Posts Tagged ‘Forks’

forever twilight in Forks – September 10-13th in Forks, Washington

November 24th, 2014 by Lissy Andros

Mayor Monohon reading Proclamation

“forever twilight in Forks”

celebrates

the 9th annual Stephenie Meyer Day / Bella’s Birthday Weekend celebration

September 10 – 13, 2015 in Forks, Washington

The Forks community is really excited to celebrate “forever twilight in Forks” the 9th Annual Stephenie Meyer Day / Bella’s Birthday Weekend in September 2015.  The festivities will begin on Thursday, September 10th with a kickoff at the Forks Visitor Information Center to welcome first-time and returning fans to Forks, and run through Bella’s birthday on September 13th.

The Forks Chamber of Commerce and local businesses look forward to offering a fun weekend with one schedule and minimally overlapping events.  The brand-new Rainforest Arts Center in downtown Forks, the former location of the Dazzled By Twilight stores, will house several of the weekend’s activities, along with local businesses and restaurants, including events hosted by the Quileute Tribe in LaPush!

The 2015 event’s focus will be the ten year anniversary of twilight being published.  With Forks being the setting for the book series, we can’t imagine a better place to be in September 2015.  So come celebrate with us!

Is Charlie Swan Moving?

February 20th, 2014 by Lissy Andros

Swan House

Is Charlie Swan Moving?

Well at first glance it looks like it could be true.  What we know as the “Home of the Swans” has a for sale sign in front of it.  The gracious homeowners that let us put their home on the Twilight tour are moving and now are hoping that somebody will buy the house and love it as much as them and the thousands of fans that have posed in front* of it.  Those fans imagine Bella upstairs, with Edward not too far away.  And possibly Jacob patrolling nearby, watching out for Bella too. 

Therefore maybe the new owners will let the “Home of the Swans” sign reside once again out front, for all to enjoy.  Or maybe someone will buy it and turn it into a Bed & Breakfast, similar to the Cullen House (Miller Tree Inn).  So while it might appear that the Swan family is moving, in our hearts they will always be the ones that reside on K Street.

*Fans have always been welcome to take pictures from the street and the homeowners and the Forks Chamber of Commerce appreciate their cooperation.

“How do I get to Forks, Washington?”

December 12th, 2012 by Lissy Andros

Lake Crescent

 

“How do I get to Forks, Washington?” is one of the most common questions we get when people contact the Forks Visitor Information Center.

 

• From SeaTac International Airport going the northern route (through Port Angeles):

Forks is about 3.5 hours from Sea-Tac International Airport.  And there are many ways and routes to get from Sea-Tac to Forks.  With some planning, it is very easy to get here by rental car, bus shuttle and even charter flight!  

If you rent a car at SeaTac and drive to Forks:

I recommend taking the Tacoma Narrows route from Sea-Tac to Forks.  This takes you I5 South  to 16W to 3N, then turn left and go over the Hood Canal Bridge on 104W, then take 101N and stay on that until you get to Port Angeles, where you will turn left (follow sign to Forks), then you will stay on 101 until you reach Forks.

These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

For other routes, please see below.

Transportation Services Available:

Clallam Transit Strait Shot From Bainbridge Island Ferry

You can take the Clallam Transit Strait Shot from Bainbridge Island Fairy to downtown Port Angeles. More information can be found on this link.

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car downtown (at the Olympic Bus Lines office, next to the Transit Center) or take Clallam Transit (see below) to Forks.

Rite Bros. Aviation from Seatac or Boeing Field

You can charter a flight through Rite Bros. Aviation and fly to Port Angeles or Forks. Find more information here http://ritebros.com/

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car downtown (at the Olympic Bus Lines office, home of the Dungeness Line) or take Clallam Transit (see below) to Forks.

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Clallam Transit – This is public transit and operates limited hours.  The Strait Shot runs daily, but there is no regular bus service on Sunday and some holidays.

