NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2010
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Time Traveler – Take a trip down Route 66 for good eats and good times You can sit at a counter, a table or in a red vinyl booth. Most likely the waitress will call you “Hon” as she hands you the menu — unless you are at the Village Cafe in Barstow. Owner Henry Wong does not call anyone “hon.” Finding good food while getting your kicks on Route 66 is not a problem. Choices run the gamut from American Diner to Chinese. There are many eateries on the Mother Road, but I chose five nearby to explore. More…
Art on the Rocks: Inscription Canyon – Stand in the quiet of Inscription Canyon and let your imagination take wing. Close your eyes and you can almost see the Indians who used to inhabit the area, waiting for visions fueled by fasting and sacred drugs — their prayers wafting skyward on smoke from their fires. They dreamt their mystical reveries and left their shamanistic art to mystify those who came later. More…
Navajo National Monument – Centuries ago, the ancestors of the Pueblo Indians lived spread out among the valleys and plateaus of the region, hunting and gathering wild plants and seeds, then migrating elsewhere as the seasons demanded. With the acquisition of domestic seeds for corn and other crops, they gradually became farmers, which allowed them to remain in one place and build permanent shelters, originally pit houses. More…
Shutterbug 101: Sometimes a Notion – In each photographer the spark of creativity is vitally different, each expression unique. Inspiration can come in many shapes and forms. A bug, a face, a landscape, flowing water or flowers can inspire you to pause and think, “yes, this is the time to make an image.” Recently for me, inspiration came in the form of a notion, an idea, a new piece of gear — all at the same time. Yes, it was my handy-dandy Lensbaby (no, I do not have stock in the company) and the new wide-angle adapter for it. More…
Rocks and Rockhounds – Rocks, contain clues to the geologic history of the earth and even the solar system. They tell of the earth’s violent and fiery origin some 4.6 billion years ago. They point to a process of “density stratification,” when earth’s raw materials – compelled by gravitational attraction – sorted themselves according to their density, forming a solid inner core, a molten outer core, a very hot but still generally solid mantle and a thin crust. More…
Hunting Dinosaurs in the Desert – Dinosaurs have such broad public and scientific appeal because they are portrayed as the gigantic and fearsome beasts who ruled the Earth longer than any other land animals — about 150 million years — and then suddenly and dramatically disappeared. More…
DesertRoadTrippin’ – Four Drives into the Heart of Desert Wildflower Country – If you are sensitive to the rhythms of the desert, you’ll know that the period from March to mid-April is a time when a special kind of natural magic can occur. All through February, if the gentle winter rains have arrived on schedule, wildflowers have been peeking their heads up out of the sandy soil, reluctant to expose themselves to the still chilly air. Now, with the increasing temperatures and longer daylight of early spring, perennials and annuals burst forth, making a spectacular show in particularly abundant years. More…
Trip of the Month – The Patton Memorial Museum was established to honor the late General George S. Patton and the thousands of men who served with him at the Desert Training Center and overseas. The museum is located off Interstate 10, about 30 miles east of Indio at Chiriaco Summit, which was the entrance to Camp Young, command post for the DTC during World War II. The site was donated by Joseph Chiriaco, one of the first area residents General Patton met when he arrived to set up the center. More…
|DESERTUSA’S STORE features quality items at low prices, with great shipping values!|
Bring the past into your home or office with Knightia eocaena, a fish that lived 55 million years ago. This is an excellent starter fossil for teens or adults just beginning their collections, or a wonderful gift for those who are missing this beautiful specimen. Our Price: $14.95 Read more!
The Golden Scorpion Keychain (glows in the dark) features a Golden Scorpion (Mesobuthus martensii), also known as Chinese armor-tail Scorpion, encased in clear lucite material. Size of the scorpion on the chain is 1.75 X 1.125 x .6 inches. Our Price: $9.95 Take this real Golden Scorpion everywhere you go!
|Now Back in Stock!|
|LED Lighted Stand with Glass Sphere
You Get: One LED Light Stand – Diameter = 4 inches, Height = 2 inches. + One Clear Glass Sphere LED Stand comes with a Mirrored Top that slowly spins. Turn on and off separately from Lights. Projects multiple colors of LED lights on object placed on center of mirror. Can select 8 different lighting and flashing patterns. Comes with one power adapter, can run on batteries too! Our Price Only: $19.95! Read more! Agate Lights – Each 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: $29.95 Read more…
NOW! Free Keychain with Purchase of Any Agate Light!
Beautiful Rose Quartz Lamp, lit from inside, set on a non-endangered Brazilian wood base casts a lovely light in whatever room you place it.
Our price – only $25.95
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Amethyst Candle Holder – Decorate your home or office with a beautiful Amethyst Candle Holder. Each candle holder is created from a unique piece of Amethyst, so no two candle holders are exactly alike. The average width of the Amethyst base is 6" to 7 ". This distinctive candle holder contains a center space for a standard tea candle. Each candle holder comes with 1 tea candle included. Our price: only $21.95 Read more…
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|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!
Gemstone Hearts & Fiber Optic – only $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!
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
|Last Chance: The Desert Southwest 2010 Calendar!
Grab this classic southwestern calendar at a discounted price! 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-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…
Pewter Howling Wolf– Our 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
Gold Panning is Easy book and Gold pan set – only 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.
|Attention: Gardeners and Plant Enthusiasts!|
|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 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.
Herbal Medicine Trends and Traditions – Our 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…
|Desert Food & Drink|
|NEW from Cheri – 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.
Toma! Margaritas!: The Original Guide to Margaritas and Tequila – Our 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…
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.
|Great Toys – for Kids & Adults!|
|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
Giant Real-As-Life Dinosaurs, 18 inches long – Marked 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
Dinosaur Skeleton – Junior 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.
|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.
|Park DVDs !|
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
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.
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 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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