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Thanksgiving 2012     The Thanksgiving trip was again a highlight of the season with nearly perfect weather, good friends, and a  wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. OH, and duning too! Lots of duning!   One of our first rides was out to Hill 3, then on to Olds. Rick and Kris decided to follow us in their buggies, but  found it a little difficult as we run too slow and turn too sharp for them. We can fix that though, we'll just cut  their buggies in half to shorten the wheelbase!  Doug got to debut their new RZR, and Jerry got to  break in Linda's new power steering though.       A few new additions to the RZR ranks gave us some  exciting trips, including one to the Chuck Board‐ man Memorial Flag Box through the big dunes. It  was a great ride, and I found the location using  nothing but my GPS, and some guidance from Jim.  After the Box visit we rode over by Gecko, then on  to Sweet Maries for an ice cream (THANKS, Jim!).   (Continued on page 2)

The Thanksgiving trip was a big success, with warm weather and an awesome turnout we all had a great time. Read all about it in Jim’s, Mike’s, and P.J.’s articles in this newsletter, and feel free to make your own contributions for ♦ next month. What’s Thanksgiving without a great meal with friends and family? We wouldn’t know because again we had a great pot luck dinner in camp with many contributions from club members. Thanks to everybody for making this holiday tradition a success. With one big trip done, the next is just around the corner. Members will start arriving at Wash 6 before Christmas and

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will be staying until at least January 2nd. We will again have a pot luck spaghetti dinne ron new Year’s Eve, which is Monday night this year. V8 Success! With John’s car running very well over Thanksgiving (and still being able to drive it in the trailer at the end of the trip) the debut of his new V8 upgrade was a success. Look for others to follow his roost-enhanced path before long.


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December 24th?-January 2nd: Christmas / New Years at Glamis, Wash 6. Some members may arrive even earlier than the 24th, allowing for some fun the weekend before Christmas. We’ll also have a New Year’s Eve pot luck spaghetti dinner on Monday the 31st. January 18th-21st: MLK Dune Cleanup Weekend at Glamis, Wash 6.

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AJ and his girlfriend Alex came out to visit for a couple of days with the  motorcycles. They kept the bikes, and my RZR busy until Wednesday  afternoon when they had to go home due to AJ  working on Thanks‐ giving day. They left right after dark on Wednesday evening, after join‐ ing Ashley (who had arrived earlier in the day) and me for dinner at  Mama Jeannie's. We had just returned to camp when my phone rang.  It was AJ and he had gotten about 5 miles past Gecko Road and blown  a trailer tire. This really bothered me as I had just bought those tires  less than two months ago, and they had less than 300 miles on them. I  (Continued on page 3)

Over the Thanksgiving trip, Bob Amador showed up with a sandrail of his own again, and this one is a mid-engine Dunn Tech with a Mendeola and an LS-1. For those of you who weren’t around almost 20 years ago, Bob Amador was an early club member who had one of the nicest cars in the club at the time, which was a Dune Buggies ad Hot VWs magazine cover car. He ended up getting out of the sport for years, and now is excited to be back duning with the club.

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grabbed the floor jack and we headed out to help him. When we got there AJ had the problem diagnosed. He  had forgot to put the kickstand up on the bike and it had shimmied over to the side and the kickstand was  rubbing against the inside sidewall of the tire. It didn't take long to rub through and blow the tire. It was a  quick fix, and with the spare on he was on his way.   I mentioned Ashley had arrived Wednesday morning, and my favorite vegetarian had prepared a turkey for  us for Thanksgiving dinner! And it was real turkey too! Not that Tofu stuff! Actually she brought a tofu turkey  for herself too. I hope everyone there enjoyed her efforts.   On Friday the RZRs headed south in an effort to find some smooth sand. We ended up down by Wash 35  where we had one of our only ride stoppages in quite a long time. And it was all due to DRIVER ERROR! I  came up on this dune and felt the RZR sink in very soft sand. I stomped the gas but it just dug in. I noticed I  was in 2 wheel drive so I clicked in to 4 wheel and punched it, but by then it was too late and Ashley and I got  a huge sand shower. We were nicely stuck! A big THANK YOU here has to go to Shirley and Janice who  jumped right in with Doug, Ashley and I to dig my RZR out of the sand. How many of you guys can say you  had a soon‐to‐be grandmother, and a great‐grandmother help you dig your cars out? (Although they must  have both started having kids in kindergarten!) After 45 minutes of digging, and a tug with Shirley's winch, I  was out and we were heading back.  

