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NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2009

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Lara’s Lane: My heroes have always been cowboys There is something about a cowboy; I am sure you would all agree. It’s the look in their eyes, the tilt of their hats, the boots and spurs, and oh, a cowboy on horseback — well, that is a sight that inspires, to say nothing of giving a girl heart palpitations. More…


Houseboating: Family Fun Afloat “Grandma, this is sweet!” exclaimed 9-year old Jenna upon entering our 70 ft. Forever Houseboat. It set the tone, as three generations of the Scott family, from three states, set sail into the new year. Jenna and her 7-year-old brother, JJ, checked out the four bedrooms and entered into a debate over whom was going to sleep in which bedroom at which More…


Shutterbug 101: Movin’ on up (to a digital SLR) You love your point & shoot digital camera but now you yearn for something more. A camera that offers more versatility and interchangeable lenses. A camera that lets you get closer to wildlife than the zoom on your small digital. More…


Shutterbug 101: Faster shutters for fast wings A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to take a workshop with noted bird photographer Bob Steele during the Kern River Preserve’s Hummingbird Festival. The Weldon location is one of the premier birding areas in the country and I wanted to learn how to photograph hummingbirds. This workshop made it pretty clear that the 300mm with 1.4 tele combo is really the bare minimum for effectively shooting birds — and that is for ideal, set-up conditions. More…


The Haunted Desert Spooky stories, unexplained mysteries and tales of ghosts are part of desert lore. It is no wonder that so many ghosts haunt the lonely trails, mountains, and landmarks of the forbidding desert. The desert can be so unforgiving and, at the same time, unbelievably generous. Many travelers, prospectors and adventures have gone into the desert, never to return or be seen again. Others have returned with gold nuggets and treasures so rare and unique that we could only dream of being so lucky ourselves. More…


Get the latest desert temperatures Fall is one of the best times of the year for camping in the desert. Take a look at desert conditions, and plan your trip! More…


DesertRoadTrippin’ – October is a time to visit our desert ghost townsIf you are looking for some holiday activities to do this October, why not visit a ghost town? In the spirit of Halloween take a little road trip to one of our favorite haunts. Each ghost town has it’s own charm and spooky stories. Explore the links below to the various articles and stories about Ghost Towns in the American Southwest. More…


Trip of the Month – Julian, California Julian is a small mountain community in Southern California located at the intersection of California highways 78 and 79, about 50 miles northeast of San Diego. This historic gold-mining town is nestled among oak and pine forests between the north end of the Cuyamaca Range and the south slope of Volcan Mountain. 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…




DESERTUSA’S STORE features quality items at low prices! Shop NOW and get the LOWEST SHIPPING PRICES!
NEW PRODUCTS!
Agate LightsEach one is unique! Choose your own!

Cut and polished from Brazilian agate and mounted on a non- endangered Brazilian wood base. Available colors range from lustrous blues and purples to pristine whites and even a dramatic magenta tone. Hurry to pick the one you want before it is gone!

The light bulb and cord are included. The stones are approximately 6 .5" High by 4" Wide. The light is inside the stone. 115 volts. OUR PRICE: $28.95 Read more…
Sandstone Coasters: New Design – Bighorn Sheep

We just added a new design to our collection of beautiful sandstone coasters – the Desert Bighorn Sheep. These lovely and effective coasters come 6 to a set, each with its own decorative and convenient holder. Other popular designs include Hummingbird, Saguaro, Thunderbird, Kokopelli, Roadrunner and more!
OUR PRICE: $18.95/set Read more
Now Available: The Desert Southwest 2010 Calendar!

This classic southwestern calendar is a perfect gift for anyone who loves the desert… or for yourself! This year’s beautiful photos include Tonto Ruins, Teapot Rock in Sedona, Canyonlands as seen from Shafer Basin, a late afternoon shot of the Superstitions, sunset at Arches National Park, thunderclouds over Pecos Pueblo, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon and many more amazing locations.
OUR PRICE: $11.99 Read more
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…
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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