Budget Car Rental – There is an office in Port Angeles that is locally owned by the Olympic Bus Lines so make sure that if you rent a car, you call them, and not the nationwide number.  They have rental offices in downtown Port Angeles and at the airport.  Their phone number is 360-417-0700 or 800-457-4492.

Clallam Transit and Rite Bros. Aviation are members of the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

Once you arrive in Port Angeles, there are a few “Twilight” spots to check out like Bella Italia (where Edward and Bella had their first date), the movie theater (currently in transition) and the book store – all featured in the books.  You will then travel the 56 miles to Forks where you will see the beauty of Lake Crescent while traveling through the Olympic National Park and Forest. Please see information below regarding road construction around Lake Crescent.

• From SeaTac International Airport going the southern route (this is a great way to avoid road construction projects (outlined below) slated to begin March 2017 around Lake Crescent):

This route takes you through Olympia and Aberdeen, then up along the coastline.  These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

• From Portland, Oregon:

Take I-5 north towards Seattle.  Exit Hwy 12, then Hwy 101.  These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

Have other questions?  Feel free to contact us at info@forkswa.com

Thanks and happy traveling!

 

PLEASE READ NOTICE BELOW:

 

Olympic National Park News Release   

March 7, 2018

For Immediate Release
Penny Wagner    360-565-3005

Lake Crescent Highway 101 Update: Traffic Impacts for Removal of Hazard Tree and Rehabilitation Project Resuming

PORT ANGELES, WA: On Wednesday, March 14 Olympic National Park and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) are partnering to remove a hazard tree from the Lake Crescent section of Highway 101 near Barnes Point.

Beginning at 9:00 am on March 14, WSDOT will close Highway 101 at milepost 225.5 just west of Barnes Point. Pacific Northwest Tree Service will then cut a Douglas fir snag over 150 feet tall. WSDOT crews will be onsite with their heavy equipment to clear the roadway. Once the road is clear for alternating single-lane traffic, WSDOT will allow alternating traffic through until the roadway is completely cleared. The duration of the closure could last an hour or longer and will depend on the amount of clearing needed.  To avoid the delay, drivers should plan to be through the area prior to 9:00 am. For information in real-time check the WSDOT Traffic Alert website at https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/.

Lake Crescent-Hwy 101 Rehab Project Resumes; 4-hour & 6-hour Delays Planned

Strider Construction will resume road work on the Lake Crescent section of Highway 101 on Thursday, March 15.  The work for 2018 includes erosion control, subexcavation, milling, and paving beginning on the eastern end of Lake Crescent and working west.

When planning to drive around Lake Crescent, here are three important reminders:

  • Expect up to half-hour delays during weekday work hours and slower travel through the construction zone.
  • Work hours will vary according to season and daylength.  From April 2-September 21, road work is restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset.
  • Work will occur on weekdays only and will not be scheduled on holidays or weekends.

In order to complete necessary subexcavation and deep patching, the contractor is planning a series of four-hour daytime delays and six-hour overnight delays. These longer delays are not permitted during the busy summer season between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The first planned six-hour overnight delays for this construction season are scheduled for March 19-21 and March 26-28 (Monday through Wednesday) from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am. During these six-hour overnight periods, Highway 101 eastbound from Forks will be open to the turn for Barnes Point where Lake Crescent Lodge is located. Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles will remain open up to mile marker 232/East Beach Road. Travelers to and from the western side of the peninsula can use SR 112/113 as an alternate route during the delay.

The first planned four-hour delays for this construction season are scheduled to begin Monday, April 2 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The contractor is planning to use the four-hour delays daily Monday through Thursday, weather permitting, until all 20 of the allotted four-hour delays are utilized. The location of the work for these four-hour periods will move as the deep patch work progresses with more information forthcoming. Outside of the scheduled 4-hour delays drivers should continue to expect up to half-hour delays during weekday work hours.

This project is being managed collaboratively by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service. An updated outline of the yearly schedule for U.S. Highway 101, is provided below.

