I can read all your minds right now. What the heck is in Kalama? That, my friends, is quite the story. When we decided to do this road trip, we knew we wanted to spend one day in Seattle, but were up in the air about what to do the other day. Tony was silly enough to ask me what I wanted to do. Half jokingly (because although I am totally entertained by the whole Twilight saga, I'm no Twi-hard) I said, "Hey! We should go to FORKS!!" Tony suprised the heck out of me by saying, "Hey, why not? We'll drive the coast, see some sights and head back to Seattle." Once I recovered from my severe shock, we did a little research and discovered that almost none of the movie was actually filmed in Forks. A lot of the movie(s) was filmed in southern Washington and over the Columbia River in Oregon. It was actually closer to go there than to go to Forks and we would get to see Mount St. Helens on the way so we decided to do it.
Kalama is the sweetest little town 19 miles south of Mount St. Helens. If you drive through town and turn left up a hill and past the police station, you'll find Kalama High School. It is actually the outside set for Forks High School and the Senior parking lot is where Edward saves Bella from getting hit by the van. And for all you trivia buffs, the hospital scenes were all filmed in the school wrestling room. Seriously.
It is a gorgeous building and what I love is how little the people in the area care that they are a part of the whole Twilight phenom. We had to find our way all on our own...no crazy signs and such. Amazing.
More "Twilight highlights" tomorrow...