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61st Wally Byam Airstream Club


June 23-30, 2018 in Salem, Oregon

Rally general parking is from June 20 to June 23, 2018

 Important Dates:

June 22: International Board of Trustees Meeting
June 23: Vintage Airstream Club Parade
June 24: Vintage Open House, Opening Ceremony
June 27:  Delegates Meeting
June 29: Installation of Officers, Closing Ceremony
June 30: International Board of Trustees Meeting

 Registration Update

April 20, 2018:  A limited number of 30 amp electric sites are now available.  Members can register on-line or print the registration form by clicking here and send it to WBCCI Headquarters.

February 1, 2018:  A new option is available for the 2018 Salem International Rally for members not already registered for this Rally.  We are offering a "Short Stay" option for members who want to attend the rally and stay three (3) nights or less.  Members choosing this option will have a choice of which three nights and a choice of either Solar or Generator Dry Camping.  They will receive all amenities for the days they attend, including the rally "Goodie Bag".  The cost will be $120 for the facilities and camping fee plus $55 per person.  Members can register on-line or print the registration form by clicking here and send it to WBCCI Headquarters.


Click HERE to Register Online, or call the Club office at 937-596-5211, 8am to 4pm weekdays.

Follow these links for more detailed information about the Salem Rally:

Salem Rally Web Site      Preliminary Schedule      Frequently Asked Questions       Local Salem Resources

ORDER RALLY SHIRTS FROM A & W DESIGNS – Place orders for Salem rally shirts and hats with A & W Designs by printing the form below and e-mailing, mailing or calling them with your order. Shirts can be sent directly to you for a small shipping fee or sent to Salem for free and picked up at the rally. Click here to download the order form:

ORDER RALLY EARRINGS AND NECKLACES  – Place orders for Salem earrings and necklaces with Mary Butler at Coastal Reflections by calling 956-425-7858 or 956-245-4410 or e-mailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can buy all or any parts you want.  Free shipping on orders over $15; under $15 shipping will be $3.


Rally Fees – $225.00 for an RV On-Site with 30amp electric, water and pump outs; $110.00 for each Adult (18+); $40.00 for each Youth 13-17; Free for Children (12 & Under); Lifetime Member Discount $20.00 (limit 1 per registration); Dry Camping Discount $30.00. There will be two (2) sections for Dry Camping: #1 – Solar Area (no generators permitted) and #2 – Generator Area where usage will be allowed between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. Dry Camping includes pump outs. Members who arrive on site and have not preregistered will be charged an additional $50.00. Payments by PayPal or Credit Card will be assessed a $12.00 service fee.

Handicapped Parking – Special parking, if requested, is near the central rally area for members with a doctor-approved state/government issued permit on file with the Corporate Manager of WBCCI prior to arriving at the rally site.

Early Registrations – Through the courtesy of Airstream, Inc., all members registering for the rally on or before January 1, 2018 will be eligible to participate in a drawing for up to a total of $2,000.00 in awards. The award may be redeemed at any Airstream Dealership or at the Jackson Center Service Facility for parts and service.

Bull Pen – Extended parking hours will allow us to make every effort to park you on the day you arrive.  If at all possible, please try to arrive by 8:00 pm.  If you cannot be parked when you arrive, you may spend the night in the “Bull Pen” at no cost, but with no services.

CANCELLATION POLICY – Refund requests must be postmarked by April 30, 2018 and must include the Rally pass if issued. All cancellations are assessed a $50.00 administrative fee. Refund requests after May 1, 2018 are subject to a 50% penalty. NO refunds after June 1, 2018.

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 The Weird and Wonderful Northwest

Salem, Oregon and her surrounding towns aren’t just about hiking, fishing, cycling, shopping and gourmet food.  Quirky, fun, and downright strange attractions and landmarks are prevalent throughout the region.
Silverton - only 15 miles from Salem - was once the home of “Bobbie the Wonder Dog”, a media sensation of the 1920s.

The collie-mix vanished during a road trip with his owners when he was chased away by a pack of local dogs during a fuel stop in Indiana. The couple called and searched in vain; but returned, heartbroken and without their pet, to Silverton. Six months to the exact day later, a bedraggled Bobbie reappeared in Oregon after a long walk back: 2,800 miles by himself in the dead of winter.  Word of his trek home swiftly spread from the Silverton Appeal to the national news. Today, Silverton honors Bobbie’s memory with a mural illustrating his epic journey, a statue at his doghouse, and an annual pet parade on the day in February when he returned to his family.

