Sarah’s Travels

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California
By:Sarah in Simi Valley
Date: 11 May 2016

Visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute, among many things, sustains the Library; I like the President’s quote on its home page “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave”. Independently from political beliefs, this place is superb at so many levels: It might be the nostalgia of the 1980’s, it might be the views or the shining Air Force One, it might be the love between Ron and Nancy, and her unflinching dedication until the end of his life despite his Alzheimer’s (I can so deeply relate because I kept my mother at home until the very end, she had Alzheimer’s). Whatever the many reasons, I highly recommend this beautiful place if you have not already visited it.

View opposite the entrance of the Library:

The entrance is on the left:

It was heart warming to see this image, on the 2 sides of the entrance, of the First Lady, a few days only after her passing to Spirit:

Standing beside the door…
I did just like the man in front of me: I touched the hat (it’s hard to resist, it’s a special moment):

The replica of the Oval Office (I heard a guide say that the staff of the Library would often see Mr. Reagan work at this desk during his retirement):

Absolutely perfect placement:

One of the highlights of the Library is the Air Force One Pavilion opened in 2005:

The wing comes a few inches to the walkway:

My favorite place inside the plane:

Outdoors, the views are as spectacular as in the Air Force One Pavilion.
But first, this romantic lattice on the south of the building:

The lawn on the west side of the building:

The photo below was taken on March 19 2016. Nancy had passed to Spirit only a few days earlier, on March 6. Her name was already on the plaque. It was a moving moment. Everybody was silent:

Ronald Wilson Reagan, February 6 1911 - June 5 2004
Nancy Davis Reagan, July 6 1921 – March 6 2016

The President’s quote on the wall: “I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.” (quote starts at 2:25 on the c-span video of Mr Reagan made on November 4, 1991 during the dedication of his Library):

Different angles of the same view, looking west. I will return one day in December when the sun sets at 4:00-4:30pm in order to see the sunset from this location (before the Library's 5:00pm closing time):

Looking towards the north:

I want to see her a last time on this page: