June 23, 2017

Reagan Library

Whenever my most favorite father- & mother-in-law come for a visit, we hit the road and go on some sight-seeing adventure.  This time we were going to grab everyone and spend the day at Universal Studios.  But when we heard rumor of the long lines & huge crowds and saw how much 7 tickets + parking was going to cost, we decided we would way prefer to go to the Reagan Library. (and the dudes all promptly decided to skip the library and go instead to their weekly ultimate frisbee game)   Btw, all photos via my phone: LG G4

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There were big crowds at the library, too; but no long lines for rides – woot!

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Pete Souza is a photographer whose work I much admire.  He has been the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama.  But way before that, he was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Reagan.  It was delightful to see his imagery larger than life…

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What a hoot this old 1744 map is.  CA is shown as an island!  A gift from Margaret Thatcher to Reagan…

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This huge window and the scenery beyond it … beautiful.

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A 10,000 jelly belly bean portrait …

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Big Dude listens in on the summit between Reagan & Gorbachev …

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And then, back at the ranch, he shares his insight and opinions with Ronnie while riding …
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At the risk of dating myself, I was there on the day this happened … and he was sooo tickled.  A fun memory.

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Reagan by Rockwell …

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“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”  A piece of the wall …

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And then we had to make our way thru Los Angeles traffic (bah. blech.  phtooey.  I’d go to more museums more often, if not for the traffic).

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And one for the dudes.  WAR is coming …

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“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.  It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.  Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.”  ~Ronald Reagan


Rebeckah Leatherman said...

I would love to visit this. I think I told you this on instagram, but I will tell you again just in case. Ronald Reagan was the first president I can remember. He drove through our town when I was very little and I never forgot it. I grew up thinking he was a wonderful president for all people- Democrats and Republicans. I was startled to learn that many of the people I work with in Philadelphia did not think he was a great president. The thing I love best about him is that he always treated people with kindness and respect. I think that is the absolute best way to live no matter how you vote, don't you?

Happy Sunday, Skeller.

Tracy P. said...

What a fascinating guy! I wish I had been a little older when he was president so I could have appreciated him more.

I'm so glad you introduced me to Pete Souza's work with the Obama collection. What a gift!!

Anita Johnson said...

This was excellent....great choice of a destination. I could comment on every photo....totally enjoyed them tonight!