[from the desk of Cr. Sabatini, comics %]
Down to business. The comic I am working on has a really solid setting, which is the Hood Canal region of the Olympic peninsula, in particular the river basin of the Dosewallips River. An early scene involves characters driving up US 101 from Olympia, and wanting the backgrounds and road scenes to be accurate, I took off last week on a sketching expedition.
I was traveling in my dear old VW camper, which is this year seeing its 40 year anniversary of original manufacture, and which has been garaged up for the better part of the past several years. Such trips are often fraught. This one fell prey to human error; I miscalculated the gasoline level by a couple of miles, and ran dry just high enough in the road to coast into the state park at Potlatch.
I take resource conservation seriously, so it was a combined trip. My mother in law happens to live near the Dosewallips, and I was to spend the latter part of my day visiting and helping out with some yardwork, as well as dropping the dog off for a visit to the country. So now I was out of gas with canine company and somebody expecting me, in one of the few places where phones don’t get a signal. At least not the cheap ones.
I chose wrong on the way to walk and ended up hoofing it 3.2 miles north to Hoodsport, when I would learn on my return that the Twin Totems was only a mile and a half south. It was a winding way, with some real breathtaking beauty and no shoulder to speak of. Quite a scramble, and with a gas can in one hand and a muzzled, obstinate dog leashed to the other, I did nary a sketch.
I made it through to my destination, though, and managed the part of the afternoon’s appointment that involved hauling a vanload to the city dump. Bedraggled by the afternoon I dragged myself into the Geoduck Tavern, which sits right on the Dosewallips River, hoping to see a beer and a menu. I was immediately punched in the face, after which I sat at the bar and drew the view out the window, of the water from the sea slowly filling up the delta.