NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2008
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Desert Wonder: Tufa Towers near Ridgecrest
– On a hazy winter day, unique cathedral-like shapes float above a
coppery layer of atmospheric dust with no apparent connection to the
desert floor — part mirage, part reality. Captain Kirk was suspicious
of the appearance of ‘God’ here. Mark Wahlberg crashed his space ship
here on the planet of talking apes. And Jack Robinson flew by a pitted
monolith in search of his daughter Penny. More than 500 tufa columns
erupt from the Searles Dry Lake basin giving the area its otherworldly
appearance, making it the perfect location for science fiction movie. More…
Lost Breyfogle Mine –
The legend of the Lost Breyfogle Mine holds an important place in the
lore that enriches the heritage of the American West. While there have
been numerous published versions of the tale, few have captured the
full range of the adventures which led Charles Breyfogle to his chance
discovery of gold in the Nevada desert. Charles Breyfogle got his start
as a prospector during the great gold rush to California in 1849, when
he and his older brother Joshua joined 100,000 people – the "49er’s" –
drawn from throughout the world to the Sacramento Valley and Sutter’s
Fort by James Marshall’s discovery of "…something shining in the bottom
of the ditch…" More…
Bradshaw Trail –
The first road through Riverside County was blazed by William Bradshaw
in 1862, as an overland stage route beginning at San Bernardino and
ending at La Paz, AZ (now Ehrenberg, AZ). The trail was used
extensively between 1862 and 1877 to haul miners and other passengers
to the gold fields at La Paz. The trail is a 70 mile graded road that
traverses mostly public land between the Chuckwalla Mountains and the
Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range. The trail offers spectacular
views of the Chuckwalla Bench, Orocopia Mountains… More…
Imperial Sand Dunes –
The Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in
California. This dune system extends for more than 40 miles along the
eastern edge of the Imperial Valley agricultural region in a band
averaging five miles in width. It is roughly bordered on the west by
the Coachella Canal which delivers Colorado River water to the fertile
agricultural valley to the north. More…
Spirit Mountain, Nevada –
The temperature was pushing 90 degrees as we climbed out of our
air-conditioned car. The hot sand radiated heat as we dropped down to
the sandy wash. Our destination was about 3/4 of a mile up the wash to
a place known as Grapevine Canyon near Spirit Mountain. As we walked up
the wash, I wondered what it must have been like some 1500 years ago
when the Indians were the sole inhabitants of the area. More…
DesertRoadTrippin’ – Day Trip 2: Cottonwood Springs in Joshua Tree National Park – Cottonwood
Springs is one of the most scenic spots in Joshua Tree National Park
and the site of a desert fan palm oasis. I learned about this location
from one of the Park Rangers whose eyes lit up when talking about it.
She said it was one of the most beautiful places and one of her
favorite spots in the park. More…
Video of the Month – Wind & Windmills – As
the sun heats the earth’s surface it also creates wind. As the air over
land warms, it rises, and cooler, heavier air rushes in to takes its
place. This process creates wind. In the 1920s and 30s, windmills were
the single source of power for farmers and ranchers. Today windmills
are being used to generate electricity. More…
Trip of the Month – Borrego Springs –
History is unfolding in a town already filled with its own unique
historical milestones. Borrego Springs has a new exhibit: Gomphotherium
free standing art structures More…
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| NEW!! Marshal South DVD|
Ghost Mountain: A Experiment in Primitive Living DIRECTOR’S CUT
includes map to Marshal’s house
unmarked grave in Julian, CA. A shattered adobe house on top of Ghost
Mountain in the Anza Borrego Desert. They are all that is left of one
family’s utopian experiment. The story of eccentric artist and writer
Marshal South, and his family’s 14 years in the wilderness is
compelling and controversial. Originally told in the pages of Desert
Magazine by the Souths themselves, the story is now illuminated in a
documentary DVD made by two veteran filmmakers: director/producer John
McDonald and cinematographer Stuart Asbjornsen.
For more information
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At only $10.99 apiece these calendars make great gifts that eveyone appreciates!
From sandstone arches at Natural Bridges National Park, to shots of
saguaros in the sunset, to the tufas of Mono Lake – let your 2009 be
filled with the awesome beauty of the Desert Southwest. Take a look at our 2009 Desert Southwest Calendar.
Or if flowers are more to your taste, our 2009 Wildflower Calendar will
fill your year with blooms ranging from Columbine to Cactus. Take a
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|Sounds of the Desert: Ah-Nee-Ma, John Huling, Robert Mirabal.|
Let the sounds of nature and American Indian instruments transport you
to peaceful canyons and wide open skies. Enchanting music of Native
American flutes, drums, and chants with keyboard textures and guitars
to form a rich landscape of musical sound paintings, inspired by the
ancient cultures of the American Southwest. Listen online to clips.
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Enjoy Prickly Pear Cactus, Mesquite Bean and Margarita jelly candies
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Stuffed animal and book gift sets: Stellaluna and little fruit bat toy, Tortoise and the Jack Rabbit and Tortoise toy plus Jack Rabbit toy, and more!
Educational toys like Break-at-Home Geodes and 3D puzzle – 3 models – Tarantula – Scorpion – Gila Monster!
Stuffed animals of all kinds –
And special lucky Kokopelli, the Southwest Indians’ Humpbacked Flute Player, in his multi-colored stuffed form!
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|DESERT SURVIVAL BOOK AND OUTDOOR GIZMOS 2-PACK|
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Desert Survival Handbook
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|PARK DVDs . . .|
State and National Park DVDs –
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.
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
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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