This morning Bonnie and Larry headed south for early arrival in Hemet, CA for the muster. We will meet up with them again on the 20th. We headed south on US 101 towards Los Angeles, Steve's favorite place (not). It was a pretty ride- along the coast sometimes and up in the mountains sometimes.
|Along Highway 101|
|One of the mission bells along the highway.|
We arrived mid-afternoon at Point Mugu Naval Station where we are now camped in view of the beach with full hook-ups. We will stay here several days. We had a nice walk on the beach with the dogs and then a quiet evening.
|Steve and dogs on our campground beach.|
September 15, 2014
Today we went up into the Simi Valley to tour the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, another of the highlights of this trip. This place is so beautiful, complete, and well laid out that it is a joy to wander through. This was my first visit to a presidential library, and I was surprised to find that it is not a library in the usual sense. It is an archive and museum preserving the written record and physical history of the president, and it was very impressive. This library opened in 1991 and President Reagan was buried here in 2004. His memorial is on the mountaintop with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and the Pacific Ocean.
|The entrance to the Reagan Library.|
|The view from the Reagan Memorial.|
President Reagan's life from childhood, to college, to the glamor of Hollywood, all the way to governor of California and ultimately to the presidency of the United States is chronicled here. In the 24 galleries there are fascinating artifacts, historical documents, and interactive displays that tell the story of Ronald Reagan. You can enter a full-sized replica of the Oval Office and the actual Air force One which served Regan and 6 other presidents. You can stroll through a replica of the White House Rose Garden and touch a major piece of the Berlin Wall.
|The Oval Office|
|Steve makes an inaugural speech.|
|Air Force One|
|An actual piece of the Berlin Wall.|
|Reagan's Presidential Limosine.|
I must interject a moment of political thought here when I say that upon reflection my visit to this wonderful place was a bit depressing. When I compare America's progress from 1980-1989 to what is happening here today, it makes me sad. Somehow we have lost the confidence and optimism of those long ago days.
Back at the campground, we took the dogs for a walk on the beach and are now happily awaiting the season premier of Dancing With The Stars!