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NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2009


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Climbing Mt. Whitney Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, rises like the phoenix from the western rim of the Great Basin Desert of California. At an elevation of 14, 495 feet, Whitney looms high above Death Valley, the lowest point in North America at 262 feet below sea level, less than 100 miles to the east. More…


Rocky Redoubt – Fort Piute Whether establishing a “presence”, in order to protect travelers from hostile Indians, or using its thousands of square miles for the training of its personnel, the U.S. military has been connected with the California desert for nearly two centuries. Even today, traces of these installations remain. One such place is Fort Piute, which is located on the Mojave Rd., roughly 40 miles north east of Needles, CA…. More…


New Mexico’s Triple Hitter – Silver City Rand McNally’s 2010 Road Atlas highlights Silver City, New Mexico, as one of the five “Best of the Road” destinations in America. Surrounded by scenic desert and rugged mountains and with a history that dates back 2,000 years, Silver City offers a triple-hitter for cultural and natural attractions. More…


Shutterbug 101: Picture Perfect Vacations It’s the height of summer! And what does that mean? Summer vacations of course. You have planned the perfect vacation – to the mountains, the beach or even a foreign country. Your bags are packed, the car is stuffed with kids and toys and you are ready to go. Wait, do you have your camera? More…


Shutterbug 101: Terrifying Words, Manual Mode What’s with this manual mode stuff when we have a camera that does perfectly good auto? There are times when you are going to want to override your camera’s settings for shutter speed and aperture – and they are directly related to each other. More…


Get the latest Colorado River Information The rivers feeding Lake Powell are below average, but the lake starts to rise at this time of year. Lake levels are changing as the water flow down the Colorado river to Mexico through the dams and lakes. More…


DesertRoadTrippin’ – Photograph and View Wolves in Julian, CAThe summer is a good time to take short day trips or weekend trips to nearby areas to get out of the heat. One nearby location is Julian, CA. Many of you have probably been to Julian before. Julian is well known for their fresh apple pies, antique shops and nearby wilderness areas. Hikers, campers, mountain bikers and shoppers flock to Julian every year to enjoy the outdoors and to taste the many flavors of a small mountain town. More…


Trip of the Month – Albuquerque Albuquerque lies in the Chihuahuan Desert at the crossroads of central New Mexico, where Interstate 40 intersects Interstate 25. This, the largest city in New Mexico, lies on a plain along the banks of the Rio Grande River at the base of the Sandia Mountains to the east. Albuquerque represents a synergy of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures where traditional and modern cultures coexist. More…


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NEW PRODUCTS!
Pepper Patch Jelly – Four 5oz jars of jelly: Green Chile Pepper Jelly: The mild chili flavor achieved by combining several hand-picked peppers yields a wonderful flavor compliment to poultry, meat and fish dishes. Red Chile Pepper Jelly: The medium heat is obtained by using just the right combinations of red sweet pimento peppers and red chilies to enhance any meat, poultry, or pork dish. It is also superb as a dip with cream cheese. Jalapeno Jelly: A combination of red chilies as well as three other types of chili peppers renders a heat level that awakens the taste buds and transforms an ordinary dish into a delectably spicy memory. Habanero!
Jelly:
An eye opener and throat warmer, this hot jelly is for the connoisseur of deliciously hot preserves!
Dinosaur SkeletonJunior Archaeologist Dinosaur Kit
Children now have the chance to dig up their own dinosaur skeletions! Using the wood chisel and brush provided in the kit, the soft clay like material is removed revealing a dinosaur skeleton. Great fun for the kids. 8 different skeletons to choose from: Tyrannosaurus, Deinonychus, Stegosaurus, Stegoceras, Spinosaurus, Triceratops, Seismosaurus, or Dromaeosaurus.
Visual Encyclopedia of Space DVDA Visual Feast of Space History
This action-packed program is guaranteed to be the best, most complete Space DVD available. Fully narrated, it is a virtual encyclopedia featuring nearly everything imaginable on space in the last 50 years. Planets, Deep Space, Manned Space Missions, UFOs, Space Shuttle – over 60 subjects.
BONUS DVD – This special edition includes a bonus DVD – Apollo 13: The Historical Film from NASA – No Hollywood actors here – this is the real men and the real story! Watch and listen as the astronauts and Mission Control play out a true-life drama!
NEW PLANTS!
Live Giant Saguaro!!!
They are back in stock after 2 years.

