Disney World’s Got NOTHING On Forks!
When I get an idea in my head, it is very difficult for me to let it go. These ideas are usually crazy, something I would never act upon in an every day setting. I drive my poor mother crazy. She’s not so much of a worry wart as she is just being a mom. When I told her I wanted to go to Forks and pose as Bella Swan for Dazzled by Twilight, she instantly knew it was one of “those” ideas. Her mom instincts kicked in and told it was impossible for me to go.
Of course, this made me want to go even more. I hate it when things are deemed impossible because it is something that is out of the ordinary.
Backing up a bit, this whole idea started when I was watching “Twilight In Forks” on Easter, 2010. For those of you who have not seen this amazing documentary, I highly recommend it. You get to meet the people of Forks and hear their side of the story, along with learning a lot about the actual town.
While watching the documentary, they interviews this adorable girl who was clearly dressed as Alice Cullen. She had explained that she took a trip to Forks, and on the last day, she asked if anyone needed and Alice. They took her in and she worked in Lapelle’s Flower shop as Alice Cullen. She was originally from Ohio. She went on a trip to Forks, and stayed there to cosplay as her job.
The idea of mine hadn’t quite set in right away (I believe at that point I was actually distracted by the ice cream truck that had driven down my street – I have never ran so fast….)
A couple of days later on a very rainy very boring day, reminiscing about the next cosplay convention, the idea popped into my head. I have always wanted to go to a convention and cosplay as Bella Swan. The only problem is regular conventions would bring out the noose (probably some over drive moves, along with some spells – for all of you gamers out there) if they saw anyone cosplaying Twilight. I could always go to a Twilight convention, but then I remembered the Alice from Ohio. At this point I wanted to go big or stay home…and I was not staying home.
For about a week I let this idea work the gears in my head. I popped the DVD back on and watched “Twilight in Forks” up to the point where they had mentioned Dazzled by Twilight. I got my laptop out and googled Dazzled by Twilight. I found the site and looked for the best way to contact the lady everyone had mentioned, Annette.
I’m not going to lie. It took me about an hour to actually come up with an email I was satisfied with. It probably took me longer to work up the courage to press “Send”. Here is the exact email I had sent Mrs. Annette Root.
Hi! My name is Christilynn Botti, and I’m writing to you from Connecticut!
I’m a huge twilight fan so it probably comes to no surprise that I watched “Twilight in Forks”. I absolutely loved it. I have always wanted to travel to Forks to experience the beauty I’ve only dreamt about and watching all of the great interviews and seeing some of the actual footage from Forks has convinced me to go 🙂
I am graduating from college this semester with a degree in fine art, and what other way is there to celebrate other than visit the place my all time favorite book/ movie/ anything took place in.
I’m also a Twiblogger, blogging about all of Bella’s fashion in the Twilight films, and cosplaying as Bella herself 🙂
I noticed in the documentary, a girl on vacation asked if Dazzled By Twilight needed an Alice Cullen.
I was wondering if you would need a Bella Swan in the near future?
I would be so honored to pose as Bella Swan. Having that experience would be impossible to put into words, and blogging about it would be amazing! ( I also have most of her clothes because of my blog! 🙂 )
Here is a picture of me posing as Bella in Volterra (I’m not actually in Volterra….) And another with a truck that had a similar look to Bella’s
Thank you so much for your time! I look forward to hearing from you!
If I did not send this email to the correct place, if you wouldn’t mind letting me know where to send it? Thank you again!
At that point I wasn’t quite sure who was going to receive the email. I finally pressed send, like ripping off a band aid.
The next morning I checked me email. Part of me wasn’t really expecting to hear anything so soon, but the familiar email address had appeared in my inbox. It turns out, I had sent the email to right place. (I’m not going to post the email Annette had sent to me, because I would like to respect her privacy) Annette had written back to me explaining how although she had people that come into town to pose as characters from Twilight, she would love to have me for my trip there.
