Enter the Twilight Zone!

Trip Start Aug 08, 2010
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

After a leisurely breakfast - American style (bacon, eggs, pancakes and syrup) we reluctantly packed up our bags and checked out of the Ocean Crest resort. Ironically, although it had rained overnight, the sun was actually shining! We set off back along highway 101 towards our next stop near Forks, on the Quillaute River.   Mental note - not many gas stations along these forest roads and we were running a little low for an apprehensive quarter of an hour.  The thought of being stranded without petrol in the middle of nowhere (to say nothing of being at the mercy of bears and cougars- ok, probably only mosquitos) did not bear(!) thinking about. 

We made several short detours along our route, as we found we were running parallel to the coast and there were signs for viewpoints for beaches - imaginatively called Beach 1, Beach 2 etc!  Our first stop was at Beach 2, which was once again breathtaking in how empty it was, how clean and fresh the air and sand were - but the strong breeze meant we did not stop to build any sandcastles.  One of the features of these beaches we were soon to discover is the fantastic driftwood that is washed up, no doubt as a result of the many logs and tree stumps that are worn smooth in the sea.  We had been warned about swimming in this stretch of the Pacific because of the dangerous tides, currents and the possibility of sharks - needless to say this was rather frustrating for Paul!

We also stopped at Ruby Beach but did not go down to the shore as this car park seemed  busy and we had decided that we could visit it from where we were staying.  We turned inland and headed for Forks - home to Twilight Mania!   For the uninitiated, the Twilight books (about teenage vampires) have become cult reading over in the US and have been made into 2 films. Think Harry Potter with Fangs and you will get an idea of the hysteria levels which abound around the main characters.   A lot of the action in the books and films happens in and around Forks, which previous to this had been just like any other small backwoods, slightly depressed logging town.    Needless to say, Forks has hit the big time and various enterprising shop owners have made the most of this, you can get a Bella Lasagne in the local Italian, take a pic outside the school they all went to etc.  I was very amused however, by a sign which read "Edward Cullen did not sleep here!"  on a nearby motel.  We were a little apprehensive about our next stop but it has turned out to be a joy - the best internet connection of the holiday and the most beautiful setting, right on a river in the middle of nowhere - absolute peace and quiet as there are only 6 cabins and they are beautifully appointed, think Sabatier knives, handmade patchwork quilts, log burners and beautiful prints and wood throughout.  All very tastefully done (for the US!) and I am up early (just gone 5 in the morning,) hoping to see some wildlife come down to the river as apparently a herd of elk were here yesterday.   More pics of the river will follow tomorrow when I can do them justice.  We also took advantage of the fire pit down by the river last night to toast some marshmallows although I did point out that bears love the smell of sweet things..........

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