2013 – California Dreaming (part 5)

Today is the day this trip was all about, our 25th wedding anniversary.  We’ve come a long way from the Moose Lodge in West Frankfort, IL, both literally and figuratively.  I’ll start this post with an image from that night at our wedding reception 25 years ago.


25 years later, we woke up in Santa Barbara and after my morning workout (which I’ve completed every morning of the trip so far) we had breakfast at a local cafe and headed south once again. Our target today was the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.


Once again, this wasn’t high on my list of sights to see but I’m very glad that we did. I don’t remember being particularly fond of President Reagan during his presidency, but in hindsight I don’t think you can argue with the impact he had on our country and the world. I found the tour through the museum oddly emotional. From the assassination attempt, the military action in Grenada, the end of the cold war, and the space shuttle tragedy, remembering all of those moments that I experienced in my own lifetime was moving. Not to mention standing at the grave site. My reaction was not at all expected.




After lunch at In-Out Burger (cause I know how to treat a lady), we headed on to LA and checked into the Beverly Hilton on Wilshire Blvd. We arrived early enough that we headed out for a little sight seeing. Like a good tourist, we did our duty and visited Graumann’s Chinese Theatre where we saw the hand and foot prints of many stars. We roamed the streets of Hollywood looking at the stars on the walk of fame. And 30 short minutes later, we were done with Hollywood. That is if you don’t count our search through the streets around Hollywood & Vine for a place to get a shot of the Hollywood sign. In case your interested, you can get a pretty good angle on North Beachwood Drive.



On the way back to Beverly Hills, we cruised Rodeo Drive. But by then, it was time for dinner. We found the area around UCLA to be very pedestrian friendly with lots of choices for dinner. So after choosing a spot, we headed back to the Beverly Hilton to find a drive-in moving being shown on the side of the building over the pool. After a little souvenir shopping at the hotel, we called it a day.



Tomorrow, we head for home. But tonight, I’ve added more photos to the set over at Flickr.



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