A slice of American pie in Snoqualmie
Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
87Trip End Oct 03, 2008
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If that line means anything to you then I guarantee that you would love Snoqualmie if you ever get a chance to visit like we did. Even if that line doesn't ring a bell then you can still easily appreciate how beautiful this area is
It's of course the signature line of the cult 80s TV series Twin Peaks and we just happened to stumble right into the area where it was filmed during our time relaxing around Seattle.
Falls City, where we camped, and neighbouring Snoqualmie is located in a gorgeous rural setting amidst lush forest and woodlands, intersected with countless slow-moving streams and rivers and is home to the famous lodge at the top of the towering Snoqualmie Falls which was the feature building and sight of the Twin Peaks TV series
Probably the second most significant set location for the series was the Double D diner and we were lucky enough to stumble across that too in the next town of Big Bend.
There we got to taste the cheery pie made world famous by the show and also tasted one of the most sumptuous burgers and humungous shakes I've ever encountered (nothing to do with Twin Peaks and everything to do with superb tasting food).
Anyway, we only ended up in this neck of the woods due to the fact that we found ourselves back in Seattle a good week earlier than anticipated and so hunting around for a nice, quiet campsite within reach of the city, we ventured out to Falls City and a beautiful little campground by the river... stumbling across the whole Twin Peaks history of the area.
It was quite surprising that we were able to nestle down in such a quiet and relatively rural setting so short a drive from Seattle.
It's another of those quintessential 'small-town' American areas...
It's all about small communities, small simple lifestyles but all in a gloriously beautiful setting... I guess it was surprising that there weren't more city workers and families living out there because all the facilities such as restaurants and shopping malls etc etc were only a short 10-minute drive down the freeway at Issaquah.
So, on countless occasions during our week of relaxation before heading to Alaska, K and I jumped in our car and drove the scenic road all the way through Snoqualmie to Big Bend. We passed many of those typical road bridges with the iron support structure that crossed all the rivers.
The Snoqualmie Falls are obviously spectacular in their own right, regardless of the fact that they are inexorably linked with the Twin Peaks series.
We stopped a couple of times, seeing the stunning falls and the lodge and the surrounding hillside... also seeing the spray from the falls create beautiful rainbows one afternoon as the setting sun cast a glorious light over the whole area.
And so on down the winding road, we also visited the small town of Big Bend where we tasted the delicious cheery pie and burgers and shakes at the famous Tweedy's Cafe.
Big Bend is a beautifully quaint little town with its small town centre based around one main intersection, including a rustic bank and cafes, a really old camping/rv park (also used in the filming of Twin Peaks) and a beautiful small art-deco style cinema with its neon lights and retro ticket window at the front.
There's not much more to say about the area... we just had a really lovely time mixing it with the locals a bit and generally cruising around, seeing all the small-town features and sites.