The One with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

If the world were my oyster I would have stayed home on my bum and slept all day. But Chris had other plans for Labor Day and me being the "help meet" that I am, decided to tag along and be a good sport. Our destination for the day: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Only Chris would pick somewhere so fun to spend our day :) As soon as we got out of the car I knew it was going to be a good day though because it was about 60 degrees outside. I'd give anything for rain!
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The entrance to the foundation.
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We got half off ticket price because the replica of the Oval Office is closed. But we still got to peak through the windows. The desk reminds me of the movie National Treasure.
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The limo that Reagan cruised around in.
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This is the actual Air Force Once that Reagan and a bunch of other presidents flew around in.
Photobucket It was only decommissioned back in 2001. We couldn't take pictures inside of it (though I snuck one in the cockpit), but it's surprising how old and ghetto everything was inside. Like flying Southwest would be more posh than flying in Air Force One! That being said, it was still super cool and not like any other airplane I've ever been in because of the seating arrangements and extra features.
The cock pit. All those buttons and knobs are so intimidating! They can't possibly all do something!
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F14 fighter plane. Loaded.
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A helicopter.
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There was also a motorcycle exhibit going down.
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A (replica of a) 1906 Harley Davidson.
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A super early version of a Harley.
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This bike was in a Transformers movie. Not sure which one or when it's shown....but the plaque says so!
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This is Joe Jonas' bike that he got for his 19th birthday or something. He must really like it to have it be in a museum already...
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I want this one!
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Note to self: go to Ireland and visit this castle!
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Apparently Ronald Reagan had a slight obsession (and when I say slight I mean super duper) with Jelly Belly jelly beans. They had them for sale everywhere and even on Air Force One there were jars of them practically every few feet like how it would have been when he was on it. There were multiple Jelly Belly portraits on display for fun.
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Presidential Seal.
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I like this crest that was on a plaque outside.
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This one too.
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For Margi:
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A piece of the Berlin Wall.
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Ronald Reagan's grave.
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Picturesque Simi Valley.
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I like dishes so it was fun to see all the different kinds of dishes that have been used in the White House throughout the years and they're even available for purchase.
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These next pictures made this entire day worth it. There's a miniature replica of the White House and it's amaza-zing. It's made to scale, every inch represents one foot in real life.
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Wow.
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This is not a life-size room, it's miniature!
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I would love to be able to pick up everything and play with it for hours on end.
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The miniature Oval Office.
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We ate lunch at the museum cafe. This bread bowl totally hit the spot.
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Pretty vines.
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As we were leaving I noticed the ugliest bug I've ever seen sitting by the fountain. It was about 3 inches big and just as tall. Some kind of beetle? I don't know, and I hope I never see another one ever again!
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Fun day!

15 comments

  1. Thanks for being such a good sport!

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  2. They have the jelly belly portraits at the Jelly Belly Factory. Pretty sweet! I love the motorcycles. The one from Transformers is in the second movie. I would know because I've watched it a bunch with Chase. Looks like you had a fun day!

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  3. ewaaa that beetle thing is nasty! :P
    it looks like an awesome place, im glad you had a fun day!!

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  4. I think it's called a scorpion spider. We found one burrowing into our carpet at my parents house once. TOTALLY terrifying, creepy, gross, etc. Be happy you encountered it not in your own home.

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  5. My hometown!! At Christmas time they do a special Christmas tree gallery. If you ever want to go back, there's a fun hike behind the library that takes you up to the mountain with the cross. Did you know they filmed Little House on the Prairie here? You guys are so adventurous!

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  6. Okay, I've never seen one of those in real life but I've heard them described and a quick Google search confirmed it - that is a nino de la tierra, also known as a Jerusalem Cricket. Also known as HOLY HELL NASTY GET IT AWAY FROM ME!!! You know.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_cricket

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  7. Paige, I'm laughing to myself as I read your blog today because I'm from Simi and I LOVE getting your view on it! Too funny! Glad you enjoyed the Library - that's about the only thing people go to Simi for! :)

    And we call those bugs Potato Bugs. They are gnarly suckers, no? There's always a handful each summer that fall into my parents' pool - gross! Anyways, hope all is well with you! Take care!

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  8. im obsessed with miniatures! i love little things. my fav ride at d-land is the storybook canal boats!

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  9. Good ol' Ronnie and his jelly beans!

    You DO need to go to Ireland! It's my favorite. Seriously.

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  10. wow this stuff is so neat - love the gipper!!! a man with such integrity! the mini white house- so very cool... the jelly belly's- slightly creepy! ha!

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  11. okay, those jelly belly pictures are way cool.

    and oh my goodness i am so obsessed with mini replicas. i could look at your pictures of it forever! have you seen the replica of the slc temple in the visitors center? i haven't but i really really want to! it looks awesome.

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  12. Hi Paige! I follow of your blog and I love reading your posts! I`m from Brazil, and I just wanted to say that every post is more interesting than the last one. I just wrote you to say that you have a brazilian fan (oops, not just one, since may husband likes your blog too!) Kisses! Ciça

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  13. I was told this bug is called child of the earth - google it for a few more pics.

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  14. awesome pics Paige! I am gonna have to check that place out.

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  15. Seriously?!... and you took us to the Tar Pit? ;)

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