Everyone everywhere should love and care for their state parks -- and truly use them, too, and not just think about doing so -- but we in California are rewarded with an extra something-something.
That extra something-something? The fact that several of our favorite recreation spots regularly show up on the big screen, and the television screen, too. Can a "M.A.S.H." fan drive by the turn-off to Malibu Creek and not think of the opening chords to the celebrated theme? A "M.A.S.H." fan cannot.
Fans of our parks and the parts they've played in pop culture are gathering at Paramount Studios on Saturday, Nov. 6 and 20th Century Fox on Sunday, Nov. 7 to watch movies and shows made in the parks, and to Q&A with some of the stars who made those movies. Billy Dee Williams will be there, and Mark Hamill, too (oh look: "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi" was shot in some of the redwood-laden parks in Northern California).
An adult ticket is $10. "Star Wars" is now sold out -- as not shocking as an Ewok is furry -- but there are several other to-dos. You should go see one of the films or shows, and then, on the other day of the weekend, go to the state park where it was made. Full circle. (Note: The redwoods would be a multi-day trip, but then you certainly know that.)