San Diego Reader
By Bonnie Maffei
Galleta Meadows, Borrego Springs
Located 91 miles east of San Diego, Borrego Springs and Anza Borrego Desert State Park are popular springtime destinations for wildflower lovers. But take a jaunt down Borrego Springs Road a couple of miles to Galleta Meadows, a privately owned estate, and a surreal menagerie of gigantic metal creatures by sculptor Ricardo Breceda appears in the midst of the desert. Imagine coming upon them by chance as I did. I could hardly believe my eyes. I got out of my car and walked among them. Not another soul was in sight. I listened to the wind blowing through scrap metal dinosaurs, camels, mammoths and giant sloths, grinding and groaning as if the creatures were about to spring to life. A prehistoric sabertooth leaps over cactus and across the sands, chasing a wild horse. Frozen in time, like a bizarre ancient drama, this desert safari awaits you right here in Galleta Meadows.