September 22, 2017

Miles: 4

PNT mile 1130

Camp: Forks Motel – Forks, WA

Morning was warmer than typical with our proximity to the lake and that was a nice change for us. We had a short walk to the trailhead in order to head back into Forks for resupply and obtaining our permits for the coastal section that will take us all of the way to the end. This is our last town stop before the whole journey comes to an end. We are excited to eat, shower and relax, but are adamantly against taking a zero day. Cherishing the last moments of living outside are all we want at this point, that and to live on the beach for a while! I’ll sure miss the mountains, but it has been growing exponentially colder and I’m okay with wintering someplace warmer.

Our short hike led us to the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. I came here on New Years of 99/00 with an employee and we had the whole place to ourselves. I have magical memories that were soon dashed by an endless parade of tourists everywhere. I do know it has changed ownership since back then, but we were also there off hours. Those are good times to visit places such as these.

For some reason we had a real difficult time getting a ride out of there. We hitchhiked using some of our best moves and pretty much everyone was headed in the opposite direction. Finally, two nice gals squeezed us in with their stuff in the backseat and we were on our way to Forks.

Knowing this town is really popular, we had booked our room when we came through a few days ago and were able to go straight there. Breakfast, showers and a box sent from Pink’s mom kept us busy for quite some time. We really didn’t need to buy much from the store as Margaret had sent us all we needed (including a celebratory bottle of whiskey). Thank you Margaret for this box and the others you sent along the way! We really appreciate you going on sesame stick hunts and painstakingly wrapping up all of that Moxie for us! 🙂

Other than that, the day was pretty uneventful. We are both a little somber with the end coming so soon. I’m really pumped about hiking the beach though, this is something I’ve wanted to do for many years! We downloaded apps for our phones to tell us when the tide is going to be high or low as we have to make sure to mind tides before moving on sometimes. There are places we could be completely stranded if we get stuck during a high tide. It’s a whole new ball game for us, but we are ready to play!

As a side note: One of the reasons Forks is so popular is because of the popular book series, “Twilight.” I read the first book years ago on a trip to Maui, but it was definitely geared towards a younger audience and I pretty much stopped there. The series became wildly popular though and movies were subsequently made from the books. Being based in the town of Forks, the town has become a bit of a tourist attraction for those into the series. The books are about a teenager who falls in love with a vampire (who lives in that area because it rarely sees the sunshine). There are vampire themed things around town and it is kind of a hoot even if it is not anything Pink or I care about at all. Good for Forks we say! Bring in that vampire bacon! 😉

Also, I didn’t take any pictures today. Sorry. Here is a photo I found on the internet from Forks, it is linked to give appropriate credit.