Darrington. Just the name makes my heart warm. We love the town of Darrington, and the friends we found there. The ten years we spent in Darrington are treasured memories by our family of four school age daughters. Some really wonderful folks live beside the Sauk and the Stilly rivers. They're such friendly people; they wave as you drive by, and love to chat whenever they see you.
Darrington is accessible from the west via State Route 530, and again by State Route 530 from the north; the few northern miles connecting the town to Concrete opened after 1978. This partially explains why the community still has a unique and distinctive "Tar Heel" culture solidly grafted into the area.
From incredible scenery, to unique culture, there are many parts that contribute to Darrington's unique community. One of the best parts of Darrington are the grandparents. They may even be the "golden" ingredient of Darrington. What a richness of belonging is given to children by their grandparents. My own grandparents were gone by the time I was 20, so I wasn't blessed with the time to spend with mine. Now, I understand a little more of what I missed.
Darrington is filled with many active Grandparents; they volunteer at the churches, many come to school and pick up their grand kids, give hours to the library, help plan local events, and create endless canned goods. Darrington grandparents take the time to listen, and spend time with their grandchildren. Grandparents teaching their grandchildren how to tie flies, pick beans, and piece quilts. Grandparents gathering blueberries, and making jams and jellies with their kids and grandkids.
In Darrington, the boys are still talking about Grandpa's amazing sour cream enriched cornbread from last Sunday dinner, and when they're going steelhead fishing together next. The boys have rifles in the back of their pickups, par ked at the high school. One of the girls has a record winning cougar skin on her parent's wall. Yes; she got that cougar herself! The community, teachers and the students organize fly-ins, hiking trips, hunting adventures, and share fishing lures. They all go together, too. Some of those teachers were students of Darrington just a few years ago, and they're part of extended family everywhere in the valley.
The Darrington, WA School district is surprisingly good. Some of the best teachers I've even known work in this small, close-knit community. It was where our daughters loved attending school, and where they found good friends. We still talk about those special teachers, and miss the school employees and people so much.
We also lived in Arlington, WA, before we moved to Darrington, and once again, our experience in the Arlington school district was good, and our children enjoyed attending school there. We absolutely adored Trafton. We met so many neighbors in the Trafton - Oso area, and we were glad we just moved up the valley into Darrington, where we could still keep in touch with our friends from down below.
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