Seattle. Many people first envision rain when I tell them where I spent most of my life. However, when I think of Seattle, I am immediately reminded of the art, culture, ingenuity of novel businesses, friendly local people, and, of course, the stunning natural scenery that can be found in this magnificent city I so proudly refer to as my home. It is a city that is surrounded by water and mountains, which completely validates the nickname the Emerald City. I return as often as I can to visit with friends I have loved since Kindergarten, travel the steps I used to take during my time in college and graduate school, but, most of all, return to the treasured locations that remind me of my childhood. These special places are often shared with my children. However, this time I had a unique opportunity to return home to Seattle with my fellow bloggers to attend Emerald City Comicon.
ECCC, Emerald City Comicon, was held the weekend of March 2-6 in Seattle, Washington. Sass3 was fortunate enough to attend. Once we discovered Caitriona and Sam would be in attendance, we quickly acted on the opportunity to buy tickets for this comicon. We then seized the moment to purchase the single and group photos to make our dreams come true to meet them!
The Outlander fandom has a unique ability to draw in fans from all across the world who, without the book or television series, may have never found a link to one another. The passion shared for the love of this series not only brings fans together to form lasting friendships, it also creates a spirit of camaraderie that supports a genuine sense of connection to each other. Sass3 takes great pleasure in being able to not only portray the Outlander fan experience, but, more importantly, share the positive impact this fandom contributes well beyond the love for the show and book series.
The Outlander fandom is powerful. It brings people together, who without the book or television series, may have never have met. Outlander is a medium to form friendships, share experiences, and most of all build comradery through our love for the book and television series. There is no doubt that Outlander fans are passionate. However, when you combine passion and purpose, it can generate change that expands well beyond any border. There is no better example of the level of impact one group can have, in and beyond their community, than the Southern Sassenachs. Driven to create a positive impact in the lives of others, they have come together to support the charities of Bloodwise and World Child Cancer – successfully raising money for each of these organizations. It is with great pride and pleasure that Sass3 share their story: from their early beginning of coming together to share their enjoyment of the Outlander series, creating a strong sense of community within their group, to ultimately transforming their passion for a greater purpose.
On this serene day, which happened to be Sam Heughan‘s birthday, a group of “Peakers” decided to hike to the waterfall at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. This oasis is centrally located to the 5, 805 and 15 freeways right near Mira Mesa, California.
We are fortunate enough that we can hop in our car and drive to Los Angeles for Outlander fan-centered events. For this journey we were headed to The Other Venice Film Festival. There we would get to see Adam Sigal‘s independent film, When The Starlight Ends (WTSE), starring Arabella Oz and our beloved Sam Heughan.
Since the event spanned over 2 days, we had plenty of time to play tourists in Venice Beach, CA. In doing so, we also got in plenty of walking which we chalked up to be part of My Peak Challenge.