March 15-31, 2018 and March 15-31, 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and 6-hour overnight delays (10pm-4am Mondays through Wednesdays only) may be scheduled and will be announced in advance.

April 2018—Late May 2018 and April 2019—Late May 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays may be scheduled (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and will be announced in advance.

After Memorial Day 2018—Early September 2018 and After Memorial Day 2019—late September 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.

Early September 2018—Mid November 2018 and September 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and 6-hour overnight delays (10pm-4am Mondays through Wednesdays only) may be scheduled and will be announced in advance.

 

Drivers can find updates and maps of the project area with current project information on the park website at go.nps.gov/LCHwy101Project. The Federal Highway Administration website for this project is available at https:/flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/wa/lake-crescent/.

www.nps.gov

 

 

 

The Great Forks Fire

September 19th, 2011 by contributor

newspaper article

Sixty years ago today a few hot spots remained from a forest fire near Camp Creek.  On September 20, 1951, the humidity dropped and a strong east wind gave life to those remaining embers.  Around 3:00 am on September 20, 1951 a forest fire began its devastating journey down the Calawah River Valley and the citizens of Forks awoke to a rapidly moving fire, headed right for them.  The fire burned 38,000 acres overnight and traveled 18 miles in less than 8 hours, and a desperate effort to save the town began.

Marge Walhgren, a mother of 2 small children, had learned from her mother that there was a forest fire burning.  She recalls going outside that morning and the eeriness of the dark sky during daylight hours.  She says she thought it was raining at first and then she realized it was not rain hitting her face, it was bits of bark, ash and needles falling like rain.  Preparing for possible evacuation she washed diapers and set out her “valuables” to take, her silverware, on the dining room table.  At around 2:15 that afternoon the State Patrol ordered evacuation of women and children.  Volunteers coming in to help fight the fire reported a steady stream of evacuees throughout the day but those remaining had about 15 minutes to pack up and leave before the highway to Port Angeles was cut off.  Wahlgren grabbed the children and the diapers but in the rush totally forgot about her “valuables” her silverware.  Walhgren’s father had just completed building a 40 ft fishing trawler, it sat a block off of main street, he and Walhlgren’s husband Richard stayed behind to save what they could, mainly the trawler.  Walhgren made it to Port Angeles and she remembers the most frustrating thing was trying to get information about what was happening in Forks.  There were rumors that “there was nothing left” “the town is gone”.

When the fire had burned to where Ron’s Food Mart is today, it looked like a losing battle, one witness said houses were exploding like matches.  Then sometime after 6 pm, a southwest breeze sprang up, in a matter of minutes the fire rolled back on itself.  While the danger was not over the town was spared.  Around 38 structures were lost but there was no loss of life. After the fire a state forestry supervisor said, “The saving of Forks was a miracle, made up of hard work, guts and luck.”

Images of America “Forks”

August 18th, 2011 by brad

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The Forks Timber Museum is home to local artifacts, displays and a fantastic collection of  photos.  Many of these photos have been compiled in to an Images Of America series book.  From the arrival of the Ford family in 1878 to the arrival of Twilight fans more recently, the story of our hardy little community is told in photos and captions.  Early settlers endured the elements and isolation and many of their descendants still call Forks home.  The book is available at Forks True Value and Chinook Pharmacy and many other Forks businesses.
The book can be purchased and shipped from Chinook Pharmacy, call them at 360-374-5030 for details.

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot!

July 22nd, 2010 by contributor

parkingJust like the Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi” a vacant lot on Main Street in Forks was recently paved, striped and turned in to a parking lot. Forks has never had a surplus of parking spots and with all the Twilight fans in town it has become impossible to find a parking spot. This much needed addition will hopefully make it easier for fans and residents of Forks to take care of business! The new parking lot has a self pay station and uses the honor system.

