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The Oregon Trail enters eastern Oregon midway between the state’s southern and northern borders, where it heads northwest toward present-day Pendleton. It then turns west to meet the Columbia River east of The Dalles. In the early years, pioneers traveling through eastern Oregon often looped north to present-day Walla Walla, Washington, where a mission offered a place to rest along with access to one of the trail’s few blacksmiths. This detour ended in 1847 following an Indian uprising.

During the summer of 2010, the two of us drove from South Georgia to Rushville, Indiana, for a 50th high school reunion (David’s). Afterward, we headed west to Independence, Missouri, the starting point for a three-week, 2,000-mile westward journey following the Oregon Trail to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. After arriving in Oregon City, we spent several weeks exploring the Northwest before heading back east along the route taken by Lewis and Clark as the Corps of Discovery returned to St. Louis.

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Whatever the final estimated attendance ends up being for the National Baseball Hall of Fame's 2017 Induction of Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez, John Schuerholz and Allan "Bud" Selig, one thing became certain on Induction Eve: Bagwell's Houston Astros fans made the long journey to Cooperstown, New York, many of them for the second time in three years.

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As they skied and snowshoed along an ancient route across Iceland, explorer Aaron Doering and his team braved robust winds and historically deep snow. Over 3,000 classrooms across the globe followed their journey online as they documented their adventures in real time.

A road trip with the kids doesn't have to be stressful or dull, experts say.