Vampires and rainforests

The rainforest next to Quinault Lake

The rainforest next to Quinault Lake

We’re in Washington. Yesterday morning, while we waited for our teenage vampire to wake up, Max and I went for a walk in the rainforest next to the camp. It was humid, the morning fog draped itself over the trees, and the sounds of the birds were muffled – just like in an Amazonian rainforest (though the trees here are conifers and spruces rather than tropical varieties). The fog lifted as we returned to the RV, revealing the gorgeous vista of Quinault Lake. We’d arrived late the night before and had no idea it was even there.

The sediment-filled powder blue water of Hoh River

The sediment-filled powder blue water of Hoh River

The afternoon was spent in Hoh Rainforest, in the heart of the Olympic National Park. The drive in to Hoh was already worth the journey, and the hiking to the river itself was stunning. The sun glimmered through the ancient trees and the water was powder blue.

In the evening, we found ourselves eating pizza in Forks, of Twilight fame. We learnt from locals that tourism increased enormously after the success of Stephenie Meyer’s books, despite the fact that not one scene in any of the films was actually filmed there (as far as we can tell from Googling). In fact, the only location that was shot anywhere in Washington at all was the high school car park; most of the locations were in Oregon or British Columbia.

It appears that the only vampire in Forks yesterday was Gabriella. And any other local nocturnal teenagers.

A row of conifers and spruces growing on a nurse log. See the remains of the log on the right.

A row of conifers and spruces growing on a nurse log. See the remains of the log on the right.

At Ruby Beach

At Ruby Beach, where we stopped for lunch

Ian waiting for the vampire to wake up on the shores of Quinault Lake

Ian plotting his next business on the shores of Quinault Lake, while waiting for the vampire to wake up

Just because Twilight wasn't actually filmed in Forks, doesn't mean you can't buy Twilight souvenirs there

Just because Twilight wasn’t actually filmed in Forks, doesn’t mean you can’t buy Twilight souvenirs there

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About Natalie Gotts

I've been a management consultant, a nutritional therapist, a Journey practitioner and a mother. I've sold ostriches in China and personal safety devices in Hong Kong. Whatever I've done, and wherever I've been, I've written about it.
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2 Responses to Vampires and rainforests

  1. vivienneheller says:

    We are glued to the Gotts adventures – the good and the bad (thank you for the crap one!!!) vx

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • nataliegotts says:

      Sadly, we’re at the mercy of various campsites’ wifi offerings and I can’t promise regular updates. Normal service will be resumed when we get back home.

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