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Well we made it home May 25th. Don drove 5,475 miles. But who's counting. We went thru some beautiful and not so beautiful states. I loved Kentucky. But Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana was way to humid. Mississippi had insects call Deer Flies. They bite just like mosquitoes. Where there was a bare spot on me they found it. Florida has an insect they call Love Bugs. Along with article I'll send pics of what they did to the front of the motorhome. All they do is mate and die. Yep, that's why they call them Love Bugs. But I'll call them squashed bugs on the motorhome. What a mess it was. Biloxi, Miss. and New Orleans still haven't recovered from Katrina. It was very sad looking at the homes that was destroyed. He put it right there with TJ. Hey, I had a ball the last time I was there. If you like loud music, lots of people. They know how to party. I wish they would speak English though. I ask a lady 3 times as to where was the restrooms. I couldn't understand half of what she was saying. (Continued on page 2)

Now that we’re mid-way through June, the summer is heating up and most people aren’t thinking about duning, but some of us are always thinking about duning, and can’t wait for Coral Pink which is just a few short weeks away. ♦ After Coral Pink, another annual tradition is the August Lake Havasu trip, which Don and Shirley have offered to host again this year the weekend of August 17-19. Mark your calendars now for this summer fun tradition. ♦ After thoroughly demolishing a two trip old Shortstar at Dumont, P.J. has his car running and ready for Coral Pink thanks to John Cole. It seems John was ready to pull the Shortstar from his car after Dumont in preparation for in-

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stalling his 5.3 V8, and he generously offered P.J. his V6. With the recent track record of engines in that car it might not be the safest move, but it sure is appreciated and will let Allison get to take her first Coral Pink buggy ride. Wasting no time, within a few days of pulling the V6 out John had the new 5.3 V8 sitting in his car and he was fabricating motor mounts and frame reinforcement. It should be an exciting upgrade, and will be ready for next season To keep things interesting, and the shop busy, Scott Cole is planning on installing a 5.3 V8 in an old Willys Jeep that he has. His reasoning is that it is cheaper than a V6 would have been. Anybody have a shoehorn?


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It took us 2 days to get thru Texas. Ever been to Austin during rush hour in your motorhome? We stopped in El Paso and spent the night

July 10th (or earlier) - 12th: Pre-Coral Pink time in Mesquite Nevada. July 12th-21st : Coral Pink! We’ll be in the park Thursday through the following Saturday. July 21st: We’ll spend the night in Mesquite on the way home. August 17th-19th: Lake Havasu Trip at Don and Shirley’s. Join the group for fun on the water, great meals, and a good time hanging out.

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with Darryl Harju. Don liked all of the garages Darryl had. We actually ate at a Texas Roadhouse in El Paso, Texas. Tara stayed in lawn chair we put between the seats in the motorhome. She sat there the whole trip. -Shirley

One of many Darrell Harju garages. According to Don, they are a man's dream. I actually forgot how many he does have.

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John and Anna's Hot Date Anna has wanted to go to Death Valley for some time so after having a great season with little problems with the sandrail I did not want to quit. With Brianna graduating from high school and heading to college I thought it would be fun good to take Anna on a date so I took a day off so Anna and I could get up there on Thursday night then drive up to Death Valley on Friday and be back for a ride in the afternoon. With the trip coming up it was decided that as long as it was below 106 degrees we would go. So after checking the weather on a daily basis we used the website that had the lowest temp and it was set that we were going. I was able to get off early on Thursday so Anna and I were off at about 3:00pm. As we came into Baker the wind was blowing the radio said gusts up to 45mph. We pulled up to top of the flats and it was not hard to find Jim since he was the only rig in Dumont. After a quick set up in the wind it calmed down enough to sleep without the AC. Friday morning there was no one in the dunes. I convinced Anna that it would be too hot for Death Valley so Jim and I had to go dunning. We dunned for about 3 hours and my GPS said we went 92 miles. We did 2 laps around all of Dumont with no tracks but our own! After we were back at camp Anna, Jim and I thought we would go to Pahrump and get more ice, water and gas. I got in my car to move it and it wouldn't run. I ran out of gas in camp after we stopped! While leaving we ran into Dave Medlin just pulling in on the road. We made it back from Pahrump and went for a quick ride before dark. Scott and PJ rolled in about 9:30. While we were getting ready for a ride Saturday morning the only other camp came by to see if we would help haul a tree to the top of the dunes. We thought they were nuts! They had planned to haul a 15 gallon tree to the top of the front face by hand but when they asked if 100 dollars would do it we could not say yes fast enough. It seems Jims car had a tree growing out of the seat. We hauled all of their camera equipment water and people to the top of the dunes. Scott got to give the model a ride. We drove up and down the front face and got paid for it, now that's a good ride and we received a $100 tip. The $200 went to the support of the yellow trailer, which almost got us out of the red for the season. We had some mechanical problems. Dave lost a tie rod, Scott lost a steering u joint, I lost a bearing carrier bolt, and PJ lost a motor (rather spectacularly). It was a great way to finish the season. We had a early fast ride on Sunday, packed up and made it to the Mad Greek for lunch. Have a great summer! ~John

