So I am finally home from Forks! I had such a good time. It was so much fun and I made some wonderful friends. I took tons of pictures too! I had like 350 of them on my camera. I put them all on photobucket so if you want to see them you can go here:
I don't have captions or anything on there yet, but I'll keep working on it! We left Wednesday afternoon and drove through. We stopped in Boise for dinner and then got to Olympia, WA about 3:30 or so. We decided to sleep in the car for a few hours. We slept until 6:00 and then headed back out. The Olympic Peninsula is so beautiful! It was such a pretty ride to Forks. We stopped at one of the Kalaloch Beaches on our way in. They had huge driftwood logs all over the shore. We stopped at this huge cedar tree in the rain forest. It was so cool. After we got to Forks we had to wait to check into our hotel so we looked around a little. We saw the hospital and the "Cullen" house. We also had a pretty good lunch at a little burger joint. After we checked in I crashed for a few hours. When my room mates showed up I got up and showered and went to dinner with 2 of them, Heather and Stephanie. Great girls from Lees Summitt, MO. Also sharing my room was a wonderful lady from Evanston, Jerri. She's awesome and doesn't snore too bad!!
Friday we got up and went hiking in the Hoh Rain Forest. It was amazing. It was so green. Even the light shining down had a green tint to it. And the trees were huge! The Hoh river that runs out of the rain forest has one of the prettiest color blues to it that I've ever seen! After the rain forest, we went back to LaPush and went to First Beach. It was shrouded in fog and so pretty. I got soaked by the tide, it was so cold but so fun! After First Beach we went back to the hotel and got all "niced" up and went to dinner in Port Angeles. We went to a place called Michaels Divine. It was ok food. But the wait was crazy! We were there for 1.5 hours before we even got our salad. We were there for 3.5 hours. And then it ended up costing $600 more than they had said. Ridiculous! But the company was great!! Jackie got some drinks and expected the food to get there sooner and so the drinks went right to her head. She was cracking us up. Then she joked that she had to have 3 drinks to stay up with us "mormon girls"!! Too funny. Then we went looking for Snack Box's in Port Angeles!!! Inside joke and I don't want to explain but it was a blast. We stayed true to the TwilightMoms Code of Conduct though. Or as my friend said, we only bent the crap out of it!!
On Saturday we got up at 4:45 and went to the tide pools at beach 4 at Kalaloch. They were so cool! I've never seen so many star fish all in one place. Of course I've only seen tide pools once before, 9 years ago!! :D They tide pools were cool and we went back to Forks and got ready for Stephenie Meyer day. Forks went all out for it! They had Twilight stuff all over. Most places had signs wishing Bella Happy Birthday. (September 13th is Bella's birthday, hence Stephenie Meyer day being then) We went to the park and there were vendors with Twilight related stuff and cakes and Bella's truck and Charlies police cruiser and our very own TM Alabama sisters had the "shiny, silver Volvo". We had a huge group picture of everyone that came and then just of us TM's. It was fun. Then we had pizza for a late lunch and headed down to LaPush.
The Quileute tribe put on an Indian dance for us. It was really cool, not at all what I expected but neat non the less. Then after the Wolf Dance, we headed back to the beach for a bon fire and storytelling. A storyteller from the Quileute tribe told us all the Quileute legends. They were so neat. They actually have legends that they used to be able to turn into wolves and orca at will. Crazy stuff. It was very eery that night. The fog was so thick and just completely wrapped the beach. Forks was crystal clear, but you couldn't see 100 feet in front of you at First Beach. It was so fun to listen to the stories.
Sunday we got up and packed and headed for the Sol Duc rain forest which is on the way to Port Angeles. We hiked to the Sol Duc falls. They were beautiful! They fall into this narrow ravine and then flow down to a larger river. It was just cool! We were supposed to ride the ferries back to Seattle but the one was running late and the other one we could have taken, we missed. So we drove around the sound through Tacoma. It was still a very pretty drive. We passed Bremerton, WA where a Naval base is. My Grandpa worked there during WW2 as a welder, working on the Naval ships. We didn't realize they were there until it was too late to take picures of them. Oh well. We got to SeaTac on time and had fun waiting for our plane. I love flying, and this flight was a blast. There were so many TM's on the flight! Probably 20 or so. Our very own Coven Mother (creator of the TM's) Lisa was on the flight. We got glow sticks and made bracelets and headbands. The piolot actually lowered the lights more so we could glow away! It was hilarious!
Overall this was one of the funnest trips I have ever been on. The Forks area is spectacular! The company was awesome and I made friend and memories for life!! I feel very lucky to have been able to go, it was such a good thing for me. I think I needed the little get away!! Well I just looked at the clock and realized that I still have stuff to do for preschool, so I'm going to go. Enjoy my pictures!!