TIL: The Twilight Saga is set in Forks, La Push and Port Angeles, Washington. These are three cities on our journey during this vacation, and as we discovered while traveling through them, Twilight is all the rage. These cities all have Twilight related sights and signs for those that are seeking to visit the home of the books. I’ve never read the books, but I’m fascinated how these novels affected the culture in the area SO much that it’s basically one of the main draws for people coming to this part of the country.
Apart from learning about Twilight, Friday started early, before 6am, when I decided to head out to the beach to get some photos of the ocean. I managed to capture some shots of this amazing tree that was pushed on shore, as well as some of the local crows out for their morning meal. It was a beautiful morning to be out, and the waves were intoxicating.
Once Lisa woke up we headed out for our main stop of the day, the Hoh Rain Forest. This national park is about 40 miles from our hotel room, but it was one of the main reasons we wanted to stay on the coast. We made the trek to the visitor center and decided to hike two different loops that totaled about 2 miles. I brought my good camera along to capture images, but because of the lack of good WiFi right now, I’ll be posting those photos at a later date with a different blog entry. Needless to say, the huge spruce and maple trees were amazing, along with the coating of moss that hung from many branches.
At one point we got to walk along the Hoh River, and were treated to an incredible view up the mountainsides. It was an amazing walk and I loved being able to capture pictures of not just the scenery, but a bit of wildlife as well. We came across some immature Elk as well as some birds that we don’t have in Minnesota. The unfortunate side was that at one point I stepped on, and crushed, a snail.
After a few hours in the forest it was getting late and closer to lunch time. We headed back to Forks and found a nice little Chinese place to grab some food. It was a nice ending to our rain forest adventure. Our hope is to also see a bit more of Olympic Park up near Port Angeles tomorrow. There is another entrance to a different area just south of the town, and we’re going to have some time to kill before our hotel room is ready.
Lisa headed out for a run this afternoon, to tune up for her marathon on Sunday, while I decided that sitting out on the patio for a bit, with a bomber of beer, sounded like a great idea. The rest of the evening is just relaxing. We got dinner at the local restaurant again and then spent some time in the WiFi room. Soon we noticed that there was an amazing sunset in progress and headed to the beach for an hour of beautiful sky and waves. The tide was coming in, which made it fun to watch as it got closer and closer to land.
Tomorrow we move on to the next phase of this mega-vacation, Port Angeles and the North Olympic Discovery Marathon.