A bridge too far

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I spent a cold weekend standing on soccer fields in Redding, California. There aren’t a lot of reasons to go to Redding — youth soccer tournaments aside — but The New York Times amazingly saw fit last year to publish a travel feature on 36 hours in Redding. (One wag among the fellow freezing parents noted, “The series is usually 48 hours, but it was adjusted for Redding.”)

Photo by Informedmindstravel

Photo by Informedmindstravel

The one sight in Redding well worth seeing is the Sundial Bridge, a pedestrian span across the Sacramento River, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Even on a cold, cloudy December day, it was a great experience. And I can testify that a bunch of boys love to try to shimmy up suspension cables, even if they are freezing.

More typical of Redding, however, was our amble through the Olde West pawnshop, located conveniently next to our hotel. It was, as far as I could tell, the busiest place in town. A few people were pawning things, but the real crowds were around the three-quarters of the store devoted to guns. Plenty of hunting rifles, of course, up there in the woods and mountains. But most of the interest was in the many sleek black and silver handguns. Instituting effective gun control is a political non-starter in the US, but I wish it could happen.

One thought on “A bridge too far

  1. Soccer Parent

    I, too, have visited areas of our region, the Northeast, for a soccer tournament. I am intrigued that you found interesting sites in Redding. If the New York Times determines that it is reasonable to spend a day-and-a-half in the area, how am I going to find that much time when I have to find games and dodge the myriad other soccer families who are also in the area for the tournament. I hope I can get as much out of a locale as you did in Redding.


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