Sundial Bridge

Sundial Tower, Redding, California

Sundial Tower, Redding, California

A year ago, I watched a TV show about places to visit in California.  They talked about the Sundial Bridge located in sunny Redding, California.  This looked like a place I would like to visit in person.  It looked really cool and they talked a lot about the making of the bridge.On our way back home, we planned to visit the bridge.  On the day we were there the temperature was somewhere between 112 and 115 degrees fahrenheit.  Even with the blazing temperature, it was a sight to see.  The tip of tower is pointing North.  The time was 3:30pm so I didn’t get to see the shadow cross the markers.

 
 

 

 

Sundial Tower 11am marker

Sundial Tower 11am marker

Sundial Tower 3pm marker

Sundial Tower 3pm marker

At a distance away from the tower, maybe 50 feet, I saw markers that marked the time between 11pm and 3pm.  Of course the best time to view the shadow travel is between 11am and 3pm.  The best day to view the sundial movement is on June 21 the Summer Solstice.

 

  
 
 
 
 
Turtle Bay Attractions
Before you visit the Sundial Bridge, don’t forget to visit http://www.turtlebay.org/Attractions.php to see all the other attractions at Turtle Bay Exploration Park.  The attractions are: a Museum, an Arboretum, Botanical Gardens plus other Exhibitions.
 
We usually take a trip to Oregon about once a year.  The next time we do it, the Turtle Bay Exploration Park will be the destination.  We’ll visit the various Attractions and visit the Sundial Bridge at various times of the day to watch the gnomon (shadow maker) do it’s thing.
Till then, I’ll be checking out other nearby sites to visit while we’re in the area