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Newsletter March 2008

2008 Wildflower Season:
This year’s bloom is well underway! We are receiving many reports and
pictures of masses of blooms in the deserts. If we receive the rain
forecast for this weekend, next weekend may be the peak for flower
viewing. Check out our Wildflower Reports for the best places to go! More…

Featured Articles
The Desert in Bloom
– In the late winter and early spring the desert can spawn from its dry
sands an event so spectacular and colorful that you forget about its
harsh unforgiving nature. It is called the wildflower season, and it is
an uprising of annuals, and a short period when the perennials show
their brilliant colors. More…

Southwest Collectibles – Pottery
For some 20 centuries, the Native American potters of the Southwestern
deserts have produced ceramic vessels that give expression to their
heritage. Through their distinctive and enduring work, they have marked
the boundaries and durations of their traditions, the cultural reach of
their people, and the courses of their trade routes and migrations. In
the bodies of their vessels, they have left clues to sources of raw
materials and techniques of manufacture. In their designs, they have
embraced symbols of their religious and mythological beliefs.  More…

Ludlow for Lunch
I like going out for lunch to a homey cafe in the desert. A little trip
down the Mother Road, Route 66, always puts me in a bright and sunny
mood and in the mood for sunnyside-up eggs, hash browns, biscuits and
gravy. Probably all loaded with cholesterol. More…

How Geronimo Lost His Head and Found Yale
His clairvoyance and prestige notwithstanding, however, Geronimo
probably never foresaw finding a long-term home at Yale, with an
honored place in the esteemed university’s most prestigious and
enigmatic fraternity, the Skull and Bones Society, a student
organization that taught future presidents the value of cronyism and
secrecy.  More…

Agua Caliente Resort to Open in April
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will reach a major milestone
this spring with the opening of the first ultra-luxury hotel built by
the Tribe. The new $300 million Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa is
located in the upscale desert enclave of Rancho Mirage, just a short
distance from the canyons in Palm Springs where this Tribe’s colorful
history is firmly rooted. More…

Video of the Month – Ocotillo Wells
California State Parks has recently opened over 80,000 acres of
magnificent desert for off-road exploration and recreation within the
boundaries portrayed on this map. Outside the boundaries, to the south
and east, large tracts of BLM land are also open to off-highway
vehicles. The western boundary and part of the northern boundary
connect with the half-million acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park,
which is closed to off-road recreation, but open to exploration by
highway-legal vehicles along established primitive roads. More…

Trip of the Month – Death Valley, California
One of the hottest places on earth, Death Valley attained the
second-highest temperature ever recorded, 134 degrees Fahrenheit in
1913. It contains the lowest point in the western hemisphere — 282
feet below sea level near Badwater — as well as high-rising mountain
peaks, including Telescope Peak at over 11,000 ft. More…

Wildflower Season 2008 is here: Check out Mojave Desert Wildflowers, the
standard by which all other wildflower books are measured. The author,
Jon Mark Stewart, has combined super photography with concise
information. This book has an entire color page devoted to each
wildflower covered, along with a discussion of the wildflower. 210
pages with 200 color photos. Perhaps the best photographic wildflower book ever published. Covers the wildflowers found in the High Deserts of California, Arizona and Nevada. Or if you a!
re headed out to the desert to view the wildflowers, take a look at our park guide packages before you go.

And when you are done hiking… try some Prickly Pear refreshments!

Try 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.

Enjoy Prickly Pear Cactus, Mesquite Bean and Margarita jelly candies
– Half pound box featuring three mouth-watering candy selections.
Tantalize your tastebuds with flavors of the southwest from the fruits
of the desert.

Desert Queen Fragrances – from the Queen of the Night cactus flower

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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