Fans of macabre fun will enjoy the Museum of Mental Health on the campus of the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.  Formerly known as the Oregon Insane Asylum, the location for the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is now used to explore mental health treatment and its sometimes-horrific history.
“Since the Hospital opened its doors, efforts have been made to keep up with the most current thinking about treating mental illness,” states the website. Subjecting patients to sunlight, fresh air and peaceful scenery was believed integral to recovery - but so were strait jackets, shackles, electric shock, ice baths, sterilizations, and the occasional lobotomy.  Learn more in the Treatment Room through displays that examine protocols once believed best for the mentally ill that we now consider shocking and cruel.”

If Saint Francis had a garage sale, it might look like the Mount Angel Museum, the eccentric collection on the grounds of peaceful Mt. Angel Abbey only thirty scenic minutes from Salem.  On display are the spoils of obsessive private collections: musical instruments from around the world, early American stone age utensils, doorknobs, Samoan tribal items, bird skin art, Native American fishing tackle, and Mount Angel College sports trophies. Religious curiosities include holy medals, processional vestments, a “sick-call” portable anointing kit, a portrait of Christ made from 98,000 typed letters from Matthew’s gospel, and a replica crown of thorns fashioned from the very same type of thorns (probably) used by Christ’s tormentors, obtained from Mt. Olive near Jerusalem.

But wait, there’s more. Animal specimens include the world’s largest pig hairball, deformed farm animals, a whale rib, and a collection of North American mammals, taxidermied into action poses depicting life on the food chain.

Only 47 miles north of Salem lies Portland: the riverfront world-class city known for its cuisine, coffee, culture, charm - and a famous rep for weirdness.
Of the dozens of recommended destinations and activities, don’t miss these local favorites.

Powell’s City of Books is a landmark in downtown Portland’s Pearl District where one million volumes are shelved in nine color-coded rooms in a creaky, multi-story building that occupies an entire city block.

On the sidewalk outside you’ll see “Pod”, a kinetic sculpture. The three-legged oddity is thirty feet high and composed of stainless steel, bronze, titanium, and lead.  Don’t be shy - give it a shove and take a quick video.

No mention of Portland is complete without including world-famous Voodoo Doughnut, the happiest place in the city. Visitors from around the world - excited to purchase their first Fruit Loop encrusted, voodoo
doll-shaped, or other mutant doughnut - mingle in line with sugar addicts from the offices across the street simply waiting for their regular Bacon Maple Bar fix.

You’ve heard about “Shanghai tunnels”? Lo these many years ago, “crimping” was practiced in Portland’s rough waterfront bar section. A man who wouldn’t be missed (or who would, but good riddance) might be slipped a mickey or knocked unconscious at his boarding house, dropped through a secret trap door, and held in a miserable underground cell until purchased as a slave by unscrupulous sea captains and taken to work onboard a vessel to Asia - thus the term “shanghaied”.

Or so the story goes. There exists no factual data, but plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that Portland was the shanghai capital of the world in 1890s. On a guided tour down into the tunnels through a steel panel in the sidewalk, you’ll see unique architecture, the holding cells, a “deadfall” trapdoor, and various artifacts of that terrible labor practice.

The story of Bobbie the Wonder Dog from Silverton comes to a conclusion in Portland. In 1927, three years after his celebrated homecoming, beloved Bobbie was laid to rest. You can visit his grave - where Rin Tin Tin placed the wreath at his funeral - at the tiny, touching pet cemetery behind the Oregon Humane Society. (Bring tissues.)

 Sneak Peek: Salem!

Top ten need-to-know items to help you plan for next year’s WBCCI International Rally:
1. Location: Salem, Oregon
2. Salem - the Oregon state capital - lies in the heart of the green and gorgeous Willamette Valley, only one hour south of Portland (one of the best tourist cities in the country) and about an hour east of the Oregon Coast.
3. Circle the dates on your calendar: June 20-30, 2018
4. Parking starts Wednesday, June 20, 2018 and concludes Saturday, June 23. The 2018 International Rally will open with a vintage parade on Saturday, June 23.
5. 600 to 700 Airstreams are expected to gather at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.
6. Hookups are available (30amp power and water) for
600 Airstreams. A dry camping area will also be open, and all registered rigs will get a pump-out every four days.
7. Big plans are underway for exciting entertainment, food and gear vendors, and offsite tours!
8. Vintage ‘streamers, you’ll love this rally! Join in the vibrant community of vintage Airstream owners caravanning to Salem and be a part of all the vintage activities on site and around town.
9. The International Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for June 22;  Installation of new WBCCI officers and the closing ceremony will take place June 29; the summer International Board of Trustees (IBT) meeting will be held June 30. All are welcome to attend (and you may be present at the IBT meeting even if you missed the rally).
10. Registration is now open! Sign up online at or, or call the Club office at 937-596-5211, 8am to 4pm weekdays.

