We had bagel and coffee at Mount Loop Coffee and Books in Darrington. When I first walked in I was greeted by one of the locals who introduced me to himself then the owner and then continued to talk my ear off about the town and history and points of interest. I could tell the owner of the store was a little worried I would head back out the door, but I assured him with a wink that I was fine and once we ordered our lunch we got to sit and enjoy the ambiance in peace. lol. It was a friendly and homey little place and with no real agenda or time frame it was nice to just hang out with a few locals and people watch.
Once on our way again we took a old logging/fire road and drove way back into the woods. At one turn around we got out with the dogs and they had a blast checking out all the smells of the warm fir needles and fern fronds, there must have been a lot of critter smells and none went to waste with our kids taking them all in.
We decided we better get to the campground as we were going to have a long way back home. What a charming, quiet, out of the way place. We paid our $5 day fee and as we drove through were greeted by the camp host and his wife. A gentle smile on both of their faces. As our friends promised, this is a magical place.
A funny story: We wondered if there could be a way that we could actually camp here sometime with our pack. We decided we aren't there yet. 4 dogs would be way too many for one, and as we walked around the campground, all dogs on leashes, we saw some campers in the distance and of course Tim had go into full alert barking mode which let Liza know she needed to bark too, Sorry!!!!!! Also on a side note, the mosquitoes were fierce! But what a beautiful and serene place this is, minus Tim/Liza and maybe with some bug deterrent. <grin>
We had passed a small sign that said "Suiattle Indian Cemetery" on our way in to the campground so on our way home we wanted to visit this humble cemetery.
|Sweet carving on top of the sign post.|