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 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.