The first International Rally out West in a decade is an outstanding opportunity to explore the western USA and make new Airstream friends on the left coast.
Look for more information about Salem, Oregon and details to help you plan to attend the 2018 International Rally in the next issues of your Blue Beret and on the Salem Rally web site

Historic and Happening

History buffs, you’ll love Salem - the capital of Oregonand the site chosen for the WBCCI 2018 International Rally.

The first residents of what is now Salem were the KalapuyaNative Americans, and the tribe lived there seasonally nearthe Willamette River for more than 5,000 years. Descendants of the Kalapuya continue to live in the area.The first European-Americans, most working as trappers and food gatherers for the nearby fur trading companies, arrived inthe area in 1812 and set up residence in log homes. The city of Salem was founded in the mid-1800s at the former site of the Kalapuya village when it was “rediscovered” by a Methodist missionary group led by Jason Lee, who brought his group all the way from New England on the Oregon Trail. All manner of immigrants and pioneers from the Eastern United States soon arrived by riverboat and wagon to establish their homes in the fertile Willamette Valley.

A historic marker stands where Jason Lee built his primitive sawmill, establishing Salem as a lumber town. (Lee’s house and several other pre-territorial buildings are preserved and open to the public at the Willamette Heritage Center.) His Methodist missionaries also organized the Oregon Institute - precursor to Willamette University, the first university in the West.

Salem soon became a center of government and commerce and by 1855 residents had raised schools, churches, industries,and agricultural enterprises. During this same period, Marion County built its first wood frame courthouse on the location still held by the present-day county courthouse.Oregon became the 33rd member of the United States on February 14, 1859 and in 1864 voters affirmed the selection of Salem as the official capital.

In the mid-nineteenth century “The Hoosier” arrived - a steamboat that traveled the Willamette River south to the city of Eugene and north to Oregon City, near Portland. The Hoosier ferried passengers, mail and outbound freight including food and agricultural products for the gold miners in California.

Salem experienced a few backslides: the capitol building burned down – twice - and seasonal flooding from the overflowing Willamette river occasionally wreaked havoc on the town. One of the worst floods in 1861 destroyed entire farms and food processing and manufacturing plants.

The capitol town in the beautiful, lush valley continued to thrive and the population grew from 2,500 in 1880 to be the second largest city in Oregon with a population today of nearly 168,000.

Salem also boasts some Airstream history: the WBCCI held International Rallies there in 1971 and 2006 - one of only two West Coast locations in 60 years.

Salem, the heart of Oregon state government, is a beautiful,mid-sized city that offers shopping, strolling, outdoor recreation,culinary experiences and more in addition to historic landmarks and learning opportunities.

Don’t miss these historic attractions while you’re in Salem for the 2018 International Rally!

Willamette Heritage Center - Tour the famous Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and the oldest timber-frame structures in the state on the five-acre campus.

Lee Mission Cemetery - The final resting place of many missionaries and pioneers including Jason Lee, Methodist missionary to Oregon in 1834.

Newell Pioneer Village - Inside: Robert Newell House Museum, Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin, Butteville School,and the Butteville Jail.

Bush House Museum - Tour the museum and walk the 4.5 acres of manicured and historic gardens; the Queen Anne Victorian residence built in 1878 features Eastern GoldenOak and Povey stained glass windows, original fittings and furnishings, and Salem’s first indoor bathroom.

Gaiety Hill-Bush’s Pasture Park Historic District - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this area encompasses19 city blocks and features architectural styles popular in Oregon during 1878-1938. Four of the properties in thedistrict are listed on the National Register; many more are on existing cultural resources inventories.

Deepwood Museum & Gardens - Public park and historic house museum established more than 120 years ago.

Salem Pioneer Cemetery - The burial place of Oregon government leaders and others making up Salem’s diverse,vibrant early society.

Court-Chemeketa Residential Historic District - Historic homes and traces of the pioneer settlement.

