oregon trail road trip

this summer, shall we ford the river or caulk the wagon and float it across? (this is actually a mix of the oregon, mormon, and california trails, because we live in california and need to get home eventually)
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Oregon Trail Ruts in Guernsey, WY

Oregon Trail Ruts in Guernsey, WY

Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT

Lou Tauberts Ranch Outfitters in Casper, WY

Independence Rock in Alcova, WY

Independence Rock in Alcova, WY

Pony Express Station, Gothenburg NB in Big Springs, NE

Pony Express Station, Gothenburg NB in Big Springs, NE

Fort Laramie Historic Site in Fort Laramie, WY

Fort Laramie Historic Site in Fort Laramie, WY

Fort Kearney State Park in Kearney, NE. This is a reconstructed stockade -- the outlines of the original foundations of the fort buildings are still extant. We found it most impressive for its enormous mature trees -- many originally planted while the fort was still in commission.

Chimney Rock National Historic Site in Bayard, NE. The trail up to the rock does close when the visitor center closes, but if you're running behind, you can still get a pretty good view at sunset.

California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, NV. We accidentally missed the exit and drove an extra mile or two out of our way just to make the U-turn and get back there -- so glad we did. Incredible little museum.

California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, NV

Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah

Windlass Hill

Windlass Hill

Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, NE

Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, NE

Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, NE

Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, NE

Railroad Town at Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, NE. Check in on the tinsmith and buy a handmade tin cup, see how an old sawmill worked, buy candy and soap at the general store, then sit down for an old-fashioned sandwich and sarsaparilla.

National Historic Oregon Trail Cholera Cemetery in Louisville, KS