ESPN Interviews Forks’ Student Athletes

June 23rd, 2010 by contributor

espnWhat do Forks Spartans student athletes want rival players and Twilight fans to know? They are Spartans not vampires or werewolves. ESPN’s Jim Caple recently visited FHS and interviewed a handful of students and athletic director Kevin Rupprecht. While students are not so happy with their new nicknames, Twilight fans have had a positive effect on the amount of money in the athletic department’s budget, through their purchase of Spartan Gear. Thanks to the extra funds there have been no cut backs. Go Spartans!

Forks Skatepark Makes Top 10

June 5th, 2010 by contributor

2012011945_nwwskateparks03The Seattle Times has rated the top 10 western Washington skateboard parks and Forks’ Tillicum Park facility has been ranked number 8! Features include beautiful mosaic tile work in the bowl, a free-floating quarter pipe and brick banks. The skatepark was built by Grindline and a whole lot of community involvement.

Twilight Firewood

April 29th, 2010 by contributor

twilight firewood

We’ve held off on commenting about the local Twilight Firewood stand for quite a while now, but we just can’t resist. We think it’s hilarious! It kind of takes things to a whole new level. And the sharp-looking stand is certainly an attention getter. Although the small print says to burn the “LaPush bundles” to “keep the evil vampires away,” we suspect simply throwing pieces of firewood at them would be just as effective. Stock up now!

Jasper Forks Video

March 26th, 2010 by contributor

If you haven’t seen this video yet, you’re missing out! It’s based on a house remix of South Korean pianist/composer Yiruma’s River Flows in You, but what got our attention (of course . . .) is the professionally filmed footage of Forks and the West End. Wow! Director Mark Feuerstake clearly knows how to capture that eery forest feeling. We suspect that he–like most of the German visitors we see here in Forks–knows from personal experience what real forests are like. Nicely done!

Commuting in Forks

March 7th, 2010 by contributor

elk on highway

We see this small herd of elk just about every morning on our way to work. Having endured urban commutes for a number of years, it’s hard to complain too much about our typical Forks commute–you often see more elk than traffic!

AIDS Quilt Comes to Forks

February 27th, 2010 by contributor

aids memorial quilt in washington dcA large section (20 blocks) of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in Forks from March 1-6, 2010. The display is located at the Forks High School Auxiliary Gym, 261 South Spartan Avenue. The goal of the AIDS Quilt project is to provide a creative means for remembrance and healing, to effectively illustrate the enormity of the AIDS pandemic, to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS throughout the general public, to assist others in providing education on the prevention of HIV infection, and to raise funds for community-based AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s). Volunteers are needed to help with the quilt display–please contact the Forks Chamber of Commerce today at 360-374-2531 (or toll-free at 1-800-443-6757) or by email to get further information about how you can participate.

Pioneers’ Path Photo Gallery

February 4th, 2010 by contributor

pioneers--path-trailThis little trail has something for everyone!

  • Wide, level and only about 0.3 mile long
  • Located in Klahowya Campground–right off US Highway 101 at about milepost 212–convenient place for a quick break
  • Borders scenic Sol Duc River–winds through old homestead site
  • Crosses historic Snider-Jackson trail
  • Interesting and informative interpretive signs along the way

Our photo gallery slideshow takes you on a quick tour around this fun loop trail.

Trail Moving West

January 8th, 2010 by contributor

Trail moving west

It’s encouraging to see that the West End now has a paved 6-mile section of the Olympic Discovery Trail in place. Although it’s still “closed for construction,” this first-class section of trail extends through the forest from the Camp David Jr. Road end of the Spruce Railroad Trail, on Lake Crescent, to the top of Fairholm Hill. The Olympic Discovery Trail itself will eventually go the entire 100-mile distance from Port Townsend, through Sequim, Port Angeles, Joyce, Forks and LaPush, to the Pacific Ocean.

My Boyfriend is Really Old . . .

January 4th, 2010 by contributor

Well, we thought this video was pretty funny. It’s a parody of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ hit song, Empire State of Mind, with all kinds of clever Twilight and Forks rhymes and references thrown in. There’s even a cameo from Cousin Itt in there. . . . It’s just for fun–check it out! (May not be appropriate for all viewers.)


