One Giant Sundial!

Travel articles have virtually disappeared in the past year, so I was especially glad to see one over the past weekend. It was in the local press and about the rise of Greenville, South Carolina, as a tourist destination of note. Its author Lyn Riddle refers to Southern Living magazine’s praise for Greenville during the past 6 months as a helpful sign of recovery. Thanks to vaccines, this is beginning to happen.

On our way to Oakland, CA Ruth & I saw a landmark bridge in Redding, a city not known for its tourist allures. A 5 Compass sight, the Sundial Bridge was definitely worth a stop. Actually a giant sundial, this bridge took 11 years to complete. A free attraction, it opened to foot traffic more than a decade ago. Composed of concrete, steel, and glass, this unique bridge has 219 hidden lights that glow at night until the bridge closes at midnight. The lights are in glass panels on the bridge’s deck. It’s the 1st bridge of its kind in the United States, and 7 countries contributed parts to it. It’s built across the Sacramento River only one mile from I-5.

The Sundial Bridge’s architect, Santiago Calatrava, intended for it to look like a goose in flight. This is an imaginative but somewhat hard to see comparison even though the pylon truly does resemble a wing. This innovative bridge connects strollers to a trail system where they might see beavers and otters. There is plenty of free parking near it, the McConnell Botanical Garden on the other side of it, and a trail down to the river that draws picnickers and those curious to see its underside. On the entry side are a Sheraton hotel, a museum, an aviary, and other public attractions. This oversized sundial connects Turtle Bay Park to the award-winning Sacramento River Trail.

When in the area, stop and have a look at this individualistic bridge.


About roads-rus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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