Day 47! Portland to Forks (Twilight 3) (The Movie and Book Tour)

As today was mainly a ‘Twilight’ day I’m going to post all the photos on this page.

We left Portland bright and early as we wanted to visit a couple more Twilight sites.  The weather has been fabulous today both down in Portland and up here in Forks. The temperature has been in the 90’s and we were told that summer arrived in Forks today … just in time for our arrival. Alas, that means we won’t be seeing any of the Cullens today!!

The yellow ribbon denoting where filming took place

The yellow ribbon denoting where filming took place

Bella tells Edward she knows what he is ....... "Vampire"

Bella tells Edward she knows what he is ……. “Vampire”

Sandra at the 'vampire' spot!

Sandra at the spot where Bella tells Edward she knows what he is …… a vampire!

Bella and Charlie's House

Bella and Charlie’s House

Bella's street outside her house

Bella’s street outside her house

Bella's road outside her house

Bella’s road outside her house

Bloated Toad Restaurant, as was!

Bloated Toad Restaurant, as was!

Jilly's shop

Jilly’s shop

Cut's

Cut’s

'Forks High School'

‘Forks’ High School’

Fork's High School where Edward saved Bella

Forks’ High School where Edward saved Bella from being crushed

Need I say more!

Need I say more!

Well, I wonder who owns this then!!??

Well, I wonder who owns this then!!??

Funny sign!

Funny sign!

Sandy River at Oxbow State Park

Sandy River at Oxbow State Park

Our first Eagle - taken through the car window!

Our first Eagle – taken through the car window!

One of Oregon's beautiful beaches

One of Oregon’s beautiful beaches

The first thing we did was to drive to Oxbow State Park where the ‘Say it out loud’ scene was filmed.  The Ranger directed us to a skinny tree that had a yellow  ribbon tied around it and there it was. It amazes me how small the areas are that the different scenes are shot in yet in the films they always look so big.  This area was just off the road where people were driving their cars past.

After that it was our intention to go and see the Cullen House but we decided it was too long a journey and we wouldn’t have seen much of the house anyway, because it’s hidden by trees so instead set off for St. Helens.

The first place we visited was Bella’s house.  The scenes in Twilight, both inside and outside the house were actually filmed here. It was quite emotional to be stood right there where they all stood and Charlie parked his Police car. One thing made us laugh and that was a notice pinned to the tree addressed to ‘Twilight Fans’.  It said that it was private property and requested that people did not go on to the property or peer through the windows (who would do that?) but that they didn’t mind people taking pictures from the street and then closed by wishing people a lovely visit to St. Helens.

We then went to the Bloated Toad Restaurant. This is where Edward took Bella after he saved her in Port Angeles from the group of men and she had mushroom ravioli.  Sadly, the restaurant is now closed and the property up for sale.

Our next port of call was going to be Thunderbird and Whale Bookstore where Bella purchased a book about Quileute legends but again, it’s gone. There wasn’t a building that looked like it at all and now at that address there’s a B&B!

We did see a shop called Jilly’s and that was where the wardrobe department bought 36 prom dresses plus lots of other things to decorate a shop called Cuts+ into the Petite Jolie dress shop scene where the girls were trying on dresses for the Prom.

After that we travelled to Kalama High School which in the film was Forks High School, where the parking lot scenes were filmed and where Edward saved Bella from being killed by the truck. As the school is closed for the summer holidays and I didn’t want to be arrested for trespassing, I didn’t go around the back of the building to see the area where Edward follows Bella into the woods by the school for the scene where she tells him she knows what he is ………. a vampire!

The drive from there to Forks was very pleasant, mostly along roads lined with fir trees and you can imagine my excitement when we entered Forks and there was the ‘Welcome’ sign that is so familiar to all of us Twilight fans. To make it even better, there was Bella’s truck and a funny sign in the window of the Chamber of Commerce

So, we are now staying at the Cullen House in Forks. Of course, this Cullen House represents the one in the book, not the movie version.  It’s lovely here and the owners are great. We’ll post pictures tomorrow of the inside and outside of the house but one thing they do have is a miniature version of the graduation caps board.