Historic Downtown Salem - Visitors appreciate Salem’s beautiful architecture, mix of delicious eateries, unique shops,art galleries, salons and major department stores downtown.

Also in the area:

Colony National Historic District in Aurora - A unique 19th Century town, founded by German and Swiss immigrants in1856. Vintage and antique shops, art galleries, wine tasting,and restaurants.

Historic Gentle House in Monmouth - The Gentle Family loved to entertain; the old house and museum are decorated in the style of the 1920’s.

Santiam Heritage Foundation in Stayton - Inside the exceptional 1903 Charles and Martha Brown House that served as Stayton’s first hospital during the 1920s and 30s; now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Independence Heritage Museum in Independence - Located in the historic First Baptist Church you’ll find collections of area artifacts, documents and photographs.

Polk County Historic Courthouse in Dallas - a distinctive structure built in 1899, the third to replace the wooden courthouse destroyed by fire in 1898.

Polk County Historical Society & Museum in Rickreall -Enjoy 14,000 square feet of remarkable displays and artifacts,including historic maps and unique exhibits on logging, agriculture,pioneer town sites and the Kalapuya tribe.

Salem Has It All

June, 2018 - a perfect time to visit Salem, Oregon, site of the next WBCCI International Rally.

Walking, biking, kayaking on the Willamette River, strolling through gardens, fishing, golf - whatever your pleasure, Salem has it all.

The average June temperature in Salem is a pleasant 74 degrees, and the parks and greenspaces are lush and welcoming.

Now home to the largest connecting park system in the country, Salem recently opened 35 miles of trails for cyclists and those on foot to enjoy between historic Union Street Railroad Pedestrian, Bicycle Bridge, and Peter Courtney Bridge, providing access to Minto-Brown Park, Riverfront Park, and the West Salem district.

Minto-Brown Island Park is a 900-acre natural area set aside for easy strolling, biking, and dog walking (with acres of crops intended to feed wildlife, too). Enjoy beautiful views of the Willamette River from Waterfront Park downtown, and 90 city acres of Bush’s Pasture Park are dedicated to public rose gardens, playgrounds, trails and other amenities.

View wildlife at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge in nearby Jefferson - excellent observation areas, trails that meander through wetlands and oak/ash forest, raised boardwalks, interpretive exhibits and photography blinds are all open to the public (until migrating geese take up residence in October).
At the 2,558-acre Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll find similar resources at the home of several threatened and endangered species.
Cyclists, “choose your own adventure,” states the Travel Salem website. “Whether you’re seeking rolling hills or flat roads, in-town or out in the countryside, our routes are accessible year round and guaranteed to provide you with a picture perfect ride.” The Buena Vista Cycling Route winds west from Salem on Highway 22 to the towns of Rickreall, Monmouth, and Independence. Along the way, stop to visit vineyards and attractions, including the quaint Buena Vista Ferry. Try the 45-mile Ritner Cycling Loop through scenic Polk County; cross the Santiam River and wind down country roads past farmland and through covered bridges and small towns on the Santiam Cycling Loop; or just pedal through historic downtown.

Golfers, bring your clubs! Salem’s traditional parkland-style courses are very affordable (usually between $15-50 for 18 holes). The Salem Golf Club dates back to 1927 and offers daily public play.

Salem is an inland city but it lies on the banks of the Columbia River’s major tributary. The Willamette (pronounced “will-AM-it”, dammit) is the largest river in Oregon and it winds through Salem and the surrounding counties. Huge Wallace Marine Park is home to one of the best sports facilities in the Northwest and a focal point for water sport enthusiasts.  A boat ramp and floating boat docks provide access to the Willamette River.

Register now for the 2018 International Rally in Salem, Oregon June 23-30, 2018 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

By RG Coleman, #3504

Looking forward to the road trip to Salem, Oregon this summer? Brush up on all things Oregonian with this four- part Blue Beret series before you head to the green Northwest for the 2018 International Rally at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Affairs of State:
Oregon’s polemic political issues include PERS (the Public Employee Retirement System), growth boundar- ies, various environmental issues and familiar clashes between the blueish urban and the reddish rural factions. (Liberal Portland usually tips the vote: Oregonians have cast their ballot for the Democratic Presidential candidate in every election since 1988.)

