Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ventura Trip - Part 1

For one of our summer vacations we were able to get away to beautiful Ventura, CA. It was great to get out of the 110 degree heat for a week! We were able to do lots of fun things. We went to the Ventura Harbor, Regan Presidential Library, Disneyland, the beach & (my personal favorite) the Strawberry farms. 

I took way too many pictures so I made some collages to show some of the fun things we did. Here's Ventura harbor:

As we kept walking along the harbor, it ended at the Channel Islands National Park where there were several replicas of sea life creatures and even an aquarium with fish & other marine life. There was a little cave for the kids to crawl. My kids had fun finding different fish. They even had a baby shark in there. Yikes!

Next we went on to the Ronald Regan Presidential Library. Let's be honest, I'm very proud of my country and I'm so grateful to be an American but I wasn't super excited to go here. Justin looked like a kid in a candy store. He was totally excited! My attitude completely changed when we stepped inside. There was a tour of Air Force One, an Oval Office tour & a White House doll house replica of the entire White House. There were several pieces of memorbilia from President Regan in the oval office which was really neat to see.

They wouldn't let me take pictures of the inside of AirForce One (legal reasons, blah blah blah) but it was really cool to set foot inside there. One cool bit of info on President Regan was that he always had chocolate cake on board AirForce One incase it was anyone's birthday. I thought that was pretty cute.

These next few pictures are my favorites. There was a doll house replica of the White House and a replica of every room in the White House during the time of Regan's presidential service. Gunner's face cracks me up. I guess we'd been here too long and he was getting bored. :)

The oval office. The chairs and couches are the size of your thumb. You can see the Christmas lights at the bottom of the room to put it in perspective. Pretty cool!

I dont remember what room this was but I loved the chandelier! This is the ultimate doll house! 

The dining hall:

I think this was the Blue Room:

The Diplomatic Reception Room:

Last picture of the day. This is a piece of the Berlin Wall. Pretty neat piece of history. I have to admit, this was the coolest library I've ever been! 

More to come later...


Nuestra Familia said...

Wow, that's a really cool library. All your pictures are great but the last one is so adorable of your 3 kiddos. That's cool that Bree has no shoes, she is a doll. Way to go Caleb for wearing his glasses? does he wear them all the time now? were do you get them, Mo needs new ones.

Jenny said...

I've never heard of this library, looks cool. I think I'll have to check it out. Just for the ultimate doll house:)

Melissa Bosen said...

What great pictures Kari. Thanks for taking the time to share them with us. I have never heard of the library either. I really want to go since we all love that kind of thing too.
I'll have to get details from you later.
Love you!