All Ready for Redding

After thanking Linda and Mike, I loaded up the truck and headed back down to Sacramento.

The road construction crews were out, repairing the damage from California’s wet winter. I had to stop and wait my turn at a couple places.

I got back to the Cal Expo RV Park, let Cora back into the trailer, hitched up Flo and headed north.

By the time you are reading this, you may have forgotten about the Oroville Dam.  There was much worry about the possibility that the dam could fail in February, 2017. More than 180,000 people living downriver were evacuated. Had the dam or its spillway failed, it would have sent a 30-foot wall of water into the Feather River. Luckily, a collapse never occurred, but the mail spillway suffered significant damage and the bare slop of the emergency spillway was significantly eroded, according to my favorite source.

But, when I passed this exit, I had to shake my head and say, “Dam!”

My next destination was Redding, and the attraction was family. I was going to see cousins! But first I had to get settled in at Green Acres RV Park.

The park was in a somewhat sketchy part of town, but it was nicely maintained. You’ll see an Airstream in the photo, but it isn’t Flo. It’s always nice to share a park with another ‘Stream.

I called Gretchen when I got in, and she came over to pick me up. She took me out to dinner in a lovely Italian restaurant and we spent some time catching up.

She and her husband Donny moved the family out to California from Buffalo sometime in the 1970s, I think. I always enjoyed them. Our visits have been few and far between, but I remember them fondly.

Gretchen took me around and showed me a few of the highlights of Redding. One of them is the Sundial Bridge.

Designed by Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, it opened on July 4, 2004. It crosses the Sacramento River and serves to link the north and south campuses of Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

The central pylon is 217 feet tall and is made of 580 tons of steel. The deck is made of 200 tons of glass and granite and is supported by more than 4,300 feet of cable.

I was dodging raindrops when we visited. I walked out a ways on the bridge, but wet glass is slippery glass. I minced out a bit and then turned around and minced back to the car where Gretchen was waiting for me.

According to the literature, the Sundial Bridge is one of the largest sundials in the world. When the sun is out and the shadow is visible, it moves about one foot per minute. That would be something to see! Unfortunately, the sun was not out.

I also got together with Nora, Gretchen’s daughter and her husband, Bill.

We had a lovely dinner at a Mexican restaurant.

Of course, we needed a picture with me in it, or it didn’t happen.

I also got to meet another member of the family, Nacho.

Another day, Nora and I went out for lunch. We went to Anthony’s Mediterranean Cuisine, and we both ordered the Manakeesh. That was something new to me. It reminded me of sort of a cross between a pizza and a quesadilla. According to the menu, it was “a mix of delectable cheeses on Mediterranean flat bread.” If you ever see it on a menu, I would recommend it.

We also took in a movie. It was the bargain day at the local theater, and we finally got to see La La Land.

We went shopping to pick up the fixings for dinner. Bill was going to grill burgers for us.

I was quite taken with this Masters display. It had the famous Hogan’s Bridge that crosses Rae’s Creek on the way to the 12th green.

They even had the azaleas!

I wonder if they were stocked up on the Pimento cheese? Pimento cheese sandwiches are a “thing” at the Masters.

I do enjoy grocery stores!

While I was at Nora and Bill’s, I spied this refrigerator magnet. With the weather, I figured this was as close as I was going to get to seeing it.

Gretchen picked me up and we had another great day! I swear, I was so spoiled!

We went out to breakfast and then she took me to do my laundry. She even put quarters in the machines for me.

I just had to snap a photo of store. This supermarket chain is based in Western New York (otherwise known as Buffalo.)

Another day, Gretchen and I went to see Tarzan the Musical.

It was a fun show and it seems to have been put on by a local theater group. Speaking of theater, the theater itself was worth a visit.

This art deco gem opened in 1935. It suffered through the usual “improvements” and redesigns that were attempts to keep it in business. It finally closed in 1997. It was purchased by Southern Oregon University and the JPR Foundation and it reopened in 2004 after it was beautifully restored.

This is the ceiling in the lobby.

I loved these details on the stairs to the balcony.

This is the ceiling in the theater.

And what about these glittering details? This is quite spectacular. They don’t build them like this anymore.

Afterwards, we headed back to Gretchen’s place for the rarest of treats – a home-cooked meal.

We even had dessert!

And I had a lovely time in Redding.