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NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2009

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Hoover Dam Bridge The Hoover Dam itself is an awesome engineering feat. It was built using three and one-quarter million cubic yards of concrete. That is enough concrete to pave a 16’ wide road from New York to San Francisco, CA. It took five years to complete. Add to it a new bypass bridge and the Hoover Dam will become even more amazing. More…


The Lion Lions are the second heaviest cat, only surpassed in weight by tigers. The lion is also the tallest of the big cat species. They are the only member of the Felidae family to have a tuft on the end of their tail, and to have manes. The long, heavy mane is unique to the male lion, which sets the male lion apart from his female counterpart. More…


The 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. More…


Found, Not Found. U2’s Joshua Tree I wonder how they found the perfect Joshua tree — the rock band U2. Did they just drive around near Lee Flats outside Death Valley until they picked just the right plant? Or did they have advance scouts? Joshua Tree was U2’s first No. 1 album and the 1987 Grammy Award-winner for “Album of the Year” and there was much acclaim for the stark black and white images created for the album by Anton Corbijn. More…


Just Got a Digital Camera? Now What? Are you looking for tips on how to use your digital camera? Look no further as DesertUSA has an entire section about photography. Our articles include topics ranging from how to photograph wildlife and how to take interesting photos of your pets, to photograph composition and light techniques. More…


Shutterbug 101: RAW means raw We haven’t had any photo questions these past few weeks and without questions I have run out of ideas for Shutterbug 101. But from one of my other desert forums came the question, “What is RAW data and why do you like it.” Basically RAW means exactly that, it is the unadulterated, unprocessed image data from the camera — hence the word raw. More…


Petrified Forest National Park – Located on both sides of Interstate 40 between Gallup, New Mexico and Holbrook, Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park is best known for its brilliant displays of petrified wood and views of the Painted Desert. Less known, but equally impressive, are the extensive deposits of Triassic-age fossils — including dinosaurs — and the remnants of prehistoric Anasazi pueblos. More…


DesertRoadTrippin’ – December ‘09 Events and Holiday Festivities in Coachella Valley – Saturday December 12 – Desert Arts Festival – West Coast Artists has a series of six art festivals that are held in the heart of legendary Downtown Palm Springs, California. This series of Fine Art Festivals are celebrating their 25th year and continue to delight art patrons across the nation as they vacation in beautiful Palm Springs. These events are held at Frances Stevens Park and benefit local non-profit organizations. Admission is free. Time 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact West Coast Artists at (818) 709-2907. More…


Trip of the Month – Quartzsite, Arizona Quartzsite, in western Arizona, just 20 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10, Quartzsite has been a rockhound’s paradise since the 1960s. These days, it is also a mecca to well over a million visitors each year, most of whom converge on this small town in a wave of RVs during the months of January and February. More…


DESERTUSA’S STORE features quality items at low prices! Shop NOW and get the LOWEST SHIPPING PRICES!
Great Gift Ideas for Friends and Family!
Adorable stuffed animals with sound! All kinds, take a look at our huggable wolf baby, cozy bison, and engaging froggie! Perfect for the kids on your list or grown ups in need of a hug! Many more animals, including howling coyote! Read more

Gemstone Hearts & Fiber Opticonly $5.99 each
Size 1.75 inches wide & .75 thin. Makes a great desk decoration, small paper weight or worry stone. Brown Striped Agate, Pink Rose Quartz Hearts, Round Fiber Optic. Let a loved one know you care, give them a heart they can keep!

Pepper Patch Preserves only $20.95 for one set of four flavors
Contains four 5oz jars of jelly in the following flavors: 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.

Gold Panning is Easy book and Gold pan setonly 14.95 for both!

You can find Gold….. Believe it!! (DesertUSA did!! We started DesertUSA because of trips to the desert exploring and gold prospecting.)

Anyone can use a pan to recover gold from mountain streams, desert arroyos or wherever it awaits you. Roy Lagal, who has spent a lifetime finding gold, tells just how easy it is. Also, learn how to use metal detectors that can make discovering gold nuggets as easy as finding coins in the park. Make a great gift!

Agate Bookends Make Beautiful Thoughtful Gifts
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

Shop NOW for Christmas!
Last Chance: 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

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 Designs – Thunderbird & Kokopelli
Symbol of a powerful Native American spirit capable of causing storms and bringing communication from the Great Spirt, our Thunderbird design is a beautiful, iconic work of art guaranteed to please lovers of Southwestern design. Kokopelli coasters are also availalble. Kokopelli is the symbol of music making, dancing, fertility and joy, presented here in a graceful arc, bringing peace and beauty to all around. OUR PRICE: $18.95/set Many more designs also available

Earthmate GPS PN-40$399 Delivered – Save $50 with mail in rebate only with DesertUSA – 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…
Pewter Howling WolfOur Price $19.95 – Dramatic Pewter Howling Wolf is mounted on a large piece of Pyrite. The clear stand is attached the bottom of the Pyrite. Makes a lovely addition to any collection. Great depiction of the wild, right in your own home.
Size: 4 inches x 3 Inches
Wolf alone is 2 inches x 1 5/8 Inches

Scenic National Parks: Zion & Bryce (Blu-ray) – List Price: $27.99 Our Price: $ 24.99 You Save: $ 3.00 (11%)
In Stock: Ships Next Business Day
Product Details Format: Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen Language: English Region: All Regions Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Rating: NR (Not Rated) Studio: Questar DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009 Run Time: 100 minutes

Dinosaur SkeletonJunior Archaeologist Dinosaur Kit
Most economical and fun toy for the money at only $13.95!
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.

Joshua Tree NP DVD This is THE tool you need to plan a trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Just $19.95! You will quickly learn where to go and what to see in this great national park. Take virtual hikes and climbs! Cragcam’s Guide to the Park DVD presents Joshua Tree National Park in a whole new way, capturing its magic and allure in a valuable new travel-planning format. An interactive menu breaks park activities into three easy-to-explore sections allowing users to identify and view specific interests for their own adventure filled visit.

Joshua Tree National Park DVD (Scrub Oak Prod) The most comprehensive and in depth documentary ever produced about Joshua Tree National Park. "Years in the making" Our Price: $ 24.95
In Stock: Ships Next Business Day
A bold adventure and historical documentary made possible by the tireless efforts of Minerva Hamilton Hoyt and her sincere interest in preserving the park’s beauty and history as an intriguing part of the American West. Full of educational information about the ecosystems and ancient Indian population, plus rare and astounding footage of the wildlife that occupies this National Park. The story chronicles the historical time of the settlers, miners, outlaws and cattlemen, culminating in the historical events and story of the now famous Keys Ranch.
Plants for the Gardeners on Your List!
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 and Coolers are GREAT for Holiday Parties!
NEW from Cheri – and just in time for a holiday pancake or waffle breakfast – Pomegranate Syrup!
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.
Dinosaur Toys – 50% Off!!!
Giant Real-As-Life Dinosaurs, 18 inches longMarked down from 19.95 all the way to 9.95!
Awesome size and detail bring these long gone reptiles back to life. Dinosaurs roamed the earth for 165 million years in a time called the Mesozoic Era, also known as the age of reptiles. Dinosaurs hatched from eggs. Some dinosaurs were meat-eaters – also called carnivores – and some ate plants – herbivores. Some walked on two legs and some walked on four. Some did both. Dinosaurs mysteriously became extinct around 65 million years ago. Now this wonderfully realistic collection of these giants brings them back to life. Read more
Give Your Dog the Gift of Mobility

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.

Scents for the Ladies in Your Life
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!

and MORE 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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