Hike, Bike & Camp at Usery Park

Hike, Bike & Camp at Usery Park
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November 22nd, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: biking, desert, hiking, outdoor recreation

The Desert in Full Bloom

The Desert in Full Bloom
Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the desert Botanical Garden (map) in Phoenix is one of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. I recently spent a Sunday afternoon strolling the grounds of this one-of-a-kind museum to experience and learn about the flowers that bloom this time of year. If you visit the desert Botanical Garden, consider taking a guided tour. Learn how these amazing plants survive and thrive in our...
May 2nd, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: Cactus, desert, featuredphoto, flowers, gardening

Two Desert Get-Aways To Be Sure To Visit

Two Desert Get-Aways To Be Sure To Visit
... but is also located near several other exciting locations – Santa Barbara, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. There are two desert get-aways that are less than 2 hours away from Orange County, and make for a great day or weekend trip when you want to get away from the city bustle! Palm Springs (map) Area Information Drive out of the city until you start seeing shopping outlets, the Morongo Casino, and huge windmills.  You are coming up on the desert city of Palm Springs....
January 25th, 2010 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: desert, featuredarticle, Joshua Tree National Park, Palm Springs

Water, Water Everywhere, but not a Drop to Drink

Water, Water Everywhere, but not a Drop to Drink
... gray water on golf courses and implemented other water-saving measures.  I, personally, ripped out yards of grass at my house and replanted with desert friendly landscape; replaced my toilets with low flow ones; installed water reducing spigots; always wash dishes and laundry when loads are full and try to take ever shorter showers. The desert, itself, also has water-saving strategies when rainfall is low.  Alex Wilson, over at Buildinggreen.com, offers a wonderful essay on what he saw on his...
January 15th, 2010 | Lynn Goya | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: desert, drought, lake mead, Nevada drought, vegas drought, water, water shortage

Moon Over Phoenix at Las Noches de las Luminarias

Moon Over Phoenix at Las Noches de las Luminarias
... can you experience the magic of eight thousand hand-lit luminarias perfectly arranged to illuminate pathways and highlight the beauty of the desert.  An annual event, Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Phoenix desert Botanical Garden has become my favorite holiday tradition. Luminarias, candles that are carefully placed in sand inside a bag, originated in Spain as part of Las Posadas, a nine-day holiday which begins December 16 and ends December 24.  The festival symbolizes the trials which...
December 6th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: desert, featuredarticle, gardens, holidays, Phoenix

4 Wonderful Ways to Experience in Los Angeles in the Fall

I know. Many of you don’t actually believe there are seasons in Southern California, but you are so wrong. We have mountains, deserts, beaches, and–yes–also an eternal flower-filled Spring, which occurs even in Fall. Perhaps it won’t rain, but it does get crisp from Fall-ish weather or a blistering Santa Ana. Confused? Don’t be. This is the land of all things possible. San Bernardino National Forest 1. San Bernardino National Forest: this sprawling mountain playground...
September 11th, 2009 | M. L. Johnson | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Attractions, beach, desert, Events, fall, Family Friendly, Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Zoo, Mojave Desert, mountains, News, Outdoors & Recreation, Restaurants & Bars, San Bernardino National Forest, Santa Monica

Musings: 10 Things I Don’t Like about Vegas – make that 11

... we also wanted to eat: thus, Vegas, which was booming at the time.  When we arrived, I was told that it took five years to learn to love the desert, and that was a pretty good estimate.  I was lucky to have an adventurous family and we were frequent explorers of the wild side of Vegas well away from the Strip, many of which we shared with other Nevadans in the award-winning PBS television show, Outdoor Nevada. (Which is still airing, by the way.)  And I have learned to love the desert. ...
August 24th, 2009 | Lynn Goya | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: celebrity chef, desert, living in Vegas, moving, resident, Sound Like a Local - Local "speak", stays here.", vegas, what happens here

Hot Deals on Desert Adventures

Based in the Palm desert Resort Communities, desert Adventures offers a variety of guided tours in snappy red Jeeps. Dating from 1988, the company provides two decades (and counting) of experience for desert visitors who would like something a bit more exciting than golf, tennis, and swimming pools (not that there’s anything wrong with those, of course). I’m just sayin’ Photo credit: desert Adventures Summer tours include: San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour, departing 8 AM; nightwatch...
June 11th, 2009 | M. L. Johnson | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: desert, eco-friendly, Family Friendly, hiking, Outdoors & Recreation, promotions, sightseeing, Tours

Yucca Valley, Grubstake Days, Community Spirit

... the time for some small town, old-fashioned fun. Bless you, Yucca Valley, for sending some our way. Approximately 100 miles east of downtown, this desert community is preparing to host its 59th annual Grubstake Days parade on Saturday, May 23rd. The parade, which gets bigger and better with each year, is a fun and feel-good event with local residents and business owners participating on all levels. Friends and neighbors gather to watch the march down Highway 62. Following the big parade is the...
May 15th, 2009 | M. L. Johnson | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, desert, Events, fair, Family Friendly, Food & Beverage, Outdoors & Recreation, parade

REVIEW: Start Your 2009 Desert Wildflower Hunt

... as they skip elaborate flower displays and put their energy toward making seeds.    Still, for those who look closely, you can find desert Five-spot, Panamint Daisy, desert Gold, Gravel Ghost and – our favorite — Brown-eyed and Golden Evening Primrose, which perfume the air with a delicate sweetness.  Look for roadside flowers along Mud Canyon Road, Scotty’s Castle, Badwater Road and along Highway 190 east of Furnace Creek.  Off roaders can also look along Echo Canyon...
March 22nd, 2009 | Lynn Goya | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: death valley, desert, Scenic & Short Trips, Sound Like a Local - Local "speak", spring wildflowers

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