I am NOT a twi-hard … I swear.
Yes, I’ve read all the books. Yes, I’ve seen all the movies. Yes, I went to the 12-hour marathon opening day of “Breaking Dawn Part 2.” And yes, I may have recently coerced two friends to make a pilgrimage to Forks, WA. But I swear … I’m not a twi-hard.
I really hope I’m not a twi-hard.
I’m a fan of camp, and cheese, and over-the-top dramatics. “The Twilight Saga” is all those things and because Forks is just a short six-hour drive away I thought, “Why the hell not?”
Luckily for me I have a couple of good friends who, though they don’t enjoy the baddness quite as much as I do, do enjoy me and my sunny demeanor enough to go with me. We adventured all around the Land of Bella, Edward, and Jacob and had a lot of fun doing it.
Our journey started on a Friday afternoon. After some sing-alongs to Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys, and some super dark and creepy back roads we made it to Forks. We checked into the Forks Motel and got right to sleep. We wanted to be fully rested for our adventures the next day.
We woke up Saturday to rain … lots of rain.
First stop, Forks Coffee Shop for a chance to spy Police Chief Charlie Swan enjoying his breakfast. We figured, if it’s good enough for Charlie, it’s good enough for us!
Then we went to the Forks Chamber of Commerce. We were greeted by Alice, Edward, Jacob, and Bella themselves … at least, cardboard cutouts of them. We also got to try on Carlisle’s lab coat and stethoscope.
Bella’s trucks (book and movie versions) also parked here for photo ops.
Next was Forks Outfitters, the once employer of Bella. If you ask nicely, they’ll even page her over the intercom for you. We got some coffee while we were here. They had special “Twilight” inspired drinks. I had the Twilight Tea (chai latte with irish cream). It was very yummy and helped warm me up because surprise, surprise … it was still raining.
Now we were off to find the Swan residence itself. Luckily for us, it has a sign in the front yard to make it easily identifiable. And just a couple of blocks away was the Forks Hospital, where Carlisle works.
Some quick photos then back in the car to head over to Forks High School. Home of the Spartans, and where Edward and Bella first met. (Awwwww)
Right around the block from the school is Forks City Hall, which is also the police station. No sign of Charlie or his moustache.
Located conveniently next door is the Miller Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast, a.k.a. the Cullen’s House. Esme left a note on the porch for all visitors and we even spotted Edward watching us from an upstairs window.
We couldn’t go in, but we did spy through the windows and saw the famous graduation cap art piece and Edwards piano.
Leppell’s Flowers and Gifts, which brags to be Alice’s favorite shop, was our next stop. They have everything “Twilight.” No matter whose team you’re on, you can find some fan apparel there. Out back, they’ve even recreated the Monte Carlo prom arch from the first movie for more photo ops.
Though Leppell’s does offer multiple tours, they were fully booked. That’s why we made our own. My only regret there is that we didn’t get to ride on the Twilight Tour Bus.
Still raining, we hadn’t seen as many werewolves as we were hoping for so there was only one place to go … La Push. Off to the reservation we went!
We bravely crossed the treaty line, which is very clearly marked, and headed to First Beach. We were tempted to do some cliff-diving but it was very windy and we doubted whether we’d have a someone to pull us out of the water like Bella did.
On our way back, we did finally find some werewolves! Yes, they were wood cutouts on the side of a building, but that totally counts.
By this time we were starting to get a little hungry so we stopped at Sully’s Drive-In for a tasty Bella Burger, fangs included.
Now, we’d seen Forks. We’d seen La Push. There was only one place left to see … Port Angeles.
During the hour-long drive we passed the time with some “Twilight” trivia. Collectively, the three of us knew very little.
All the Port Angeles sights are conveniently located in the same block. First is the book shop. Next door is Bella Italia, which of course serves Bella’s favorite, mushroom ravioli. Across the street is the dress shop they go to for prom dresses. And our last stop was the Lincoln Theater where we of course saw “Breaking Dawn Part 2.”
How could we not?!
The three of us laughed through the final film and then made our way back home.
It was a great trip, filled with lots of laughs. I know my friends agreed at first to humor me but Forks won them over. They may not admit it, but they had fun. “Twilight” just seems to have that effect on people.
But I’m still NOT a twi-hard!
Crap … am I a twi-hard?
- Forks: The Twilight Tour (jennifermhartsock.wordpress.com)
- Forks Photos (flickr.com)
- Breaking Dawn Part 2 Review (imamovienerd.wordpress.com)
- Breaking Dawn Part 1 Review (imamovienerd.wordpress.com)
- Eclipse Review (imamovienerd.wordpress.com)