Unplug ! After spending a few days here we discovered that it truly was as if one “dropped off the face of the earth”.
Returning after a weekend spent simply watching the river, we quickly discovered time here changes if you allow yourself to sit with the flow of the Skykomish passing through you. A cabin retreat like this needed a special name. Many of the place names in the Pacific Northwest are a mishmash of French, English, and the ‘locals’. Drawing upon the spoken word of these diverse speakers, a language that came to be known as “Chinook Jargon” was developed so the European trappers could talk with the indigenous peoples who lived here. “Sky ko mish (for example) translates to “Up River People”. The words ‘Deh Cho’ meant “Much Moving Water”. And that phrase came to refer to a ‘crazy’ person, as it was felt that such a person had fallen into a wild river and was ‘lost to us”.
Given that we came to know that when you visit the little cabin that sits next to the river you will come to feel that you have literally ‘fallen off the face of the world’, Deh Cho would be the perfect fit for us. But it is more than that . . . the cabin surrounded by tall pines and giant ferns . . . tucked away and secluded . . . feels like a little slice of heaven on earth. The locals didn’t really have a concept of ‘heaven’ but in Chinook Jargon “Saghalie” literally translates as “above”. So adding the word 'Saghalie' to 'Deh Cho' . . . the name given to us translates as: . . . “You have fallen off the face of the earth and into Paradise”.
We are proud to share this with you and it is our hope that you will discover "saghalie deh cho" if you spend a few days here. Relaxing from the day to day worries of your hectic life. Rejuvenating your spirit. Retreating to a place where it is quiet enough to hear the voice that speaks inside you. And leaving you . . . Renewed.
The cabin is a one bedroom 400 square foot cedar cabin surrounded by about 400 square feet of decking. A small kitchen, shower, toilet, wood stove, hot tub and river access make it a comfortable spot to put your feet up. At an Elevation of 636 feet, winter months find that the cabin is usually easily accessible but yet close enough to Mt Stevens that it gives snowboarders and skiers downhill slopes but a mere a holler up the road. Nearby hiking trails turn into snowshoe and cross country ski routes to waterfalls, and mountain lakes. The nearby town of Index hosts premiere whitewater river rafting and vertical rock climbs. Down Highway 2 in Gold Bar, you will find restaurants, grocers, antique stores and gold panning. We would be remiss not to mention, this is Sasquatch country. Knock on a tree and see if you can get a knock back.
Please note our rates are based on a minimum two-night stay - double occupancy. If you have a special need please contact us and we will endeavor to do our best to suit your circumstance.