Category Archives: Road Trip

Any road trip to see all things Outlander — costumes, Diana Gabaldon, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, etc.

A Timeless Adventure, Dear Canada

We never would have predicted the beauty and diversity we would encounter on our last visit to this beautiful country, Canada! Our prior travels have brought us here before, but somehow this trip felt different. This visit was a welcomed escape from our usual Southern California heat. We enjoyed the ability to experience Vancouver’s physical change in seasons, while also being greeted by fresh mountain air and the splendor of the colorful landscape. From the breathtaking hues of red, yellow, and gold found in the autumn trees to the mountains that made their presence known on clearer days, we each immediately felt serenity being in this magnificent country.

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Outlandish Vancouver with David Berry and Àdhamh Ó Broin

Last weekend a series of Outlander events took place in Vancouver, Canada where fans assembled to meet the honorable character Lord John Grey, played by David Berry, and the lively Gaelic specialist, Àdhamh Ó Broin. The intimate gathering was organized by Koko Pipkin, founder of Outlandish Vancouver, and her team. The three days included a list of activities where Outlander participants had the opportunity to interact with the TV star and language consultant. The Outlander function, which also coincided with the Surrey International Writer’s Conference where Diana Gabaldon presented, began October 19th and ended on the 21st.

The festivities of Outlandish Vancouver brought in people from Canada and the United States, providing a variety of options to choose: meet-and-greets, autograph sessions, panels, and hotel suite parties with David and Àdhamh. This extremely unique opportunity delivered the ultimate fan experience because of its small setting. It was, in my opinion, one of the most cherished Outlander affairs I have ever attended – I’m still on cloud nine!

Today, I would like to share with you what this group had to offer. Read on to see the timeline of sessions that guests were able to attend and a short description of each. I hope you have a chance to go to one of these functions in the future because my experience with David and Àdhamh was priceless.


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Our Journey to Cosplay with AbbyShot

Outlander is a story that is appreciated well beyond the boundaries of traditional entertainment. For us, it will always be more than a book or television series. Diana Gabaldon’s stories speak inherent truths we all can relate to within our own lives. The journey she takes her readers on allow moments of reflection, enable deeper understanding of relationships, offer hope, and, most of all, encourage strength and resilience. It is easy to identify with each character in some way – perhaps through the emotions they expressed, the choices that they made, loss they experienced, or in the traces of humanity that easily come to life through the poetic words of Diana Gabaldon.

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The Outlander Trailers: The Effect On Our Global Heart Rate and Our Anticipation for the New Season

 We have loved watching the trailers for Season 3, not to mention the heart stopping images from the Entertainment Weekly cover shoot.  This is a pure sign that Outlander is definitely back! If you have a wee addiction for anything Outlander, we can imagine your responses. The glimpses into the next season may have ignited a wealth of emotions – more likely it reinforced your addiction to all that Outlander holds true. The reflection of history, journeys of hope and faith, impact of war, examination of morality, suspense, test of character, voyages into the unknown, bonds of families, honor, and love. The absolute truth is that you are left wanting more! From our perspective, we were entranced and completely absorbed by the imagery of Season 3. Starz has done one thing completely correct, the adaptation of Outlander is and will always be OBSESSABLE. 

Only seven more days until the season premiere! As we get closer to September 10th, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to discuss our newly cemented addiction to this series, our desire to send a sincere thank you to the entire cast and crew, and reflect on our favorite moments of Droughtlander.

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San Diego Comic Con 2017: Our Outlander Highlights

San Diego Comic-Con 2017 is a huge event any participant would describe as colossal! With about  150,000 visitors, it can intimidate any attendee – whether new to SDCC or a veteran. Undeniably, it is one of the largest affairs the city hosts where fans queue up for hours, and often times overnight, to be first in the panel discussion halls. Stamina is a must in order get through one day of Comic-Con. Making its presence known this year was Outlander, especially with its huge fan following. It drew people from across the country, and even the world, to see their favorite characters. Today, Sass3 highlights Outlander and briefly shares their favorite moments.

