First things first- I pulled a muscle in my back on Tuesday morning so I was pretty drugged up the first two days of the trip. The problem with that is that a lot of those days are a little foggy. I'm sad because I wanted this trip to be amazing and unforgettable and I feel like I missed quite a bit those first days. I managed to make do with just ibuprofen for the last two days so they are much clearer.
Thursday September 11th-
My alarm went off at 5:00 AM! For those of you that know me well, I'm going to give you a moment to recover from the shock.... Are you ok now? Can we continue? Ok, good.
I had a 8:25 flight to Seattle so I arrived at the airport about 7:30. I met up with Meg and Amy and we got checked in.
When we arrived in Seattle we headed towards baggage claim where our group of 25 women had arranged to meet. We all had flights that were arriving within a few hours of each other so we just hung out, visited and waited for everyone to arrive. It was great fun for us but I'm not sure how the other patrons of the airport felt about us. We got all excited every time someone new joined the group, then we'd get settled down (kind of) and it would start up all over again when someone else arrived.
After everyone had arrived we got our rental cars and headed to the pier to catch the ferry. We had lunch at Ivar's first- Clam Chowder and Fish 'n Chips- yummmmmmm!!!! I could live in Seattle just for the fresh seafood.
Then we boarded the ferry (way fun!) and headed to Port Angeles. We had a reservation at Bella Italia at 7:00 and got there with plenty of time to spare. We wandered around and found Gottschalks (where the dance dresses were purchased), found an alley that we're sure was the exact one the bums cornered Bella in but sadly Edward did not come screeching around the corner to save us. We spent some time down by the docks just enjoying the view and then headed back up to Bella Italia for dinner.
As any good Twilight fan knows Bella Italia is where Edward and Bella have dinner after he rescues her from her would be attackers. It's also where he first admits that he is a vampire. At this dinner Bella drinks Coke and eats mushroom ravioli. The problem is that Bella Italia doesn't really serve mushroom ravioli. When we called months ago to make our reservation the manager said he would do what he could, sure enough they had mushroom ravioli on the menu for us. Not that I ate the mushroom ravioli but it was cool that they made it special for us. I had chicken parmesan and it was to die for!! Dessert was chocolate mousse that was a little piece of heaven on earth. Georgia and Britten were going to choreograph an interpretive dance to it, it was that inspiring. I'm not sure if the dance ever happened-hmmmm.... I'll have to send them an email.
After our wonderful dinner we headed towards Forks. It was dark by this time and the roads were really narrow and windy. It was easy to figure out why Bella freaked out when Edward drove on them at 100 miles per hour.
We arrived at our cabins, claimed beds and settled in for the night. It had been a long day so we turned in early. (by early I mean about 2 am!)
Here are a few shots of the day-