Spring 2022: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

I’ve been here before in Fall 2019 and Spring 2021, so I had to go to some new areas.  They were primarily in the southern and western portions of the park.

I was hiking along this uncharted path, and I ran into these bizarre creatures … Well, here’s the truth. Galleta Meadows (which spans multiple sections of land) contains approximately 130 of these large scuptures. The scorpion is aproximately 10-12 feet high. They are located near various highways. If you ever go to Anza-Borrego, you must seek them out. Plan ahead so you know where to find them.


Note the highway running from left to right. The sea serpent is on both sides of it.
The Palm Canyon Trail is one of the “must see” trails, so I had to there. But that doesn’t mean I liked it. OK, it was OK. But the many warning signs, wide trails and the hoards of visitors made it feel like the Mall of America. OK, I exaggerate. Objectively, it’s a decent canyon with a palm grove in the center. Veni, vidi, vici.
These are some of the weirdest "rocks" I have ever seen.  What's going on here?
These are some of the weirdest “rocks” I have ever seen. What’s going on here?


This is odd. Notice the arcs carved in the rock on the right. Obviously, they were made by the branch from the creosote bush. But could the branch really be that strong? If not, it would seem to be an amazing coincidence. Wouldn’t the rock erode the branch? Multiple bushes over a period of time? Would that happen? Perhaps rain soaked into the rather soft rock so that the branch could do it’s job. Oh, that I could bring a geologist with me on all my hikes!
This place has fossils scattered all over the surface. Here, someone has a assembled a nice collection of larger specimens for visitors. Each fossil is approximately 4 inches in diameter.
Mini wind caves?
Mini wind caves?