I think at that point I was on cloud nine for the rest of the day – I cannot even tell you what I did that day because I’m pretty sure I was not mentally there…I hope I didn’t drive anywhere…
Starting that day, I began to save for the trip. There were two problems i ran into right away.
1) I was laid off from my job and only earned $30 a week cleaning a condo.
2) How the HECK was I supposed to get there!?
I ended up going to yahoo answers and asked how I could get to Forks, Washington from Connecticut. Thank goodness for that person who had helped me. Before they had helped me my whole trip was going to cost about $5,000
That was a lot of money I literally did not have.
I planned to go to Forks around July. It was the end of April. I had a lot of saving to do.
Around May I had saved money, but not nearly enough to show up on Seth the apple meter. I needed $2,000. at that point I think I only had $300. I didn’t think I was going to make it. Not at the pace I was going.My friend had told me about how people place donation buttons on their blogs for certain things, and to keep it going. I was a little shaky about it at first, but then she talked me into it. Less than 24 hours after I posted it, I had around $130 donated!
I tried to think of more ways I could earn money. At one point I was lounging in my room and Oprah was on my TV (I never watch that show i have no idea why it was on…) With all of the cars she gives her audience and all of the dream vacations she gives out I thought Oprah should fund my trip! of course it was a silly though, but that though lead me to think why should she do that when she could be helping other people who really need money.
That thought had given me another thought. I have been wanting to donate to a charity since then. If i could raise money to go on a trip, I’m pretty sure I could raise money for charity! I need to research, but when I am familiar with the process, I think it would be awesome if this blog and its viewers contributed to some sort of fund for a cause 🙂
Both Annette and I had kept touch over the months, and all of you guys had kept me strong about making the trip. I had gotten a lot of negative feedback as well, but again, it only made me work harder.
I was finally able to find a job, and within two or three weeks of working, I had reached my goal amount!
My mother had talked me into going for Stephenie Meyer Day in September. Way to go mom! great idea! 🙂
I made the reservations for the hotel and car and pretty much two weeks later, I was off!
I started my trip by waking up at 2:30 AM. I had gone to bed at 12:00 AM because i had been up all night working on something for work. I knew this was going to be a long trip, but I was going to Forks!
I boarded my plane in Hartford CT, and landed in Detroit to take another flight to Seattle. On the Seattle flight, I sat next to lady. She asked me where I was going and I said “I’m going to Forks” I kept it hush because iI assume all the people on that plane would have though I was crazy, but her face lit up and she said she was going there as well. There was a silence after that and I finally asked “are you going for Stephenie Meyer Day?” When she said yes, we talked for pretty much the rest of the 4 hour plane ride. I had learned her name was Heather, and she was a Twilight Mom! Twilight Moms are the best! i got so excited 🙂 She was there with three other Twilight Moms! Sonya, Michele, and Jackie! They were all super nice! (Sonya if you are reading this, I just have to say I i think you look very similar to Stephenie Meyer and you should have entered the lookalike contest! :p )
I had explained to Heather that i was heading to Forks to pose as Bella for Dazzled by Twilight for a couple of days or so. She texted on of the other moms she was sitting next to Bella. It made me laugh when she got a sarcastic reply back saying “yeah and I’m sitting next to Rob.”
So being the super nice moms that these gorgeous ladies are, they invited me to dinner at Bella Italia in Port Angeles that day after we all got there and settled in. I got the phone numbers and headed off to get my car and head to Forks.
The ride to Forks was breathtaking. I obviously couldn’t really take any pictures while driving, but it was amazing. I drove through the Olympic National Rainforest heading from Port Angeles to Forks. At this point I was a little loopy from no sleep. It was about a 3 and a half hour drive from seattle to Forks, including a ferry ride. It was really funny because I when I drove to the ferry, I called Sonya to make sure I was going the right way (this had been her third time back I believe, so she was a pro) I entered the ferry without paying by accident! I found a guard and told them I still needed to pay. The lady laughed and said it is very difficult for someone to get on the ferry without paying so me just driving on with my car was funny.
