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NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2010

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It’s HotIt’s hot. It is too hot for me to go outside. I don’t even want to go to the mailbox. You can bet, if it is too hot for this girl to out exploring and photographing, then it is really bloody hot! At this moment I am working away in the UN-comfort of my easy chair. My very warm easy chair. I have the swamp cooler going full blast — or rather full "puff." More…


Arches National ParkArches National Park protects the greatest concentration of natural sandstone arches anywhere on earth. Like many other parks on the Colorado Plateau, eroded sandstone provides the palette for sensational and colorful desert vistas. More…


Angels Guard the Living and the Dead: Spirits in Stone Seraphim with Mona Lisa smiles stand watch, their eyes downcast in sorrow or uplifted in hope. As I wander past these silent angels, I feel an overwhelming peace. Something draws me to them, and I search for the spirit that lives within each statue. More…


Mesa Verde National Park About 1500 years ago, a group of Indians living in the Four Corners region chose Mesa Verde as their home. For more than 700 years their descendants lived and flourished here, eventually building elaborate stone cities in the sheltered recesses of the canyon walls. More…


Carlsbad Caverns Carlsbad Caverns National Park was established to preserve Carlsbad Cavern and numerous other caves within a Permian-age fossil reef. The park contains 83 separate caves, including the nation’s deepest limestone cave… More…


Newspaper Rock National Historical Site Newspaper Rock is a petroglyph panel etched in sandstone that records perhaps 2,000 years of human activity in the area. Etched into the desert varnish are symbols representing the Fremont, Anasazi, Navajo and Anglo cultures. The exact nature of these symbols meaning is still not clearly understood. More…


DESERT LIVING – Cooking – or not. I am not much of a chef. Heck, I am not much of a cook and I sure as heck would not make it as a short-order cook at the famous Bagdad Cafe out on Route 66. "Tell me again, what is ‘Sh*t on a Shingle?’" What got me thinking about cooking today? CostCo. Yes, that place where you can spend $200 on stuff you need but do you really need a case of it? More…


Trip of the Month – Lake Powell Lake Powell, created by the Glen Canyon Dam, is 186 miles long with more than 1,986 miles of shoreline. By the time the dam was completed in 1963, it took another 14 years to fill Lake Powell. Since then, Lake Powell has proven to be a premier attraction for millions of visitors from all over the world. More…


DESERTUSA’S STORE features quality items at low prices, with great shipping values!
Decorative – For the Home or Office
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

NEW KOKOPELLI – Beautiful rendition of this classic desert figure, pewter Kokopelli dances and plays atop a lovely, large piece of amethyst.

Size: 4 inches x 3 Inches – Kokopelli alone is 2 inches x 1 5/8 Inches
Clear stand is attached the bottom of the Amethyst. Makes a lovely addition to any collection. ONLY $19.95!

Orthoceras Multi Plate with Iron Stand – Orthoceros, sometimes called "straight horn," was an ancient nautiloid cephalopod. It had a long, straight, conical shell, a form which makes its fossil remains very dramatic and beautiful. Take a look at our decorative plate, and while you admire it, remember that these fossils are over 400 million years old! Size: 7 inches x 7 inches. All the way from the fossil beds of Morocco, only $39.95!
Desert Food & Drink – Beat the Heat with Summer Treats!
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.
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.

Prickly Pear Nectar
Make your own Prickly Pear Tea for Health! There has been a lot of medical interest in the Prickly Pear plant. Some studies have shown that the pectin contained in the Prickly Pear pulp lowers levels of "bad" cholesterol while leaving "good" cholesterol levels unchanged. Another study found that the fibrous pectin in the fruit may lower diabetics’ need for insulin. Both fruits and pads of the prickly pear cactus are rich in slowly absorbed soluble fibers that help keep blood sugar stable. Tastes good too!
Click here for more information about Prickly Pear Nectar.

Cahill Prickly Pear Thirst Quencher
Rich in Vitamin C, Flavonoids & Antioxidants 100% Natural
Delicious!
All Natural product that is derived from 100% natural fruit and fortified with vitamin C. Enjoy the healthful benefits of this Prickly Pear product rich in antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients.
A "Thirst Quencher" you can enjoy, that is "Good and Good for You".
Click here for more information about Cahill Prickly Pear Thirst Quencher.

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.
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 PRODUCTS!
White Horse represents everyone’s dreams and is perfect for cozying up to at bedtime or any in-between time! At 6 inches and only $6.95, an affordable treat for your young ones or yourself!
Super Soft Seated Wolf Makes a cuddly companion whenever you need a hug. Furry body and understanding face add to his charm! At 12 inches only $14.95 each!
Obsidian Turtles – Beautiful and calming Feng Shui Obsidian Turtles inlaid with abalone and a variety of stones. Turtles represent long life. They make an interesting dining centerpiece or decoration for any living room mantle. We have unique and beautiful variations. Our Price: $19.95 Click here to see Feng Shui Turtles! You might also like our Turtle and Dragonfly Pendant plus Earrings sets, only $12.95 take a look!
The Three Little Javelinas book & Javelina Plush Toy now autographed by author Susan Lowell! Meet the three little javelinas (pronounced ha-va-LEE-nas)– lovable, wild, southwestern cousins of pigs. Living in homes built out of tumbleweeds and saguaro ribs. (fromthe fallen giant cacti), the first two javelinas are soon running from the hungry coyote, who had hoped to eat them with red chile sauce. And where do they go for shelter? Why, to their wise sister’s house, made strong with adobe bricks. This clever and humorous tale is sure to delight children of all ages, especially those familiar with the Southwest. Dressed in cowboy duds and prepared for life in the rugged desert, these characters are more than any coyote bargained for. Only $23.95!
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 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: $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 Find out more!
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…
You might also like:
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 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!

 
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

Gold Panning Made Easy
 
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.

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 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.
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…

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 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

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.
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.

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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