Laura came up with the best idea last week... to go to Forks. We live so close, it's only 2.5 hour drive. Saturday morning we left bright and early at 9am and of course I had to make a little sign so everyone knew where we were going! We only stopped twice, once for coffee and once for gas and snacks. We rocked out to good tunes, enjoyed the scenery and gabbed a lot. I only had less than 3 hours of sleep the night before so I was tired, but nothing my latte didn't cure!
When we pulled up, we all had to pee so bad, we drove passed the welcome sign and straight to a gas station where we were made fun of for being "Crazy Twilighters". Already we knew the trip was going to be fun. That gas station had some tote bags, baseball hat and tee shirts all dedicated to Twilight series... definitely getting off to a good start! We ran back to the edge of town to take some obligatory welcome sign pics. It was a hike up and a hike down on slippery mud. Good times!
Jessica took this pic and I think it looks so "twilight-y". hahaha The weather was a little cloudy and chilly, but throughout the day it did warm up and the sun came out. Which probably explains why we didn't see any vampires.
Laura drives a Volvo... Edward drives a Volvo... pretty coincidental right? We had the perfect ride for the perfect trip!!
Our first stop was the Visitors Center. I had read online that they have maps with all the Twilight stops on it. It was all the way at the opposite end of town, so we drove down the main street trying not to look around too much so that we could experience it fully. We knew we were in the right place when we pulled up to the visitors center and saw...
A poster saying I love Bella and Edward. This was the only possible picture to happen in front of this. There was also other posters in the windows. When we walked in there was a guest book with people from all over the world that had come to Forks. There were souveniers and a signed note from Stephenie herself. There were 2 other groups in front of us getting the whole tour run-down from the visitor center worker.
And this is the visitor center employee himself, Mike. He spoke about the book like it really existed and was happening now. He really got us pumped up and excited and just a little nervous about the locals...
They had Bella's truck in the parking lot!!
The second stop was the Swan household. The people that live there put a sign up saying Home of the Swans. When we pulled up there was a man and a little girl cutting wood on the side of the house. Jessica was starting to doubt mine and Laura's judgement when we walked right up for a photo op, but we decided long ago we would have no shame while we were in Forks. I can guarantee that we are the most mild of all Twilight fans.
Next stop was the hospital where they had a real parking spot reserved for Dr. Cullen. It was so funny to see how far they went to really make it an experience for visitors. It was so fun.
Forks Community Hospital!! There wasn't a whole lot going on over there besides sick people walking in and out... how boring. ;)
Next stop was Forks High School where Bella and Edward attended. It was one of the funnest stops as you will see by the pictures. The parking lot wasn't at all what I thought it would be. It was very small, I'm guessing local kids don't drive much. But I still was able to visualize Bella almost getting plowed into.
We were looking into every window trying to find the Biology room. Laura found it and the pic actually turned out! Even though it's obviously fiction, it was fun to pretend and be silly.
This has nothing to do with the tour, but I love it anyway. Jessica and I were pretending to be high school students telling secrets. We had so much fun, I literally can't look at these pics without cracking up.
I will finish tomorrow... this was about 1/2 way thru the tour, so it's appropriate.