Here is the first “Bonnie Edition” on my husband’s blog. Every blue moon (or in this case…a Twilight full moon) I’ll pipe in with my two cents to give you a break from the norm. So here we go!
One of the first mornings we were here in Seattle I was watching the weather and what do I discover but FORKS, PORT ANGELES and LA PUSH ARE REAL PLACES! I had no idea!!! Really! I thought all the hype of the Twilight Saga was from made up locations! So when we decided to go see the Pacific Ocean for the first time the dork in me could not be silenced! We had to see the Pacific from La Push with all the other Jacob seeking, Edward loving, Twilight tour bussing fans. Yes, there were really Twilight tour buses!
Our journey started at our temporary home in Bellevue. We punched Port Angeles into our nav system and headed out. About an hour and a half into our journey we realized Garmin was taking us for a ferry ride. We realized this when she said “In .2 miles, turn left and board ferry.” We just assumed that the long line of traffic waiting for the ferry wasn’t for us and there was a magical Plourde way across the water…I’m polish…what’s Matt’s excuse?! We u-turned and got into line. The kids thought the ferry was cool and so did we for that matter. It wasn’t what we expected to do when we woke up and were pleasantly surprised and up for any adventure.
When we entered Port Angeles we were also pleasantly surprised. The city was quite a bit larger than we expected and was pretty. And not a Twilight fan in sight. But we knew they must be hiding somewhere.
hmmm – Maybe they only come out at night
From Port Angeles we drove down Rt 101 through the Olympic National Forest. If you love the outdoors I REALLY recommend making a trek out here sometime. Just the drive through was GORGEOUS! I can’t imagine what the hiking trails are like! And don’t get me started on the campgrounds!
Then we hit the Holyland…I mean Mecca…I mean Forks. There were literally a line of cars waiting to take pictures next to the “Welcome to Forks” sign.
I know, I know! We stopped too. For all of those who know me already, you shouldn’t be surprised! For those of you who don’t know me, welcome to Bonnieland, population crazy!
We enter Forks and the only thing there are trees and, you guessed it, Twilight fans! There were stores named “Dazzled by Twilight” and stores boasting “Bella shops here!” Yes, I’m sure the fictitious storybook character drives to the middle of “forkin” nowhere often just to buy a mug that says “Team Edward”. As much of a dork as I am we didn’t stop and go in any stores so I can’t comment on the craziness inside. But if the outside is any indication I’m not nearly as Twilight crazy as other people. Forks isn’t without a sense of humor tho:
I mean where else can you tour a town full of vampires and give blood all on the same street!
Ok – a quick drive through Holyland and we were off to La Push. By this time we had been in the car 4 hours and the kids were thinking we lied to them when we said we were bringing them to the beach. Thank God they’re good travelers. We drive down the 14 mile barren road down to La Push and the Quilette Reservation. Who knew – Quilette’s are real too! About halfway down the road we see this sign:
Once we were safely into non-vampire territory, we caught our first glimpse of La Push. It was simply gorgeous. There are no other words and I’m going to let the picture try to do it justice. We were here on a very overcast day with clouds over the islands and it was still breathtaking. I can’t imagine what it would have been like on a clear day. Again, if you love the outdoors and can stand the crazies I’d highly recommend a visit!
After La Push I had my fill of Twilight and the kids had their fill of the car so we “lapushed” home. (…sorry…couldn’t help it) We took another route home, so no ferry, but all the beautiful mountains we could see. I really love WA. I don’t think I’d live in the sticks, but I could certainly see myself in Bellevue.
Well, that’s it for Bonnie’s 1st Edition. Thanks for tuning into Matt’s blog!