We arrived in forks on April 29th and are leaving tomorrow (September 14th). It's crazy how fast the time has gone! When we accepted this position for the summer we did wonder if there would be enough to do to keep us from being bored, that has definitely not been a problem. We have had three sets of visitors while we've been here which has been amazing. We've also made new "Forks" friends and are happy to be coming back here next summer.
|Paul, Katie and Emily at the Museum|
|It's just as much fun walking behind her and making faces|
|Emily's first walk in the Ocean|
|Look, Emily, we're hiking to "Hole In The Wall"!|
continent except Antarctica. Europe has been well represented - Ukraine, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, England, Scotland (and that's just on the days we've worked, I'm sure there have been countries that I've missed). We've had visitors from Paraguay and Brazil in South America and many people from various Asian countries. Australians and New Zealanders have also visited along with a couple different groups from South Africa. We've also had visitors from most of the fifty states; Florida to Maine to Texas and so many others. It's amazing how many people come specifically to the Olympic Peninsula to visit the Forks Timber Museum. It is so much fun talking to all of them and learning a little about them.
We have been working very hard at the museum, helping clean out the "annex" and entering items into the new museum software. Marty has painted "Bella's" truck (he made the newspaper twice -once while painting it and then was mentioned again when they took a picture of the finished job, you gotta love what makes the news in small town).
|Here's the article in the paper and me standing next to the finished truck|
|A small sampling of items on display and entered into the database|
|Herd of Elk across the street on the runway|
|Bottom of tree that fell during the storm on the trail behind the Museum|
|with songs they have sung for a thousand years.....|
You would think that the night sky in Forks would be really dark and you'd be able to see meteor showers pretty easily - you'd be wrong (at least by the museum). The parking lot and buildings all have lights so we drove up the hill behind us to watch the "shower", this is a photo of the only meteor we saw.
The only park we hadn't visited was Queets so we took a drive south down 101 and did a little hiking there. The road was washed out so we only hiked about a mile in and then had to turn back. At least we can say we were there.
|I have to climb over all these logs? Seriously??|
|Queets River - Still very low water|
|Lissy (Visitor Center Director & Twilight Coordinator) and Joe (our favorite "voluntold")|