Port Angeles Trip

So if you read my post last weekend, you’d know that I was planning another adventure with Claudia. This time since I had more time to think about it, I wanted to pick a place that I’ve been wanting to visit. Since I’m a huge “Twilight” fan, I’ve wanted to visit Port Angeles, and Forks πŸ™‚ The movie has been filmed more in Forks, WA and Oregon but there were a few scenes where they traveled to Port Angeles, which is a shorter drive so that’s what we decided on πŸ™‚

The guys were playing Heroscape that day so I invited our friend Julie who also had a significant other playing the game. Turns out she’s a HUGE fan of these little road trips and would love to join us more in the future!

We departed Tacoma at 11am after we had gotten our Starbucks fix and a few snacks for the road πŸ™‚ After lots of giggling, talking, and 102 miles, we had arrived!

The night before, I had looked up a few touristy things that we could do so we’d have a little idea of what to do in the town. We hit up the Farmer’s Market first since they were closing at 2pm. The market was pretty small, just a few tents with some fruits, vegetables, jewelry, and some other homemade things, but still neat to see some of the crafty things they had there. While walking around we noticed that the downtown area had a lot of cool outdoor art! Here are some we came across.

Maybe having too much fun here πŸ˜› Haha!

We followed this couple to the Farmer’s Market. The woman said this is the height difference between them when she’s not on stilts, haha!

Lots of Murals downtown.

After we checked out some of the art on the town, we stopped inside the visitors center for some more information. What I thought was most exciting was the binder full of places where “Twilight” cast members have been in the movie! We took a quick snapshot so that we could go back and visit those places.Β  Since daylight is so limiting, we knew we only had a few hours before it got dark so we wanted to do all of the outdoor things we could.

We headed off to the Port Angeles Fine Art Center. Webster’s Woods Art Park provides 5 acres of rustic trails where you can find more than 125 works of art! This was by far the coolest thing we had done that day. Walking on trails and discovering art left and right, up and down and all around was so cool. Wherever you looked there was art! We definitely found that people can make art by using just about anything! You will see from the following pictures.

Julie said that some of the art we saw reminded her of being in a horror movie! Definitely some weird stuff!

Oh no! Claudia’s been framed!

There were a lot of these upside down shoes everywhere. Julie was finally able to get her balance enough for a picture!

Who knew Yoga balls could be considered art!

We found this tree with mirror boxes on them. We had a lot of fun with this!

These shirts were weird. Soft and plastic-y.

This symbol reminded us all of math class. Pi anyone?

Julie “planking” πŸ™‚

Claudia was disappointed when the bell didn’t ring, haha.

This web must house a HUGE spider, EEK!

Even garbage can be art!

For some reason we all thought this red string looked creepy in the woods. Haha

Taking a little break from all the walking around πŸ™‚

If this little cage wasn’t made from thorny branches, we may have stayed in a while longer!

Claudia’s taking a trip with her designer luggage made from wood and plaster?

Even the trees have style πŸ™‚

Here is the bookstore where the character “Bella” bought her book on vampires in the first movie of the Saga. Of course we went inside πŸ™‚ Looked a lot different than in the movie.

We also passed the restaurant “Bella Italia” and the “Lincoln” movie theater that the main characters were in! It was pretty cool to me and Julie who are big fans πŸ™‚

Once it got too dark to do anything more outdoorsie, we checked out a couple boutiques. Julie was very excited to find some designer jeans at 50% off! Yay!

We were so busy playing tourist that we hadn’t eaten anything besides the few snacks we had in the car so it was definitely time for dinner. We agreed that we were all in the burger/fries mood so Julie suggested we try this burger place that’s pretty well known in Port Townsend called “Fat Smitty’s”. They are well known for their big burgers and also for the thousands of dollar bills plastered to their walls and ceilings! We knew we had to check it out! Here are some fun pictures:

The dollar bills all have different saying and comments on them. Some people even posted their business cards and pictures on the wall!

Once we were all fed, we headed the rest of the way home and were all pretty tired. Julie’s boyfriend Nate, and Ben were still hanging out at the apartment so we decided to end the night with a soak in the hot tub πŸ™‚ What a great Saturday! Next stop, Forks! Stay tuned!