The first time was in Glenrock, Wyoming.
Travelers on the Oregon Trail carved their names in the rock.
Some had years next to their names.
I added my name.
Near Glenrock, in Casper, Wyoming, there is a museum about the Oregon Trail, so I stopped there.
Four different trails converged near Casper, as it was a good place to cross the North Platte River.
I watched a multimedia presentation about the four trails: the Oregon Trail, the California gold rush trail, the Mormon Trail, and the Pony Express Trail. It had video, voice actors reading from diaries, and it lit up sections of the large diorama.
I sat in a covered wagon that moved up and down and back and forth while a video played, the whole experience meant to simulate fording a river (including its dangers — like drowning, losing supplies, losing oxen). This reminded me of the Oregon Trail computer game that we often used to play in elementary school computer class. [Click the pictures to go play the game yourself for free online!]
Further along on my drive, a few days later, Route 20 followed the same path as a piece of the Oregon Trail. Not the main trail, which passed to the south of where I was, but a piece called Goodale’s Cutoff which was taken by some settlers hoping to avoid confrontations with American Indians on the main trail.
The next day, I (and Route 20) crossed the Snake River from Idaho into Oregon near where settlers traveling the Oregon Trail crossed.
It was fun to follow along (some pieces of) the Oregon Trail!