“Gather the wagons, grab three sturdy friends and prepare to hit the trail. Costumes, silly team names and pioneer spirit are highly highly encouraged though not, we suppose, strictly necessary.”
I went down to the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, OR today to participate in the live action Oregon Trail game. It’s a re-creation of the many adventures of the old Oregon Trail game many will remember playing back in the day as kids.
Soon we gathered for the start of the event which was kicked off by a bull-whip cracking minister:
Alas, not everyone makes it to Oregon. Here you had to bury your ‘ill-fated 5th team member’ that you made out of paper at the beginning of the event. Points were given based on the quality of your eulogy and the song you sang. The winners sang, “The wheels on the bus” for top prize…
This was my favorite event. You had to drive this guy over a short course while he recieted facts about meat. When you got back to the starting point, he’d quiz you based on what you remembered from his facts.
This was the ‘caulk and float your boat’ event. You had to use tin foil, plastic wrap, and other craft supplies to protect your wagon from capsizing while fording the two ‘rivers’. Ours passed with flying colors.
Finally, you got the end – the office of the surveyor general. She would give you a little bit of string and you’d go into the yard and ‘stake your claim’. You’d then set up a little homestead. A prize was given for the best decorated homestead.
Afterwards, we went over to downtown Salem to Coin Jam brewpub and arcade. They had some AMAZING old machines in here. Even better than Ground Control in Portland:
So, overall, a fabulous time!