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The two RV Gypsies enjoyed Sundial Bridge
and Turtle Bay Exploration Park

- May 7, 2009

The largest sundial and most unique bridge in the world located at Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a 300-acre campus containing educational and entertaining activities that interpret the relations between humans and nature. The Park tells the stories of the region and its people through a museum and art gallery, wildlife exhibits, forest camp, a summer butterfly house and aviary, amphitheater, Arboretum and Gardens. It is also adjacent to the Sacramento River and houses the Sundial Bridge.
sign - Turtle Bay Exploration Park
sign- McConnell Arboritum & Gardens
The two RV Gypsies visited the Sundial Bridge both in the daylight and again in the evening, as can be seen by the Turtle Bay signs below, first photographed in daylight, then again in the evening.
sign - Turtle Bay Museum during day time
sign - Turtle Bay Museum during evening
Located on the Sacramento River in Redding, the Sundial Bridge is California's newest icon. Redding commissioned world famous Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava (architect for the Athens Olympic Stadium) to design a pedestrian bridge over the Sacramento River, linking the Turtle Bay Exploration Park's Museum to its Arboretum and Gardens, and as a trail head for Redding's extensive Sacramento River National Recreation Trail. (more information below)
sign - Welcome to the Sundial Bridge
Lee & Karen Duquette, the two RV Gypsies, on the Sundial Bridge
The best views of the Sundial Bridge itself were taken in the evening, because there were less people on the bridge, and the bridge was lit at night. All throughout this page, you will see views of the Sundial Bridge from various angles, both during the daytime and at night. Similar shots taken by daylight and evening are shown side-by-side. Also below are photos of the sundial plaque, shadows and time gauge; along with some fabulous moon shots. So scroll down slowly and enjoy.
the Sundial Bridge and pylon during the day
the Sundial Bridge and pylon during the day
the Sundial Bridge and pylon during the evening
Lee Duquette on the Sundial Bridge and pylon during the evening
the Sundial Bridge and pylon during the evening
the Sundial Bridge and pylon during the evening
the Sundial Bridge and pylon during the evening
This 710-foot-long bridge spans the river without footings in the water. The walking surface is translucent glass, so as not to cast a dark shadow on the spawning gravels below the bridge. This design achieved this goal with an inclined 21-story tall pylon built on the north bank of the river that supports the entire river span. Also, because of the exact north-south orientation of the bridge, the pylon serves as the upright element of a sundial, making it the worlds tallest sundial.
Different views of the Pylon described above
Karen Duquette at the bridge in the evening
Karen Duquette and the pylon of the Sundial Bridge
Karen Duquette and the pylon of the Sundial Bridge
A day view and evening of approximately the same area of the pylon
Karen Duquette and the pylon of the Sundial Bridge
 the pylon of the Sundial Bridge
The photo below on the left shows Karen Duquette pointing up to where Lee w standing in the below photo on the right.
Karen Duquette point up at the pylon where Lee is about to go
Lee Duquette by the pylon
Lee Duquette by the pylon
a closer view of Lee Duquette by the pylon
the pylon as seen from below by the gardens
the pylon as seen from below
the pylon as seen from near the sundial plaque
the pylon as seen from the gardens
the pylon as seen from the gardens
the bridge and pylon as seen from the side
The Sundial plaque, shadow, and time line
The Sundial plaque,
The Sundial plaque,
Because of the exact north-south orientation of the bridge, the pylon serves as the upright element of a sundial, making it the worlds tallest sundial. Below are photos of the "timeline" with time markers. The shadow from the pylon falls upon it and tells the time.
the timeline for the Sundial
shadow from the pylon on the timeline
11:30 time marker
shadow from the pylon on the timeline
11:45 time marker
Lee in the same area during the day, and at evening. (Lee is just a shadow in the night shot).
Lee beside the Sundial Bridge in the daytime
Lee beside the Sundial Bridge in the evening
beside the Sundial Bridge in the daytime
beside the Sundial Bridge in the daytime
under the Sundial Bridge at evening
the Sundial Bridge at evening
the Sundial Bridge pylon at evening
Lee under the bridge by the sculpture
Lee Duquette under the Sundial Bridge by the sculpture
under the Sundial Bridge by the sculpture
placque about the sculpture
the sculpture
views from under the bridge
view from under the bridge
view from under the bridge
view from under the bridge at night
view from under the bridge at night
Looking up, there were people walking on the bridge.
looking up, there are people walking on the bridge
looking up, there are people walking on the bridge
the Sundial Bridge
Lee walked under the bridge to look up at the pylon.
Lee walks under the bridge to look up at the pylon
Lee walks under the bridge to look up at the pylon
Lee  under the bridge  looking  up at the pylon
Left: Lee looking up at the pylon and sky from under the bridge - night view

Below: looking up at the sky and the pylon from under the bridge
looking up at the sky and the pylon from under the bridge
looking up at the sky and the pylon from under the bridge
The two RV Gypsies found the perfect spot for lunch.
The two RV Gypsies found the perfect spot for lunch
The two RV Gypsies found the perfect spot for lunch
Karen relaxed at the lunch spot and photographed Lee on the Sundial Bridge taking the lunch cooler back to the car.
Lee Duquette on the Sundial Bridge
Lee Duquette on the Sundial Bridge
Views of the Sacramento River - taken from the Sundial Bridge
the Sacramento River
the Sacramento River at night
the Sacramento River
Looking down into the river through the side of the Sundial Bridge
Looking down into the river through the side of the Sundial Bridge
Birds flying low over the water - photo taken from the Sundial Bridge
Birds flying low over the water - photo taken from the Sundial Bridge
Sulphur Creek and Sulphur Creek Bridge lead to a trail head for Redding's extensive Sacramento River National Recreation Trail.
sign - Sulphur Creek
Sulphur Creek Bridge
Sulphur Creek
Sulphur Creek
Sulphur Creek
A peek at part of the Sundial Bridge pylon from the hiking trail behind Sulphur Creek Bridge
a peek at part of the Sundial Bridge pylon from the hiking trail behind Sulphur Creek Bridge
a peek at part of the Sundial Bridge pylon from the hiking trail behind Sulphur Creek Bridge
Partial view of Sundial Bridge and river views under the early evening moonlight
moonlight view
moonlight view
moonlight view
moonlight view
moonlight view
moonlight view
moonlight view
Menu for the two RV Gypsies in California - April 2009

California photos are in 28 separate sections found below. Some sections may have more than one page so that the photos will upload faster. You may visit these sections in any order you choose. Each section will have this menu so that visitors do not have to keep returning here in order to continue the California adventures. There is also a link to Oregon at the very bottom of the California menu.

travel scenery
Mountain Lakes RV Park
Venice Beach
Big Bear Mountain
Palm Springs Tram
Karen's family photos

Kaweah Park Resort & a bobcat

Three Rivers & Lake Kaweah

driving scenery

Sequoia National Park

Kings Canyon
- big sequoia trees

Yosemite Nat'l Park

El Capitan

Bridalveil & Yosemite Falls

Indian Flat RV Park

The Golden Gate Bridge

Fisherman's Wharf /
Seals / Alcatraz

Armstrong Woods
State Preserve -
Giant Redwood Trees

Sonoma County driving tour / beaches

San Francisco
and cable car ride

The Living Roof
and Gardens

Chinatown

N. Petaluma KOA
& driving scenery

Bear Mtn RV Resort

Shasta Lake

Mt. Shasta

Shasta Dam

 

Sundial Bridge

 
look below for more menu options

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have enjoyed all of the above, please continue on to Oregon.