This is Ellen’s Twilight trip from her blog Krugers Scraps. She gave us permission to repost it here to share it with all of you!!
We took our picture with Bella’s truck at the park, did a tour of the Forks High School, took a picture at Dr. Cullen’s parking spot at the Hospital, drove by the Police Department…One of the things ‘the family’ had a little confusion with was that the things we were seeing weren’t in the movie….I had to keep reminding them…now this is where Bella was in the REAL story – the BOOK, they just weren’t able to film here, but this is the REAL PLACE….etc.
We stopped at every booth at Tillicum Park. Tristan was mesmerized by a local young man creating glass beads, inspired by Twilight…His grandmother was selling the beads made into necklaces with little metal charms that say ‘forks’ or hearts that have B & E on them, with keys and just very cool eclectic style to them. I couldn’t decide on one, but I found a bead that I loved and am having them rework the stuff on it with a Forks tag and a key that I liked. They’re going to mail it to me. I’m also going to order a couple of the small beads for Tristan and Shelby to make their own bracelets with. check it out at http://www.theforksforest.etsy.com/
My favorite store is ‘Dazzled by Twilight’ – every single thing in the store is Twilight stuff, including the window displays of Emmett and Rosalies wedding, Rosalies Wedding dress and veil, Jaspers Union soldier outfit from the civil war, and a certain ‘baby vampire with a bottle of red liquid…The ambiance inside is amazing – trees, water, and a gazebo with lights for a ‘prom’ photo -op. In the back is black light room where everything glows. Also in the back are several cases displaying the owners prized possessions – autographed photos posters, and one of a kind collectibles from her experiences with the Twilight crew.
After dinner, we went down to First Beach, and there was already a bonfire going…we thought we’d have to wait for sunset, but before long here comes Mark, the Quileute storyteller, with a gal who’s head of the reservation school, and Tinsel Corey, who plays Emily in ‘New Moon’!! After the storytelling Tinsel was available for autographs and pictures….I didn’t have $20 cash to pay for an autograph so we got a picture with her – at least something. All the proceeds from her autographs and photos go directly to the reservation school. She also spent some time at the school talking to the kids and giving some acting advice/lessons. If we hadn’t had dinner early, we wouldn’t have been down to the beach on time to hear the stories and see her. Amazing how things worked out. Storytelling is a very sacred tradition with the people, so they ask that no one video tape or take pictures during the storytelling. These activities also ‘break the circle’ the strength and vision that the storytelling circle create. I did take one picture of Mark (ya ya, I ran back to the car for my New Moon book, and didn’t hear the part about no pictures, so someone told me and I stopped – but no I’m not deleting the picture!), but it won’t be posted here, out of respect for their wishes. It’ll be in my scrapbook, along with the picture of me and the kids with Tinsel.
Sunday, on the way home, we stopped at Kalama High School and took pictures where the movie was actually filmed….all the scenes at the school in the movie are here, we even walked up the hill in the back of the school as if we were going into the woods like Bella and Edward and they thought that was really fun. Kalama is really charming (steep) early 1900′s houses on hills and lots of beautiful views. I can see why they filmed there, but it was one of the few places actually in Washington where they filmed. Apparently it was to expensive with the sales tax in WA…and Twilight was done on a pretty small budget.
We plan on visiting few more of the movie locations in Carver, St Helens and Cannon Beach. I’ve never done anything like this before -but it is really fun!
UPDATE: After Ellen and her family got back from their Twilight trip, they found out they won the Twilight Board Game at a raffle in Forks. She was nice enough to share the story and pictures with us!!
You will never guess what happened! My daughter Shelby won the drawing at Sully’s Drive In from Bella’s birthday weekend! A box arrived in the mail on Monday addressed to her, with a return address from Forks, but no name. We thought, “did she forget something at the place we stayed and they’re mailing it back?”
But no, inside we were ECSTATIC to find the Twilight Board Game, and a personal note from Bruce Guckenberg, the owner of Sully’s Drive In.
We sat right down after dinner Monday night and played until bedtime. It is a pretty fun game, you draw cards, answer trivia questions or do story challenges, and you try to manuever around the board and collect 8 scene cards. Whoever collects the 8 scene cards first wins the game …..I won!