Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Santa Barbara, California

Today was a day trip to beautiful Santa Barbara.  This is a very upscale community on the Pacific Ocean.  We spent the morning at the Santa Barbara Mission.  This is one of the largest and most beautiful missions built by the Spanish priest Father Juniper Sierra, on his way north.  The buildings, gardens and the sanctuary are just gorgeous.

In the afternoon we went to the Santa Barbara pier, where not much was going on, then on to the Young American's Foundation sponsored Reagan Ranch Center.  There are displays on the timeline from Ronald Reagan's announcement to run for President through his retirement and death.  The main thrust of the center is to show the time Reagan spent on the ranch, his retirement and the beauty of the property.  There is also info about all the dignitaries that visited there.  Some of his farm tools, a jeep given to him as a birthday present from Nancy Reagan in 1983 is there as well as paintings of the president, his horses and the ranch are on display.  The ranch is not accessible to most people, it's main use is outings, fund raising and business meetings.


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