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NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2009

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FEATURED VIDEOS


FEATURED ARTICLES
Coachella Valley Offers Snowbirds a Winter HavenIt’s almost wintertime in the Coachella Valley and that can only mean one thing . . .“Snowbirds”.  Snowbirds is a term used for individuals who are trying to take refuge from the colder winter climates and to enjoy the warmer desert weather.  You can’t really play golf or enjoy the outdoors when there is a foot of snow on the ground, so head to the desert where it’s 70 degrees, the sun is shining and the grass is green in the winter. More…


Beware: Your GPS May Get You in Serious Trouble In this modern age, we rely on computers more and more. Google maps and other online maps give us directions. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) guide us turn by turn to our destination. How can these digital maps that look so good, lead us to make such foolish mistakes? More…


Camping in the Desert Information about camping in developed areas, group camping, horse camping and backcountry camping. Reservations are suggested for camping in developed campgrounds and horse camps. More…


The Junipers, Classic Western Trees Southwest locals often refer to juniper trees as “cedars.” Towns like Cedar City, Utah, Cedaridge, Colorado or Cedar Springs, Nevada reflects this localism. Where this misnomer started is unknown. Probably some early settlers mistakenly were associating the overlapping, scalelike leaves or the shredded-bark-look or the reddish wood of a juniper to that of a cedar. Maybe that or Juniper City, Utah just didn’t have the same ring. More…


Shutterbug 101: Eye of the Beholder So many times people say “I don’t know what to shoot.” You never know what will catch your eye so you just have to get out there and be open to possibilities. More…


Shutterbug 101: Still Movement Last time we talked about using your camera in manual mode and the relationship between aperture and shutter speed. Reiterating — aperture controls depth of field and shutter speed is important for stopping movement — or not stopping it. More…


Get the latest Colorado River Information The rivers feeding Lake Powell are below average, but the water is still warm at this time of year. More…


DesertRoadTrippin’ – Caving and Spelunking in the Desert AreasOne of my all time favorite desert road trips was caving at the Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves In Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. There is something surreal about entering a natural cave and walking into its cool depths until you can no longer see anything. It becomes pitch black and the only way to navigate is with a head lamp or flash light. It is hard to describe the feeling of being inside a cave. If you are claustrophobic you may not like it.More…


Trip of the Month – Mesa Verde National Park Mesa Verde, Spanish for "Green Table," offers an unparalleled opportunity to see and experience a unique cultural landscape. Visitors walk through cliff dwellings and numerous mesa top villages built by the Anasazi, ancestral pueblo people, between 600 AD and 1300 AD. This is the first national park established to preserve cultural heritage and the most famous Anaszai ruins in the world. More…


DESERTUSA’S STORE features quality items at low prices! Shop NOW!
NEW PRODUCTS!
Earthmate GPS PN-20 $199 Delivered – Bright color transflective TFT screen for clarity in any light conditions; Impact-resistant rubberized housing; WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites to compute and update your position; High-sensitivity NMEA-compliant 12-channel GPS receiver with low-power baseband and RF chipset; ST Microelectronics chip technology with SiGE front-end and DeLorme firmware for faster Read more…
Earthmate GPS PN-40$399 Delivered A dual-core processor for lightning quick map redraws, when panning or zooming; Fast USB 2.0 data transfer to internal memory or SD card in device; Proprietary Kalman filter for enhanced GPS accuracy; Detailed onboard base map with major streets and highways worldwide, plus secondary roads in the U.S. Read more…
Herbal Medicine Trends and TraditionsOur Price: $24.95 325 pages of listings of over 100 of the most popular herbal medicinal plant’s specific indication, dosage, and caution. How to wildcraft, dry, store, and process plants. Comprehensive instruction on preparing Teas, Tinctures, Fluidextracts, Ointments, Salves, Liniments, suppositories, Syrups, and many others. Extensive repository with preparation and dosage listings for over 400 additional herbal medicines. Read more…
Toma! Margaritas!: The Original Guide to Margaritas and TequilaOur Price $15.95 – 107 pages. Here is your passport to margarita fame. Authors Plotkin and Flores bring you 125 of the most delicious, thirst-quenching margaritas ever concocted in on e irresistible collection. Refreshing, delicious and enormously popular, the margarita and its soul-mate tequila have become a cultural phenomenon. Read more…
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 AFTER SCHOOL TREAT!
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!
Click here to take a look.

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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