We had no idea that Forks is the setting for the Twilight series of young adult fiction (and now movies) that's gotten lots of media attention. Probably because we haven't read the books or seen the movies. We just know they have to do with vampires, werewolves, and star-crossed love. Just like us :)
We also had no idea that the date we chose to visit Forks was a party for the story's protagonist called "Bella's Birthday Weekend" -- complete with a dinner and big bonfire. We did see signs for tours and, appropriately enough, a blood drive. Apparently author Stephenie Meyer was in town, too.
While others were celebrating Bella's birthday, however, we went to the ocean, visited Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National park, explored Forks, and kayaked. More on the Hoh Rain forest later.
|This tree washed up on the beach near La Push, Washington, 16 miles west of Forks. That's Jim at the top.|
|The day we visited the beach at La Push and also nearby Rialto Beach (the latter is part of Olympic National Park) a lot of folks were surfing.|
|We saw this guy as we were leaving Rialto Beach.|