Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I think the reason I have been delaying writing this post is because after Victoria, Vancouver just wasn't that impressive.

Sorry Vancouver.

We spent most of our time there in Stanley Park, which Bennett had this to say about it:

Not because of this guy...

But, because of this guy...

Who knew cute little sheep could be so frightening?!?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

We Fell in Love with Victoria

How could you not love a place with gardens like this?Or castles like this?Or this?For some reason Bennett preferred chasing the geese.If anyone knows what this traffic sign means or why he is wearing a hat please let us know.
We stayed right by Parliament. We loved walking by it multiple times a day. But best of all, we fell in love with the sunsets on the harbour.
Victoria, we will be back.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Twilight Zone

While camping at Olympic National Park the closest town to us was...That's right. This is the closest town which we ended up buying a tent in. (Yes, supposedly at the sporting good store where she worked.)We knew this place was a little Twilight crazy, given that the story takes place here, but nothing can prepare you for something like this:Or the teenage girls circling the truck taking pictures of every inch while crying. I thought at this point I had seen it all; the signs claiming Bella and Edward had been there, restaurants naming dishes after characters and then this truck at the Visitor's Center to top it all off.I just didn't know about this yet:That's right, this is the home of Bella Swan. In my confusion (come on this is a book about a place the author had never been to before involving vampires-it's not supposed to be real!), I finally asked the Visitor's Center what they were referring to when they were pointing out Bella and Edward's homes on a map. She explained that they read the book for descriptions and then picked homes in the town that most closely matched, with the owners permission. Of course I made Kevin drive to see the "homes" of two such popular "stars."Edward's house is actually a Bed & Breakfast you can stay in. Interestingly, they had no vacancies. Supposedly the neighbors aren't too happy about all the extra traffic these two homes are getting.This by far was my favorite sign in town, since it is the only one that seems to acknowledge that Twilight is not real.Kevin wanted to see pretty coastline while were in the area and of course, the Visitor's Center could only recommend La Push, so off we went. These are the logs you have to climb over just to get to the beach.I think this is probably what their weather looks like most of the time. It was actually eerily beautiful, but freezing. Why anyone would swim in this is beyond me.Bennett however did not get the notice that it was cold and kept running for the water. And for one last picture, when you are stuck for 5 hours in Port Angeles waiting for the ferry and they have taken your car to keep your place in line, all the Visitor's Center can recommend is, of course, going to see where Bella and Edward had their first date.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Olympic National Park

So, when I said we have been on a crazy trip, I really meant it. This is the first of many installments for the all the places we have been...
The beginning of our trip started in cloudy Seattle. We had a wonderful time visiting with my aunt and her family and then spent a wonderful night with the Richards family. They were very kind to lend us the needed supplies for our camping trip, for which we will be eternally grateful.
After that we drove to Olympic National Park. We decided to go to the far end of the park to camp in the Hoh Rain forest, where the closest town is Forks. Don't worry fanatics, a separate post is coming about the wonder that is Forks and La Push.
We were quite excited to see these guys chilling by the Visitors Center.

Bennett for the first time liked hiking, especially when he got to walk by himself. What is not to like about hiking when you are obsessed with rocks and sticks?!?

Kevin also taught him about the art of throwing rocks into water. It became a theme of the trip!

As beautiful as the mossy gardens were, unfortunately we had to travel on! More to come later.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

100 Posts Later

I know, I know...we have been AWOL for a long time now.

I swear, we have good reason.

We have been on a very long extended vacation.
When we return next week we will update, I promise.

But for now,
Happy 100 Posts.