Salem is Oregon’s state capital. As 2018 is an even-numbered year, state legislators won’t be in session during the Rally but any month of June is a great time to visit the Capitol. Learn about Oregon history, the Capitol building, and the legislative process during a tour with a knowledgeable guide, then climb up to visit “the gold man” at the top - a twenty-two foot bronze figure named the Oregon Pioneer - and view the whole city below and the mountains beyond from his vantage point.

The Capitol grounds are verdant and colorful - hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers will be blooming in June. The mall is one of Oregon’s newest State Parks and includes the Oregon World War II memorial - a 33 foot tall, 15-ton obelisk.

Beavers and Ducks! Not a sports fan? Want to fit in, and fast? Here’s a short tutorial on what you need to know when confronted by fans of either team in one of the oldest feuds in the Pac-12: Oregon vs. Oregon State. The college rivalry, while customary in many states, is intensified in Oregon due to the physical proximity of the teams, whose respective stadiums are only 41 miles apart.

Oregon State University, home of the OSU Beavers, plays at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. Fans wear orange. Their last conference championship was in 2000. They’re the underdog, as rival U of O seems to be supported by a neverending infusion of alumnus Phil Knight’s Nike money. When you’re around Oregon State fans, make fun of the Duck’s uniforms. Say, “Dennis Erickson should never have left.”

The University of Oregon Ducks play at Autzen Stadium in hippie-friendly Eugene. U of O wears green. The Ducks fought at the Rose Bowl in 1995 and 2015 and at the 2011 National Championship game. Flash the Oregon symbol by mak- ing an O of your thumbs and forefingers, and call the Beavers “hayseeds”. If you really want to stir up trouble, say “I think Taggart had every right to ditch the Ducks for Florida State right before bowl season.”

Peaceable Oregonians are generally thrilled by the national accomplishments of either team. The much anticipated Civil War game takes place on the last day of the season. (The miserable “Toilet Bowl” game - final score: 0 to 0 - was played in 1983.)

Rally Update:
The Planning Committee has added more 30amp sites! Many are already spoken for through the standby list, but they’re still working to make more available. The “standby list” is comprised of members who would like 30amp sites but didn’t register in time to snag one of the 600 powered sites. Here are the standby options:
1) Register for the Rally and privately arrange to hold a nearby off-site camping location - and ask to be placed on the standby list to move later to the first available 30amp site on the Rally grounds.
2) Register on-site for solar or dry camping, and ask to be on the standby list.

3) Ask to be on the standby list without first registering for the Rally, then register and attend once your powered site is reserved.

Please contact Julie Rethman at 937-596-5211 if you or someone you know would like to join the standby list.


Continue to learn about Oregon - the host state of the 2018 International Rally, June 23-30, 2018 - in Part Two of this Blue Beret series.

By RG Coleman, #3504

If you go to Portland…TV Guide lists the IFC network’s Portlandia as an absurdist satire. Locals recognize it as a documentary. Don’t be surprised if you see someone on a unicycle playing the tuba, or are asked if you want organic hemp in your macchiato.  Portlandia is also astatue; a decorative masterpiece perched over the doorway of the controversial Michael Graves building downtown.The heroic sculpture, the second-largest copper statue in the United States after the Statue of Liberty.  Nicknames for Portland include “The City of Roses”, “Stumptown”, “Bridgetown”- 12 beautiful bridges span the river that bisects the city - and “Little Beirut”, coined by a member of George H.W. Bush’s administration. (Passionate protests flared whenever Bush or his VP Dan Quayle came to town.)

Of pints and pinots Well over 250 breweries throughout the state produce award-winning craftbeers, and more than 30,000 acres of wine grapes are grown. The Salem area is home to dozens of wineries and tasting rooms to explore while you’re in town for the Rally.  The top variety wine produced is the famous Oregon Pinot Noir from the valley wine region near Salem - served at the White House since the 1980s by Presidents wishing to impress foreign dignitaries.

Funny Oregon town names Remote. Drain. Riddle. Boring. Is it? Yes, kind of. The town of Boring is also literally on the road to Damascus. There’s a joke in there somewhere.

Don’t complain about the rain If you Airstream to Oregon from the East Coast you’ll be driving through the desert.  Oregon is geographically two states, with a dry (brown) side east of the Cascade Range and a wet (green) side on the other.  The green side includes the Oregon coast and the fertile Willamette Valley near Salem.  Oregonians on the greenside are well aware of and even embrace the relentless, soggy, depressing grey weather most of the year.  They’ve heard every joke. (What do you call two straight days of rain in Oregon? A weekend. What does daylight-saving time mean in Portland? An extra hour of rain. What did the Oregonian say to thePillsbury Doughboy? Nice tan.) Here’s the good news, though: don’t expect rain during the International Rally! Highs will be in the upper 70s and Salem in the summer is much, much drier than either Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Martha’s Vineyard or Jackson Center. (Pack an umbrella anyway - just in case.)


