There has never been a good reason to go to Salem—unless you work in politics or were born there or something—but there is now.
On September 29, the Willamette Heritage Center is putting on a live-action version of the classic edutainment video game The Oregon Trail.
Teams of four will compete in challenges like hunting (actually shooting college students dressed as buffalo with Nerf guns), grave digging, floating wagons (actually decorated takeout containers), and carrying 200 pounds of meat (actually "pushing a 200-pound man in a red wagon up a hill, while he spouts historical meat facts"). After the competition, there will be a "hoe-down afterparty."
Needless to say, this all sounds amazing.