My Town - Melinda Hunter
By Enjoy Magazine
Melinda Hunter, Redding
How do I see my town:
I have lived in Redding for 26 years and have enjoyed every moment. Whenever I travel, it makes me appreciate Redding so much more. The traffic is minimal, which allows us to spend more time with our families or doing things that we enjoy doing. We live in such a beautiful place that has so much to offer.
Our town is filled with beauty, in every direction you look. There is so much to do outdoors, including the Sundial Bridge, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Whiskeytown Lake, Lake Shasta, Shasta Dam, Sacramento River Trail, Shasta State Historic Park, numerous other parks, many waterfalls and biking trails everywhere. We live in a smaller community, but there are always functions or events taking place – ours is definitely a lively town.
Our community is compassionate, resilient and strong.
We have been through a lot and it’s amazing to see people come together in times of traumatic circumstances. When people have made a positive impact on our community, they are recognized. I often hear, “We lift as we climb,” and that is the truth. There is so much leadership, mentorship and opportunity right here, and with new development in the works, I’m excited to see how our city will flourish even more once these big projects are completed.
Being a photographer, my town’s beauty is my escape. I thrive on creating portraits of people and nature in our beautiful surroundings. Through the gift of photography, I have met so many people that become friends. If my camera is not in my hand, my cellphone is in my hand taking photos daily. I love history and through photography I get to capture just that, whether it is people, places or my town’s landscapes.