We took advantage of my time off during Christmas Break to travel over to Simi Valley for a visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. We had a good time (which I will get to) but as I was telling Paige, I’m surprised it took me 36 years to learn the lesson to not go anywhere “touristy” right before the Rose Bowl. Wow!…the freeways were crowded, the library was crowded, everything was crowded today. I guess we had just never ventured out like that at this particular time of the year. Well now we know. (Even the Clipper game the night before was nearly a sell-out…the Clippers!)
The main attraction at the Reagan Library is a retired Air Force One (which I believe is now 2 generations old). They have it “mounted” in a huge hall pointed at an enormous glass wall that overlooks their beautiful, hilly location. Gorgeous.
We also saw a replica of President Reagan’s Oval Office which impressed me more than I thought it would. I guess that exhibit represents the most important place (politically) in the most important country in the world.
Being that we were toting around our young children, we didn’t take the time to read through the many other exhibits presented at the library. We’ll have to make a return trip some day.
I also got to try out my Christmas present. I received a software program that processes High Dynamic Range photographs. I will describe what this is in more detail for the geek members of this blog’s audience another time but I have included an example here below. The picture was taken looking northwest from the library. You can click on it to see an enlarged version.