This is definitely the place to stay for any Twilight fan. Every room has copies of all the books to read and all the DVDs to play. Also, it is left to the individual to decide what name they want to give the room they are staying in. There are all the Cullen names to choose from and today I’ve decided that our room will be known as Alice’s room. Someone else had already called their room, Edward’s and at first I called our’s, Bella’s room, but then I thought that she wouldn’t have her own room because she would be sharing with Edward!! Am I over-thinking this!!!??? I think I may change the name daily for the time we are here!!

Tomorrow we set off on our Forks and La Push adventure!!

The other photos we took today are at the bottom.

Day 46! (Part 2) Twilight 2 (The Movie Tour)

Before I start day two of our Twilight adventure, I need to add something to Twilight 1.

I forgot to mention that the Carver Cafe was used in another scene in Twilight and that’s where Bella and Edward are in her truck after she’s left home because James is chasing her and they drive past the Cafe as Mike, Jessica and some of the others are coming out of the Cafe.

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Charlie's Police Station

Charlie’s Police Station

Drawing cash at the 'police station'

Drawing cash at the ‘police station’

The bridge that Bella and Charlie drive over when she first arrives in Forks

The bridge that Bella and Charlie drive over when she first arrives in Forks

The crossing with the wooden bears (no longer there!) and the logging truck when Bella first arrives in Forks

The crossing with the wooden bears (no longer there!) and the logging truck when Bella first arrives in Forks

The Black Bear Grill

The Black Bear Grill

This is where Bella and her friends parked in the van at La Push

This is where Bella and her friends parked in the van at La Push

Where Bella and Jacob walk on the beach and he tells here about 'the cold ones'

Where Bella and Jacob walk on the beach and he tells here about ‘the cold ones’

I also forgot to include a photo of Multnomah Falls in the post. You see the Falls when Edward and Bella are walking to the field to play baseball.

So, day two of our Twilight adventure!

After our visit with Cindy Mc. we headed to Vernonia, the little town that was the stand-in for Forks in Twilight.

We started with a visit to Charlie’s Police Station ……….. well it’s actually a bank, so I took the opportunity to draw some cash while we were there. This is where Edward and Bella stop after he rescues her in Port Angeles and they are told Weyland had been killed. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to be stood there.

I spoke to an American lady while I was drawing cash and she asked what we were doing in such a small town and so far from home.  I explained that I was a huge Twilight fan and she understood immediately.  She’s seen all the films too.

Towards the beginning of Twilight you see Bella and Charlie in his Police car as they enter Forks, the drive over a bridge and then come to a cross roads and you see big wooden bears stood on the corner of one street and a huge logging track passes over another street.  Well this is where that scene was shot.

Bella also drives over the bridge again on her way to school after she leaves the house and slips on her bottom and Charlies has had new tyres fitted for her.

We had lunch in a small place called The Black Bear Grill and on the wall was a picture of Kristen stood outside the Grill.  Apparently she went in and had a drink there during filming.

After Vernonia we moved on to Indian Beach.  Indian Beach was the stand-in for La Push in Twilight. This is where Bella goes to with her school chums on a cold wet day so that they can surf and she meets Jacob and two of his friends there.  Bella and Jacob walk on the beach and he tells her about ‘the cold ones’.

Tomorrow on our way to Forks we will be stopping at Saint Helens were a lot of other scenes were shot …. so watch this space!!

Day 46! The Oregon Coast

Well today has been a fun-filled long day!

We started the day with a wonderful visit to one of Si’s Flickr friends, Cindy Mc. We hadn’t met before but it was just like Dot and I all over again (as though we’d always known each other) and Cindy gave Si some great tips for future use.

We then moved on to Vernonia!! This little town was the stand-in for the town of Forks in the Twilight film. I’ll post about our visit there in an additional post, Twilight 2.

Si paddling on Cannon Beach

Si paddling on Cannon Beach

Lifeguards in action!

Lifeguards in action!

Rescued!

Rescued!

Rescuers and rescued!

Rescuers and rescued!

Sandra and Police Officer, Josh

Sandra and Police Officer, Josh

Sandra and Si at Ecola State Park overlooking Cannon Beach

Sandra and Si at Ecola State Park overlooking Cannon Beach

Si with his ribs!

Si with his ribs!

There are no words!!

There are no words!!

