Desert Treasure: Bowling Lane

The Gate to Bowling Lane

Recently, on one of my daily walks around my big backyard, I discovered new treasure: a set of two dozen wooden bowling pins, far from the closest bowling alley. I’ve since named the old rutted path there “Bowling Lane”. What are all those pins doing out there? No idea. Your guess is as good as mine.

Even the Blonde Coyote is confused.


Bowling Lane isn’t done offering up treasure: This evening, while photographing the bowling pins, I found a tiny fragment of snakeskin and a glittering chunk petrified wood bigger than my head:

I really hope this is old and not an indicator of an extremely early start to rattlesnake season!

Head-sized petrified wood. Hat for scale.

Check out my previous Desert Treasure posts: Red Wreck & Cerrillos Ruins.

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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4 Responses to Desert Treasure: Bowling Lane

  1. HeatherS says:

    What beautiful photos – I particularly love the bowling pin on top of the fence post. What an odd discovery. I’ll bet you come up with a new Bowling Pin Origin story each time you walk the lane!

  2. Thanks Heather! I know the guy who owns that chunk of land — it’s vacant, he lives in town. He’s an artist and I suspect the bowling pins were intended for some kind of art project, but I can’t imagine what!

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