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A Midnight Encounter

Nick Charles and I were parked at Prince Albert National Park. You remember Nick Charles? Son of Airstream President Andy Charles, who I’ve had…misadventures…with? We were in the Belgian Congo, near the entrance to the park. Late in the afternoon, Wagon Boss Lou Mousley pulled in – then, Wally and Stella. When their Airstreams, and the dust that followed, settled Wally asked me and Nick to come over for a meeting. With Wally and Lou, we discussed the next stop. Through our association with Jean-Pierre Hallet, a school had been notified about the Caravan and our impending arrival. All was

Airstream #50 and Two Pygmies

At twenty years old, how in the world do you wind up in the Ituri Forest in the Belgian Congo with a pygmy on each shoulder? When Wally Byam, founder and owner of Airstream, led his twentieth Airstream Caravan to Africa, he split leadership duties with my mother, Helen Byam Schwamborn. Their responsibilities included writing, sending, and answering letters to embassies and foreign African nation ministries. They also mailed out detailed information to prospective Caravanners, as well as to those already taking part in the African Caravan. And there were transportation details to work out. Airstreams and tow vehicles had


Advice for a Young Airstream Owner

Just when I thought I’d been asked every question about Airstream you could imagine, a videographer from Kansas City asked something I’d never considered: what advice would you give a 23-year-old first-time Airstream owner?  I answered spontaneously, yet surprised myself with the depth of my response, which follows. “As a 23-year-old, you have purchased the finest travel trailer available. It’s so much more than a product – it’s a door to our great nation. “First, visit the farmlands and rural towns. See the soy fields in Ohio, rows of corn in Iowa, cattle raised in Nebraska. Understand what farmers and


Harry Halbritter, Entrepreneur and True Friend

In his last entry, Dale wrote on the entrepreneurial spirit that ties together many of the Airstream Caravanners he met in his travels. This week, he discusses one enterprising individual in particular. Harry Halbritter was unique among the list of entrepreneurs I’ve met over the years. He was a hotel and saloonkeeper from San Diego, California, whose business grew during WWII, as each shore leave brought sailors and marines into his establishment. Harry’s cashflow increased each time the register cha-chinged to ring up each drink and as his rooms were rented out. He and his wife Allene were close friends of

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