Ghent, Belgium (by ClarkHodissay)
Curating My Travels #9: The Oregon Trail
So far in my travels, I’ve visited many of the major sites associated with The Oregon Trail. Whether your understanding of these spots comes from history or that incredible game we all played in school, these locations are iconic. In order from east to west, they are: Chimney Rock, Scotts Bluff, Fort Laramie, Register Cliff, Oregon Trail Ruts, Ayres Natural Bridge, Independence Rock, Columbia River Gorge, and Fort Vancouver.
(You Have Died of Dysentery)
My family lives Oregon today largely because my mother’s side of the family emigrated here via the Trail. My thrice-great-grandmother was just a girl. When the family was packing up, she was told she wouldn’t be able to bring her favorite doll with her - there just wasn’t room. So she took the beautiful, hand-painted china head from the doll’s body, slipped it into her apron pocket, and carried it the whole way. The head sits, on a new body, on a bookcase at my mom’s house.
Delicate Arch at Arches National Park in southern Utah. (www.zackfrankphotography.com)
I visited Arches National Park a couple of months ago. My mom and I got up early, before dawn, to hike to a viewpoint for sunrise. What we got instead was a surprise thunderstorm that had us running back to the car, soaked to the bone. We weren’t the only ones.
I’m sad we missed the views, but Arches in heavy rain is just as neat. Because the rock isn’t very absorbent, it only takes a couple minutes for torrential waterfalls and rivers to appear everywhere.