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Old 07-20-2009, 06:02 PM   #155
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The electric campground at Trail of Tears is closing a couple of days before the rally.
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:45 PM   #156
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WHAT WE EXPECT OF YOU


On this tour our little group will be living and traveling together for at least 6 months through Africa, 3 months in the Holy Land and from 4 to 6 months in Europe. It will be an exceedingly interesting journey with great gobs of unusual experiences. But, in the same breath, there will be hardships, none that are insurmountable nor downright dangerous, but some might be on the tiresome side, monotonous in places and with a faint tinge of danger.

Although the responsibility and the dollars and cents of this undertaking is great, the amount of physical energy I am expending and will continue to expend means a great deal more to me. Therefore, you can obviously see that on this tour we must reduce the possibility of personal misunderstandings, bickerings, arguments, dissention, etc., to the very minimum. No person is as important to me as the peace of mind of the entire organization. And, although the Golden Rule is the only rule of the Caravan, to be more specific, we have worked out a "Ten Commandments of the Caravan," which we hope will set forth our desires in a friendly and not autocratic manner.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF THE WALLY BYAM CARAVAN


(1) THOU SHALT LOVE THY FELLOW CARAVANNERS AS THYSELF AND DO ALL IN THY POWER TO AID AND ASSIST THEM.

Since this Caravan is going into a rough country on an adventorous journey, we must all realize that each must rely on his neighbor. We all must be ready, willing and anxious to help each other in every way possible.


(2) THOU SHALT CONDUCT THYSELF FOR THE GOOD OF THE CARAVAN AND NOT FOR THY SELFISH INTEREST.

This is a one for all and all for one Caravan. The whole of the Caravan is more important than anyone individual. If any one Caravanner has special privileges, the same privileges should be available to all.

(3) THOU SHALT ALWAYS CONDUCT THYSELVES AS LADIES AND GENTLMEN FROM A CIVILIZED COUNTRY.

All of us -every individual one of us- must realize that once traveling abroad that we are all Ambassadors of Good Will for America, and must conduct ourselves accordingly.

At times, beligerent loud-mouthed American tourists harmed the reputation of Americans abroad. This must not happen.

(4) THOSE IMBIBING IN INTOXICATING BEVERAGES SHALL CONDUCT THEMSELVES LIKE KENTUCKY GENTLEMEN (AND LADIES)

Much of the territory we will be traveling through will be Mohammedan country where liquor is expressly prohibited by religious mandate. Need more be said.


(5) THOU SHALT NOT CRITICIZE THY HOST COUNTRY NOR ITS CITIZENS.

We must all realize that each of the countries we will be traveling through has its own long history of its culture and customs, and it is not up to us to criticize whether they are better or worse than our own.

(6) THOU SHALT ALWAYS ABIDE BY THE MAJORITY VOTE.

Democracy is a distinguishing factor of America. We realize that the members of the Caravan are all rugged individualists, but where it is necessary for the good of the Caravan individualism must be subordinated to majority rule. If you are so constitued that you cannot abide by the majority vote we would rather that you not join on with us.

(7)THOU SHALT IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES PRESERVE THE UNITY OF THE CARAVAN

As a group of American tourists traveling together we are somebody. We get special attention, special receptions, special entertainment. WE ARE IMPORTANT. As a group we can get more than any of us can get singly, or in smaller groups. When you sign up with this caravan we expect you to become a wholehearted part of it. We do not want any small splinter groups operating as or within the Caravan.

(8) THOU SHALT NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES PASS THE WAGON BOSS UNLESS HE SPECIFICALLY GIVES YOU PEMISSION TO DO SO.

The Wagon Boss travels at the head of the Caravan, sets the daily run, picks the daily route, arrives first at the parking site. We have had unpleasant instances in the past when a few Caravanners jumped ahead, met the city officials, gave misleading information to the press, stole the thunder of the Caravan, representing themselves as the Caravan and leaving no reception when the Caravan came in. This is obviously unfair. Thus the Wagon Boss. It is not necessary that you travel the same road as the Caravan or that you travel with the convoy. You can lag behind, set your own schedule or travel on adjacent roads on either side. You just can not be ahead of the Wagon Boss nor arrive in the parking site in any village or city ahead of him.

