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identify that book filter: a short, illustrated book with a cowboy.

Ok, I read this book as a kid even though it was not a kid's book. I assume it's a bit obscure. It's a western (I guess?) In that it's set in the desert with a cowboy, but it's not a cowboy book. The story, from what I remember, involves an old, frail but strong cow who has just given birth and her stand-off to death with an old, frail but strong mother wolf or coyote and her cubs in the desert. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Dec 9, 2014 - 1 answer

Southwest US in February -- where to go?

We (my wife and I, that is) are tossing around the idea of a trip somewhere to the Southwest in February, when I get a week off from teaching and we'll need a week off from winter. Ideally with a mix of the outdoorsy and time spent in nice scenic towns with good (vegetarian-friendly) food, on a non-lavish budget. Never been anywhere in that part of the world. Where should we go and what should we see? [more inside]
posted by irrelephant on Oct 21, 2014 - 20 answers

Car ad featuring woman in car on narrow rock formation

For some time now (read: far longer than I care to admit) I have been trying to trace a car advert that I am sure was on UK TV in the 1980's. Briefly, it was of a car placed impossibly high up on a mountain/rock formation in the desert, somewere similar to Chimney Rock NC, in the car was your ISO blonde tanned glamour girl looking windswept. [more inside]
posted by RandomInconsistencies on Sep 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Desert day hike near San Diego

I have a free day in San Diego and would love to go on a desert hike. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by susanvance on Mar 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Five days in May

Help me plan the best trip ever to the Grand Canyon? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Dec 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Living in Las Vegas

I'm moving to Las Vegas for a few years. I have a lot of experience living in tourist towns and dens of vice, but I've never lived in the desert. (I've been more of an ocean person.) Tell me what I need to know to get up to speed as a local in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the desert. What, from a local's point of view, separates Las Vegas from other cities? What did you wish someone had told you before you moved there? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Dec 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Novels for the American Southwest

I'm doing environmental work in Utah for the next three months. I'll have my kindle. Tell me your favorite novels about the American Southwest. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Aug 9, 2013 - 36 answers

What happened to this lake?

Browsing google maps here, there's a lovely blue lake in the middle of the desert. If you look at the satellite/earth view, the lake disappears, replaced by more desert and an industrial facility. [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Desert garden plant I.D. help, please

This very pretty flowering plant lives in a cultivated desert garden in south-western Arizona; I don't think it is a native plant (although I could be wrong!) but it was purchased in a garden center for planting in the area. Unfortunately, the tag on the plant was lost - can anyone tell me what plant it is? Thanks for any help!
posted by faineant on May 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Questions on adopting a dog, with consideration for desert and a baby

My wife and I have talked of adopting a dog for a while. Following the untimely passing of one of our cats, this is more feasible, and could help console us. But we have questions for adopting a dog in our desert climate, and on dogs coming into a family with a baby, and a cat. And we're concerned about being good owners, as our time at home is limited during the week. Also, we're discussing what a good age range for an adoptable dog would be. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 3, 2013 - 33 answers

Help me and my family adapt to a high desert life

I moved with my family to New Mexico, near Albuquerque, this past July. We've done OK, but I feel like we could be doing better. We use lots of skin lotion, and I usually wake up with a stuffy nose and dry mouth. I'd love to hear tips and tricks, or recommendations for blogs or books. Topics of interest inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 22, 2013 - 20 answers

How to Power a Laptop in the Desert?

My friend Paul Salopek is walking across Eastern Africa and needs to stay connected. Power from his solar panel passes through an inefficient AC inverter. He's not getting enough power to stay connected. Can you advise? [more inside]
posted by honest knave on Mar 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Why no pets in the Canyonlands ?

Why aren't pets allowed in the Canyonlands and Moab areas ? [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt on Dec 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Be my oasis in the desert!

Looking for first-person accounts of, or other non-fiction writing about, the experience of seeing an oasis mirage in the desert. [more inside]
posted by Mender on Oct 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Why Don't Westerners Wear Robes in the Desert?

In the heat, Bedouins wear long, flowing robes. Westerners wear shorts and short-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats. What are the advantages of the robes? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Aug 17, 2012 - 20 answers

Orange tabbies probably evolved past desert survival.

Moving across the country with two cats and a car full of stuff. It's a three-day drive, including hot weather and desert. What are your best practices and pro tips? Buddy cat pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 on May 27, 2012 - 29 answers

What's the red stuff in this alluvial fan satellite image?

What is the red stuff in this satellite image? [more inside]
posted by Listener on Jan 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Desert Gifts

Recommend some nifty gift ideas for desert living!! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Nov 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Liet me ask you a question about a big desert.

How would global climate and soil conditions change if the Sahara Desert wasn't a desert anymore? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Mar 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Where to have a desert bonfire near Santa Barbara?

What's a good place to have a bonfire in the desert near Santa Barbara? [more inside]
posted by yoz420 on Feb 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Need to create budget for graphic novel

I'm interested in hiring an illustrator to turn a recently completed screenplay into a graphic novel. Any ideas/resources I can use to create a budget for such a project? I'm looking to come up with a ballpark figure which can be fine-tuned later. Where do I start? The story is set in Los Angeles and the desert Southwest. Any suggestions regarding potential illustrators from that part of the world would be appreciated.
posted by kidkilowatt on Dec 2, 2010 - 20 answers

Al Gharbia A-Go-Go.

Help me find a driver for the Al Gharbia region of the UAE and not get fleeced. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Oct 5, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me find a hat to wear in the desert.