Live Giant Saguaro

The saguaro is 2 to 3 inches high and about 2 inches wide. Come with pot and dirt. Just add 1 tablespoon of water every month.

Description of Giant Saguaro
The magnificent Saguaro Cactus, the state flower of Arizona, is composed of a tall, thick, fluted, columnar stem, 18 to 24 inches in diameter, often with several large branches (arms) curving upward in the most distinctive conformation of all Southwestern cacti.

The Saguaro often begins life in the shelter of a "nurse" tree or shrub which can provide a shaded, moister habitat for the germination of life. The Saguaro grows very slowly — perhaps an inch a year — but to a great height, 15 to 50 feet. The largest plants, with more than 5 arms, are estimated to be 200 years old. An average old Saguaro would have 5 arms and be about 30 feet tall.

PRICKLY PEAR LEMONADE IS GREAT FOR SUMMER!
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. At just $14.95, the 23 oz size is a great economical bargain! 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 Blush Lemonade (Makes 1/2 Gallon)
16 oz. Lemon Juice
3/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup
48 oz. Water
Directions: Pour over ice or blend in a blender.
SONOMA LAVENDER PRODUCTS 25% OFF SALE!!!
SONOMA LAVENDER PRODUCTS.
25% OFF most products.

Whenever you need a little pampering, cuddle up to your Sonoma Lavender.
Heat Wraps, Spa Masks, Eye Pillows, Neck Wraps. Click Here
Lavender Spa Booties
Overworked, cold feet are soothed while you improve your circulation. Just pop in the microwave for aromatic, moist heat. Lovingly hand stuffed and finished in Sonoma, California. Made in the USA! Just $26.95!
Heated Neck Roll – Dot/Plush
The Ultimate comfort. Cushy pillows you can heat or chill for muscle-soothing relief while the scent of lavender relaxes. Lovingly hand stuffed and finished in Sonoma, California. Made in the USA! Just $26.95!
AGATE BOOKENDS
Agate Bookends – Beautiful, unique bookends of Brazilian Agate, in a wide range of colors from brilliant magenta to aquamarine and topaz colorings. Average size: 5" Tall X 8" Wide X 3" Deep but sizes vary. Hurry! Each one is different and they go fast!
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NOW! Free Keychain with Purchase of Any Agate Bookends

DESERT SURVIVAL BOOK AND OUTDOOR GIZMOS 2-PACK
Fascinated with the desert and explorer programs? This fascinating and educational book set is 18.95 – great for budding scientists and explorers!
Desert Survival Handbook – Survival situations can and do happen to average people, as well as adventurous explorers. You’ll have the capacity to handle these situations if you know and follow the fundamental principles of survival.
Outdoor Gizmos -Did you know that a few rocks, some sticks, a shoelace or two, a wrist watch, a dollar bill, and a drinking straw are all you need to make surprisingly accurate sun-powered and star-powered gizmos? It’s a fact: In minutes you can construct a stick and rock sundial or compass, assemble a Sky-high Scope (included) that can measure the height of a tree or determine where you are on the planet, or figure out how long until the sun sets using nothing more than your hands. Click here to read more…
FOR THE OLDER 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.

SCENTSUAL ITEMS
The rare and delicious scent of Desert Queen fragrance captures the scent of the Night-Blooming Cereus – 1.7oz Eau de Parfum Spray only $38.95.

Bath and shower gel only $16.95 cleans and moisturizes the skin with a special blend of mild cleansers, vitamins and botanical extracts, including aloe. Gift Trio at $64.95 includes .7oz Eau de Parfum Spray, 8oz. Hand & Body Lotion and 8oz. Bath & Shower Gel plus attractive gift bag!

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.

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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