Category Archives: Road Trip

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 […]

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 […]

Here the Oregon Trail Began

(This is the first in a series of posts that follows our real-life adventures in August 2011 along The Oregon Trail, Apple ][ version. Screenshots and photos by Rachel.) In The Oregon Trail video game, pioneers begin their journey in Independence, Missouri in the year 1848. Thankfully, we did not transport ourselves back in time […]