Laneta Nauman’s family has had a Thousand Trails membership at the park for years, providing her grandchildren’s a favorite place to spend the summer. Visitors rent an RV, tent site, cabin or yurt. Throw a line in the Skykomish River in the summer or fall and pull out salmon and steelhead. Thunderbird is a full resort with shuffleboard, a pool, Saturday night movies, and mini-golf.
“The grandkids just love it,” Nauman says. “They could swim in the pool all day. There’s two pools by the red barn and a hot tub. We really enjoy Thunderbird.”
While you’re there, try your hand at horseshoes, play some basketball or volleyball, join the Saturday communal barbecue, and relax next to Thunderbird Creek, which runs smack dab through the middle of the park.
“It’s like staying in a five-star hotel, but in the morning you wake up and hear the sounds of the day stirring around you, and feel like you just slept under the stars.”
Like Thunderbird, so many campgrounds and parks in this region are blessed with water and beautiful scenery. On a clear day, Mt. Index hovers over the cabins at D&A Cabin Rentals. On a rainy one, you can hear the water pitter-patter on the Skykomish River. It doesn’t really matter what the weather is, you’re guaranteed serenity.
Andrea Wickizer gets more enjoyment from perusing the guest book comments than she does profit from the cabins.
“I just want people to have fun and see this little bit of beauty. People can do this,” says Wickizer. Her four cabins provide two double beds — you bring the linens. Coming with kids? Bring a tent and there’s room for all.
From your cabin, spend an entire day doing nothing but soaking in the sounds of the forest and river, or use it as a jumping-off point for a hike to Lake Serene, or a drive-through Jacks Pass. Feeling like a cold beer is in order? You’re in luck. Andrea and her husband Devon also own the Mt. Index Sand-Bar, within walking distance of the cabins.
“We attract a lot of the outdoorsy folk who hike and climb, then come back to the cabin and hang out with us for a good beer,” Wickizer says. “It’s really laid back and people have a lot of fun here.”