Liz’s Twilight Fan Trip

Hey Kathy…

We just got back from our trip yesterday and I couldn’t wait to contact you in regards to your book.  It was the best thing we brought with us besides the camera.

We didn’t use it too much in Forks because we took the Dazzled by Twilight tour which took us all around Forks and La Push.  We did use the book for the shopping locations and it was perfect.  I’m not sure if you can include anything in your book about hotels and restaurants…but the map we received at the visitors center was really helpful.  We had breakfast both days at teh Forks Coffee HOuse and thought of Katherine Harwick eating there!!!

The book was most helpful on the trip to the movie locations.  I didn’t do enough research before we left to determine the exact locations of all the places to visit…so I would recommend adding one page with a map of Oregon with the locations of each site.  WE did a pretty good job, but had to do some backtracking.  But the drive is beautiful there, so I didn’t mind.

Our first stop was the Kalama High School.  The day we visited it was 104 degrees!!!  It was awful.  We stood in amazement in the parking lot and my daughter was afraid to walk the school.  Not me…so I grabbed the camera and started walking.  I met up with the Superintendant of the school district and he was so nice.  Because of your book and the comment about his daughter being an extra in the movie….he gave us the extra special tour.  WE showed him the book and he got a kick out of it.  He was going to order a copy for his daughter.  He let us into the admin offices to cool off and use the bathrooms.  They had just created new t-shirts for the school and we were able to purchase them.  You might want to include this in your book.  I showed him the stamps and he was going to stamp the book for us, but he couldn’t find his school stamp…so he gave us his business card instead.

He gave us a map of the school with all the locations of the filiming during the movie.  Again…don’t know if you can include this in your book, but it would be helpful.  They have the maps on teh grounds…but I coulnd’t find where he said they were located.  They filmed a lot there…all the school stuff…the hospital scene…the batting cages (Bella’s mom is calling her from Florida).  I saved a copy of the map if you want me to copy and send you a PDF version.  The gym was also open..they were cleaning the grounds…so I was able to sneak in and get a picture there.

The other location that was my favorite was the Cullen house.  No one else had this address, except for your book.  You might want to check into this a bit more because when we visited there was a moving van.  The house was totally empty.  Because it was empty we felt we could get a little close to take pictures and not intrude.  I’m not sure if they original owners sold the house because of the visitors…but it might be something you want to look into.  I was going to ask the moving guys if the house was open…but changed my mind.

Again…the book was a blessing.  All the information was great and it was great to have all the addresses.

The other funny thing that happened…I made a reservation for a night at the View Point Inn.  It was 97 degrees when we got there at 6:30 at night.  Because the place is a historical landmark, they can’t do any upgrades to it…so no air conditioning.  We ended up cancelling our reservation because it was way too hot to sleep there with just a fan in the window.  They were very nice about the situation and refunded our money.  The food there was wonderful and so was the staff.  Figures the one week we picked to travel was the hottest week they ever had in history in that area!!!!  :)

Let me know if you need any further info for the book.  We showed it to many people along the trip and they were really impressed with it.

Thanks again!!!

Liz

P.S. I will be posting our pictures from teh trip soon.  I want to include the two locations from Valencia in our pictures, since most others that took this trip won’t have those!!!

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admin August 13, 2009 at 8:09 am

Thank you for sharing, Liz! I’m so glad you had a good trip, in spite of our unusual heat wave. It sounds like you and your daughter shared a special experience you’ll both cherish for years to come. Thank you also for all the tips. I will do a little research and add it to the next update of the book.

I just love hearing from fellow Twilight travelers!

Kathy

Flick August 19, 2009 at 5:10 am

It sounds like u had an amazing time i am really looking forward to my twilight tour in october thanks for all the other info iwas just wondering where u stayed on ya trip in Portland cause i’m struggling to find any hotels with good reviews and in safe areas would u recommend where u stayed?

P.s love the expericence twilight guide it is amazing and has been very helpful in planning our trip

susie November 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm

We are planning on taking a family vacation in March of 2010 to all the possible Twilight sites. Our daughter Brooke will be celebrating her 18th birthday there. we already have our airplane reservations, departing from Buffalo, N.Y. we are going to take a partial tour and the rest on our own. what suggestions can you give us as a start to not be backtracking on ourselves, what NOT to miss, and the book you speak of that helped you. Can’t wait to hear back from you on do’s and don’t's. thanks, Susan Austin at susandevonne@yahoo.com

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