Forks, WA

Jacob and I have always enjoyed taking long drives to sing, goof off, and talk about nothing and everything, but with the kids in the car we can't even finish a sentence. Nolan constantly shouts out facts about sharks, dinosaurs, or volcanoes and Milo tells us all to be quiet so he can sing his favorite songs (Justin Timberlake's Mirrors or Britney's Ooh La La lately). So when we got an entire day to ourselves we decided to take off at 7:00 am (on a Saturday!) and drive around the Olympic Peninsula. We've been on the peninsula many, many times, but I have never actually driven along the coast down Highway 101. What? You thought that Route was only in California? Well, it starts up here and goes all the way to Los Angeles. We've actually driven it to the Redwood Forest, but started farther south.

On our journey we visited Port Angeles, Crescent Lake, Kalaloch, Ruby Beach, and Lake Quinault. Lake Quinault Lodge (where President FDR visited in 1937, a few months before creating the Olympic National Park) was adorable. It was like taking a step back in time. It reminded me a lot of Kellerman's Resort from Dirty Dancing. We will definitely be taking the kids there to unwind and unplug. 

Another exciting stop of the day was good old Forks. You know, the setting of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books? Except that this tiny one light town was nothing to get excited about. The movies were not filmed here, so nothing looks the way it's supposed to, but that hasn't stopped the Chamber of Commerce from welcoming the fever. I saw at least four Twilight themed gift shops and there are still two tours running (though one of them alternates dates with Big Foot tours). The community has also embraced the craze and some people have offered their homes as tour stops

The one stop light

Bella's truck at Forks Visitor Center

Forks High School

Bella's house

Edward's house (actually a bed & breakfast)

We also stopped at La Push. Unfortunately we picked the coolest day of the summer to go exploring and could hardly make out any sea stacks in the overcast skies. But there were still a lot of campers, hikers, beachcombers and a ton of surfers. Who knew?! No werewolves though. 

We made it to Olympia sooner than we expected so we stopped for dinner and a movie. It was a great day date!


Jen said...

This is too cool! I really enjoyed all the time in the car with John on our getaway. It was nice to talk uninterrupted.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

That looks like an awesome way to spend the day!

Anything that reminds me of Kellerman's is a WINNER in my book.

I think I read a novel set in La Push.

Suze said...

I'm so jealous- we love the PNW and I don't know why we don't live there. :) Looks awesome.

Karen M. Peterson said...

No werewolves THAT YOU KNOW OF....

Misty said...

I love Karen's comment! Ha!

I want to go to Forks and La Push. Jealous.

"La Push, baby! It's La Push."