(9) THOU SHALT NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES SPREAD RUMORS BUT RATHER BRING THEM UP AT MEETING WHERE THEY CAN BE PUBLICLY DISCUSSED.

You all know how distorted a message can become when it is passed from ear to ear. Bring it up at Meeting Time so that we can all benefit from it or check its true value.


(10) THOU SHALT REALIZE THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CARAVAN AT ALL TIMES DESERVES THY WHOLEHEARTED CO-OPERATION.

Leading an adventurous group of this kind is a heavy responsibility. The leader must think first, last and always for the good of the Caravan. You must realize that he is devoting his ALL to the happiness and safety of the individuals who comprise it. Sometimes he might have to make quick decisions on his own which he will expect to be complied with until the whole matter can be brought out in meeting time.

You can readily understand that on an operation of this magnitude
that there must be a great deal of advance planning. Without advance planning there could not be a successful tour. A schedule is made up showing when and where the Caravan will be and governmental and tourist officials are so notified. It is thus necessary that we adhere to our schedule. For these reasons changes in the schedule will not ordinarily be subject to vote.

Thanks to Pee Wee and the Estate of Helen Byam Schwamborn for the document.

Steve
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:25 PM   #157
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Words straight from Wally, and still relevant today.

Thanks for sharing that, Steve and Pee Wee.
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:49 AM   #158
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This is a great document, Steve, should pop up on the Forums page for everyone to read.
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Fifties themed potluck dishes

Hey Steve,

When you start building a food list for the 50's themed potluck, we have decided on at least one dish we're bringing. We'll bring a 24 hour refrigerated fruit salad that my Mom used to make for company back in the late 50's. It involves whipped cream, marshmallows, chunk pineapple, white cherries, and a pudding for thickening. Everyone used to love it --- back in the 50's.

We're still deciding on a main dish that isn't quite so sweeeeet.

Isadora, I hope you do get back from the wild, wild West in time to make it to the caravan/rally. Guacamole became popular in the late 50's and you make an excellent guac!

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I just got off the phone with Youngblood's Cape Town RV. They want to offer a sponsorship of some kind, but are undecided on what so far. I think it is a good time to bring the pot luck dishes into a list.

Soldiermedic: California Onion Dip and Chips, something else
Maccamper: 24 hour refrigerated fruit salad
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Hey Steve,

When you start building a food list for the 50's themed potluck, we have decided on at least one dish we're bringing. We'll bring a 24 hour refrigerated fruit salad that my Mom used to make for company back in the late 50's. It involves whipped cream, marshmallows, chunk pineapple, white cherries, and a pudding for thickening. Everyone used to love it --- back in the 50's.

We're still deciding on a main dish that isn't quite so sweeeeet.

Isadora, I hope you do get back from the wild, wild West in time to make it to the caravan/rally. Guacamole became popular in the late 50's and you make an excellent guac!

Nancy Mac

Things have been hectic around here this summer but I think we will be coming, just have to get reservations, etc. So guacamole it is!
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I just got off the phone with Youngblood's Cape Town RV. They want to offer a sponsorship of some kind, but are undecided on what so far. I think it is a good time to bring the pot luck dishes into a list.

Soldiermedic: California Onion Dip and Chips, something else
Maccamper: 24 hour refrigerated fruit salad
Have to read thru this thread to find out exactly what this rally/caravan entails, make our reservations and mark it on our calendar. Sounds like fun! Got a whole laundry list of things to take care of before we can go anywhere, but we are working on it! Steve, put us down for the requested guacamole. Will think about something else also. I have a couple of 1940's era cookbooks, have to look thru them and see what would be interesting.
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Pot-Luck

I am planning to bring classic Tomato Aspic from a 1953 Campbell's Soup Recipe book, and a Date Nut Cake that my Aunt Bertie made for every family reunion pot-luck starting sometime in the 1950s -- the recipe has a 1950s date on the card.

