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A Valley of Beauty and Kindness

Do you ever have one of those days that just feels God inspired from the start? I got up around 6:30 this morning – believe it or not, that was sleeping in so far – and the sun was up, though not in the valley we’re in, along the Clearwater River in Idaho. I can’t believe how beautiful this little valley is, with its steep high bluffs on both sides as far as you can see. Each one is varied but beautiful. Pictures will not do it justice. I thought about the comparison of how huge the world is and wondered what tiny percentage of it this may be. It all almost took my breath away. Like I said, the picture will not do it justice. What a great way to start the day.

The park host, Norm, is the kindest, gentlest soul I have ever met. We spent some time together, and I learned a lot about his beautiful park, the best maintained and cleaned I have ever seen. When we talked about my journey, he went back to his trailer and brought me six different maps he wanted me to have, including one that lists BLM (Bureau of Land Management) camping sites.  BLM sites are normally very primitive. In fact, this is the only one in the country with showers, and they are immaculate (way cleaner than mine!).  All the cleaning, mowing, watering and keeping guests in line are Norm’s work. I feel very lucky to have met him. He told me that his wife recently passed away from kidney failure, and how thankful he is for the amazing care she received. He quietly shared that he is up for BLM host of the year. It looks like the campsite may be renamed after him and his wife, a very fitting tribute.

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