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Fording the River: Day Two in Nature

August 8, 2011

The second day of the trip sucked.  No, not “sucked” in a bad way.  Hardly.  I mean “sucked” as in we went to where vampires come from.  Forks, Washington.

Whether you have read the books or not, almost everyone has at least heard of the Twilight series.  Love it or hate it, that’s your call, but Bestie Al was the one who got me to read Twilight in the first place, so we thought it was appropriate to go see Bella and Edward’s hometown in Washington.Like Port Angeles, Forks likes to play up the tourist interest in the books.  Hey, why not?  It’s a small town in the middle of no where.  I’m sure these books up’ed their tourist dollars by a thousand.  They give out maps of where all of the supposed settings in the book were or different props, like Bella Swan’s house and truck, and the hospital where Dr. Cullen worked.For some unexplained reason, the back window of the truck had a bullet hole in it.  Huh.  I don’t remember there being guns in the book.This is where the parking sign for Dr. Cullen used to hang.  We think that perhaps there were too many tourists clogging up the driveway to the ER, trying to get pictures of it, so the hospital took it down.  That seems pretty smart, since this location was right next to where the ambulances would drive in.  No need for tourists there.

After getting our fill of vampire swag, we headed to the Sol Duc National Forest to do some hiking.  Now, one thing you have to understand is that Bestie Al does not do nature.  She never has pretended to, so when she asked me if I wanted to go hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, I was a little taken aback.  When Al told her coworkers that we planned on hiking, they laughed and thought she was lying.  They even thought she was lying after we completed the hike and she posted her status on Facebook.  Al is known for her dislike of nature.  There was no way I was going to turn down an offer like that, though, so we decided to go check out the acclaimed Sol Duc Falls.  While the trail marker said 3 miles, it meant three miles to the other end in the forest.  With all of the backtracking and walking on the road we did to get back to the car, we ended up walking/hiking about 8 miles.  The trees and falls made it worth it in the end.After hiking for so long and being attacked by giant, menacing bugs in the final two miles, we got back into the car and headed back to our hotel to find some place to eat.  With our feet exhausted and our stomachs full of pasta, we watched some Food Network and called it a night.  Tomorrow we would have to be up bright and early to leave the country.

Miss an Exit?

I land in Seattle and we go to Port Angeles.

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