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Cut and Paste THE LIST as you add to it . . .

"1950's (or not) " Pot Luck List
Soldiermedic: California Onion Dip and Chips, something else
Maccamper: 1950's 24 hour refrigerated fruit salad
Isadora: Guacamole
Overlander64: 1953 Campbell's Soup Recipe Tomato Aspic and Aunt Bertie's 1950's Date Nut Cake
Sugarfoot: TBA (Mom is looking through her vintage recipes now)

Orders: Tee-shirts and Mugs
Navy Colored Cape to Cairo, Africa Shirt
Soldiermedic 1 x LG
Pee Wee 1 x XL
Sugarfoot 1 x XL
Tinloaf 1 x XXL
76sovereign 1x XXL
maccamper 1 x XL
cosmotini 1 x XL


White Cape to Cairo Caravan shirt
Soldiermedic 1 x LG
Sugarfoot 1 x XL, 1 x XXL
Tinloaf 1 x XXL
maccamper 1 x XL
cosmotini 1 x XL
Pee Wee 1 x XL
gregth 1xL

Cape to Cairo Africa Mug
Soldiermedic 1
Tinloaf 1
cosmotini 1


Cape to Cairo Caravan Mug
Soldiermedic 1
Tinloaf 1
cosmotini 1
gregth 1

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If time permits, I'll also make some Snickerdoodles using the 1956 Betty Crocker Cook Book recipe. Snickerdoodles were family favorites in the 1940s-60s. The ones sold now in grocery store bakeries just don't have that same home-baked flavor.
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For reservations you need to fill out the registration paperwork, and mail it to me. I will be booking all the sites for the rally.

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For reservations you need to fill out the registration paperwork, and mail it to me. I will be booking all the sites for the rally.

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Thanks, Steve, will do that. The check will be in the mail.
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Please, can I come?

In 1973 to 1975 I drove a VW camper from LA to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, up to Rio, across the ocean to Spain, across north AFrica to Algiers, across the Sahara to Lagos Nigeria and then to Nairobi. From there I travelled the Wally Byam trail south to South AFrica. The trip was inspired becasue of the book Cape Town to Cairo from Lillie Douglass and I travelled with heer and her husband through part of South America. I graduated now to a Roadtrek CAmper and was wondering if you are only limiting the anniversary to Airstream Owners or can an inspired world traveler join in the fun who has always loved Airstream but never had one. I don't want to be a misfit so if it is a problem tell me and its OK. Just thought I would ask before barging in on the event. From VagabondVW
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maccamper crew of 2 added baked ham to our list. The ham is in the spirit of the 50's when canned hams and canned Spam were often a menu item. Nancy Mac



Cut and Paste THE LIST as you add to it . . .

"1950's (or not) " Pot Luck List
Soldiermedic: California Onion Dip and Chips, something else
maccamper: 1950's 24 hour refrigerated fruit salad, baked ham
Isadora: Guacamole
Overlander64: 1953 Campbell's Soup Recipe Tomato Aspic and Aunt Bertie's 1950's Date Nut Cake
Sugarfoot: TBA (Mom is looking through her vintage recipes now)

Orders: Tee-shirts and Mugs
Navy Colored Cape to Cairo, Africa Shirt
Soldiermedic 1 x LG
Pee Wee 1 x XL
Sugarfoot 1 x XL
Tinloaf 1 x XXL
76sovereign 1x XXL
maccamper 1 x XL
cosmotini 1 x XL


White Cape to Cairo Caravan shirt
Soldiermedic 1 x LG
Sugarfoot 1 x XL, 1 x XXL
Tinloaf 1 x XXL
maccamper 1 x XL
cosmotini 1 x XL
Pee Wee 1 x XL
gregth 1xL

Cape to Cairo Africa Mug
Soldiermedic 1
Tinloaf 1
cosmotini 1


Cape to Cairo Caravan Mug
Soldiermedic 1
Tinloaf 1
cosmotini 1
gregth 1

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