Also? I'm pretty sure that we need to remain anonymous in the entire area of NW Washington. They should never have any proof that we were the ones who...*ahem*; what was I saying? Where am I? Oh. Never mind.
Alright, alright, you got me. I'm just kidding. Jessica and I are always perfect angels. Swears.
First off, we got lost. Yeah, I know. You head north, head west, and head north again. Simple. But you know what? My phone has GPS and that Sprint Navigator slut lied to us. That's probably a story for another day.
Second, we were surprised by the green. I mean, we live in Oregon, where it's green, but something about the green up there was different. It was green green. Dense and lush and very beautiful. There's even a rain forest about 30 miles from Forks. The only rain forest in the continental United States.
This is the sign on our way out of the rain forest. Yeah. We came back out because a couple miles in they wanted 15 bucks to drive through it and that was a deal breaker for us. Why? Because a) we're cheap and b) we weren't going to pay to drive through a rainy bunch of trees. We'd been doing that all weekend. And will continue to do so for the next 9 months, here in Oregon.
Here are the highlights of the trip, in pictures. Beware: Picture Overload!!
And, just in case you are thinking we were weird for actually making a trip to a town over 300 miles away to celebrate the Stephenie Meyer/Bella's Birthday Weekend?? Look at this map. The pins represent every place in the world people have come from to visit. So there.
Welcome to the Forks tour, MiMi style.
Jacob helped to navigate.
Srsly, look at how dense and green that is. There was also lots of low lying clouds covering the mountains. That is actually a ginormous mountain hidden in clouds in the background. In some areas the trees were even closer to the road and seemed to hover over you. In the rain forest? They actually leaned over the road and made a canopy.
Probably the saddest part for us was that we went to La Push for the bonfire on First Beach. (remember in the books where Bella goes with Jacob and they sit around the bonfire and listen to indian legends? yeah, they were doing that.) When we got there it was raining so hard they had to relocate the storytelling into the community center on the reservation and nix the bonfire altogether. Sads!! We watched a little bit of native dancing and then blew that popsicle stand for The Twilight Lounge where The Mitch Hansen Band was playing. They are sort of like a Twilight band. They write songs that surround the characters in the books.
Of course we brought Jacob along...
We only stayed for a few songs as there were no seats. Also, we wanted to get back to the motel so we could watch New Moon. Yeah, so? We brought our Twilight movies and watched em. So sue us. It was fun! We could pick out parts of the movie that were places we had seen in La Push and on the road.
We took the Dazzled By Twilight Breaking Dawn tour of Forks and they showed us the places that inspired the locale and buildings in the books. See, in case you don't know already, the films weren't filmed in Forks. The books were based in Forks and Stephenie spent a lot of time touring the town and area to base the story on. So the places we saw were what were in the books and then inspired the movie places. The places we saw were not in the movies. They filmed elsewhere. Jerks.
We went to Dr. Cullen's office.
We were arrested by Charlie.
(gotta love that 'stache.)
We went to Chez Swan.
We saw Jacob Black's house. Swoons. This may or may not have been why we were arrested by Charlie. You decide. My lips are sealed.
We then went to First Beach, where you see Jacob and Bella walking a lot in New Moon.
Can't remember what that island out there is...something important to the Quileute Tribe.
(seems like i should have paid better attention since i will be mrs. black one day. shoot.)
Saw Bella's truck.
(i noticed there was more than one. i saw another one downtown by the shops.)
Ate at Sully's. The diner was featured in all of the books!
Jessica ate the Bella Burger which came with a little set of fangs!
We shopped. A lot.
The inside of Dazzled By Twilight looks like the Fork's area forests.
They even have look-alikes wandering around the store and the town! Look at Edward...
(yeah, yeah, i know it's not the best picture, but we were feeling shy and didn't want to get our pics with him. also, there was a lady there and i had to cut her out. sorry.)
There was a Jacob look alike wandering around DBT; I refused to take his picture. Why? Because he was like 17 or something. Which, I know, that's really close to Jacob's age, right? But the thing is, that in real life?? It seemed stalkerish and creepy
and pedophile-ish to try to hump his leg get his picture. Go figure.
Okay, girls, this post is getting obnoxiously long, so I'll finish up (maybe) tomorrow, okay?? I mean, I will post on Forks tomorrow. But I don't know if I'll finish! Ha! Okay, I'm just rambling now. Sorry.
Also: I'm announcing the winners of the CSN Stores and Lemon Drop Studio giveaways tomorrow!