Hello again, mutated ones! A few weeks ago we had Memorial Day weekend over at MRFH Headquarters, and while we certainly did not go anywhere (Justin currently pays us in Septims, and when we try to argue that it isn’t real currency he shouts “WULD NAH KEST!” and disappears), we’re sure some of you probably enjoyed a much-needed vacation. On the rare occasion that I’ve managed to file through the bars Justin installed on the office windows, I tend to choose movie-inspired locales for my getaways.
For example, a couple of years ago when I was still living in California, my husband and I were on a road trip to see the Redwoods. We were just north of San Francisco when I found out that Bodega Bay was pretty close. Bodega Bay is the setting of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and, my fandom of Hitchcock being what it is, I immediately pleaded for us to spend a night there. We got to see the schoolhouse (in the nearby town of Bodega), among a few other of the town’s remaining buildings featured in the film and drove the old coast highway that runs along the cliffs, which Tippie Hedren travels in the beginning of the film. I also got a nifty booklet at the vistor’s center all about the movie, its stars, and how the filming affected the sleepy little bay. If you live in that area or plan to pass by, I highly recommend it.
Have you ever taken any movie-inspired vacations? Did it live up to your expectations? If not, how was the place different from what the movies had you imagine?