Indian Beach

Indian Beach

Indian Beach

Indian Beach

Indian Beach

Indian Beach

After lunch in Vernonia we moved on to Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast. Words cannot sum up what a marvelous place that is. The beach is spectacular, all sand that stretches for miles, the water is crystal clear and good for surfing, the sky was blue and we paddled in the Pacific ocean which to our amazement wasn’t as cold as we thought it would be.

The town of Cannon Beach is a holiday hotspot full of shops, restaurants, places to stay and things to do. Being a Saturday today, it was packed.

Whilst we were there, two Lifeguards had to rescue three young people who had gone too far out over the crashing waves and were in distress.  It was a sight to behold. We then got talking to Police Officer Josh who told us he was in the UK last year and got married in Perth!! He has Scottish ancestors and just loves the UK.

After visiting Cannon Beach we moved to another one just along the coast called Indian Beach. Again, this is where they filmed scenes from Twilight so I will include details of that in the other post but I’ve added some of the other photos here too.

Today we had to travel back through Portland again but surprise, surprise, there were no traffic jams!! Someone must be listening to us at last.

Tomorrow will be another ‘extra’ exciting day for me because we leave Portland and move to the little town of ‘all things Twilight’ …………. Forks!!

PS: Before I forget ……… just in case you think Si’s given up his ribs, here are two pics of him with his dinner this evening!!

Day 45! (Part 2) Twilight 1(The Movie Tour) (For the fans reading the Blog)

Twilight AddictSo today we visit some of the sites where they filmed Twilight.

Carver Cafe

Carver Cafe

This is where Bella sat with Charlie

This is where Bella sat with Charlie

Carver Cafe San 1a

Where Stephenie Meyer sat

Where Stephenie Meyer sat

Twilight dolls at the Carver Cafe

Twilight dolls at the Carver Cafe

Poster saying that the Carver Cafe was part of Twilight

Poster saying that the Carver Cafe was part of Twilight

Edward stands in the sunshine here and reveals to Bella how he 'sparkles'

Edward stands in the sunshine here and reveals to Bella how he ‘sparkles’

Edward tells Bella he's a 'killer'

Edward tells Bella he’s a ‘killer’

Edward tells Bella she' believes the lie'

Edward tells Bella she’ believes the lie’

Edward rips a tree out of the ground and climbs the tree on the left to tell Bella she's 'his brand of heroin'

Edward rips a tree out of the ground and climbs the tree on the left to tell Bella she’s ‘his brand of heroin’

Edward says 'so the Lion fell in love with the Lamb'

Edward says ‘so the Lion fell in love with the Lamb’

We started off at the Carver Cafe.  In Twilight, this is where Bella meets her Dad, Charlie for dinner and where she meets ‘butt crack Santa’. Mike and some of her other school friends are outside playing with a football and Stephenie Meyer is sat at the counter of the Cafe.  She has her laptop with her and at the time was actually writing the second book in the series, New Moon.

After that we visited the Stone Cliff Inn. This is where Edward shows Bella how he ‘sparkles’ and where he says those famous words “so the Lion fell in love with the Lamb.”

Day 45! Columbia River Gorge

The weather today has been beautiful, hot at 97°F, a little humid but nothing to bother us.

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls

So today we travelled the Columbia River Gorge to see some of the most beautiful waterfalls you can imagine along Historic Route 30. Our ultimate goal was Multnomah Falls, (these Falls and the Gorge will be familiar to all the Twilight fans reading the blog as some scenes from Twilight were filmed here!!) They are the second most visited attraction in Oregon, the first attraction being the coast. We are hoping to visit that area tomorrow.

The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet (21 m), with a gradual 9 foot (3 m) drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet (189 m). Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon and is listed as the 137th tallest waterfall in the United States by the World Waterfall Database.

It was very busy this morning and the sun was in the wrong place for Si to get any decent photos so we went off to visit some of the sites used for the filming of Twilight (there’s a separate page for all of the photos Twilight-related) and then we returned this afternoon to the Falls.

You would have thought we would have learned our lesson from yesterday with all the Portland traffic but no, we managed to get caught it in again today.  What a nightmare!! How does anything get done here when it takes so long to travel everywhere!!

Some of you reading the blog will know what a huge Twilight fan I am and today was a heavenly day for me as we visited some of the sites used in the filming of the first film Twilight.  We had lunch at the Carver Cafe.  If you want to see photos of the places we visited then click on the the next Post ‘Twilight 1’ above.

