Almost 5 weeks has passed since we left Arizona and 3 ½ weeks since we pulled into Whitefish, Montana. Time flies but lately it’s been in extreme warp speed! Yikes!
Already I’ve seen an amazing array of Americans, Canadians & Europeans roll through in their 5th wheels, travel trailers, tent campers, motor homes and every size and shape of tent imaginable.
Each and every person has been a living testimony to the theory that travel feeds the Spirit and the outdoors satisfies a primal need that completes the human Soul.
It’s a simple Truth, no more complicated than that.
You can almost hear the harmony of pieces coming together and worries fading away when you sneak a peek of folks sitting around a crackling campfire. Neither rain, snow or the early spring cold of Northern Montana dampens their moods or lessens the joys of “camping”!
A highlight of yesterday comes to mind that I’ll share and then sign off.
A small older compact car rolled in late yesterday afternoon while I was manning the check-in booth. A young lady was in the driver’s seat, the car was packed to the gills with groceries, tent and other camping gear. We went through the customary rig-a-ma-roll. She told me she had a reservation, I confirmed it, gave her a tag to hang on her mirror showing she was registered and told her she was in site #8. I noticed there was a girl child, perhaps 8 or 10 years old, among the camping paraphernalia in the back seat who was noticeably mentally and/or physically handicapped. Her window was rolled down and she seemed to be listening intently to the conversation her mom and I were having. Before her mom departed I asked the girl, “so you’re going camping huh”? To which she replied, “YES! We’re in site number 8…YAY!!!!” The joy that radiated from this joyful child washed over me like a cool breeze on a blazing hot day.
What a gift I’ve been given to be a part of something that brings such joy to a child that likely faces challenges over and beyond my knowing.
I am blessed beyond understanding and I am so very, very grateful.