Tuesday, March 28, 2006

3/28/06 Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area

(Redding Sundial Bridge)

This was the last day of our trip before we returned to school and faced reality, so to speak. We stayed the night in Redding, CA, where they have this landmark called the Sundial Bridge. Basically it's this bridge that has an enormous sundial at the end. Apparently it is only accurate on one day - summer solstice. Completed in 2004, it was supposed to increase tourism coming into the Redding area. I suppose it has been somewhat successful in doing so. At least, many of my friends that I know traveling North make a stop in Redding at some point in their trip.

(Shasta Dam)

(Lake Shasta)

The National Park Service unit of the day is Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. To be more specific, the United States Forest Service (USFS) manages the Shasta-Trinity unit while the NPS manages the Whiskeytown unit. The area contains the respective lakes that are dammed up. To be pretty upfront, the area was fairly uninteresting, and the bad weather did not really play a big factor in this. The only salvaging grace was probably visiting Shasta Dam. You can visit the dam facility, where there are minor visitor exhibits. As for the Whiskeytown unit itself, I'm not sure there was anything particular memorable. I understand that during the summer, water sports and boating activities become popular on the lakes, but I am pretty far removed from those activities.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 是Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area的其中一個單位。其餘兩個單位是美國林務局管理的,只有Whiskeytown這個單位是國家公園管理處在管的。三個單位分別有對應的湖與圍堵的水壩。其中比較有特色的,應該是Lake Shasta。除了旁邊有名的Mount Shasta山之外,Shasta Dam是Hoover Dam之後,美國第二高的水壩。而Whiskeytown本身這個單位,就跟上面英文所述的,它能看的東西其實並不是很有意思。只能說,路過這兒,有點專門收進這個景點的國家公園章的味道。 不過,事後得知夏天的時候,這一帶的水上活動還蠻盛行的。NPS甚至會有ranger解說的kayak tour,以及淘金的活動。Whiskeytown以前是加州淘金熱(California Gold rush)時所成立的一個鎮。現在古鎮那兒好像還有一些東西被保存著可供參觀,但整個城的感覺相當不漂亮,所以下次有心再特地去逛這一區不知道會是什麼時候~~~

Official Website:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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