That morning we woke up to real Forks weather. It was overcast and drizzling. It was awesome! And actually that was our only real experience with normal Forks weather. The rest of our trip and that afternoon even, it was sunny! Not at all what we wanted or was expecting. But that's okay, we at least got that small amount of bad weather. It's funny, on most people's vacations, they want sunshine. But for us it was the exact opposite. LOL
All of us drove to the HOH (pronounced ho) Rain Forest after meeting up at the cafe. This place was gorgeous. Exactly as described in the books. Green, dense trees, covered in moss.
We took a hike on one of the trails. Got in tune with nature, and vampire nature. ;) And just enjoyed the beauties that surrounded us.
I hiked for the most part with Rae, and Chelle. We got a bit goofy on the trail. Pretending to be Cullen's, and even talking to squirrels.
When we were out of the forest, we waited and sun bathed (the sun was already out by that afternoon), for the rest of our party. We visited, and ate Cheetos while everyone else was wandering in to join us.
After our frolic in the woods, we drove to La Push, to have a picnic on First Beach! :) The beach was amazing! Gorgeous beyond imagination. You can totally picture Bella and Jacob walking along the beach together.
The cafe we stopped at that morning, made all of us sack lunches for our picnic. I got a turkey sandwich, chips, an apple, candybar, and a brownie.
When the girls in my car, and I were finished eating, we hurried off to go to the Forks Outfitters and Thriftway. They had some Twilight merchandise there that we wanted to possibly buy, before the mad rush happened on Saturday and perhaps not being able to get what we really liked.
At the stores, we all found cute stuff. I bought a beanie cap that reads, "Love at first bite. Forks, Washington". And a shirt that looks like the "Survivor" logo, and reads, "What happens in Forks, Stays in Forks". With the words, "Road Trip", through the middle of the circle and a cute bat silhouette over the words.
After the Thriftway we went to a couple other stores. We checked out the flower shop, which had a ton of unique Twilight merchandise. Some cute tops and bracelets, book marks, magnets, scrapbooking papers and supplies. I got a couple cute magnets for the fridge. One that reads, "Forks, Wa. Where Vampires Rain", and it has raindrops coming down with a big red one in the middle. And the other one looks like a usp code and has a heart in the middle. At the bottom are the numbers 11 21 98331 08 (the date the movie comes out, with the Forks zip code in the middle) and then I LOVE EDWARD.
We left all the rest of the stores for the next days excursions. And headed back to our cabin to just relax and chat until dinner time.
For dinner we ordered pizza from a local pizza joint. And I have to say I was impressed, the pizza was really tasty. That night was our Ya Ya headdress and gift exchange night. We all piled into Cabin 1's living room for the festivities.
I enjoyed listening to everyone's explanations on why they made the headdresses, scrapbook pages, and gift that they gave to everyone else in the group. The gifts were great. I enjoyed all of them. Everyone seemed to really like my playlist gift I gave them. I was pleasantly surprised that it went over so well with everyone. :)
We also made a pile of presents and scrapbook pages to send to Stephenie Meyer herself. A couple of the girls in our group know her personally (lucky girls). So I know for sure that she will get the gifts. It's kind of cool knowing that she will be looking at something I made!
After all the fun, Meg and I decided to head back to our cabin. We were both exhausted. I only got a couple hours sleep the past two nights, so I was ready to turn in. And Rae, being the sweetie she is (you know you are Rae), let me have her bed spot that night, so I wouldn't be kept up by everyone else in the cabin (Jessica and I had the sleeper sofa bed in the living room).
Meg and I actually ended up chatting a little bit longer than we intended to that night in bed, but I still got more sleep than the last couple nights combined.
It was a very good day!
*Just wanted to give credit where credit is due, to all the lovely TMs that shared pictures with me. They are responsible for many of the pictures I have posted and will add in my future trip posts. Especially the scenery shots. So thank you girls, with your awesome camera taking abilities. Because my camera sucks! LOL*