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Three new cabins, including the
Redbud cabin shown here, now
house guests at River of Life Farm.
These and others under construction replace the eight cabins swept
away by the 2017 flood.

River of Life Recovery

FLOOD CAN'T WASH AWAY MYRON MCKEE'S DREAM
by Jim McCarty | jmccarty@ruralmissouri.coop

tanding on the deck of his latest rental cabin high above the North Fork River, Myron McKee waves
his arm in an arc that takes in the pristine valley he shares with guests at his River of Life Farm.
This is a stage, he points out. But unlike the elaborate sets created by Hollywood producers, this one
is real.
"What we have done at River of Life Farm is set a living stage and poured massive amounts of love into the
cabins for people to walk onto that stage and have their honeymoon, their anniversary, birthday celebration,
family get together or father-and-son fishing trip," he says. "The Good Lord takes care of the lighting. Every
morning he makes a fireball come up in the east and then at night he sometimes does a full moon. He keeps
the trout swimming in the right direction and makes the stone flies and caddis and nymphs for them to eat.
We try to train the bald eagles to do a flyby when you walk out on your deck."
From his vantage point the Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative member points out the silvery flash of the
native rainbow trout population in the river below. Pointing upstream past a sandbar, he shows where he
spent part of his childhood. He tells the story of how his mother washed clothes in the river from the front of
a boat. Young Myron once earned her wrath when he leaped into the boat, launching her into the river.
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