I’m leaving for my second trip to Forks in 2 days. As I prepare, I’ve been thinking back on last year’s experience. I never did get around to the post summarizing the entire journey ~ and let’s face it, probably never will. So I thought I would at least share just a few pictures.


This time last year, my group of friends and I travelled to “the holy land” for Stephenie Meyer Days (an annual series of festivities during the weekend closest to Bella’s birthday ~ September 13th), coinciding with the 2nd of the “Forever” parties, which had taken on the “Forever in Forks” name. The two events had joined together and many activities were planned. One of these was the FiF scavenger hunt. Each group (or individual) was given a list of things to track down and take pictures of. They were to be posted on either Instagram or Facebook and a winner would be chosen among the completing participants. Well, that was the plan anyway. As far as we all know, no such winner was deemed. Booooo. But our group busted our asses getting creative with our picture taking and I had edited them into collages. I think it would be a shame and detriment not to share them again. ;P

To start, here is a picture of our hunt list, with one very special addition:

Most people (who are into this stuff) would have heard that Stephenie Meyer herself showed up in Forks and did an impromptu meet and greet sort of thing. As soon as we heard this, we added her name to our list. Of course, being completely shocked and unprepared, I had nothing for her to sign so as she breezed by (the first time), I got her to sign our list. She saw that we had added her name and said, “Oh, that’s so cute!”


I did end up getting a picture with her as well a few minutes later after she decided to hold off her lunch break a little while longer and pose for some. I was the (self-)designated picture taker for my friends. During the excitement, they each sort of wandered to the background after their turn passed and I was left standing there with no one to take mine. I turned around and yelled back to them something along the lines of “What about me, bitches?!”, immediately horrified that I had just cursed in front of the Mormon author. I tried to run away, but she called back to me, “Did you get a picture with your doll?” (I had been shoving my “Pocket Edward” into a multitude of pictures by then and he was in my hand as I was playing amateur photographer.) I shook my head, still super embarrassed at my outburst, and she told me to get back over there. PE saved the day! It was the highlight of my trip. And she was laughing and smiling the entire time. Like a jackass, all I could manage was a squeaky thank you. Then I actually did run away.


Now for the ACTUAL items on the list:
(I’m going to add some of the hashtags/captions I used on Instagram for the original contest posts, cause some of them are pretty damn funny.)

Item # 1. Swan’s residence  (We had the Forks AND Portland locations. Book AND movie. Yay us!)


Item # 2. Cullen house  #gogogo!  (Again both locations… and PE)


Item # 3. Bella’s truck


Item # 4. Welcome to Forks sign  #findPE


Item # 5. Doctor Cullen’s parking spot


Item # 6. baseball field  (Should be mentioned that many of the items on the list don’t actually exist, which is where creativity came into play.)


Item # 7. Charlie’s police cruiser


Item # 8. the meadow  #wonkyfeet


Item # 9. a wolf


Item # 10. Forks High School  #gospartans


Item # 11. Edward  #PE #forkscoven #olympiccoven So many different Edwards!


Item # 12. an apple  #unintentionalpfachphotobomb #biteme


Item # 13. Forks Diner  (The Forks and Portland location ~ Carver Cafe)


Couldn’t decide between them, so 2 were posted.

#deerheadseverywhere #taxidermyatitsfinest


Item # 14. sporting goods store ~ Olympic Outfitters   #goinghunting #moreheads


Item # 15. Jacob’s motorcycle


Item # 16. the treaty line


Item # 17. Jacob’s house


Item # 18. First Beach  #thecullensdontcomehere #theydonow


2 posted again, ‘cause it’s so pretty!


Item # 19. re-enact a scene of your choosing

We couldn’t pick just one. We had 5.

19a. Volvo (video link)   #sinceimgoingtohell #wonkyfeet

19b. First Beach (video link)  #fantasticactingskills #findPE #photobomb #strongindependentwoman #poormirandaisalwaystheboy

19c. Stone Cliff Inn  #sothelion… yeah, you know…   #stoplaughing #omgmyhandswerewherehishandswere *snort*


19d. #theskinofakiller #sparkle #sonotscaryedward #stripperglitter


19e. #floridians #thatswhatsinjacksonville #makeshiftgreenhouse


Bonus: #THEtree I can just see him dangling from that branch… LMAO. #personalbrand #twiheroin #roadtrip #portlandtoforks #memories #mygirls  Miranda, Brina, and iPhone picture credit to Jodi. You win… just this one time.


And ‘cause I feel like sharing them…

Dinner at Bella Italia

bella italia

PE at Ruby Beach ~ the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen with my own eyes


PE watching BD2 in the Forks High School gym


“Last born of the clan, first one to be free” ~ Our roadtrip 🙂


(Some of) My Girls


The Party


Re-enactments, FTW

new moon

Driving from Forks to La Push (video link) ~ the whole car singing along with Christina Perri #forever.

(originally posted to Eat. Sleep. Breathe. Twilight.)

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