I finally paid and took the ferry across to the Olympic peninsula.
About two seconds away from Forks I saw a sign for the La Push reservation. I was so excited.
The first thing I saw driving into Forks was the sign! It was like a beacon of light! (again… I had 2 hours of sleep and had been traveling for 13 hours….)
You better believe I pulled over and took the picture!
I finally got to my hotel (about…2 minutes from the sign) I was so delusional at that point when they had me fill out the papers for check in, one of the questions asked me the make of my car and I wrote “Red Car” I have the receipt to prove it!
I was bummed. There was NO way I was driving an hour back to Port Angeles to grab dinner at Bella Italia with the ladies. I had decline the offer. I headed to the Dazzled by Twilight store real quick to see if I could find Annette. Unfortunately I had just missed her. She had headed out to participate in a function at her children’s school.
This gave me a chance to look around the store. It was very big! They had a Team Jacob side and a Team Edward side (I supposed that was created to prevent much controversy in the store!). There was even an adult section in the back with funny adult humor t-shirts. It was great!
Every piece of Twilight merchandise you can ever think of was there. IT WAS TWILIGHT HEAVEN!
I actually got a chance to meet the lady who is in charge of ordering clothing for the store. I met her daughter first when I went up to her and told her i loved her jacket – she was wearing the Hannah Jacket – the original one :). She explained to me that her mother was in charge of ordering things like some of Bella’s jackets and Alice’s jackets.
Her mother was very nice and seemed very interested in the blog when I had mentioned it to her 🙂
After getting many compliments on my style (The DBT team is SO nice!) I headed off to grab something to eat, and then headed to bed! Finally!
The next day I awoke to drizzle and the sound of logger trucks driving by. I got ready, and headed back down to the store. Annette was there and finally got to meet her in person! She was so happy to see me and gave me a hug! She sent me out on the tour bus where I got to meet Travis the tour guide – he was one of the people interviewed on the documentary. He was hilarious and very entertaining. We visited all of the sites like the Cullen House and the Swan residence as well as the Treaty Line and Carlisle parking spot! (I do have pictures, of all of these, just not from the tour – my camera memory ran out that day so i had to go back and take them on my own time)
We got to stop off at the chamber of commerce, where i got to meet the lady and the gentleman that were interviewed as well. they were very nice and had an adorable dog! I was so distracted, when i got back to the bus everyone had been waiting for me! oops! (i didn’t leave before sticking a push-pin in the map of where I am from… at least… I guessed – the map was so covered with push pins it was hard to see what was what!)
Lunch was included with the tour at a little diner on the edge of the Treaty Line. I ate there with some new friends i had met on the bus, and as we ate we answered trivia questions. I answered one right and got to collect a prize!…though I forgot to grab it on my way out oops again. I was too distracted with all the Twilight!
While driving through all of the locations, Travis played certain songs for certain places. A lot of these songs were twilight songs and were perfectly placed, but some where very funny random songs. We passes the abandon Forks movie theater (it burnt down about two days ago 😦 ) and he played the Ghost Buster’s theme!
Travis also played a lot of the Mitch Hansen Band music. He even played a song that is NOT on their CD.
The tour was awesome and very entertaining. We even learned a bit of Quillayute!
When I got off the bus, jet lag was kicking my butt. I was going to head back to my hotel room and take it easy until that night – Bella’s Birthday Ball!
… I never made it back to rest that night.
I was standing on the corner or the sidewalk, waiting to cross the street when I heard someone calling “Bella!!!!!!!! ”
I turned around to see one of the DBT employees (later learning her name i Janelle s- she’s so cute!) literally running out of the store chasing after me (She didn’t have to run that far I was only 5 feet from the store).
She caught up to me and asked me if I was busy. When I told her not really I followed her back into the store. She introduced me to a crazy Canadian who wants to be known to this blog as C-Can….
