We are very proud of the fact that Cindy and I are the only guides. There are no trainees, seasonal or part-time guides. You always get the A-Team, which is Cindy or myself.
- John Esposti, Co-Owner / Guide
GeoFunTrek Tours is a young company that is 35 years in the making. It is the result of the combined education, travel experiences and tourism business experience of its founders. John Esposti and Cynthia Pullen-Esposti met in 1983 while attending the University of Hawaii. But the story does not begin there. They were already seasoned veterans of recreational travel and the travel industry. After selling the family business (Rushmore Cave) in 2008, John took a three year sabbatical at the renowned Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, Inc. There he helped in the paleontology museum and made research-quality molds of specimens. Cindy started a home-based business and worked part time at a local credit union.
In May of 2010 John was recruited to teach a class about the geology of the Black Hills. That is when he realized that he belonged in front of an audience and that sharing his knowledge and experiences of the region would be his future. Cindy could not resist and is joining him in the adventure. GeoFunTrek Tours is the result of their quest to share all that they have acquired over the years in a celebration of travel experiences.
John is a natural-born tourism professional. He has been traveling most of his life and sees no reason to slow down now. He was born and raised in New Jersey; has a BS Degree in Education from the University of Idaho; taught school in Alaska; worked at Rushmore Cave in the Black Hills for 25 years; was a National Park Service Volunteer at Mount Rushmore; worked in paleontology at the renowned Black Hill Institute of Geological Research, and is a presenter for the area Road Scholar organization specializing in Black Hills Geology. He can explain the area’s history and resources in ways that fun, understandable and exciting. His skill set includes: local history, geology, paleontology, natural history, Cowboy Poetry and possesses a top-notch presentation style.
Born and raised in New Jersey, at the age of 5 he decided that when he grew up, he would move out west.
Cindy was born and raised in the Black Hills and her parents were pioneers in the local tourism industry. Her life has been a Black Hills Saga that few can match. The Black Hills mold a person in ways that are unique - and Cindy is a product of this very special place. She emobies the spirit and natural essence of the region and will share her knowledge and secrets with you. She met John E. while getting her BA Degree in Zoology at the University of Hawaii and they returned to the Black Hills to run the family business – Rushmore Cave. Cindy’s skill set rivals John’s and she delivers tours with a unique lady’s touch and insights. She will cast her spell on your group as you explore the area with her. Traditional family tours as well as art gallery, shopping and winery tours are her specialty.