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IEOA In Hawaii! (well, kind of) Doug and I sold a machine in to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii a couple of months ago and I won (lost?) the coin toss as to who was going to do the set up and training. So on Sunday morning the 6th of May I found myself winging my way to San Francisco, then on to Honolulu, Hawaii. I arrived to breezy conditions, about 80 degrees, with about 90% humidity! Just breathing worked up a sweat! I stayed at the Sheraton right down in the middle of Waikiki, about 50 yards from the beach. For those of you who have never been there I would say it’s a cross between the Las Vegas strip, and Hollywood Blvd, right next to one of the most famous beaches in the world. I spent Sunday afternoon just walking around the area, getting some lunch, visiting the Ferrari Store (I can dream, can’t I?!) and enjoying the scenery. Monday morning I was off to the Air Force Base where I spent a couple hours setting up their new shear, and training them on how to use it. Nice people! I was done by lunch time so I headed back towards Waikiki, but decided to continue south as ways to Hanuama Bay, which among other things is where Elvis filmed his movie Blue Hawaii. On Tuesday I went sightseeing down around the south end of the island where I discovered many beaches with no one on them. All very picturesque. I was really impressed with the mountains at the south end of the island, how steep and rugged they are. Wednesday I spent going up the northwest side of the island where I also came across many beautiful beaches, some with sand, others with old lava going right to the water. I flew home Wednesday night on a redeye flight arriving home Thursday morning. All in all a nice trip, and one I wouldn’t mind making again. Mike Bacon

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With Coral Pink just around the corner, here are the answers from last month’s quiz on Coral Pink trip articles, just in time for Coral Pink! P.S.: Some of the text will help answer the crossword puzzle.

Trip #1: 2006 “One of the things that I enjoyed, was passing this guy we met up there in a high dollar buggy and passing him on one of the hills. Heh, Heh, this old girl still has it. Tara (our dog) wants to thank Kris and Doug for the rides in their Polaris (Ranger Danger). She would get in the Ranger without anyone telling her. She wanted to go on rides.”

Trip #2: 2008 “On the ride, Jim’s car heated up due to a worsening leak in the radiator. We added water and drove it back to camp, but decided not to risk getting it hot on a longer ride. I offered Jim a seat, as did Kris. What my Dad didn’t know at first was the seat Kris offered was the drivers seat, as she was willing to go for a ride in her car while letting Jim drive. After taking Kris up on her generous offer, Jim led us on a good fast ride through all of the dunes to the corral.”

Trip #3: 2011 “We arrived at park after no problems on the way up. We found that they had improved the group site by adding a lot of concrete and a tiled barbecue island with a stainless grill! There are also now more power outlets, but we found we couldn't run six airs at once, but they reset the main breaker for us. We didn't go for a ride, but we were all glad to be here.”

Trip #4: 2007 “The four Kastles and Walt headed off to Bryce Canyon. Bryce remains one of my favorite National Parks, despite a $25.00 per car entry fee. The scenery is just breathtaking! Despite the fact the weather was hotter than normal this year; we still got rained and hailed on at Bryce. We have heard of a town, Panguitch, near Bryce, and decided to eat lunch there. We found a local hamburger stand with excellent food and friendly locals. We then decided to take a side trip to Panguitch Lake and Cedar Breaks.”

