Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for Hoh Rainforest: A Writer's Road Trip Series

     The Writer's Road Trip Series is brought to you by the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge. This month I'm blogging daily about ideal places for an afternoon, weekend or longer stay to focus on your writing. Need a retreat to finish that manuscript? Or maybe a virtual trip to inspire a scene? Take a minute, read, imagine. And thanks for stopping by!
     Our family took a 3-week trip in June 2005, covering 10 states in 21 days. We stayed in 17 different locations (my husband's idea, not mine). In all fairness, the trip was more work-related than pleasure, but the amount of sites, parks, and activities we enjoyed made up for the frenzied pace.
     One of the more interesting places we discovered was the Hoh National Rainforest, west of the Olympic National Park, in northwest Washington. Receiving between 12 and 14 feet of rainfall on average each year, the area is home to an array of plant and animal life. As a temperate rainforest, it displays a canopy of deciduous and coniferous trees. And the banana slugs, brilliant yellow and sometimes 6 inches long, are easy to spot in its verdant surroundings.
Banana slug: a handsome fella, yes?
      That night we stayed in the town of Forks, less than an hour away from the forest. Little did I know that in less than four months a book would put tiny Forks (population 3500) on the worldwide stage. TWILIGHT was published in October of 2005, and I read it in January of the next year, realizing then the connection our family trip shared with Stephenie Meyer's setting in the book.

6 comments:

  1. That was certainly a busy trip but obviously fantastic.

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  2. Road trips always inspire wonderful writing, love this one :)

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  3. I don't know that I'd call the banana slug "handsome" necessarily but he or she is definitely…interesting-looking. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
    Minion, Capt. Alex's Ninja Minion Army
    The 2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

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  4. How interesting to have gone to a literary setting before it became famous

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  5. Cool connection. Looks beautiful

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  6. The Banana Slugs look very cute. Except they are a little slimy. I hope you enjoyed your trip.

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