Is Redding podunk or is it modern? Well, it is a little bit of one and a lot of the other. But for that reason, one should come to Redding which is a part of California that offers so many activities like fishing, hunting and trapping in the outer parts of it. However if you are not a murderer of wildlife, one experiences the natural beauty of this area; the Lakes, Rivers, Mountains, prairies, high deserts, unlimited hiking trails and yes, the wildlife. The River Trail took years to develop and in days gone by it was not the prettiest or the safest walk in Redding. But as modernization took hold of this small town of about 95 thousand folks. the trails got cleaned up where most of it is now paved, there are benches along the way for respite and to absorb the wildness of it; the plant life as well as the animal life and truly, it is a wonderful, healthy way to see the fish jumping out of the Sacramento River to catch a fly of some kind, birds of prey flying around that include red tail hawks, peregrine falcons, ospreys as well as bald eagles, and all the furry critters that scurry around from tree to hill hill to tree. Fascinating! Now, the trail not only winds along the river but it brings you to the "new" and prominent Sundial Bridge designed by Calatrava, world famous architect. There you can relax in the many gardens spaces available and just slowly walk on the bridge, which has a glass bottom and at night lights up too. If you want to come see an unspoiled part of California before it too disappears and homogenizes as ALL towns have, then take some time to visit the northernmost "city" in California and the surrounding areas. I believe you will be glad you did. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin.
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