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Dad Turns Sequoia National Park Into Endor’s Moon for Star Wars Loving Daughter


Anthony Herrera has a daughter who really loves Star Wars. So, naturally, before the family went on a big hike through Sequoia National Park, with its giant redwoods and thick green undergrowth, he told her that they were going to visit the place where Ewoks live. (Not far off of course, the Endor scenes of Return of the Jedi were filmed in a redwood forest, but not SNP, I checked.) Naturally, after a day’s hike Herrera found himself explaining that Ewoks are very shy and stealthy, and it would have been very, very lucky indeed if they’d actually spotted any.

It was only after going through snapshots from the family outing that the Herreras discovered that they might not have seen any Ewok’s, but the Ewoks definitely saw them.

As you might have already guessed, Herrera is a graphic designer well versed in the arts of photoshop. He says on his blog:

Maybe I’m a little wrong for lying to her and falsifying the pictures, but I don’t care. She’ll never forget the time she spent in the big woods with Ewoks.

I certainly never would have forgotten something like this. Excellent nerd girl raising, Mr. Herrera.

(via Wired.)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/eva.heater Eva Marie Heater

    Wow!!! What a great dad!!! She will treasure both those memories and the photoshopped pictures forever! A brilliant idea, brilliantly executed. When one thinks about how much more time, effort, and resources that go into believing in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, this simple gesture was so much more meaningful, and probably a lot less harmful, IMHO. Didn’t have kids, though, so what do I know…

  • Anonymous

    That is a great story.  I hope someone at LucasFilm sees this and sends some goodies.  

  • Anonymous

    A father who truely brought his daughter the moon :)

  • Anonymous

    Way cooler than Santa!

  • Anonymous

    What a wonderful way to insert magic into some quality time spent in the great outdoors!  Big dad points to you, sir!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gorillazfan Emily Hill

    Reminds me of when I was a little girl and my brother told me there were gnomes in our back yard

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gorillazfan Emily Hill

    Reminds me of when I was a little girl and my brother told me there were gnomes in our back yard

  • Life Lessons

    Mr. Herrara, you are an EXCELLENT father!!! I salute.

  • John Wao

    Are you paying attention Mr Lucas? Now that’s how you alter Star Wars. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7G4SWUX2MCWWXLMYNN347JMIZY Frodo Baggins

    MORE EWOKS? DON’T GIVE HIM ANY IDEAS.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7G4SWUX2MCWWXLMYNN347JMIZY Frodo Baggins

    I can’t wait to have kids, so I can blow their minds with photoshop.

  • Anthony Herrera

    I really appreciate the feedback. Thanks for posting my pics themarysue! My daughter really has no chance, she’s gonna be a nerd girl indeed. Thanks goodness she loves it. Camping anywhere else won’t probably live up to this. Unless of course we go to the snow, Tauntauns maybe?

  • http://twitter.com/WhatKateDoes Kate Lorimer

    Given their history they’re more likely to send a cease and desist order!

  • http://twitter.com/WhatKateDoes Kate Lorimer

    Watch out for Wampas!

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  • http://twitter.com/HeadacheSlayer The Crafty Angel

    That’s so cool! There’s nothing wrong with encouraging magic and imagination in a child’s life. They will learn too soon how ugly the world can be :( But being able to hang onto that child-like fantasy can keep you sane as an adult too ;) We all need to be able to believe that Ewoks are hiding in the woods, that Hogwarts really exists (even though I’m still waiting for my Owl) and that if you wish hard enough, you can fly with Peter Pan.

    I remember the year (ahem) Santa brought my daughter a Wonka Bar with a Golden Ticket to go see a movie. When she saw that flash of gold…..priceless!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1336320603 Rebecca Steinberg

    this is totally amazing. good job raising a nerd girl and for thinking outside of the box!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503020113 Elizabeth A Peyton

    That’s not a moon….

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