Never expected to still be camping in CA but here I am. When I left Death Valley I was hoping to get into Joshua Tree NP for a few days. Hah! I didn’t have reservations and the holiday weekend brought out hoards of people. No site for me. Since the weather prediction for the weekend was strong winds and heavy rain I decided to head to the Salton Sea SRA where I was due to meet friends on Sunday. Full hookups, a real splurge for me and good friends to share the time with. The Salton Sea is the largest inland body of water in CA and has a higher salt content than the Pacific. Several kinds of shore birds, along with both brown and white pelicans are here. Not a lot different than at home in FL, really. I did find some Burrowing Owls though and it was fun to watch them for a while, but there wasn’t a lot of action. It was them watching me watch them, really.
I’ve heard about the amazing metal sculptures in the desert around Borrego Springs from a few Casita friends and thought it would be fun to see them, but also thought the chances of me being in the area were nil. Not so! Turns out Borrego Springs is about 90 minutes from here so my dear friend (and former Casita owner) Cindi and I headed over there today. What fun we had locating the sculptures.
From the Chamber of Commerce booklet ” The gifts of visionary town benefactor Dennis Avery and the craft of sculptor Ricardo Breceda, the sculptures began arriving in April 2008, taking up residence on Avery’s private parcel of land known as Galleta Meadows Estate and easily visible from Borrego Springs Road, north and south.” There are well worn dirt roads weaving to and around the sculptures on the various parcels of land. Some of the critters are prehistoric, some more recognizable, some straight out of fantasy. The “Serpent” has 3 sections on one side of the road and the tail sections are on the other. It reminds me of ancient maps that depicted the earth as flat and the unknown was described as “There be dragons” with a drawing much like the serpent.
The sculptures in some cases are larger than life (scorpion and grasshopper for example) and in others I suspect very close to life size. The action captured by the sculptor is amazing. We found ourselves with more questions than answers on the way home. In some cases I guess he could base the piece on life experience or a photo (like the mare with foal) in others it looks like he must have done some research (saber tooth tiger) and in others it seems like his imagination took over. Each piece is a fine piece of art and shows marvelous skill. The number of pieces was surprising. For example there wasn’t just one prehistoric critter, or one example of a specific species. In some cases there was an adult and smaller ones.
We explored the parcels on the south side of town, had a fantastic lunch then went to the northern parcels to view the rest of the sculptures. I haven’t shown all of them here. It was a great day and a fine finish to a relaxing weekend with friends.