After my last post I stopped at an Espresso place and drove straight on to Forks, WA. I only stopped 1 time during the 4 hour drive and it was about 30miles outside of Forks at the “big cedar tree.” Now its important to understand that the top part of Washington here is composed of the Olympic National Park and the Hoh Rain Forest. The rain was sporadic in intensity. It would be hammering down and then a light sprinkle to none at all.
The great thing about fall up here in the Pacific Northwest is the color spectrum. Reds, yellows, greens, browns, and oranges. All kinds of shades and tones. When I got into the more “foresty” parts of Washington the eco-systems totally changed. The plants were all greener, the forest was much more dense and there were lower canopy plants spread all over the place. When I stepped into the forest at the Big Cedar Tree I was instantly transported somewhere else. You can just feel it all around you, it was so beautiful and mysterious. Its difficult to explain, but its a place I would feel comfortable being for a LONG LONG TIME.
On to Forks…
I stopped at the Visitor Center and explained that I was the ambassador for my chapter of California Twilight fans. The ladies face lit up, she gave me my packet. They have made maps to give to people that have a layout of the city and where all the Twilight points of interest are. She had binders of photos from events the town has had, and even a collection of letters that people have written to the Characters in Twilight. Yes that’s right, Bella Swan gets mail, so do the Cullens. She showed me a love letter to Bella from a man in Africa it was interesting. I’m going to head on over tomorrow and ask for some 1 on 1 time with that binder so I can read what people are writing to the characters.
This town is 100% Capitalizing on the Twilight popularity. There is merchandise EVERYWHERE and the signs are very funny (check the Gallery). I took pictures of a few things, but there are other things I wanted to take pictures of when there is more light. They have done some very cool things that I’ll save to tell you about till tomorrow.
Facts I have learned so far from coming to Forks
– Stephanie Meyer has only been to Forks 1 time that the lady knew of
– The movie wasn’t filmed here because of some sort of tax reasons but the director and crew came and planned out where the shots were going to be.
– Bella’s birthday is officially Stephanie Meyer day in Forks. They have done it twice. Last year and this year. The first year it was only like 100 people. This year it was over 1000.
– They have a state tax on lodging here, and last month it was up 48%. Twilight is bringing people to Forks in droves.
– The story of Twilight was pretty much figured out before Stephanie had a place to put it. She didn’t actually write it around the Town of Forks, she googled places that didn’t get much sun :p … Forks can thank the google for their popularity. Of course that was for book one, there was no way she could write the rest without doing some research on the area. But she was able to do that all from the internet. She didn’t live here or anything.
– Restaurants around town have named dishes after the characters, the Bella Burger, Bellasagna, and there is a place with a full on Twilight menu.
Well I think thats it… if I think of anything else I’ll post more. Tomorrow I’m spending the day here, so I’ll head up to La Push and get those shots I wanted to get when there was more light.
Night night Internet. Hunting time.
Danny Machal October 20th, 2008