On the way back we came across the buggies at a "rest" stop again. This was the 3rd or 4th time we had  come across them over the week, one time while we were both running in the dunes. We were headed south  in the dunes between camp and Olds when I looked up and lo and behold there was our buggy group headed  towards us. We all waved as we passed each     other and we continued on our way. Of all the times we had come across each other in the dunes I think this  was the first time we were both moving. It was kind of exciting, at least to me.   Sometime towards the end of the week I got some dust in my eyes and some got under my contact lens  scratching my eye and it became infected. I had to switch to my glasses, which I don't see well with, and my  eyes would get watery a lot. The dust got to me pretty hard on Friday and Saturday morning I woke up with  stinging eyes, and not feeling very well. With a long week ahead of me I decided to pack it in and go home. I  was able to get out of camp by about 9am, and except for a 15 minute wait to dump my tanks at the AMPM  on 86, I made it home relatively quickly, and without problems. A little maintenance and re‐packing and I'll  be ready for Christmas/New Years! Hope to see everyone there for the Spaghetti Dinner on New Years Eve!   Mike Bacon     3


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Again this year, Nancy and I arrived a full week before Thanksgiving, on Thursday the 15th. This year we had the RZR in tow, and as we arrived at Wash 6, found Steve and Sharon Porter in the usual spot. I didn’t take notes this trip, and now two weeks later can’t recall exactly in what order others arrived; but early arrivers included; Mike Bacon; Steve Sturm; Rick and Melanie Alonso, who made a last minute decision to come for just a few days; Don and Shirley; Jerry and Linda, minus the big trailer and buggy because the trailer is full of things for the soon-to-be-theirs Havasu house that didn’t close as soon as expected; P.J., Melissa, and Allie; Doug and Kris; John and Anna; Scott and Sandi; Steve and Janice, and Chuck Grossman and Doug Becker. Later arrivals included Dale and Rebecca; Brandy; the Olivers and many family members and friends; Walt; Eli and Mary, who joined us for a second time, having found us through Mike Bacon on the internet; Dave and his wife Kirsten and family who we met last year, who I found out this trip are both middle school teachers, so obviously they are special in my book; Pete, Linda, and Karissa Hagen, minus Jeremy who took advantage of a last minute opportunity to go to the Grand Canyon; Matt Cole and girlfriend Courtney, who brought Brianna with them; Dave and Cindy, Janece Grossman who came with Doug and Chuck who returned home for Thanksgiving; and at least 20 others who I know were there because we counted at least 55 people at Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve gotta’ take notes in the future to make sure I get everybody! Hopefully someone else will write a trip report that includes those I forgot.

Among the more memorable parts of the trip were the maiden voyage of John’s V8 in his sandrail, about as many side by sides as buggies in camp, several night rides to Olds, campfires every night, the warmest Thanksgiving weather most of us ever recall, many great rides, a new trend of others driving through a line of buggies, and being able to find pretty good sand all week despite there being a pretty good sized Thanksgiving turnout. Some notable rides included one where P.J.’s left rear bearing carrier failed, requiring two trips to camp, first to get the tools to remove the broken part, and another to repair it, which Scott handled expertly. There were no delays for helicopter shows, or visits to pilots or celebrities, unlike last year. John had a few teething problems with his car as the V8 found areas of weakness the V6 did not. However, John has a permanent smile as the power was great. He reported the change from the V6 to the V8 made as significant a difference as changing from the VW to the V6. I know firsthand that is a VERY significant change. I’m pretty sure John is going to be a trendsetter here, as P.J. already has a V8 and many of the parts to replace the shortstar John has lent him to replace the ones that broke last season. The shortstars have served us very well, but they haven’t been made for over a decade, and good ones are getting very hard to find, as evidenced by P.J.’s experiences of last year. It needs to be said that one of the more significant failures of the trip was when the weld on one of the few FACTORY-built parts on John’s car, an axle, failed, requiring an assist from Don’s winch to get the car out of a hole. Don wasn’t even on the ride, but when our attempts to tow the car from the hole failed, I returned to camp and asked for Don’s help. Despite not liking to drive after dark, and it being nearly sunset, Don immediately agreed to retrieve John’s car. Don and Jerry engineered the recovery, but it still took quite a bit of time. Just to show that no good deed goes unpunished, on the way back to camp Don got pulled over by a ranger for no taillights, as somehow his taillights failed during the recovery. The ranger just wanted to run his driver’s license, and then let him go with a warning, much to John’s relief. Scott was able to fix the factory axle with a (Continued on page 5)

