George H.W. Bush Presidential Library

Friends I met at a Habitat for Humanity build nearly a year ago were visiting Presidential Libraries as part of their RV travels around the country. Having never experienced a Presidential Library, I was intrigued. Then I stumbled on the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, while visiting some other friends.

the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas
The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.

As a side note, I am sharing this a week or two after my visit to College Station, and I am no longer in Texas. More to come as I get caught up on editing and continue to share my travel experiences as I live and travel full-time in my RV.

Each day we should do something to help others.

Barbara Bush, Former First Lady of the United States

Located on the campus of Texas A&M University, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library is impressive and nearly overwhelming with information.

Camp David office
A replica of Camp David as it appeared when George H.W. Bush visited.
President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush
President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush (Photo courtesy George H.W. Bush Presidential Library)

I found the details interesting of when President George H.W. Bush, then a World War II fighter pilot, was shot down over the Pacific Ocean. Imagine the look in his eyes as he was floating precariously in dangerous waters likely facing death, when suddenly a 311-foot submarine crashed through the surface of the ocean. As the future commander in chief was being rescued, a sailor just happened to snap a photo that captured the scene.

Any definition of a successful life must include serving others.

President George H. W. Bush, Former President of the United States
Grasping the life ring to the right of the sub is the future president after he was shot down during WWII. (Photo courtesy George H.W. Bush Presidential Library)

Bush 41 enjoyed his 28-foot Cigarette boat named Fidelity, which was designed for off-shore powerboat racing on the open sea and equipped with twin 185hp MerCruise motors. The boat is now on display in the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Brad Bradley Saum
Here’s one adventure I have yet to try! Maybe I should try to get on the ballot next go around?! Bush 41’s Oval Office is replicated for visitors.

As President, Bush 41 would take visiting dignitaries out for a ride. There is a great photo of President Bush at the helm with his hair blowing as he raced across the ocean. In the photo, immediately behind Fidelity was a U.S. Coast Guard ship providing security and likely wincing at Bush 41 playing with his toy.

Bush 41 Presidential Limo
The Presidential Limo for Bush 41 was surprisingly plain and simple, even with all the hidden security features.

A quiet walkway along the edge of a pond leads to a bridge across a small creek. A short and serene path leads the the final resting place of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush along with their daughter Pauline Robinson Bush, who died when she was just 3-years-old in 1949.

final resting place of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush
The quiet of peaceful final resting place of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, and their daughter Robin.
aerial photography camera during WWII
This type of camera was used by future-president Bush for aerial photography for intelligence analysis,.

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George H.W. Bush Presidential Library
“Let future generations understand the burden and the blessings of freedom. Let them say we stood where duty required us to stand.” – President George H. W. Bush