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Updates from California (California Vacation)

It’s the fourth morning of our vacation and I haven’t updated the blog because we haven’t had a lot of downtime yet. Here’s a brief recap of the past three days. I’ll be writing more and posting more pictures when I get home for sure.

Last Friday we flew out to California. As you all know by now I am not a big fan of flying but the rum and Cokes in first class make the experience a little more tolerable.

Saturday morning, bright and early, we went to Disneyland. It was the first time for all of us. We visited the park for 6 or 7 hours, took a midday break, and then returned later for another 4 hours. We used the Fastpass system to the best of our ability and got to ride most of what we wanted. I think all of us agree that we will come back in a year or two to ride see the things we missed. We had a great time there and one day is not enough time to see and do everything there.

Sunday morning we visited the Warner Bros. studio back lot tour. This was a tour of the 110 acre lot where many famous Warner Bros. movies were filmed, from the Big Bang Theory all the way back to Casablanca. We got to see lots of famous faux buildings like the orphanage from Annie and the hospital from ER, and we got to see a lot of costumes from Batman, Gravity, and Harry Potter. In retrospect I wish we had studied up on our WB history before attending. I’ll be posting a ton of pictures from this when I can get a faster internet connection.

Monday we drove north to Petaluma, California to visit Rancho Obi-Wan. Rancho Obi-Wan is owned by Steve Sansweet, owner of the largest privately-owned collection of Star Wars memorabilia. Steve owns everything you can imagine related to Star Wars and lots of things you wouldn’t dream of seeing there. His collection contains somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 individual items, from books and posters to toys, artwork, and more, including lots and lots of one of a kind items. The tour is led by Mr. Sansweet himself and for four hours we (the four of us and three other guests) got a private tour of his 9,000 square foot personal museum. Steve Sansweet has authored 16 books on Star Wars, so he definitely knows his stuff. We took hundreds of pictures during the tour and I know we didn’t capture everything. Definitely the mecca for any Star Wars collector to see.

After the kids swim and rest this morning we’re going to go tour the Jelly Belly factory before heading out to the Sequoya National Forest.

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