Day 44! Klamath Falls to Portland (via Crater Lake … again!)

Well ‘what a difference a day makes’ ……. we awoke this morning to bright sunshine, blue skies and it was warm enough to get the shorts back on!!!

Crater Lake 2a

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Simon and Sandra at Crater Lake

Simon and Sandra at Crater Lake

Sandra at Crater Lake

Sandra at Crater Lake

Chipmunk at Crater Lake

Chipmunk at Crater Lake

Rogue River near Crater Lake

Rogue River near Crater Lake

Rogue River near Crater Lake

Rogue River near Crater Lake

The US Army on manoeuvres

The US Army on manoeuvres

Portland Traffic

Portland Traffic!

As we would be passing Crater Lake again on our way to Portland we decided we should do a little detour to see if Si could take more Lake shots. This is the actual colour of the water, the photo has not been altered at all.

Well, the weather at the Lake was beautiful, such a change from yesterday, although at 8,000 feet the wind was a little chilly.  So, Si got his shots and then we headed off for Portland.  It all turned into an eight hour drive and when we got to Portland it was rush hour, so you can imagine what the traffic was like and to add to that there was a car breakdown and road works!!

We came to the conclusion that the whole of the US Army was on the move today as we passed lots and lots of army trucks on the way out of Crater Lake.

We couldn’t complain about the drive today as about six hours of it was through forests and forests of pine trees.  There’s no shortage of wood in the US that’s for sure.

This is going to be short and sweet today as we are very tired and need to get our beauty sleep!!

More from Portland tomorrow!

Day 43! Crater Lake

Well today, the ‘all-weather’ photographer’s assistant is not so ‘all-weather’, rather ‘under- the-weather’, I’ve managed to get a head cold from somewhere so I’m sneezing and using tissues as though they are going out of fashion!

Crater lake 5a

Crater Lake

When we woke up this morning and it was cloudy but dry we had a little hope that it would be dry up at Crater Lake and we would be able to get good views and Si some good photos.

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. and is fed only by rain and snow (but no rivers or streams) and so is considered to be the cleanest large body of water in the world! The water is exceptional for its clarity and intense blue colour.

The lake rests inside a caldera (a caldera is a cauldron-like volcanic feature usually formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption) formed approximately 7,700 years ago when a 12,000-foot-tall (3,600 meters) volcano collapsed following a major eruption. The eruption may have been the largest in North America in the past 640,000 years!

Crater lake 3a

Crater Lake

Alas, when we arrived it was raining. To view the Lake you drive either via the west or east rim drives and we decided to start on the west side.  Good job we did because by the time we came to end of the first half of the drive on the west side the east side drive had been closed off due to the bad weather. As we progressed around the west drive climbing to elevations above 8,000 feet the weather became appalling. We couldn’t see the lake as it was covered in a rolling mist and the rain was pouring down and it was difficult to even see the road which at time was rather hairy as there are no barriers to protect drivers from going off the edge.  We sat for a while in the hope that it would clear but when it didn’t we headed down again.

However, by the time we reached the bottom the sun had appeared and Si was able to grab a few photos of the lake.  Sadly, the blue of the water was not evident all over but just in certain areas.

Crater lake 6a

Crater Lake rim today with snow!

Photographer in the snow!

Photographer in the snow!

One thing that surprised us as well was the amount of snow from the bottom to the top of the Lake. They have an annual snowfall of 43.5 feet (13.2 meters) and start to clear the snow in April ready for the 500,00 visitors that come every year. The lake last froze over in 1949.

It would have been a very beautiful place to see if the sun had been shining so we’ll just have to mark it down for another visit in the future.

Mummy bird at Crater Lake

Mummy bird at Crater Lake

Baby bird at Crater Lake

Baby bird at Crater Lake

We didn’t see much wildlife today but did see the two birds below, mummy and baby.

Crater lake 8aCrater lake 7aAlso below, are another couple of photos we took on the drive back today.

Oh, and before I forget …………… Si had his wish come true today and he saw a bear! “At last” I hear you say!  Well, here’s the photographic proof!! Ha, ha, ha. I bought it for him in the gift shop at Crater Lake.

Si's bear!!

Si’s bear – Bruno!!