TURTLE BAY is Redding's "exploration park" that educates us about the natural world. It's on the Sacramento River near a regional bicycle trail and features a museum, aquarium, botannical gardens, and more... While recently visiting Redding we stopped here -- not for the education -- but to enjoy the aquatic setting during a 100-degree heat wave. And we were not alone. Others gathered here on the river bank for refreshment and to escape the midday heat.
Above us the brilliant white Sundial Bridge cast its shadow on the river bank as pedestrians and bicylists commuted between the park facilities. A constant stream of people were crossing the bridge, enjoying the river view, the cool breeze, and the wildlife that gathered here.
Turtle Bay must have been named for its resident reptiles, but we were at a loss to discover where they might be. Prehaps there's a marshy habitat in some quiet lagoon somewhere upstream, but not in the swift currents we encountered today. The river ran high and deep, while the sun shined hot and brilliant. Throughout the day the bridge tower shadow crept across the ground indicating the time on the sundial sculpture.