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Newsletter January 2008

NEW! Off Highway Vehicles Section: DesertUSA has added Arizona listings, plus new pages on OHV ethics and sand duning tips to the OHV section. More…

Featured Articles

The Strange Tale of the Lady in BlueOf
all the tales of lost treasure, ghosts, inexplicable lights,
apparitions, spirit horses, unsolved murders and disappearances across
the Southwest, the legend of María Jesus de Ágreda – the fabled "Lady
in Blue" – ranks among the most strange and mysterious of them all. More…

Southwest Collectibles – Navajo Weavings
Navajo Mary McKibben, who began weaving at the age of six, said, "My
mother would take out my small loom and set it up beside her large
loom. I learned to weave sitting at her side… Weaving is a very
spiritual thing…when I weave I think of my relatives and my old
friends at school. "  More…

Birthday Bash Road Trip on Route 66 It
is that time of year again, when the leaves age. And so do I. Bummer.
Oh well. During this season, though, a wandering spirit always seems to
move me. I feel that I have to hit the road. More…

Two Holiday Pies from the South
Apple Green Chili Pie and a Roasted Tomato Mole Pie, both topped with
toasted pine nuts, together ogether with a homemade pie crust recipe
from Chef Ara – yum!  More…

Powwow in Terlingua
The main area is a circle called the Arena which is blessed before the
ceremonies. The only entrance faces East and non-Natives can only enter
it by invitation. The drummers sit in the center; they are the
Heartbeat of Mother Earth. More…

Seeing Red: The Calm of the Canyonlands
Utah’s Canyonlands look as alien as Mars. Shades of red dominate the
landscape, swathes of it decorating every sheared-off cliff and jutting
spire. The pale blue sky, the scattered green vegetation, and the
rocks’ alternating bands of pale sandstone merely emphasize the deep
oranges visible in every direction but up. More…

Video of the Month – Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural bridge, is considered a
sacred place by the Navajo Indians, for whom personified rainbows have
stood as guardians of the universe. This natural wonder nestles among
canyons carved by streams en route to the Colorado River from Navajo
Mountain’s north flank. Until the formation of Lake Powell, this was
one of the most remote and inaccessible regions in the contiguous
United States. More…

Trip of the Month – Julian, California
The entire township of Julian is a Designated Historical District. Its
image as an early California frontier town with pioneer store fronts,
historic sites and guided tours of Eagle and High Peak Mines accounts
for much of its modern appeal. More…

Valentine’s Day is coming: Need some help shopping for the perfect gift for your sweetheart?

DesertUSA Store has its virtual shelves stocked with some really unique
items. You won’t find most of these products in any of your local
shops. So please take a few minutes to browse through our items. We
promise, you won’t be fighting any crowds in the DesertUSA store!

Treats for Your Sweetheart – Try the Romance of the Southwest!

Prickly Pear Cactus, Mesquite Bean and Margarita jelly candies
– Half pound box featuring three mouth-watering candy selections.
Tantalize their tastebuds with flavors of the southwest from the fruits
of the desert, then share a Prickly Pear Margarita made with Prickly Pear Cactus syrup.
The syrup also makes exceptionally flavorful Wine Coolers, Spritzers,
and Prickly Pear Lemonade. The Syrup comes in 7 oz.,12 oz., 23 oz. and
1 gallon containers. Click Here for more information.

Give her the gift of Desert Queen – the inspired Desert Queen fragrance captures the scent of the elusive Queen of the Night cactus flower. Our special Desert Queen Gift Trio contains three of our most popular full-size
products: 1.7oz Eau de Parfum Spray, 8oz. Hand & Body Lotion and
8oz. Bath & Shower Gel, packaged in an attractive bag. Specially priced at $64.95!    ($75.00 if purchased separately)

For Your Dog . . .

Joint Supplement – Do you have an older dog or a dog with arthritis or joint problems? Check out Nimble, a glucosamine product for dogs, that could help return them to pain-free movement. Click here for more information or to buy.

Treasure Hunting . . .

Are you a rockhound? James R. Mitchell’s Gem Trail Books cover the Southwest and are available in our online book store. A good "where to go book" with lots of maps. Click here to view rock & treasure hunting books.

Experience the excitement and mystery of Geode Hunting – at home! Break-At-Home Geodes

Park DVDs . . .

State and National Park DVDs
Plan your Spring and Summer vacations to the great parks of the
American Southwest. DesertUSA has an extensive selection of park DVDs
including: Arches, Big Bend, Monument Valley, Death Valley, The Grand
Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, Zion, Yellowstone, Red Rock Canyon and many
more. Click here to browse our park DVDs.

2 Anza Borrego DVDs

Ghost Mountain DVD the
story of Marshal South and his family’s adventure of living on Ghost
Mountain in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. To preview the DVD in Flash
Click Here.

Anza Borrego Seasons in the Desert. This stunning DVD covers the various regions of the park, as well as indigenous flora and fauna.

Joshua Tree NP DVD This is THE tool you need to plan a trip to Joshua Tree National Park.

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