The California Desert Cities is the theme for October 2018.
Here are some fun facts: California is home to three main deserts – the Mojave Desert, the Colorado Desert, and the Great Basin Desert.
The average annual precipitation of the California Desert is approximately 7 inches.
The California Desert has various National Parks including Manzanar National Historic Site, Joshua Tree, and Death Valley, and incorporates one of the hottest places on Earth; Death Valley National Park. The park has reached record air atmospheric temperatures of 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 degrees Celsius).
Route 66 once connected eight states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. It crosses the Mojave Desert in California. *source: https://www.factsmania.org/deserts/california-desert-facts.htm
Inside the box are items from local small businesses in California:
Founded in Southern California, near the Santa Ana Mountains, OrangeInk specializes in creating unique items handcrafted from wood.
Courtney Oquist is not only a painter, but she also teaches children in art classes.
Hang a dream catcher for a good night’s sleep. We found these cute leather and bead ones at The Outpost on the Pearblossom Highway.
URB APOTHECARY sprang out of a passion project and has blossomed into the vision for bringing the healing power of plants into daily beauty and grooming rituals.
Desert Weaves produces handmade jewelry, for free-spirited travelers seeking adventure on the open desert highway. The shop owner, Carla, uses beads and cotton to create pieces in a natural desert style, inspired by the Native American designs and colors of the Southwest, the boho style of Southern California and the bright tribal prints from her home country, South Africa.
Sherri (Happylilac on Etsy) is a mom, a wife, an aunt, and a grandma! She’s been married to the love of her life since 1977! Born and raised in California. Left for two years (Las Vegas) but quickly came back and landed in San Diego county.