None of ’em bite

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About 75 miles due east of downtown San Diego is the Desert View Tower:

Desert View Tower

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Location of Desert View Tower

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The view of the desert from the top of the 70-foot tower is spectacular.

Part of the property is designated Boulder Park, a conglomeration of rocks weathered by wind and rain into caves and craggy paths. Along the many Boulder Park paths are animals, faces, and creatures sculpted into the solid granite boulders. W. T. Ratcliffe, an unemployed engineer during the Great Depression, sculpted the “wildlife” for, supposedly, a dollar a day and a jug of wine.

The carvings and tower are registered as official California Historical Landmark #939.

You already met the cat: It’s my favorite.

And where there’s a cat, you know there has to be a dog:

Boulder Park at Desert View Tower in San Diego County, California

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Following are the other sculptures. Hope none of them frighten anyone on a Thursday morning.

Boulder Park at Desert View Tower in San Diego County, California

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Boulder Park at Desert View Tower in San Diego County, California

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Boulder Park at Desert View Tower in San Diego County, California

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Boulder Park at Desert View Tower in San Diego County, California

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Boulder Park at Desert View Tower in San Diego County, California

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Boulder Park at Desert View Tower in San Diego County, California

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Boulder Park at Desert View Tower in San Diego County, California

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