Saturday, November 6, 2010

Redding, Ca. Mt. Shasta

Fri & Sat - Nov. 6th & 7th

Taken at a rest area about 60 miles south of the Oregon border.

Taken near Weed, California. Hmmm. I wonder if that town was named in the 60s.

Mt. Shasta is a snowy, volcanic peak of 14,162 feet.

We see lots of these, as the timber industry is huge here. I saw a picture like this in one of the tourist magazines, with just one log the size of all these together. It completely filled the truck all by itself. The caption said this sight was common as late as the 1970s. I can't imagine how they got them in and out of the trucks and thru the sawmills.

We took the 6 mile scenic drive from the city of Shasta Lake to Shasta Dam. The dam is the second largest concrete gravity dam in mass in the U.S. It is 602 feet high and 883 feet thick at the bottom. It was built from 1938 to 1945. Shasta lake is the largest in California with 365 miles of shoreline and 30,000 surface acres.

During dam construction a ten mile conveyor belt, the longest of its type in the world, was used to haul 12 million tons of gravel and rock from the Sacramento River in Redding to the dam site, where it was stock piled over a four year period.

The five tubes where the water comes thru from the turbines are each big enough to drive a Greyhound bus thru.

The Sundial Pedestrian Bridge in Redding connects the north and south campuses of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park and is part of the Sacramento River Trail. It was 11 years from inception to completion in 2003 at a cost of $24 million. It is 720 feet long and 23 feet wide with 2,245 glass panels, each 10 square feet , and lit up at night from underneath by 219 lights. It weighs 1,600 tons, the same as 400 elephants. It is the first steel, inclined pylon, cable stayed bridge in the U.S. The design was so complex, it required creating new software to make the engineering calculations.

It is the largest working sundial in the world. The massive 210' pylon leans due north and casts a shadow over a concrete circle with markings for every quarter hour to tell the time as the shadow passes over them.

Here is John looking at the noon time marking.
The bridge will hold the weight of 6,000 people, but it would be impossible to fit that many people on it.

Here is John again, walking on the lit up bridge at night.

The Texas Rangers won the World Series last week. They were once owned by George W. Bush, but he sold them in 1998. So now we know. It takes about 12 years to recover from George W. Bush.


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