This post is severely overdue, but better late than never, right? Right.
Back in February, I asked my dad if he wanted to go on a trip. He said yes, so we floated around a few ideas of where to go and finally settled on the one place that I’d been dying to see since reading a certain series of books. If you guessed Forks, you guessed right. If you didn’t guess Forks, then you don’t know me very well, ha. We decided we’d stay in Seattle, which neither of us had visited either, and we’d drive out to Forks. So, after figuring out the where, we figured out the when and booked flights and a hotel for September. A few months later, we were off!
Day One: Seattle
We flew into Seattle rather early in the morning, so we had most of the day to explore. We took the train into the central part of the city and visited Pike Place and the Space Needle. The market at Pike Place was absolutely magical and reminded me of Chelsea Market here in NYC. There were so many people bustling about and the halls were full of mouth-watering scents. I loved how the main level was like a giant farmer’s market and downstairs had various shops, including a used bookstore…which, naturally, had several copies of the Twilight series.
After Pike Place, we took a shuttle train to the Space Needle. My dad and I had our cameras ready and were excited to go up to the top. The view was beautiful and we both managed to get some great shots!
Day Two: Forks
The next day, we got up at the break of dawn (I’m so clever!) and drove off to the Forks. Along the way, we stopped in Port Angeles, which was picturesque and quaint. The sun was out, which was great for exploring. We didn’t stay long, though, and soon we were back on the road. When we got to the Forks, it had started raining, so we drove over to the Chamber of Commerce first, where we were happily given various Twilight maps and insider guides. For an hour or so, we drove around the tiny town visiting various landmarks, such as Dr. Cullen’s parking spot, Bella’s house, and the Cullen’s house. We stopped for lunch and then were back on the road to La Push. We had trouble finding Second Beach, so we stopped at Third Beach. After a long trek through the forest, we made it to the other side, where we cautiously climbed over fallen tree trunks to get to the beach. The beach was the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen. By then, the rain had stopped and the sun had returned. The air was so clean and crisp, and the water was cool and blue. In a word, it was perfect.
Day Three: Mount Rainier
With my #1 Must-Do checked off, we set out to accomplish my dad’s #1, which was Mount Rainier. We opted to tour the park via the car and stopped at various viewpoints and landmarks. The weather was really nice, but the sky was too cloudy to see Mount Rainier itself. Still, it was a beautiful day full of beautiful scenery.
Day Four: Seattle, Part II
Our last day in Washington, we went back into downtown Seattle, this time with the car. We drove back to Pike Place so I could pick up some locally made coffee for the Boyfriend and then explored the pier. This lead to a ferry tour, which was a great way to learn a bit more about the city. We then drove up to Kerry Park, which offers an infamous view of the city, and then called it a day.
While it was amazing to finally see Forks and live my best Twilight life, my favorite part about the trip was spending time with my dad, sharing photo tips and exploring the Pacific Northwest. I hope he had as good of a time as I did, if not more, and I can’t wait to see where we go next!