by Michelle Weibling & Yurae Han
On Thursday, June 27th, we went to Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the Sundial Bridge.
Seeing the Sundial Bridge up close impressed everyone, especially when we first saw it emerge from behind the trees. Crossing the bridge also provides a fantastic view of the Sacramento River. It made some of us want to get in a boat or go swimming!
Since it was such a beautiful day, there were lots of people out walking and bicycling over the bridge. Many of them brought their dogs too. The dog Gahui and John are playing with was very popular-- a while after we said goodbye, we saw her meeting more of our classmates!
Right next to the Sundial Bridge is the Turtle Bay Museum and Exploration Park. The museum is full of opportunities to learn about local and natural history. We also got to see the rotating exhibit "Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear. There were a lot of fun activities that taught us how humans and animals evolved fear responses as a tool for survival.
There's a playground for everyone! We loved the smokejumper swing.
Here are some of the students' thoughts about their trip to Turtle Bay!
“When I arrived at Turtle Bay, right away I was overwhelmed by the Sundial Bridge. It was dazzling and beautiful. The endless high trees and the river-like nature were great. I was even more impressed because it's a rare sight in Korea. It was also thrilling and exciting to experience the activities like zip-line & goose bumps all over the place. I recommend “Turtle Bay” as the perfect place for every family to enjoy 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻”
“I love Turtle Bay! I came here a lot as a kid and going back to explore with all the GRF students was really fun. I had a great time exploring everything they've added over the years as well as all the classic exhibits and activities I remember. Most of all, I'm grateful for the opportunity to share this part of Redding with everyone-- Korean and American-- who was visiting for the first time.”
“I liked Turtle bay's playground for kids. If I was smaller, I would've played in there too. The playground looked very fun. I liked the "lucky charm turtle" in Turtle Bay's gift shop. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen.”
“I was really happy to visit huge nature. One of the best things is the mini zip-line. It was wonderful. And the Sundial Bridge was so beautiful. I'll never forget all my memories here in Turtle Bay.”
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