots. Reagan Bush, who joined the sales team at Harvest Select in Monte Vista, CO, this past May, can give some insight if you're a tad skeptical.

Mr. Bush, who hails from Texas but is no relation to the current president of the United States, does have some incontrovertible ties to America's 40th president and 33rd governor of the state of California, however.

Mr. Bush was born Nov. 3, 1980, the day Ronald Reagan was elected president. The historic moniker was bestowed upon Mr. Bush by his grandfather, with the obvious support of his parents.

"My parents got me good on that one," he laughed. "It's always entertaining." Mr. Bush grew up in Dallas and attended Tarleton State University, graduating with a degree in agricultural business. He brokered Idaho potatoes for Ideal Sales in the Lone Star State, and by all accounts loved the work.

Despite being a child of an urban environment, he felt a pull toward a less hectic lifestyle. And then it happened: the proverbial tumblers started clicking into place.

He'd already interned with Harvest Select -- a wholly owned subsidiary of Ideal Sales -- in 2002. On July 3, 2007, Mr. Bush traded his cowboy boots for hiking boots, setting out on the famous Appalachian Trail in Maine. He started out hiking with a girl he met who ended up dropping out of the journey two days later. But along the way he met new hiking buddies, with whom he still has contact.

Ironically, weather patterns along the trail were not unlike the finicky characteristics of Mr. Bush's new home, Colorado's San Luis Valley. "The weather was brutal for the last three weeks," he said.

Five months and three weeks later, his journey ended in Georgia. The lugs on his hiking boots tell a tale 2,178 miles in the making.

The trail was the first on a personal life list. "Eventually, I want to go for the Triple Crown," he said. With one under his belt, he will look at conquering the Continental Divide and the Pacific Crest in the future.

Mr. Bush has eased into the quiet lifestyle at his home in Del Norte, CO. "The slower lifestyle was a welcomed change," he said. "I really enjoy fishing and hiking. It couldn't have worked out better for me."

When asked how his parents reacted to the choice, he replied, "My mom thought it was hilarious. But my folks have accepted it pretty well." This will be Mr. Bush's first full winter in Colorado, and he's going into it with a sense of squeamish delight.

He's excited and apprehensive all at the same time. As he said of the Appalachian trek, "It's definitely a mental thing." It didn't hurt that Mr. Bush has buddies who are ski instructors.

The laid-back atmosphere in southern Colorado has given Mr. Bush a chance to focus on work at Harvest Select and take care of business.

"All in all, Harvest Select is a great operation," he said.