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A Sass3 Trip To Arizona – Another Memorable Experience Meeting Diana Gabaldon

What would life be like without good friends and family with whom to share it? They can lift us up, give us support throughout all of life’s offerings, and, most of all, they can give us the freedom to find our own adventure. Work and other responsibilities are an integral part of each of our daily routines. However, when a close friend calls you out of the blue to go on an epic road trip – to see Diana Gabaldon  – while also offering a chance for spontaneity and adventure, what should you do?  That’s right! Find a way to quickly organize, plan, and pack – knowing that you have the full support of your family in the process. Well, that is what happened to one of our Sass3 lassies. Given an opportunity to see Diana Gabaldon was an experience she could not miss. Whether meeting Diana Gabaldon for the first time, or in her case for the fourth time, the level of inspiration she offers to her readers is something that cannot be fully explained or even rationalized to those outside of this fandom. Filled with an adventurous spirit, an impetuous desire to meet the author she admires the most, and spending quality time with a dear friend who shares her same Outlander addiction, our lassie did what we all would most likely do – she set off for an unforgettable weekend trip to Arizona!

In this blog we will discuss her incredible journey, what we can share about the Q & A while attending The Poisoned Pen event supporting Diana Gabaldon’s newest short story MatchUp, and the joys of friendship that can make anyone feel 25 once again! Come and follow Jae’s journey as she drops everything to go and see Diana Gabaldon, whose literary work has offered her escape, solace, and the desire to follow in the footsteps of history.

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Meeting Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe: The Ulitmate Fan Experience

It’s every Outlander book fan’s dream to meet Herself, Diana Gabaldon; however, it’s paramount when you come face to face, let alone interact, with the stars who play your all-time favorite characters. One lucky lass to do just that is our fellow Outlander sister, Brenda, who experienced this at a VIP event at Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon. I met with Brenda for coffee as she contenly shared her adventure. I was more than happy to not only catch up with my friend, but also to hear about her epic journey.  In today’s blog, we’ll hear about this Sassenach’s escapade meeting the infamous Jamie and Claire.


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Find a Piece of Outlander at Britex Fabrics

Have you ever found yourself exploring a new city and then become awestruck by an unexpected finding?  That is what happened to me on my most recent trip to San Francisco, California.  This trip was meant to be a getaway to a big city, introducing my children to all the joys of San Francisco.  I relished the opportunity to share my favorite activities and expose them to new experiences.   From cable car rides to appreciating architecture and art – we found ourselves making memories that would last a lifetime!  However, it was our interest in exploring a quaint street in the heart of Union Square that led me to one of my most memorable experiences.  I found myself facing the back entrance to the world-renowned Britex Fabrics!

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A Cherished Moment With Terry Dresbach

Who motivates you?  I find myself constantly inspired by many people around me, as well as the creative minds behind the authenticity of Outlander itself.  From costumes to set design, I continue to be amazed by their innovation, drive for their craft, and their willingness to share their vision and inspiration of specific pieces with fans.

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Watching the process from afar has been a pleasant journey.  However, when I had the opportunity to meet someone I greatly admire, I was filled with excitement that was beyond words.  Needless to say, I struggled to maintain my composure during a brief conversation with one person who absolutely moves me:  the beautiful and talented Terry Dresbach.

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The Making of Outlander with Tara Bennett and Script Writers – Pasadena, California

To some people, we may seem a bit fanatic, especially to those who have not read or watched the Outlander Series.  We amaze ourselves, at times, for the lengths we go through just to attend an Outlander event.  Although Sass3 attended Tara Bennett’s book signing of The Making of Outlander (about 350 miles away in Scottsdale, Arizona) back in November, we found ourselves, again, taking yet another journey to see her – all in the name of Outlander! We made a second trip to Pasadena, California, (and purchased an additional book) for one more autograph session.  We can never grow tired of Outlander – yeah, we’re a bit fanatic! Continue reading The Making of Outlander with Tara Bennett and Script Writers – Pasadena, California