What makes a practical desert hat? Is the one I've found impractical, or just right? [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Sep 13, 2010 - 19 answers

How to attend Burning Man while avoiding the sun?

I really don't like the sun. I would like to go to Burning Man. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by the jam on Aug 2, 2010 - 14 answers

Where have all the frosty coconut treats gone?

I have an addiction to Mamita's Coconut ice cream things, but my supplier in Sterling, VA has gone dry for some reason. Is there any other place in the Northern VA area to get these wondrous confections? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Jul 30, 2010 - 2 answers

I just wanna be cool...in the desert

I'm going to be in the Grand Canyon (paddling the Colorado) for over 2 weeks in August. It will be over 100 degrees during the day and still pretty hot at night. What suggestions do you have for keeping cool while hiking, sleeping, etc? [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman on Jul 10, 2010 - 6 answers

The stars at night, are big and bright... *clap clap clap clap*

Big Bend v. Guadalupe Mountains: Help me not die out in the deserts of West Texas in August! (Part Two In a Series) [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Jun 16, 2010 - 19 answers

How to care for lizard eggs?

What do lizard eggs need to hatch? [more inside]
posted by whatisish on May 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Take a Cheesecake and a Carrot cake and smash them together at high speed? No, that can't be right....

Please help me duplicate The Cheesecake Factory's "Craig's Crazy Carrot Cake Cheesecake" at home. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jan 22, 2010 - 8 answers

These boots were made for walkin' in LA?

What is appropriate fashion in fall and winter when in a warm or desert climate? [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Oct 20, 2009 - 8 answers

swimming holes between phx & la?

seeking oasis: roadtrip from phx to la - looking for good camping with natural water in between the two cities. mid-desert hot springs or cliff diving or swimming holes? [more inside]
posted by babsomatica on Jun 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Hiking and Camping in Keet Seal

What information, advice and personal accounts can you give me regarding a hike into the Keet Seal site in the Navajo National Monument? [more inside]
posted by Science! on May 30, 2009 - 0 answers

"Stillsuit, check. Thumper, check. Maker Hooks, check."

I am looking to be doing a charity trek across the Sahara desert in support of MacMillan Cancer Support next year and have several questions for the hive mind before I go ahead. [more inside]
posted by longbaugh on May 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Bible desert ice?

What's the bible verse that tells how to make ice in the desert? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Apr 28, 2009 - 16 answers

Am I safe to solo camp without a tent?

Solo tent-less camping - safety tips? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger on Feb 23, 2009 - 19 answers

Photographing the Sandbox

What point-and-shoot type cameras would be good for a deployed Marine in Iraq? [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete on Feb 15, 2009 - 17 answers

What can I do to make it easier for my dog to pee?

Desert Dwelling Dog Owners: any tips for a puppy used to relieving himself on nice, cool, North Dakota grass? [more inside]
posted by whiskey point on Aug 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Looks like I made a wrong turn at Albuquerque...

Vacation in Albuquerque, and I'm looking to do a few specific things... other suggested activities also welcome. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 13, 2008 - 8 answers

Where there are no streets to have names

I'm writing a book set in a location similar to Joshua Tree National Park, and I'd like recommendations on resources for learning more about the area. [more inside]
posted by tyrantkitty on Jul 21, 2008 - 4 answers

Water Sucks

It seems obvious, but what is the best liquid to drink to prevent dehydration in a desert environment? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jun 19, 2008 - 24 answers

Are there lightweight solar stills that work?

Does anyone know of a super lightweight (i.e. backpackable) solar still that could be used to purify sea water on a long trip? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Send on May 26, 2008 - 7 answers

What is the desert warfare definition of a 'box'?

In the terminology of armored desert warfare, what is a 'box'? [more inside]
posted by felix on May 23, 2008 - 12 answers

Music recommendations for a desert road trip?

Music for the Great American Southwest? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on May 12, 2008 - 29 answers

My homemade ice cream gives homemade a bad name.

A big problem and a small problem with my home made ice cream ... [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Apr 22, 2008 - 25 answers

Weird rock found in Western Desert of Egypt

An Egyptian friend of mine found this rock in the West Desert of Egpyt. Can anyone tell us what it is? It's really abnormal-looking. (All of my theories involve Sun Ra and pharaonic collusion with Saturn.)
posted by odasaku on Dec 20, 2007 - 13 answers

I need more humidity in my house!

How can I increase humidity in my house? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Nov 1, 2007 - 14 answers

What's the name of this semi-trailer movie?

I am trying to remember the name of a movie featuring a semi-trailer chase through a desert and a whole lot of action. [more inside]
posted by aftermarketradio on Apr 9, 2007 - 11 answers

Where to go to photograph full moon near Los Angeles on Saturday, March 3

Where should I go (near Los Angeles) and what should I do, to make a nice photograph of the full moon when it rises on Saturday, March 3rd? I'm thinking someplace in the desert, but I'm open to driving a bit of a ways. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Feb 22, 2007 - 15 answers

Help me chill out in Palm Springs

Looking for recommendations for spa/lodging in Palm Springs or Desert Hot Springs. [more inside]
posted by scody on Jan 2, 2007 - 4 answers

Brazilian desert recipe?

Do you know any good Brazilian desert recipes? Cookies or something similiar would be ideal-- I want something to take to Poruguese class on our last day. If you know what part of Brazil it's from, even better.
posted by bookish on Dec 3, 2006 - 7 answers

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