I’m scouring my mind for the one word that would totally sum up the excitement I felt as we turned our attention towards the northwest corner of the map. Many words come to mind. Words like “cold” “freezing” and “wet”. But, if I had to use only one word, that word would be “breathtaking”. I knew I was in for something special when I got on the plane for Seattle.
And yes – we got on a few planes. I was angling at this being our “Planes Trains and Automobiles” section of the Road Rebellion and I came close to that! My cameraman played the role of Steve Martin and I, your intrepid narrator, resembled John Candy (minus a couple hundred pounds).
Personally, I prefer pure road trips – if only for the fact that you get in the car, and you go. Getting on a plane is such a ridiculous rigamarole when you’re in a wheelchair! By the time I get to my assigned seat, I feel like I’ve run an obstacle course (one that includes being groped by security personnel thoroughly).
But, it was all worth it when we landed in Seattle. Of course, the first thing you have to see is THE Market. That’s all there is in Seattle right? Any time you watch Anthony Bourdain visit this town all you see are fish being thrown through the air. I’m not going to miss out on that action. So yes – we saw fish being flung. And it was rad.
But even better was meeting with our first Seattlite – Jo Jarvis. We caught up with her as she was doing her daily run along the waterfront.
We got to interview Jo at her school which was nearby, and, by the time we got outside, it was POURING rain. Still, she agreed to run around in it. In Seattle, people just don’t mind getting rained on! Me – not so used to it. So yes, the very first day on this trip and already I was soaking wet
I expected day 2 to be just as moist. After all, we were going to… the Seattle Aquarium! There, we met up with the awesome Anna Stephens. Her diagnosis was Pheochromacytoma – which I can barely type and most definitely cannot pronounce. She has been through a lot throughout her teen years, but now she’s standing tall and looking to the future.
It was apparent why she chose the aquarium – she knew so much about every animal in there!It was like being led on a one-person private tour. We even saw a couple of sea lions fight! It was raucous. Right across from them, a couple of sea otters floated peacefully on their backs. They looked just like my stoned college roommates.
Now that summer has officially left us, not only is it a bit cold, but we lose sunlight much earlier than we would like. I prefer to film only with natural light. Which means primarily we try to film outside in the indirect sun. Personally, ever since being stuck in an isolation room at 16, I don’t particularly like artificial environments – so I will not allow this film to feel like those places. Our stories as cancer fighters are so much more than what the hospital fluorescents can illuminate.
These short winter days become a race for us to get everything in the can before the sun sets. The one thing we wanted to do was get up the Space Needle before it was too late. And we made it just in time! The sun had just gone down to a sliver on the horizon and we got to see all of Seattle at the magic hour. Off in the background, stood majestic Mount Rainier. I looked out over the city and wished I could spend more time. See the rest of the town, hear the stories that I know are tucked away down there where people just haven’t looked.