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Lost on the way to South Pass, we found a mining camp

To this day, I still don’t know why we turned off the highway way too soon for South Pass City and ended up on a single-ish lane dirt road in the middle of central nowhere Wyoming, but we did (well, Julie did, and Rachel didn’t object). As seen in the previous post we even had […]

Independence Rock: We Almost Got Stuck at the Top

(This is the seventh in a series of posts that follows our real-life adventures in August 2011 along The Oregon Trail, Apple ][ version. We arrived here after visiting Fort Laramie. Screenshots and photos by Rachel.) Chimney Rock may be one of the most recognizable landmarks along the Oregon Trail—it’s a 300-foot rock formation in […]

Wyoming Does History Right: Fort Laramie

(This is the sixth in a series of posts that follows our real-life adventures in August 2011 along The Oregon Trail, Apple ][ version. We arrived here after a brief stop at Chimney Rock. Screenshots and photos by Rachel.) As soon as we crossed into Wyoming from Nebraska, we knew we were in a whole […]

Chimney Rock: It’s Very Tall

(This is the fifth in a series of posts that follows our real-life adventures in August 2011 along The Oregon Trail, Apple ][ version. We arrived here after a journey from Fort Kearny. Screenshots and photos by Rachel.) Chimney Rock and Independence Rock (which we—and the pioneers—reach later in the trip) are perhaps the most […]

Windlass Hill

Ash Hollow and Windlass Hill are not in the Apple ][ Oregon Trail game, but we stopped here nonetheless. I’m not exactly sure why we stopped at this not-in-the-game location as opposed to the hundreds of others, but I think it had to do with it being a little creepy—it was a cloudy day, we […]

Our First Historical Park: Fort Kearny (Danger: Dinosaurs along the way!)

(This is the fourth in a series of posts that follows our real-life adventures in August 2011 along The Oregon Trail, Apple ][ version. We arrived here after crossing the Kansas River and driving a few hundred miles across Nebraska. Screenshots and photos by Rachel.) After crossing the Kansas River, we had a journey through […]

Heaping Amounts of Praise for the aCar Android App

Hello, fellow nerds! Apologies for the long silence, but we’ve been a little preoccupied with the relocation of NT HQ (to Washington DC, if you’re curious). That’s just about finished now, so you can once again look forward to [weekly? regular? yes, at least regular.] posts. Today we’re going to double up on the nerdery […]

Crossing the Kansas River

(This is the third in a series of posts that follows our real-life adventures in August 2011 along The Oregon Trail, Apple ][ version. We arrived here after crossing what we thought was the Big Blue River. Screenshots and photos by Rachel.) In the early 1840s, some upstart Canadians—the Pappan brothers (also spelled Papin and […]

Crossing the Big Blue River (we thought)

(This is the second in a series of posts that follows our real-life adventures in August 2011 along The Oregon Trail, Apple ][ version. We arrived here after the Oregon Trail trailhead. Screenshots and photos by Rachel.) In the Apple ][ game, the Big Blue River Crossing is the third stop, 185 miles into the […]

Road Games

Before addressing the topic of this post, I (Rachel) would like to take a moment to vent: the arduous process of getting screenshots from our beloved Droid RAZRs came damned close to making me root my phone. In fact, I originally caved and forked over $4.99 for an app, but grabbed a refund almost immediately […]