C-Can is the manager of The Lodge. The Lodge is an awesome restaurant/bar/night club owned by Dazzled by Twilight. Most places close around 4-6 pm on a normal day in Forks, and Annette wanted to keep something opened longer for all of the Twilight fans to hang out. The atmosphere is lovely and the food is AMAZING! Big portions! Also, if you shop at Dazzled by Twilight before you head to the lodge, they give you a 10% off coupon 🙂 The Lodge was where the Birthday Ball was being held that night, upstairs in the “Twilight Lounge”
So at this point I’m walking around Forks with C-Can – we were supposed to be looking for a disco ball….but he gave me a tour of the town on his break instead. He brought me into a store called Native to Twilight. There was a man there who hand carves very nice pieces.
C-Can also brought me passed a place called the Surf Shop – I never actually went in there (it was closed) but it seemed cute. He said they had good clothes there.
On our way to The Lodge, he explained how the wolf pack was waiting back there for him. I was clueless. “wolf pack?”
He told me they had a wolf pack, and I was going to meet them.
We walked in through the door and before i could even get my bearings and look around someone jumped down a flight of stairs and landed swiftly on their feet about 4 inches from me. I turned around, caught off guard to see what the heck was going on….and naturally… I saw a shirtless Quillayute boy with a very familiar tattoo on his right arm. Judging by his attitude I knew in an instant that this was Seth.
The three of use walked to the back of the restaurant where the rest of the wolf pack was. C-can introduced me as “Bells”
And I officially met Seth (Sebastian), Paul (Joel) and Quill (Ricky). We set up decorations and even got to sign an autograph for a little girl all the way from Norway with her dad!
We all ate dinner together before the ball.
And boy did they eat like the wolf pack!
Afterward I went to get ready very quickly, and came back for the ball – of course, dressed in Bella’s Birthday dress with band-aid on finger and medical bandage on arm 🙂
The ball was a lot of fun – we took a lot of pictures together, and the wolf pack was hilarious on the dance floor – on purpose of course. I even got to share a slow dance with Seth.
The Ball is also where I first met James.
I also got to meet the official Forks Twilight Cast Bella lookalike and Alice lookalike. They were both super awesome about me being there. (Thanks guys!)
There was also an Edward Lookalike – he looked very much like Robert Pattinson, though he worked for his own company here you could walk in and take pictures with him. He has his own website: My Name Is Not Edward
After getting out of the Ball I headed over to the 76 gas station with the pack and a couple of new friends to hang out (it was around 12 am by that time – the only other place opened). It was actually very amusing to watch all the people go in and out of the stop. Oooh the people you meet.
The next day I headed over to La Push for about an hour just to take a couple of quick pictures before I went to find people over at Dazzled by Twilight. none of them came out great but that’s okay because I took more later!
I ended up meeting up with James in front of Dazzled by Twilight. He and a Jacob lookalike where working this booth where you can send a letter written by your favorite Twilight character to anyone you want. It was pretty cool and now that I think of it I wish I had participated instead of sending post cards…oh well.
It ended up being “Take a picture with James, Jacob, Bella and the wolf pack! here are some of the photos I was able to take with my camera – If anyone reading this was there and happens to have any, please send them in! 😀
This little girl walked over to our booth and asked for a picture with everyone – afterward I HAD to get a picture as Victoria, Bella, and James! She was awesome! She even won the lookalike contest!!!
The Forks Alice dropped by for a sec – loooove her contacts! She didn’t stay long unfortunately – the wolf pack was near by and it started to smell…
Later on that day we headed over to the Lookalike Contest!
When James, Jacob and I had arrived, they had just finished taking a giant group photo of everyone who was attending Stephenie Meyer day. We watched on the side lines, and when the picture was finished everyone turned around and saw us.
Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney World couldn’t have gotten as mobbed as we did at that moment – it – was – awesome!
I have been finding random photos of us from that moment over face book! – if anyone has some pictures, feel free to send them!
So we all participated in the lookalike contest. It was a lot of fun! Sam had one Jacob category when he flexed his biceps …seriously the “hello biceps” quote was an understatement for him.
