I have always enjoyed day trips, and here in Western Washington we have a wide range of options. A few hours either way and we can be at the mountains or the coast. Mount Rainier is practically in our back yard.
A couple of weeks ago I finally made it to a place that had been on my to-see list for a few years. The mill that I’d seen featured on Northwest Backroads was our destination, but a friend and I picked a beautiful day, sunny, with the fall colors in their full glory that would have been an outing in the drive alone.
The mill sets a ways off the interstate and even with the navigation system we managed to get lost but it was a good lost. The road to get there is a rural country one. The mill itself isn’t a commercial type place. No gift shop but with handmade recipe books that are available with a suggested donation. Even the flour they ground by water power wasn’t for sale. Instead they bag it and suggest a donation.
There isn’t a lot of parking, we had to park on the shoulder of the road. But like the website says it’s like stepping back in time and we weren’t worried about getting any ticket by being there. We took some pictures but even though we did walk up on the trail aways we didn’t get the pictures that are on the website at http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.com/outside-views-of-the-grist-mill.
The covered bridge is another visual experience. The mill is only open on weekends but it wasn’t crowded and people tended to stop and visit as they joined in a look and feel of yesteryear.