Sundial Splash, Fun in the Sun

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The Sundial Splash kicked off the summer in Redding Saturday. It was the second Sundial Splash. The Lions Club, the organization that hosted it, hopes to make it an annual event.

The first Splash was in 2014. Approximately 200 people registered for the Splash 2017. When the event was described as “fun in the sun” they weren’t kidding. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. And the temperature neared 100 degrees.

People gathered with kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, outriggers, prone paddle boards, rafts, and basically anything a person could paddle.

This video, by Andrew Ooley, captured the event from the water.

The Sundial Bridge was adorned with the American flag over its side, and the bridge was lined with people. I found it entertaining to watch everyone get ready for the event. According to the Sundial Splash website, the event was a family-fun river float, with a race, designed to focus on the heart of our community: The Sacramento River.

The route from the Sundial Bridge ended at the John Reginato River Access at South Bonnyview. The river route is about 6 miles. Not everyone was a racer in the event. Most people just went for the fun of going down the river.

The winner of the race was Cory Markhart. He was awarded his medal from the Lions Club with a certificate.


Cory’s ride down the river was reported to be 26 minutes. They don’t time the racers, but I did. And it took Cody 35 minutes. Second place didn’t come in for another 8 minutes. Cory left them in his wake as he sliced through the water.

Once at the John Reginato River Access, everyone could enjoy lunch from food trucks. Tables were set up and people relaxed in the shade to music that filled the air.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a little Yorkie doggy named Smidget in the Splash. She was a knock-out! Smidget wore a pink cap, little booties, and Doggles.

yorkie with doggles

And most important, she wore a safety jacket. Safety jackets were mandatory for everyone, even dogs. When I saw Smidget, I just had to follow her with several photos. And in the end, Smidget got a selfie with her owners.

Proceeds from the Sundial Splash will benefit youth activities in the greater Redding area.

Steve DuBois
For many years Steve DuBois has enjoyed taking photos of his dogs in interesting and unusual places. He created a photo book of his dogs especially for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he donated several copies. He loves that the kids enjoy seeing his dogs photographed in unusual ways. Steve says his dogs have been his photographic inspiration and motivation, but sometimes he tries his hand at nature shots, such as the photos he captured of the north state’s 2017 flooding, published here on A News Steve DuBois lives in Redding.
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18 Responses

  1. Avatar Karen C says:

    What a fun event.  Loved the pink doggles.   I bet that water was cold!

    • Steve Steve says:

      Everyone was warned the water was cold.  And I’m a Doggles fan because I had them for my two larger dogs.  So when I saw Smidget, well …  I was drawn into her.  She is such a sweet, little doggy.  Actually, she’s a Porkie.  That’s a Yorkie mixed with Pom.

  2. Thank you, Steve, for covering this by land, and Andrew Ooley, for the on-river video. You guys are awesome, and this event looked like great fun.

    • Steve Steve says:

      The Sundial Splash was so much fun to watch.  It would’ve been nice to experience it going down the Sacramento River, as well.  Thank you, Doni, for helping me share my photos of the event with a huge audience.

    • Avatar Andrew Ooley says:

      Big smile!

  3. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    Thanks for covering this event.  Looks like great fun.

    • Steve Steve says:

      You’re welcome, Beverly.  I’m happy Doni gave me the opportunity to share it with you.  You’ll have to check out Sundial Splash 2018 in person.

  4. Avatar Linda Masterson says:

    Great video, thank you!  It was my first year doing this and it was awesome.  It was a well planned morning on the river for the whole family-I hope this becomes an annual event.

  5. Steve Steve says:

    Nice to hear you did the Sundial Splash.  I’m glad you had a great time.  I was told they would definitely do it next year.  Fingers crossed.

  6. Steve Steve says:

    Great video, Andrew Ooley!  It was cool seeing the Sundial Bridge from that angle with the flag.  And I thought it was really fun seeing what it was like cruising under the bridge.  Fun!  THANKS!

  7. A. Jacoby A. Jacoby says:

    THANKS!!!! I want to do this next year for my 81st birthday!!!! Where do you get one of those big blue family floats!! LOL!!!


  8. Steve DuBois Steve DuBois says:

    Wouldn’t you rather jump out of a plane for your 81st?  lol.  You should do the Splash!  Everyone had a blast!

  9. AJ AJ says:

    LOL, INDEED! !!! The empty sky doesn’t call to me; however,  a float on the river is a whole other story! BRING IT ON! !!

  10. Steve Steve says:

    And when you do go down the river, I’m sure you’ll have a blast!  I mean a splash!