What's a WBCCI Caravan?
A caravan is NOT:
Or a parade of Airstreams, plodding elephant-like through the countryside.
Or a lock-step, one-size-fits-all guided tour.
A caravan IS:
A circus, with clowns and musicians, ringmasters, and talented performers,
each with a unique act to contribute to the show.
Spending a month or more with people who start as complete strangers
and emerge as lifelong friends.
Sharing ups and downs, literally and figuratively.
A cooperative vacation, where the more you help, the more fun you have.
A flock of migrating silver birds, departing a few at a time, finding their own path, then coming to rest at night to converse about the journey.
Running into friends and "new neighbors" at every turnout, coffee shop,
museum or ice cream parlor, 1000+ miles from home.
Sharing inside jokes at the final banquet.
Not taking yourself - or anyone else - too seriously, because
the next person to make a wrong turn might be you.
Being awakened by the sun's reflection in a city of silver.
After a day of playing hard, enjoying a great meal that you didn't have to cook .
Knowing that even if you walk into the wrong trailer by mistake
(It happens more than you might think.) you will always be welcomed.
Realizing that if you raise your hood you'll draw helpful and eager problem-solvers, offering insight, tools, and encouragement.
Seeing the recognition and enjoyment of others as the Airstreams
drive through their towns.
Being exposed to unique ideas, accents,
and stories (some of them true) that will enrich your own life.
Finding you are impatient to "go rolling" again
when you've only been home a couple of days.
Photo from region3.wbcci.net - Carolinas Unit
Article by Carolyn Beardshear