Today, I dragged my poor intrepid companion along for some research work, which entailed driving to downtown Seattle and spending most of our day finding a parking space. Parking is next to impossible when every single person in Seattle has decided to visit the city on the first sunny Sunday in May. After we found a parking space, we went walking in my characters' shoes.
My characters, incidentally, do a fuck of a lot of walking.
I got some pretty pictures out of it, so I thought I'd share some with you before I go collapse and die. Join me after the jump for some highlights from the Emerald City.
Columbia Center, the tallest building in Seattle. It is damned hard to photograph skyscrapers with my camera, so I feel rather proud of this one.
halo around the sun. I'm amazed my camera captured it.
Umbrellas above the Market! This is the second story balcony above the shops just across Pike Place from the public Market itself, where the Copacabana is. And see? Blue skies! We gets them!
Pike Place Chowder (seen here with one of the walls open, is that not teh awesome?) has a seared scallop chowder that I could happily subsist on for the rest of my natural life. I don't get it often enough. I want them to open a shop in the apartment next door. It's vacant, and all we'd have to do to get the owners and city officials to agree is give them a cup of seared scallop chowder. I cannot describe the flavor, because I am a poor wordsmith compared to the glory of that ambrosia. Suffice it to say it turned me from chowder-hater to chowder-lover in 2.2 nanoseconds. Miracles do happen, and they also come in sourdough bread bowls if you're so inclined.
I got a hell of a lot of research done today, thanks to my intrepid companion. Muchas gracias to him, and also to my characters, who have made me really pay attention to the beauty around me. It's been a tremendous amount of fun experiencing the city through their eyes. I hope you had fun yourselves.
More adventures to come. And we're going to Grand Coulee this weekend! Finally, dry dirt beneath my feet! Woot! I'll bring ye back plenty o' pretty pictures, my darlings.