April 9, 2013

on the sound

Blogger's Note: During my travels the past few years, I had the opportunity to visit various booked-related hot spots. Originally posted on my now-defunct blog, Lit Adventures, this is one of my Literary Adventures. Enjoy.

Puget Sound, between Bainbridge Island and Seattle.

A random survey of my bookshelf shows a large number of novels -- particularly romance -- set in Seattle. From E L James Fifty Shades trilogy (read my take on the books here) to Rachel Gibson's Chinook hockey team series (read about them here), and you'll find characters living and loving in the Emerald City.

Even more iconic than Starbucks or the Space Needle, is Puget Sound. The seaway makes up the western coast of the city and borders other parts of Washington, from Olympia north.

After reading these books, I wanted to see the Sound even more than any of the other sights. In Fifty Shades Darker, Christian Grey takes Ana Steele for a boat ride through the sound, and the view sounded amazing and I wanted to see it from the water, too.

Boat tours and rentals are available, but a quick and cheap way to take a boat ride across Puget Sound is on board one of the ferries. I took mine from Bainbridge Island to Seattle near sunset. With the sun to my back, I had a perfect first glimpse of Seattle's skyline.

Plus, for those of us landlocked dwellers, getting to ride on a ferry is a bit of an adventure. From lining up in a car to board a boat, then doing it again, to leaving it below deck while you go up to play, it is quite the adventure. Just follow directions, and you will be fine.

Taking the ferry into Seattle after touring the Olympic Peninsula.

Ferries run regularly from morning to night, but you can check the schedule here.

I took other opportunities to see Puget when I drove north up to Edmonds, Wash., and when I was down in Olympia and on Bainbridge. No matter where you take a look, the water, trees and mountains make it an amazing view. Spending a few days there explained why so many authors find the Puget Sound area an appealing place to set their stories.

Puget Sound facing north from Edmonds, Wash.

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