Welcome to the third installment of this Blue Beret series about all things Oregon. Get ready to tow to Salem, the site of the Wally Byam Airstream Club International Rally, coming this summer! Major League, Minor League Oregon has a couple of pro sports teams, including the Portland Timbers soccer club who compete from March to October in the MLS as a member club of the league’s Western Conference. Fans of the Timbers are positively rabid, and you’ll be almost a local if you know the meaning of “#rctid”. (“Rose City ‘till I Die” is a song sung by the Timbers Army.) Most team mascots hide under a costume, but the Timbers lumberjack is a real man. After each goal scored by the Timbers, “Timber Jim” chainsaws a slice off the victory log on the field; sawdust flies as the crowd roars. The resulting log slab is paraded through the stands and is presented to the goal scorer during a post-game ceremony. Timber Jim actually retired ten years ago but was rapidly replaced by another lumberman - Timber Joey - who carries on the tradition.

Of course you know the “Rip City” Trail Blazers, the state’s only NBA team (nicknamed the “Jail Blazers” during the 2000’s thanks to the unsavory antics of some of the players. Don’t ask.)

Major league baseball is rumored to be on the way to Oregon - a first-ever for the state - and quality Short Season A baseball is enjoyed in the meantime. The Salem Kaiser Volcanoes will be hosting home games during the Rally (on June 17-19, and 26-28) and the Eugene Emeralds will be playing at home (about an hour from Salem) on June15-19, 23-25, and 29-30.

State Stuff Oregon is “The Beaver State”, named for Castor canadensis, the American Beaver, Oregon’s state animal since 1969. The state bird - the Western Meadowlark - was chosen by school children in 1927.

The state flower, the Oregon Grape, is really more of a state bush. The mighty Douglas Fir, the source of most of Oregon's lumber, was declared the state tree in 1939.

The Chinook salmon, the largest of the Pacific salmons, is the Oregon state fish. Salmon run throughout the year in Oregon. Fishermen, take note: Salem is in the Willamette Fishing Zone, so plan ahead to decide what gear to pack. Terrific fishing areas less than 90 minutes from the Rally site include Detroit Lake (the most heavily stocked rainbow trout lake in Oregon that also offers kokanee, the landlocked lake salmon); Green Peter Reservoir (one of the most productive kokanee fisheries in Oregon where anglers can keep 25 per day); and the Santiam River (for the summer steelhead that peak in June and July).

The state nut is Tonya Harding. Just kidding! It’s the hazelnut. (99% of the nation’s hazelnuts come from Oregon.)

The Graveyard of the Pacific Since 1792, approximately 2,000 ships have sunk near the Oregon Coast, which earned the nickname the “Graveyard of the Pacific.” The entrance to the Columbia River was narrow and the sea stormy; evidence of how treacherous it was can be experienced by visiting the shipwrecked remains of the Peter Iredale - once a four-masted steel vessel that ran ashore in 1906 - in Fort Stevens State Park. Her rusted bow and masts are still visible, eternally planted in the sand at the water’s edge.

The pilgrimage to the Peter Iredale is a popular Oregon activity - an excuse to breathe the bracing sea air and leisurely beachcomb along the pristine shore.

Fort Stevens, once an important military defense installation, is now an interesting and lovely 4,300 acre park with nine miles of paved bike trails and six miles of groomed hiking trails through a variety of diverse habitats. The military museum complex features items from the Civil War to World War II. If you go, be sure to tour the underground through a rare gun battery that also served as a World War II command center.

Important Rally dates:
June 18-19 Volunteer Parking

June 20-23 General Parking
June 22 IBT Seminar & Meeting
June 23 Vintage Airstream (VAC) Parade; Welcome Event & Volunteer Recognition (formerly Early Workers Dinner)
June 24 VAC Open House, Opening Ceremonies
June 25-29 Seminars, Roundtables, Vendors, Region Gatherings, Entertainment
June 27 Delegates Meeting, Band Concert
June 29 Installation & Closing Ceremony
June 30 IBT Seminar & Meeting


The 2018 International Rally is just around the corner! This fourth and final Blue Beret article about Oregon will help you blend right in when you get to the Oregon State Fairgrounds for the 61st Wally Byam Airstream Club International Rally.

