...we're not going to change it
17.09.2014 - 19.09.2014 25 °C
Except for a short trip to Seattle where I met with my old mate Chris, enjoyed the Pike place market offerings and did some shopping for my friend Rene, I spent the last few days in my most favorite escape: the Twin Peaks filming locations. I guess we all have our favorite escapes, it's just too bad for me that mine is half a world away.
But, I was pleasantly surprised to find out this is also the favorite escape of many other people, even after all these years. After all, 24 years have passed since Twin Peaks was premiered. When I asked the waitress at the double R (Twede's) how often people come for that reason, she said simply: "Every day. From all the states, Europe also - many from Germany".
I also met two old ladies on the Ronette bridge, one of them told me she met a guy from Australia the other day, doing the sites. I guess next time she will talk to someone about how she met a guy from Croatia...
As it turns out, many of the locations have changed since I visited last. Access to Ronette bridge is no longer possible from the northern side of the river, the Roadhouse iconic stairs are rearranged, Fat Trout trailer park is gone, the picnic site is now a maintained park, Sheriff's station is now run by rally school (which is a good thing, since it is possible to go inside), there is only one smokestack left of the Packard Mill, access to the river at the bottom of the Snoqualmie falls is no longer possible, Hap's Diner interior is changed...
Well the Johnson's house hasn't changed. I was extremely lucky today, the owner noticed me and invited me to sit down with him. We ended up talking for almost an hour. A very nice guy, likes to talk about the actual filming experience and also about about people who are coming over during all these years.
And it was at Hap's Diner (now Fall City bistro) where I met the owner, and we had a nice little conversation:
Him: "Oh, you're back!" (The owner is surprised to see me: I was there also in the morning, when he was there but the place opens at 4PM so I had to come back in the afternoon)
Me: "Yeah, can you guess why am I here?"
Him: "Hmmm. No?"
Me: "Visiting the filming locations..."
Him: "Aha! Ok, so you can see we did change this place somewhat."
Me: "Yeah. But the counter is still here."
Him:"David Lynch built it. We're not going to change it."
Here's the counter as of today:
At the Johnson's residence, with the owner
Hiking down to Snoqualmie river near the bottom of the falls:
400 years old, 39 ton section of a Douglas Fir
They still serve it.
At the Ollalie state park
Wrapped it up with this night shot.