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much stronger-than-factory weld. Walt and I took the RZR’s to Olds a couple of nights and enjoyed it, but driving them at night emphasizes their differences from buggies, and made for a rough ride for the buggies. Later in the trip we took the buggies in place of the RZR’s, allowing a night ride into the dunes. Such rides have become quite rare in recent years. On the RZR front, Mike Bacon again led several rides, and regularly found the buggies when we stopped for repairs. I drove the RZR on two of the rides and had a ball. I’m not used to it, and constantly feel like I’m going to roll, but Mike does a great job leading, and I plan to go on more RZR rides in the future. I look forward to someday being as comfortable in it as “Mike’s RZR ladies” are.

The highlight of the trip had to be Thanksgiving dinner. Ashley Bacon and Shirley Ford cooked turkeys at home and brought them to the dunes. Eli deep fried two turkeys at the dunes, and from what I hear, all the turkey was excellent. Thanks to the turkey cookers, you made it a Thanksgiving meal. There was all kinds of other great food, and with me not being much of a turkey fan, I appreciate all the variety. Again, Sandy’s meatballs have become one of my favorite Thanksgiving foods, along with Nancy’s pineapple ham. I also need to mention the little weenies in a barbeque sauce with pineapple. I don’t know who prepared them, but they were also one of favorites. I’m hoping for an encore performance next year. I want to say thanks to all the cooks, and to the Hagens for again inviting us into their trailer. In looking back at last year, the Hagens must not have been there, as my trip report from shows we ate in the Downsworth’s trailer. Other than last year, it seems we’ve used the Hagen’s trailer for years. On the subject of food, we made two trips to Texas Roadhouse in Yuma, and two trips to Mama Jeannie’s. Both of these have become a regular part of our dune trips, and I enjoy them both. I want to make mention of Jeannie’s pizza sub, a great alternative to a full pizza. It comes on a French roll with pizza sauce and cheese, and your choice of up to four toppings. I’ve had them twice now and highly recommend them. We always enjoy Jeannie’s company, even when she is busy, as she always finds the time to make us feel special. Once again, the biggest trip of the year has come and gone, and I’m looking forward to next Thanksgiving and all the trips in between. As I write this, it’s only 4 weeks until the Christmas-New Years trip. An FYI for the New Years trip, we decided to have the annual spaghetti potluck on New Year’s Eve. Come up with your favorite Italian dish and help IEOR bring in the New Year. See ya’ then. 5


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From Ocotillo To The Dunes As mentioned last month I couldn't post all my pictures from the Mona Bacon Memorial Spook Poker Run And Hot Dog Wheenie Roast, so here's a couple more. This is the group who participated.

On Monday we moved down to Wash 6 at Glamis to find the wash very green. A lot of water had flowed through the wash over the summer leaving a lot of "greenery" and wash cut-outs. We set up camp and went to do a little RZR riding to get acclimated to the area after a six month break. We were practically the only ones there, I only saw one trailer on the Flats on the way in, and one trailer in Wash 5. We only encountered a couple of sets of tracks on our first few rides.

Before the wind came up on Friday we did a few rides, and made a couple of trips to Yuma. Rick & Melanie, Steve Sturm, and the Porters arrived during the week. On Friday AJ and his girlfriend, Alex arrived, and brought the wind with them. Also, new guy Eli, along with his girlfriend Mary, and his three sons arrived. The Fords, along with Sharron and Melanie took a ride back to Borrego Springs to look at some metal sculptures while we went for a few rides despite the wind. Saturday dawned bright and clear with just a breeze and proved to be pretty warm. The RZR group took a ride down to Sweet Marie's for ice cream (THANKS, Sharron!) and on the way back we had a couple of quads crash right in front of us, but everyone was OK with just pride being hurt. Saturday night we kicked off the Mama Jeanie's season with pizza. Sunday morning AJ, Alex and I went back to Mama Jeanie's for breakfast. The Roy's Special (biscuits & gravy with eggs and bacon) was great! We went back to camp with full bellies and smiles on our faces to go for a short ride, then AJ & Alex had to pack up to go home. Most everyone else was packing up too. I was left with Rick & Melanie, and Eli's family come Sunday night. We had a small fire and I went to bed early as I got up and left for home about 5 AM Monday morning. It was a great first trip of the season and I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone again in about three weeks at Thanksgiving! -Mike Bacon 6


