Star Wars Half Weekend Highlights Day 1 & 2

Finally back from California and have some time to write. I’ve been super busy at work and for some reason the 2 hour time difference really hit me hard.

A couple highlights from my trip:

Wednesday: Super early flight. American Airlines cancelled my original flight,then changed the time of my next flight. 5:45 am flights are early morning wake ups. I had a layover in Dallas, then it was off to Santa Anna airport.

While waiting for my friend that I was staying with to get off work, I headed over to Huntington Beach. IMG_5300[1]Such a gorgeous sunny day. Thankfully this nice weather stayed the whole trip. Grabbed a sandwich and sat on the beach and relaxed.

Thursday I headed to the expo first thing to pick up my bib and race merchandise. I arrived about an hour before it opened and there were already many people lined up. The lines moved pretty quickly and I picked up a few things and walked around the expo.

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Just a few people waiting for merchandise.

Oh, the things I con my mother into doing. ;)

Oh, the things I con my mother into doing. 😉

IMG_5316[1]After the expo I headed up to Los Angeles to check out a few sites. I’ve never been there before and wanted to do the touristy stuff. Parked at Hollywood and Highland and head to the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

IMG_5332[1]I’m not sure what I was expecting this area to be like, but it was very cheesy. The people dressed like costumed players were getting a little to close to me for my liking, one even sneaking up behind me and making me scream. I looked around at the various handprints and walk down the street looking at all the stars.

IMG_5330[1]IMG_5335[1]After walking around for awhile it was time for ice cream!! Ghirardelli Soda Fountain  Pictured is the Gold Rush..ice crea, chocolate, peanut butter, whipped cream  Worth every calorie!

IMG_5343[1]Next I headed back into the Hollywood and Highland to get a glimpse of the Hollywood sign.

IMG_5349[1]Walked around into the shops, and did the smartest thing ever..left around 4:30-5pm….prime rush hour traffic.  One thing i now know is, I would never want to live in that area and commute to/from LA! =)

After I got back, I grabbed some dinner at Downtown Disney and headed to bed.  Disneyland and California Adventure’s were calling my name in the morning!

To be Continued…