Day 56 – Thursday, May 23, 2013, Redding, CA

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
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Trip End Aug 01, 2013


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

We had a light day of touring today. We went to the Turtle Museum and Arboretum.  It's the Redding children’s museum and adult’s garden.  The museum had some interesting displays about the history of the area and a huge aquarium with native fish in it.  Some of the fish were sturgeon, brown trout, striped bass, and other 2’+ fish.  The museum was full of children of all ages on their spring field trips: preschoolers, young elementary children and finally middle schoolers.  There were kids everywhere, but all were well chaperoned with somewhat contained excitement. 


There were two interesting exhibits.  One was a gallery filled with statues made from Lego bricks by Nathan Sawaya.  Many were life sized and all were fascinating.  One interesting feature was the paintings behind the statues. Each painting contained a picture of the statue made with Lego bricks--pretty cool. The other was the Math Midway.  It contained a collection of puzzles and games all related to math, numbers, and space.  It was aimed at middle school and up.  We had fun trying all the games or watching the children try.  Man, have I forgotten a lot of math! 

The arboretum was interesting, but not well labeled.  Each section contained plants that are native to different California regions and to regions around the world with similar latitude. There was an interesting tree that looked like an evergreen, but was really a type of cactus.  There also was a collection of Chinese bonsai gardens that use rock formations with plants to create miniature landscapes.  There were interesting, but in poor light for pictures. 

There was a neat bridge between the 2 parts of the park—Sunbridge spanning the Sacramento River.  It had a single support upright which was also a sundial.  The floor of the bridge was an obaque green material that gave the impression of water. 

We got directions to the San Francisco Deli for lunch.  It had basic deli décor, but wonderful sandwiches.  Jim’s hogey and Barbara’ Ruben were both so tall we almost couldn’t eat them.  Yum!   
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