First off Diane and I want to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!
We have been having a god time so far here in Borrego Springs. The weather has been a little on the cool side for this time of year for the area but up until last night we have had clear sunny skies during the day which was enough to keep me in shorts, so no complaints.
After being so active and almost reaching human contact overload mode during our stay at Jojoba Hills and knowing we were going to be in Borrego for 12 days we pretty much chilled the first couple days here, and that felt pretty good LOL!!
We did have a chance to track down Tom and Dianne who we meet in Pahrump Nevada in early November. They were boon-docking about 8 miles outside of Borrego (where we plan to move to on the 3rd)
We had a great time catching up over coffee and a plate of cookies and made planes to meet up again the following evening at a Mexican restaurant in town called Carmelita’s, which we did and once again had a great visit and also said our, see ya down the roads, because they planned to lifted jacks and head out of the area the following day. (And once again shame on me for taking no pictures.)
From here in this update I think we will mainly share pictures and a little info about the metal sculptures Borrego Springs is so well known for and do a separate update on the rest of our stay because of all the pictures we have taken once again LOL!!
Dennis Avery (from Avery Labels) a land owner of Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs, envisioned the idea of adding “free standing art” to his property and in 2008 commissioned Ricardo Breceda of Perris, California, to create the metal sculptures throughout his to property which is referred as Galleta Meadows
The life-size or larger sculptures began as creatures that once roamed the Borrego Valley when it was a lush forest like Sabertooth cats, giant tortoises, prehistoric camels, Columbian mammoths, Merriam’s tapirs, extinct horses, ground sloths, and massive birds.
But expanded to things like human figures such as a gold miner, Spanish padre, Native American people, and farm workers along with popular dinosaurs like the Spinosaurus, Velociraptor, Allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Most of the sculptures are huge some topping 16-20 feet in height while others are in the 5 to 6’ range. But what is amazing is the detail. There is no way pictures can do them justice, you will just have to check them out if you are ever in the area.
The latest of Breceda’s creations is probably the most spectacular – a 350-foot sea serpent that seemingly burrows and emerges from the desert sand. With the head of a dragon and a rattlesnake’s tail, the serpent, which cost around $40,000, took four months to craft, and it took another three months to put it together.
If you are in the area be sure to stop by the Chamber of Commerce to pick up a map showing where all of the sculptures are. You would be hard pressed to find them all without it. And while there you can pick up other literature about different interesting things to do in the area.
We will do another update about the area in a few days.
Happy New Year !!!!!