Colin's Finse trip - March 2006


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My first interest in visiting in visiting Finse was probably a remark by Damien on the first Trip To Tatooine back in 2003. At the hotel Marhala on the Isle of Jerba he casually remarked that after the trip he was off to Norway to visit Finse. I have to admit that impressed me a little to just take off to Norway like that. Of course I had seen the tiny amount about Finse on the ToysRGus traveller web site, but it had never occurred to me to make the trip. I imagined it was just a snowfield, very uninspiring and nothing compared to Tunisia, plus I wasn't that familiar with the film. Then I remembered an earlier feature in the Star Wars Insider magazine, the writer made the actual locations seem difficult to find as if you needed insider knowledge about where the filming actually took place. Plus the photos were taken during the snow melt, so it looked a little less like Hoth. I still needed something more to make me want to go.

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Colin's Canyon Quiz


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How well do you know the location known as Star Wars Canyon? Test your observation skills in this mini photo-quiz.

Star Wars Canyon has been visited numerous times by Lucas, Spielberg et al and has been seen on movie screens around the world. But what does it look like in one large panoramic view and can you recognize your favourite scenes from a different angle?

Originally this was written as a Christmas Quiz for my Star Wars friends, but I have been persuaded to throw it open to the wider fan community. This quiz is based on observations on a number of visits to the canyon at Sidi Bouhlel over an 8 year period. I’m not claiming this as an exhaustive list as there are probably one or two scenes that have escaped my attention, maybe you could leave some feedback about those.

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SWFans in Death Valley


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This article was originally published by Brandon Alinger at:
http://www.swfans.net/visiting/

Here is a version that was archived before it went down, click here.
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SWFO's Western U.S. Quest


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This site was originally published by Carl Cunningham at:
http://www.starwarsfan.org/bluemilk/roadtrips/the_trip_pt1/

Here is a version that was archived before it went down, click here.

I'd like to say thanks to Colin Kenworthy for scouring through web-archive.org to recover the html for this site and also for saving all of the Death Valley images long ago while the site was still up.

All of the images in the Modesto and Muir Woods galleries are missing so if anyone happens to have them, please let me know.
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Location Hunting - England


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This site was originally published by Mike Rush at:
http://www.encom.demon.co.uk/locations/naboo/

Here is a version that was archived before it went down, click here.
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Star Wars trek: Los Angeles - 2000 and 2001


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In 2000 and 2001 I tried tracking down various locations in the Los Angeles area that had anything to do with Star Wars. Over the previous couple of years I had read several books on George Lucas and the making of the movies. In each I highlighted references to specific locations when they were mentioned. This was my attempt to try to find all of those places.

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Fox Studios pictures
Los Angeles pictures
USC pictures

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George Lucas chronology


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Chronology
1934 Ann Lucas born
1936 Katherine Lucas born
1944 George Walton Lucas, jr. is born in Modesto, CA on May 14
1947 Wendy Lucas born
1958 Lucas family moved to a Walnut ranch on the edge of town
1962 Car accident on June 12
Graduates Thomas Downey High School
Enrolls in Modesto Junior College

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Star Wars trek: Buttercup Valley - Feb 3, 2001


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After my great trip in 1999 to Star Wars filming locations all over the world, I found myself very anxious to find some others a little closer to home. My first trip would be to the Imperial Sand Dunes in Buttercup Valley near Yuma, Arizona. This is where the Jabba's Sail Barge scenes for Return of the Jedi were filmed. New scenes for the ANH Special Edition were also shoot near Yuma according to Star Wars Galaxy 6. I didn’t really have a lot to go by to find the exact spot but it was only a 4-hour drive away so why not go check it out.

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Tatooine or Bust I and II


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These sites were originally published by Kolby "Kahunna" Kirk but diasappeared after aurrasing.net went away.

Road Trip: Tatooine or Bust - April 8th, 2000
Pictures From Tatooine... er.. Death Valley
Road Trip: Tatooine or Bust II - January 20th, 2001

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Kahunna is by far the biggest expert that I know of for Star Wars Locations in Death Valley. He has a great website on world travel at Kahunna.net and has organized several trips to Death Valley through the LiningUp.net message boards including these:
Road Trip: Tatooine or Bust V - November 21st, 2003
Road Trip: Tatooine or Bust VII - October 7th, 2005
Road Trip: Tatooine or Bust VII - October 7th, 2005 pictures
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