We will be leaving Acton today and heading to San Dimas, CA for a few nights. We are beginning to head East! The RV park we are in is in the San Bernardino Mountains and we are surrounded by beautiful peaks. The scenery looking out any window of the coach is breathtaking. The pads are all concrete and although narrow there is no one around us Wednesday we headed down to Santa Clarita (about 1/2 hour) to Gary & Stephanie's home. We had a great visit with them. They took us to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and then for a ride through the area to the Ventura Pier so we could see the Pacific Ocean. It was a wonderful day. The Library was one of the best we've seen and if you've been following this journal, you know we've seen a lot of them. The location up on a hill overlooking the valley was beautiful. Outside there is a replica of the south lawn at the White House where there is a panel from the Berlin Wall. There is a replica of his White House office, true to scale - even to the height of the ceilings. They also have Air Force One which President George W. Bush retired. It had been brought into service for President Nixon and each succeedingding President used it as well. We were able to tour it although we were not allowed to take pictures in it. They also had a "Presidential Motorcade". There was on LA Police Car, 2 Motorcycles, the limousine and the Secret Service chase car. This display had special meaning for Gary since he was on the force at that time and drove a car like the one on display. From there we went to the Ventura Pier where we walked out to the end. Through the mist we were able to see the outline of the Channel Islands. There were some surfers in the water we watched for a little while and several people were fishing off the pier. We then headed back to Santa Clarita and out for dinner before heading back home. Yesterday, Brad decided to stay at the coach to do some cleaning and have one of our day/night shades restrung. I drove down to Gary & Stephanie's and they took me on a drive through West LA, Westwood, Beverly Hills, & Hollywood. We drove down Sunset Strip & Beverly Hills Blvd. We parked near Beverly & Highland. We went to Graumann's Chinese Theater and the Kodak Theater, where the Academy Awards are held. It's definitely not the upscale area you would think when you hear the words Hollywood & Beverly Hills. It was fun to look at all the stars hand and footprints in the cement and the Stars Walk of Fame and go up to the plaza around the Kodak Theater. We ate lunch overlooking the plaza and up at the Hollywood Sign. It will have new meaning for us when we see the red carpet at Academy Award time. From there we headed up to the Observatory in Griffith Park overlooking the City. Unfortunately, as there is a storm heading in tonight it was hazy and we could barely make out the LA downtown skyline. Gary & Stephanie told me that on a clear day you can see to the Pacific Ocean from there. We left there about 3:30 to head back to Santa Clarita (about 30 miles) and I got a taste of the freeway at the beginning of rush hour. It's far worse than trying to get in and out of Hartford or Providence at rush hour! It took us an hour and a quarter to get back to Santa Clarita.
When we got back to Gary & Stephanie's house, Stephanie asked me to look through some pictures she had from my aunt & uncle to see if I could identify any. There were not many I could, but did find three of my sister and me when we were little. I also found a few other gems. Stephanie has scanned them into her computer and will e-mail them to me. I will forward them on to the family members I was able to identify. This has been a wonderful stop for us.