The Grasshopper, Scorpion, and Serpent Who Stole My Heart

Borrego Springs – December 2016

Two days after Christmas in 2016, I set off for California to take a solo motorcycle trip. In hindsight, I can’t say if I was looking to find or lose myself. One thing is for sure, the trip opened my eyes and heart to feelings I’d buried. It softened me and allowed me to feel vulnerable in a way I hadn’t before. These photos were taken on one of my favorite days of the trip, the day I went to Borrego Springs.

Motorcycle ride in to the Anza-Borrego Desert

Riding my motorcycle down from the mountains along Montezuma Valley road treated me to spectacular views of the desert valley. I was on my way to Borrego Springs to visit Galetta Meadows. There are huge metal sculptures that live among the sand and scrub there.

Motorcycle ride in to the Anza-Borrego Desert

Face to Face With the Most Beautiful Serpent

Though there are over 100 different sculptures scattered around Borrego Spring, the giant serpent drew me to Galetta Meadows.

Anza-Borrego Desert Motorcycle Ride - Giant Serpent - Fuzzygalore

It’s rusting, scaly body undulates hundreds of feet through an ocean of sand. It is both ferocious and beautiful.

Anza-Borrego Desert Motorcycle Ride - Giant Serpent - Fuzzygalore
 Anza-Borrego Desert - Giant Serpent - Fuzzygalore
Anza-Borrego Desert - Giant Serpent - Fuzzygalore
 Anza-Borrego Desert - Giant Serpent - Fuzzygalore

Scorpions and Grasshoppers

There were dinosaurs, elephants, camels, and other snuggly-type creatures, but the giant scorpion rocked my world. Seeing my motorcycle parked in the distance gives you some sense of the scorpion’s scale.

Something about its size, the way it sat menacingly low and ready to strike really captured my heart.

I’m not sure if me liking the creepy crawlies best says something about me.

Anza-Borrego Desert - Giant Scorpion

The hapless grasshopper face to face with a scorpion. We’ve all been there, and probably on both sides.

Anza-Borrego Desert - Giant Scorpion and Grasshopper

The spikey leg hairs on the grasshopper are awesome. They’re kind of like some ladies’ legs in the winter. Or…so I’ve heard. 😉

Anza-Borrego Desert - Giant Grasshopper

My Lucky Day

I found two liberty dollars in the sand by the scorpion. It was my lucky day. My lucky day indeed.

Anza-Borrego Desert - Liberty Dollars


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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10 Responses

  1. Shybiker says:

    Wow. Just wow. These are amazing, especially in that environment. The scorpion is my totem-animal so I gravitate toward that.

  2. darrin says:

    “A Fist Full of Dollars”!!!

  3. Ginamarie says:

    My favorite is the Camels

  4. Fred PCDoc54 says:

    Very cool! I saw that a couple of years ago when Triumph used it for their publicity shots for the new Thunderbirds but I had no idea where it was … you just added yet another place to my “must see before I die” list! 🙂

    BTW: Nice hands … were you out working the fields before you found those coins? 😉

  5. curvyroads says:

    Another place to add to the must-see list! That serpent is just fabulous! 🙂

  6. Mike says:

    I loved the grasshopper with it’s accurate hairy legs. What a cool place and $2 found? Life is good.

  7. Kathy says:

    VERY cool!

    Grasshopper legs. Never thought of that particular comparison.

  8. Erin says:

    Wow!! You are amazing. You always find the coolest places!! ❤

  9. Deb says:

    Those are really, really fantastic! What a great place to adventure ride to!

  10. Mike says:

    Hope all is well – haven’t seen a new post in too long!

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