PORT ANGELES, Wash. — I must admit I only knew a few things about Port Angeles until visiting during the summer.
I found out the books were about vampires and werewolves. Although I didn’t see any, there was an eerie feeling while walking around this quaint town.
After spending a few days in Seattle and Bremerton, Wash., my nephews and I decided to visit the national forest and also Port Angeles to get a glimpse if Canada. My nephew’s wife, Angel, then started rattling off things about people named Bella, Edward and Jacob.
My head started spinning, but I soon knew a few things about the series.
So we took a drive along a beautiful stretch of Washington on highways 104 and 101. While Kermit may have said it’s tough being green, it does not apply to this breathtaking landscape of America. It was an absolutely stunning display of beautiful.
The city is on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula, along the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The south shore of Vancouver Island and the city of Victoria are visible from the shore.
Port Angeles is also home of the headquarters of Olympic National Park, which includes the Olympic Mountains. It was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938.
Port Angeles is one of the several locations on the Olympic Peninsula area of the state that is mentioned in the “Twilight” books.
City officials said no filming took place in Port Angeles. But the shops in downtown feature many items from the movie.
Just beyond the city is snow-capped Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. It is about 17 miles south of Port Angeles on Hurricane Road, off Mount Angeles Road.
The views are fantastic.
Please note, during the winter, all vehicles must carry tire chains.
Also, take time to visit Olympic Discovery Trail. It is for hiking, bicycles and horseback riders.
The trail is bordered on the south by the Olympic Mountain range and on the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It starts in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend and spans about 130 miles east to west, ending on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
The trail goes through parks, towns, fields and farms, as well as over creeks, rivers and ravines on restored railroad trestles.
Although the vampire movie was not filmed here, Port Angeles is the headquarters for Rygaard Logging, which is feature in the History Channel program, “Ax Men.”
This area of the country is a must-visit site — just make sure to allow for a few days; and, of course, bring a camera to capture a few photographs of the views (or a stray Cullen).