Lyrics:


Yeah, I love Edward
No longer Jacob Black
And hes my biggest hero
And I’ll be his forever
I’m his newest lover
And since I love it here
I ain’t going anywhere
Yeah, I’m gonna stay here
All the sexy vampires
Make me feel right at home
We like to hang out all day
Brought me to that McDonalds
Took it to the kissing spot
560 State Street
You can catch me in the kitchen kissing face thats so pasty
Cruising down 8th Street
In a silver Volvo
Driving so fast
My heartbeat is gonna plateau
Ed is my number one
Hes extremely dreamy
Now I live in Washington
You ain’t gonna see me
Say what up to Carlisle
Man, hes so versatile
Edward is mine
All others are cast aside
O man, I’m so in love
It cant get any better
Tell by my heartbeat, that the only place to be is

Is Forks
Vampire City where dreams are made of
This aint no stupid spoon
Lets all go live in Forks
This town will make you feel real cold
My boyfriend is really old
Only happens
In Forks, in forks, in forks

Catch me in a field with Cullens playing a ball game
They made pale more famous than an albino kid can
You should know I bleed though, but I aint got bit though
But I got a gang of pires walking with my clique though
Edward Cullen is so hot
This is true more often than not
Jake doesnt come close to it
Edward is the sure shot
Baseball bat, pire bat, mitzvah bat, Jacob Black
Seems to me that all of the actors in this movie probably forgot how to act
One true Jacob, out there and hes shirtless
Girlies are all whirly, staring at his manly chest
Me, I got my bud, special Ed, I got it made
If you paid me a million bucks, I wouldnt trade him away
Blow me kisses
Blow kisses back at you
I love you, Edward, rest in peace Dracula
This aint Transylvania, no more Van Helsing
Long live vamps yo
Im from the best place that is

Is Forks
Vampire City where dreams are made of
This aint no stupid spoon
Lets all go live in Forks
This town will make you feel real cold
My boyfriend is really old
Only happens
In Forks, in forks, in forks

Skin is blinding
Girls need blinders
So they can step outside with Edward
His skin gets all dazzley
And it makes me all razzley, and gradually become worse
Please catch my apple E
Caught up in the in town
With your crooked smile
And the winter gets cold but not as cold as your skin though
Your sparkly skin is a witty new sin
Team Jacob vs. Edward, Edwards gonna win
Edward dont you bite me, cause you know Ill bleed out
Everybody wants me, but not like brussel sprouts
Pale Edward is the king of Forks, Washington
And Jacob cant touch me, life starts when Im bit on
Came here from Phoenix, now Edward is my life
Werewolves and vampires, addicted to my limelight
Edward Cullens got me feeling like a champion
Our hearts never sleep better slip us an Ambien

In Forks
Vampire City where dreams are made of
This aint no stupid spoon
Lets all go live in Forks
This town will make you feel real cold
My boyfriend is really old
Only happens
In Forks, in forks, in forks

One hand in the air for the small city
Edward, my team is looking all pretty
No one else in the world could compare
Put your lighters in the air, everybody say yeah
Come on, come, yeah

Its Forks
Vampire City where dreams are made of
This aint no stupid spoon
Lets all go live in Forks
This town will make you feel real cold
My boyfriend is really old
Only happens
In Forks, in forks, in forks

Reality?

December 22nd, 2009 by contributor

zigs-tryouts-3-girlsLooks like just about everyone in Forks showed up for the casting call for the planned Forks reality TV show. (We’re up in Canada, so we missed all of the action!) Check out the coverage at the Forks Forum site and in today’s Peninsula Daily News. We’re assuming they’re not talking about the “real” Forks that we know, so we’re curious what, exactly, is planned. Anyone have suggestions for Zig Gauthier, the Santa Monica, California, based television producer behind the project?