It’s Willamette, dammit Every state has quirky place names and pronunciations, and Oregon is no exception. Take this quiz to test your instincts, and prepare to sound like a local while you’re in Salem. (Hint: many location names are derived from Native American languages, and French provided by early fur trade trappers.)

Willamette: Nope, it’s not WILL-a-MET (nor Will-aMA-TAY, even though the name is derived from a French pronunciation). It’s easy to remember if you rhyme it with a swear: “wil-LAM-it”

Aloha: Hawaii is 2,500 miles from Salem. This Oregon town is pronounced “a-LOW-wah”.

Yachats: The Siletz name of this small town on the coast means “dark water at the foot of the mountain”. Say “YAHhots” (not YAK-ats or Ya-CHATS).

Wallowa: A Nez Perce word, pronounced “waLLOW-wah”

Malheur: Recently thrust into the media spotlight when Ammon Bundy and his armed cohorts occupied the National Wildlife Refuge over a land rights dispute. Shots were fired during their arrest (and the incident inspired the Twitter hashtags #Ya’llQaeda, #YeeHawd, and #Talabanjo). National news reporters quickly learned to say it with a French accent: “mahl-ee-YAIR”.

Couch: “KOOtch”. This doesn’t mean what you think it means.

Deschutes: The French word for falls is used all over Oregon, especially in the center of the state. Say “duh-SHOOTS”.

Philomath: “Fa-LOH-m’th”— Greek for “love of learning”—is a town named for its historic college which now serves as the Benton County Historical Museum.

Clatskanie: Looks like Clatskan-EEE. Psych! It’s “CLATsk’-nigh”.

Champoeg: Extra credit if you guess correctly. (Think about hair products and say “shamPOOey”.) Fun fact: Champoeg is where the historic vote was taken to determine whether the Oregon territory would be part of Great Britain or the United States. The vote was close but paved the way for Oregon to become the 33rd state 15 years later on Valentine’s Day, 1859.

And Oregon? Surprisingly mispronounced throughout the entire United States, it’s not or-ee-GONE, it’s “OR-eh-g’n”.

Northwest words Say “spendy” (versus expensive). Takeout beer is poured into a growler. A sunbreak is when “the mountain is out”. Jojos are steak fries. A pod is a group of food carts. (Some of the best cuisine in the country can be found in a pod.) At least once you’ll shop at Freddies, the ubiquitous Fred Meyer grocery and department store.

Shop till you drop - there’s no sales tax! That’s right: the Oregon sales tax rate is 0% - a circumstance politicians have been attempting to overturn and citizens have continued to support for nine decades. So if you pay for something that’s $99.99 with a c-note, you’ll get a penny in change. Quaint!

State revenue is based largely on the outrageous 9.9% income tax, the second highest percentage in the nation behind California. Spirit taxes are also high in Oregon, so bring your hooch from California or Nevada.

Related: No pumping your own gas in Oregon. Men generally hate this law - passed in 1951 - which prohibits any person other than a service station operator to dispense flammable liquid. Don’t even try it: filling your own vehicle is literally against the law and violators are at risk to incur a steep fine. (Remote rural pumps are exempt  from this law.)

International Rally Update  If you’re not yet registered for the Salem Rally and would  like to attend for a short time you can choose the “Short Stay” option.

Members registering for Short Stay will have a choice of  solar or generator dry camping and will receive all amenities for the days they choose to attend, including the rally "Goodie  Bag". The cost will be $120 for the facilities and camping fee  plus $55 per adult and $10 per youth. (No charge for children  age 12 or younger.) Register online or print the registration form found in the Blue Beret and mail it to WBCCI headquarters.   

2018 Rally Dates
June 18-19 Volunteer Parking
June 20-23 General Parking
June 22 IBT Seminar & Meeting
June 23 Vintage Airstream (VAC) Parade; Welcome  Event & Volunteer Recognition (formerly Early Workers  Dinner)
June 24 VAC Open House, Opening Ceremonies
June 25-29 Seminars, Roundtables, Vendors, Region  Gatherings, Entertainment 
June 27 Delegates Meeting, Band Concert
June 29 Installation & Closing Ceremony
June 30 IBT Seminar & Meeting

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