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Simple Tips Place the Cursor (Precisely): Get Cute Smiley Faces! I was texting with Brianna the other night and she kept sending the cutest smiley faces. So I asked how I could be cool like her so this iOS tip is really from her. If you want to to be one of the cool kids like us and be able to send great smilies and other icons all you have to do is turn on another keyboard, it's so easy! First you go to your settings and touch general, find the keyboard option and touch that. You'll see an option that says Keyboards and for most of you it will say 1. Touch that 1 another screen will come up and there will be an option to add another keyboard touch that too. A lot of touching I know but you are already close and personal with your iPad or iPhone right? Ok so only a couple more steps. You should see a list of available keyboards unless you know Chinese you don't need the options right on top you'll want to scroll down a bit until you see Emoji and, you guessed it, touch it! That's it you're done, you can exit your settings and go check out your new keyboard. Oh wait I probably should explain how to check out all the new nifty icons huh? Well whenever your keyboard is open (like when you're writing an email or texting) you'll notice a little new globe next to the space bar. That's where all of the icons are. You just touch there, add your icon, then touch the globe again to return to your normal keyboard. The best part? Cows!

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Many of you have probably already found this, but if you want to move the cursor to a different spot on the screen (like to go back and change a word in an e-mail) you can position it precisely by placing your finger near where you want it to go and holding it there until a magnifying bubble pops up, then slightly rock your finger until the cursor is where you want it in the magnified bubble. Lift up your finger, and the cursor will be placed where you wanted.

Set E-mail Account to send from: If you have multiple e-mail accounts set up on your iPad or iPhone, it can be confusing to figure out which account you are sending from when you compose an e-mail. The answer is right at the top of the e-mail, in the From field. You can tap on it and select any of the e-mail accounts set up on your device. To set which account other apps send from, go to Settings / Mail / Default Account.

Use Search: I use this all the time while Melissa rarely uses it, but it is a nice option to have. If you are looking for anything on your iPhone or iPad, whether it is an app, a song, or an e-mail, you can search for it and open the item from the search results. To quickly access the search screen, press the home button twice (not a quick double click, just once and then again). This takes you to the screen to the left of your first screen of apps, with a search field at the top. Then as you type it will present you with a list of items that match what you are typing. It is neat to see all the different results, from e-mails to songs to apps or whatever else you have.

As you have seen in the earlier articles this month, Thanksgiving was another great trip for Inland Empire Offroad. I have a few more details to add, some cool pictures I haven’t used yet, and a little space to fill, so here is some of what made the trip fun for us. We were treated to an encore performance by Sharon Porter’s son in law flying the Red Bull helicopter. He did two loops and two rolls over the washes on Friday afternoon, and everybody in camp enjoyed the show. (Even John who was left out in the dunes for last year’s performance.) Another fun part of the trip was taking pictures with Melissa’s older SLR camera. It had developed a small spot on the sensor, so it needs to be cleaned anyway so she risked taking it out I the sandrail. Now it really needs to be cleaned, and some of the moving parts don’t move as well, but she got some great shots. Be sure to check them out on the club website. As always the Thanksgiving dinner was special, and we had lots of wonderful food. It is neat to think about (Continued on page 8)

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how most of my Thanksgivings have been spent at the dunes, and I can’t think of a group of friends and family I’d rather be with. One more unique addition to this trip that I will admit was particularly dorky was using the VHF buggy radios to listen to the Rangers. On Friday night at Oldsmobile, John convinced me to try to find out what channel the Rangers were using, and it didn’t take long. There was so much radio traffic that it was almost nonstop. We heard about DUI arrests in the washes, buggy stops at Olds, and a drug search and immigration arrest at Glamis Flats. On Saturday morning, we began programming all of the radios to be able to listen on this frequency. John and Brandy wanted their in car radios programmed, then Scott, then we set up a program for the handhelds as well using my computer. It is super dorky, but it is fun to hear what is going on. On Sunday morning’s ride, we were taking a break enjoying the lack of crowds near Hill 5 when we listened to hear that the line to exit the wash road was backed up past Wash 13. By the time we packed up and headed out after 3:00, there was no line and they weren’t even checking passes. -P.J.

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This month we’d like to thank Mike Bacon for writing two articles and Jim Kastle for writing about Thanksgiving. Without articles there is no newsletter, and it is great to hear about the trips from other perspectives. Another big trip is just around the corner for Christmas and New Years, and we hope to see you all there. 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 8

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In this Edition of The Rooster, we cover the fun from Halloween and ten days in the dunes for Thanksgiving. We also look forward to the Chr...