Southwestern Deserts

November, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Amazing Amphibians: Frogs on the Edge
It's estimated that one-half of the world's amphibian species are in danger of extinction. A new exhibit that opened this month at the Living Desert in Palm Desert, California, showcases these fascinating creatures, many from tropical regions. Open daily from 10 to 5, free with park admission. General admission is $11.95; seniors and military, $10.50; children 3 to 12, $7.50; children under 3, free. For details go to: http://www.livingdesert.org.

Tool or Gardening Product

Cool Muds
Just for a lark, I'm typing this while wearing my new gardening gloves; surely that demonstrates a good fit! If you have trouble finding gloves that you actually want to leave on your hands while performing all types of gardening tasks, take a look at Cool Muds. From the maker of the original Mud Glove, this latest version was designed for gardeners in warm climates. (The company is located in Arizona.)

The seamless knit nylon is lightweight and conforms beautifully to your hands, flexing easily as fingers move. The fingertips are snug at the ends, good for sowing seeds. I hate gloves that have bunchy fingertips! The wrists are snug to keep out dirt. Palms and fingertips are coated with a breathable, water-repellent substance to promote cool, dry hands, and the slightly textured surface allows a good grip. There's even an aloe vera additive for soft skin. Cool Muds are machine washable and come in five sizes from extra small to extra large. See this style and others at: http://www.mudglove.com.

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