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.