Another first for us…camping in a county fairgrounds. We were only going to stay one night and the fairgrounds looked like a decent place; full hook ups for $20. That’s pretty good. There were only two rigs parked there and we were one of them. It was located in a pretty seedy part of Klamath Falls and the girl at the check in office said not to walk around. We weren’t going to anyhow. We made dinner and watched a little TV, then went to bed. Next morning we headed further south to Redding to spend the night and see a friend.
Driving by Klamath Lake was very disturbing. If you want to drive the California draught home, just drive by one of our water reservoirs, like Klamath Lake. This large, beautiful lake is a small puddle, seriously…a puddle. Folsom Lake is the same way. These lakes were formed when dams were built on rivers. The lakes are so low, the towns that were flooded by the dams are reappearing. If we don’t get enough snowpack this year we are f*&ked! Serious water rationing will occur. Let’s pray for rain and snow.
We parked at California Lake, a community south of Redding. It’s a housing development with a small campground on one end. What a great idea! Our friend, Bill was staying at his daughter’s house and made the short trip over to visit us. We went out for Mexican food and met his new girlfriend. She was delightful. They took us over to the Sundial Bridge.
The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay crosses the Sacramento River in the heart of Redding, California. Opened July 4, 2004, the bridge links the north and south campuses of Turtle Bay Exploration Park and serves as a new downtown entrance for Redding’s extensive Sacramento River Trail system.
The steel, glass, and granite span evokes a sense of weightlessness and the translucent, non-skid decking provides for spectacular viewing at night. The bridge is also environmentally sensitive to its river setting. The tall pylon and cable stays allow the bridge to avoid the nearby salmon-spawning habitat as there are no supports in the water while encouraging public appreciation for the river.
In addition to being a functional work of art, the Sundial Bridge is a technical marvel as well. The cable-stayed structure has an inclined, 217 foot pylon constructed of 580 tons of steel. The deck is made up of 200 tons of glass and granite and is supported by more than 4,300 feet of cable. The structure is stabilized by a steel truss, and rests on a foundation of more than 115 tons of steel and 1,900 cubic yards of concrete. The McConnell Foundation, a private, independent foundation established in Redding in 1964, funded the majority of the bridge’s $24 million cost.
Oh yeah, and it is truly a sundial with which to tell time. It is truly an amazing bridge. And beautiful at night. These are not my photos…I forgot my camera. Thanks Google!
Next stop…home! It’s been 28 days and a wonderful trip. I LOVE Oregon! As Arnold says, “I will be baaaack!”
Until the next trip…