Thoughts on Chuck Wagon Etiquette

Thoughts on Chuck Wagon Camp Etiquette
(Not in any particular order)

Back East sniffin’ food might be regarded in the same light as tasting it. A cowboy takes a good whiff of his plate as a matter of precaution.
Splatterdab

Don’t shuffle yer feet around the campfire or pots. There’s already enough dust in camp without your boots adding dust to the recipe.
Splatterdab

When at the coffee pot offer the trail juice to the rest of the camp.
Splatterdab

If yer gonna criticize the Coosie, be prepared to roll up yer sleeves and assume the duties.
Splatterdab

No spitting in camp. It might hit the plate or boot of someone better healed than yourself.
Splatterdab

Do not, under any circumstances, cross over the cooks boundaries around the wagon. The space within these boundaries are the domain of the cook. If you don’t know what the boundaries are just keep walking towards the wagon until something of significant velocity hits you in the head.
Splatterdab

The cooks fires are for cooking, not for you to warm yourself. Go make your own fire.
Splatterdab

Refrain from taking the last portion of what’s in the pot until you are certain that everyone else has had a helping.
Splatterdab

When riding towards camp always approach from downwind.
Splatterdab

No part of the wagon is a hitching post. For that matter, mounts will not be hobbled within the domain of the cook.
Splatterdab

Never dare to help yourself to food or cooking implements or supplies without the consent of the cook nor is the cooks work table a dining table.
Splatterdab

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