James one because he’s James
I didn’t win the Bella category, but the girl who did was great 🙂 She was actually from another country! That must have been really awesome for her!
Everyone that won got to grab a little prize
They forgot to burn the pieces so he’s okay.
That night was the Mitch Hansen Band concert in the Twilight Lounge. It was awesome! I had a lot of fun with a lot of new found friends! 🙂
The next day they were in the store playing some acoustic stuff!
Earlier that day I headed down to First Beach, La Push, and caught some people surfing the waves.
Later on back at the store I did my MASSIVE amounts of shopping. I’m not going to lie… my bill was well over 300$
After that I met back up with the C-Can and we went to Rialto Beach.
Rialto Beach is a beach a couple of streets away from La Push.
Words cannot describe how beautiful it was to see pine trees lead into a beach. The mist was just as beautifulBig tree 🙂 It was explained to me that during storms, the waves will literally pull the trees right out of the ground. It takes about 10 years for them to get brushed back up onto the shore.It ended up pouring outside and we were about a mile away from the car – THAT was a fun walk back.
We made it back to the lodge for food – I was STARVING!
We ended up meeting up with the Twilight moms while we were there and we all had dinner together. I ordered a Green Chili Burger – it is the most amazing burger you will ever eat! Delicious and warm and comforting after getting caught in the rain on the beach.
We all sat there and talked about our adventures so far. We were actually there for quite some time. After saying out goodbye, was headed our separate ways and I went to get some much needed rest. Tomorrow would be Port Angeles!
I woke up the next morning and headed down to a couple of shop in town, and met up with they Quillayute lady from the documentary! – I didn’t even know it was her until i got home!
I never caught her name, but she told me an amazing Quillayute story about the K-nine!
After the story, I bought one of her paintings that represented the story. It’s an amazing Quillayute style painting of a dog. The lady explained to me the reason why they paint the way they do is because her grandfather told her they did not want to think too highly of themselves to paint something to make it look real, so they paint it to make it not look real. Its amazing 🙂
after that I headed out to Port Angeles, or as everyone likes to call it, P.A.
I arrived in Port Angeles around 2:00 and met up with James and his roommates. I found it funny that they were James, Jamie, and Jamie…. I wonder now if all of their names are actually James…
We walked over to Walgreen where one of the Jamies bought me an amazing Arizona ice tea.. i have no idea what it was but it was DELICIOUS! – i think it may have been watermelon?
There were a lot of snow-capped mountains – if you look veeery carefully you can see the snow at the top – This set of mountains were pretty far away so i had to super zoom – it got very blurry but thought it would still be cool.
After Bella Italia, we all decided to catch the Resident Evil flick playing at the movie theater. I’m a pretty big zombie fan, so I was all for it even though the only resident evil movie I had seen was the first one. It was a pretty cool movie (though it was more like a long trailer for the next one) and I had a lot of fun.
After breakfast we went outside and took silly pictures by Bella’s truck (the one from the book, not the movie)
After Third beach we headed over to a restaurant in La Push for some hot chocolate – it was amazingly good – then we hit up First Beach.This tree washed up on shore during a storm. When the tide isn’t coming in, you can actually climb inside at the routs! people make bon fires in there 🙂
After that, we decided to drive around and get all the pictures of all of the book related spots. at that point, the time of day was TWILIGHT 🙂
The next morning a packed everything in my car, and embarked that 4 hour ride back to the airport.
I finally arrived home at 12:00 am. Luckily after not eating all day my mother and I stopped off at a 24 hour diner about 10 minutes away from where I live, and where i recapped my whole trip to her.
The trip was incredible. I knew it would be amazing, but I never thought it would be THAT awesome. Thank you all so much for contributing to my trip! And thanks to everyone who helped me on the trip. You all rock and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Another BIG THANKS to Annette and the Dazzled By Twilight Gang! You have made my dream come true! Words cannot describe how grateful I am!! You are all amazing!
If you want to see more pictures from my trip, head to the face book page, I will be posting them shortly, and as you can see,