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Unrealistically Real! – Californian Extravaganza

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Our time in Los Angeles has been full of excitement. At Universal Studios, James loved the 3D King Kong show.  We were amazed by how real the experience felt!  Unbelievably, we were lucky enough to discover that some of the rides had secret code words that would get you to the front of the line.  “Thor” got you on the Jurassic Park raft ride, and “Full Metal Jacket” got you on The Mummy’s Revenge.

At the Improv Comedy Club, Elazar graced the stage and showed us one of his card tricks that he had only learned a few hours prior.  It was super impressive!

Rodeo Drive had us seeing stars!  Jonah saw Sharon Osbourne drive down the street and Zoey spotted Keegan Allen from “Pretty Little liars”.  Stephanie, Ashley, Annabel, and Lauren W. posed for a picture with Lionel Richie!  Misha commented on how beautiful the area was.  There were more stars to be seen at Disneyland where Jonah spotted Halle Berry.  Morgan loved Space Mountain and Chloe, Carly, Lauren S, and Emily met Ariel from The Little Mermaid. We all loved the fireworks at night, where tinkerbell flew above Cinderella’s castle.  It was pretty magical.

Amanda loved The Grove and the outdoor farmer’s market with tons of delicious food.  While there, Amanda, Jenn, Olivia, Arianna, and Taylor were lucky enough to see Mario Lopez and Mariah Menounos as they filmed an episode of Extra right next door.

At the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, we had the opportunity to help prepare food packages. We stood next to a giant roller-belt, and as the bins slid by we filled them with canned goods.  Andrew Ca, Spencer S, and Ryan had a blast taking the empty cardboard boxes and tossing them into the giant recycle bins.  We were all proud to learn that through our hard work we prepared 1420 food packages for the people of Los Angeles.

The Baseball Game was the perfect way to end our L.A. experience. The Angels played the Twins, and kept us on the edge of our seats for the whole game. Andrew Cl was shocked to see himself on the Jumbo-Tron, and Jason, Michael, Noah, and Jordan M shared the spotlight.

We’re on our way to San Diego where we’re stoked for surfing, sun, and fun!

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Until next time,

Californian Extravaganza