On Thursday we packed up the Old Home and headed for LA, but first a quick stop in Santa Barbara for some last minute cards, gifts, and a healthy lunch at Silvergreens.
We would be back in Santa Barbara in a few days, but first a stop in Agoura Hills to visit cousins, friends, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library.
The Reagan Library was our 4th visit to a Presidential Library on this trip. Bob’s cousin Jill (traveled with us to Mt. Rushmore) lives close by and hadn’t been to the library in 10 years so she joined us.
The Library is located in beautiful Simi Valley, on a gorgeous hilltop with expansive views of the surrounding area, about 40 miles northwest of downtown LA. The Library was dedicated in 1991 with 5 U.S. Presidents in attendance (Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush (HW)) The exhibit begins with Reagan’s childhood and follows his life through his radio and film career, military service, marriage to Nancy, and of course, politics. We were surprised to find out he was a Des Moines, Iowa radio broadcaster for the Cubs in the early 1930’s! His job was to recreate the game for listeners from information he received via telegraph. In fact it was during spring training in Southern CA that Regan arranged and had his first film screen test with Warner Brothers. Besides reliving (a lot) of history, we really enjoyed the full-scale replica of the Oval Office, the exhibits of his ranch, Camp David, life in the White House, and Nancy (whose real name is Anne). Incredibly, Air Force One, the aircraft used by Reagan and 6 other Presidents from 1973-2001, is also on full display at the library. It was very cool being able to walk through the aircraft as well as Marine One (the presidential helicopter).
We had a great day touring the Library with Jill and planned to see Jill and some of her kids on Saturday.
Friday night we headed to Malibu to have dinner with friends Jill & Harris Smith who used to live in the Bay Area, but now live in Southern CA. Their kids Stephanie & Jordan were in the same Bar/Bat mitzvah class with Emily in 2000. We had a wonderful time catching up, and had so much fun that they have invited us to stay with them on our return to LA the end of January. We hope they were serious because we just might take them up on their offer.
Saturday we were scheduled to spend the day with our cousins, but I woke up sick with a bad cold and spent the day in bed. We picked up some cold medicine and ordered room service (Matzo ball soup). Not a good day.
Sunday we headed back to Santa Barbara for the holiday week. Sticking with the old saying “Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever”, we stopped for breakfast at Pete’s Breakfast House in Ventura, featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
We arrived in Santa Barbara and settled in for our week. SB is a year round tourist destination known for its fair weather, downtown beaches, and Spanish architecture. We were welcomed with this spectacular sunset…
We are learning all kinds of interesting facts about Santa Barbara:
– Motel 6 was started in Santa Barbara in 1962.
– The original Sambo’s Restaurant established by Sam Battistone, Sr. is still family owned and operated by his grandson, Chad Stevens. We plan to have breakfast there this week.
On Monday Bob went for a great run along the coast and I took a long walk along State Street. We had lunch outdoors on the Santa Barbara Harbor at Brophy Bros.
Tuesday we took a long walk on State Street and had breakfast at Andersen’s Bakery.
I’m quickly recovering from my cold, but now Bob is showing symptoms so looks like we will be taking it easy for a couple of days. In the meantime we will enjoy the view from our room:
Merry Christmas to all!