Though the Oregon Trail led the way for some 400,000 pioneers to populate the west (including Seattle!) it is now more known for the game it spawned rather than the stories it created. Historian Rinker Buck (Flight of Passage) brings the trail back to vivid life with the story of his own journey across it, covered wagon and all. In an evening rich with stories, he’ll give a personal account of what it’s like to travel out west, covered wagon and all. He’ll tell stories of encounters with ghosts, forced marches to water sources, and the broken wheels he and his brother (and their “incurably filthy” dog, Olive Oyl) faced as they covered the 2,200 miles of dusty trail. Buck will also offer a glimpse into the lives of those who made the initial journeys almost 150 years ago. Through humor and history, he’ll show how the trail made America, how the pioneering evangelists, trailblazing females, and friendly Native American tribes informed it. and why its history should be preserved.