Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I’m almost sure most folks have heard of the movie and books of “Twilight.” Well, while we were in the area we headed for the little (3,120 people lived there in 2000) town of Forks, WA where “Twilight” takes place.
For many years, the city's economy was fueled by the local timber industry. With recent declines in the industry, however, Forks has had to rely on the nearby Clallam Bay Correctional Center and Olympic Corrections Center as a source of jobs. Forks is a popular destination for sportsmen who fish for salmon and rainbow trout in nearby rivers.
But since “Twilight” came out, the streets and shops of Forks has been teaming with people from all over the world. We noticed that all the motels had their “No Vacancy” signs lit ~ a great boost for their economy. I had a couple destinations in mind to gather some “Twilight” memorabilia. The shop “Dazzled by Twilight” had a penny squishing machine……so that’s where I headed first. Also the towns of Port Angeles and La Push are featured in the “Twilight” stories and in the movie.
After we left Forks, we headed for the Native American community of La Push. La Push is on Washington’s coast and the home of Jacob.
I saw this sign in a store there. This store is also where I had an interesting conversation with two teenage girls from New York. Yes, the dad of one of the girls had brought them out here to experience “Twilight.”
This bulletin board was on the huge porch of the store in La Push.
The ocean beach at La Push.
In Port Angeles I was able to photograph a few “Twilight” sites. This Port Angeles “Dazzled by Twilight” store was much bigger than the one in Forks.
This Italian restaurant in Port Angeles is where Edward took Bella on their first date.
And the now empty Gottschalk’s department store is where Bella and the other girls went to buy their prom dresses. There’s one window with this display and the rest of the store is empty.
This “Twilight” adventure was interesting for me, as I had not read the books or seen the movie. After we returned home, I watched the movie and all that we saw…made sense.
To be continued; Hurricane Ridge
Thursday, October 22, 2009
If you look at a map of Washington state you’ll see that funny part way off to the left up towards the U.S. and Canadian border and the Pacific Ocean. The city of Port Angeles is sort of the center of the universe in this part of our state. From there you can catch an auto/passenger ferry for a 90 minute ride across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, British Columbia, you can take a 45 minute drive up to Hurricane Ridge referred to the Alps of Washington state, you can drive into the Olympic Peninsula rain forest, sit in the hot springs pool at Sol Duc, drive to the native American communities of Neah Bay and La Push and walk out to the north western corner of the United States at Cape Flattery. This was our destination in August…I hope you’ll come along and enjoy the ride.
(August 16, 2009) We left about 4pm and headed for the Hood Canal Floating Bridge which took us to that part of the state.
We arrived in Port Angeles where we camped out in the far corner of Albertson’s parking lot. (Albertson’s is a large grocery store for those of you who don’t have one nearby). There were actually other R.V.’s there, so we felt right at home~no hook-ups but the price was right.
(August 17, 2009) We brought our Passports thinking we might catch the ferry to Victoria, BC but that never happened. The first ferry leaves at 8:20am and it seems we could never get up and get ready in time to get the truck parked, get our tickets and actually board the ferry 15-20 minutes before it was due to depart. So this first full day in this area, after going to the local Goodwill and a great store called Swains (they have everything you can imagine except grocery items) we headed for Sol Duc Hot Springs. The resort has cabins and RV lot but we headed for the National Campground just up the road from the resort. It’s a lovely campground, it actually reminded us a lot of the campgrounds in the Redwoods~lots of big trees. While the resort’s RV park was like a zoo. No trees, just row after row of RV’s with their TV Satellite dishes aimed to the sky and their BBQ’s going.
(August 18, 2009) After some breakfast we drove down to the resort so Bob could hit the pools. How come breakfast tastes so good eaten at a picnic table in the woods?
The patio cafe where the bathers and others can enjoy a snack.
There are three hot mineral pools of varying temperatures, and one large swimming pool. I didn’t go in this trip but have been in them before. While Bob was soaking his weary bones, I was showering in the camper and then sat by the pools reading my book. It was a beautiful sunny day…so relaxing.
The springs, known to local Indian tribes for their therapeutic value, first came to the attention of settlers in the 1880s. An elaborate resort opened up in 1912, and was characterized as "the most noted pleasure and health resort on the Pacific Coast" until it burned down in 1916.
The resort was rebuilt on a much less grand scale in the 1920s, and was operated into the 1970s until it ran into trouble with its thermal spring in the 1970s. These problems were overcome, and the resort was rebuilt in the 1980s. It continues to operate until this day, attracting thousands of visitors a year. I can remember back in the 1970’s there was a pipe coming out of the hillside and the hot mineral water flowed out of the pipe into a large pool. It has all been remodeled since I was there in the 1970’s.
The Sol Duc River flows just along the edge of the resort.
I was actually sitting at a picnic table here reading for awhile. What an experience! So peaceful……
The Olympic Peninsula of Washington is considered a rain forest area. They get at least 12 inches of rain here every year. Thankfully while we were there, it was sunny, dry and warm.
When you walk thru this area you see all this wonderful moss hanging from the trees. It’s so beautiful….
And deer everywhere…..they were standing right at the edge of our campsite munching away.
The Sol Duc National campground was full for this third night so we went to a Bureau of Land Management campground along the highway. It’s very primitive (thankfully we’re fully contained) but very nicely laid out and FREE!
To be continued; A Twilight Experience