It was a dark and stormy day. Yesterday was one of those days when the sun is never seen, and the large drops of rain fall sideways. My daughter and I were very tired of being inside, so we decided to take a mini Twilight tour. It's not often that a movie is filmed in so many locations around us. Most of the movie was shot on days that looked a lot like this day... wet and foggy. So we grabbed our iPhones with good GPS capabilities, some cash, warm coats and hats, and headed off to see a few of the sites.
Our first stop was lunch at The Carver Cafe, located in Damascus, Oregon, just off Highway 224. The food was okay, the waitstaff very unfriendly. But we were there for the atmosphere, right? In the movie this cafe was in Forks, Washington. Bella's Dad, Charlie, eats dinner here on a nightly basis. If that were really the case, he'd be much larger than he is. Lots of gravy and giant hamburgers served in this tiny diner.
Our next stop was The View Point Inn. Located in the Columbia River Gorge, this site is where the prom scene takes place. The staff was very friendly. The Inn was closed, but they welcomed us in, asked if we were Twilight fans, and encouraged us to look around. Even had tea and cookies set out for us! So we wandered around upstairs. It was from this window that Victoria spied on Edward and Bella.
They even had soap with Twilight labels in the gift shop.
Edward was lurking everywhere...
We grabbed a few photos outside. It's not the same without twinkly lights, music and giggly high schoolers, but Isabel enjoyed checking out the names on the Twilight Walk of Fame.
I hope they can afford to get their roof repaired soon.
Our last stop of the day was at Oxbow Park. We were losing daylight by the time we reached this destination. The nice guy at the gate who took our $5 entrance fee, provided us with a map that helped us locate one of the trees that Edward had climbed for the movie (well, his stunt double anyway).
We ended the evening re-watching Twilight so we could see what we'd missed and plan our next tour.