Trip #5: 2009

“We started the day with a morning ride with all of the cars and Mike taking pictures. He got some great shots. Then Don lost a belt and decided to head back while Kris Jim, Walt and I went on to the upper dunes. After we all made it back to camp, Melissa and I went into town with my parents and did some shopping and looked for a throw out bearing for my car, since mine was making noise. We didn’t end up finding one, but we met some nice locals who had recommendations on where we might find one. One place even suggested we check at the mortuary, since their son is into VWs.” 6


The Rooster Thank you to those of you who had such a positive reaction to the initial iOS tips over the last couple of months. We needed to fill space once again, so it is back and bigger than ever before. Let us know what you think or offer your own suggestions by e-mailing: pkastle@msn.com.

Melissa's favorite apps:

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I think it's an understatement to say Create Shortcuts for Common Phrases: that my iPhone has changed my life. This allows you to make AutoCorrect learn to transform shorthand letter Really, it has in lots of ways but combinations (such as “omw”) into common phrases (like “on my mostly because of the variety of way”). Just set it up from Settings / General / Keyboard and choose things it can do because of the apps that are available. Here are just a Add New Shortcut. Type the full text you want it to write in the Phrase few of my favorites, I use them field and the letters you want to type instead in the Shortcut field. I use mostly on my iPhone but many are it for turning “pj” into “P.J.” in all my e-mail signatures. compatible with iPad as well. Use the Side Switch to Lock Rotation: First up, Grocery IQ (http:// This one is for iPads only, and is probably only useful some of the time, itunes.apple.com/us/app/grocery-iq/ but it is nice to know about. If you have a picture or something that you id290591617?mt=8) is a free growant to view in the same orientation no matter how you hold or twist the cery list app. I can't seem to reiPad, you can set the side switch to lock orientation by selecting its member half of what I went to get when I get to the grocery store and function from Settings / General / Use Side Switch To:. if I do keep a paper list everything Use iBooks for Device Manuals: is out of order and half the time I Don’t you hate it when you can’t find the directions for some overly forget to take the list with me anycomplicated device? Well, now if you can get them in .PDF format, you way. Grocery IQ simplifies your can store them in iBooks to view on the iPad or iPhone. You can add grocery list by sorting items by type a .PDF file to the iPad through iTunes on your computer, or if you acand where they are in the store. For cess the PDF online you can click the “Open in iBooks” button at the example cereal and oatmeal are gotop of the screen to save the PDF. To view them later, open iBooks and ing to be in the same "Breakfast and Cereal" category and milk and click on the Collections button in your Library, then click on PDFs. cheese are going to be in the "Dairy, You will see a list of all the PDFs stored on your device, and you’ll Eggs and Cheese" category. As you hopefully have them with you when you need them. are shopping you just check items off of your list as you go. You can add items to your list by typing them in, scanning the barcode off of the package, or by voice. Grocery IQ also has coupons you can If you have any questions "clip" and email to yourself for printing which saves money for fun things like or suggestions for the iOS buggy gas or motors that don't spontaneously blow up. corner, send them to: Next up Motivated Moms (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/motivated-momspkastle@msn.com and we 2012/id483293202?mt=8) Don't let the name scare you off, you don't have to be a will answer them in future mom to appreciate this app. It is a chore chart of sorts that helps you keep on top of house cleaning, let me tell you I need all the help I can get! This app lists editions of the newsletter. things that you should clean daily and then adds other items once a week, month, year, etc. You never need to remember the last time you changed the furnace filQ: Why are some of my text ter, it keeps track. It doesn't keep the house spotless by any means but for the messages blue and others green? most part I'm no longer terrified of drop in guests. You can add custom items too and set the repeat interval as needed, for example I added washing the dog bowls A: iMessage is a messaging systo my list once a month. A great app for keeping your house clean so when you tem between Apple iOS devices, come home from dune trips it doesn't totally look like ground zero. and those show up blue. Regular

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This month we’d like to thank Shirley Ford, John Cole, and Mike Bacon for sending in articles. We are moving into the off season, but that means we are gearing up for Coral Pink and next month we should have reports from Utah. If you have anything else you think might be of interest to the group, write it up and send it in. Also if you have plans for upcoming trips that we don’t have listed let us know so we can put them on the calendar and on the website. -PJ, Melissa and of course Allison 7

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In this edition of The Rooster we catch up on some members' summer fun as many of us get ready for Coral Pink. We hear more about Don and S...

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