Thank Heavens for the Vision of President Taft

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Anna and Debbie in the American Alps at Glacier National Park

How often does your Vision fully exceed your own life? 100 years ago President Taft created Glacier National Park. It was a perfect public/private partnership with railroad tycoon James J. Hill to preserve and promote the “American Alps” in ways that have become life-altering for many. If you haven’t been there before — the word ‘majestic’ is the only way I know how to describe the experience.

Melinda, Anna, Debbie and I just returned home safely from a 2800 mile driving vacation from Minneapolis to Glacier Natl to visit our son, Ben. Before we embraced Ben, we helped celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the park by staying two nights in the historic East Glacier lodge — built 96 years ago from 60 foot pine timbers.

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The Amazing East Glacier Lodge

Its been said that the railroad and that lodge defined the power and vision of the ‘white man’ in the eyes of the Indian leaders at the time. James J. Hill transformed American travel habits with his “See America First” advertising campaign that encouraged wealthy Americans living on the East coast to venture out west on his railroad to see the ‘American Alps’ instead of taking a ship to Europe.

If you’ve seen The Sound of Music, you’ve seen the glory of Glacier National Park — the famous mountain scenes were filmed near Logan Pass, which is the destination of the famous Going to the Sun Road.

Our son, Ben, is a camp counselor at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp on the Western edge of the park in the Flathead National Forest. He is leading junior high kids on week-long wilderness backpacking adventures. Many of the kids are from broken homes. They are experiencing the majesty of mother nature, and finding their spiritual life in the care of our son.

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Ben and Dad at Sunset Peak, Flathead National Forest

We are so grateful for the vision and leadership of the people who established Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp. Mother Nature and the Lord God have a perfect partnership working on that hallowed ground. I highly encourage you to get in the car and make the drive to See America First, and experience a the majesty of Taft’s vision. It that may change your life.

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