Outside of the Center, there is a camp with about eight covered wagons. On weekends, the camp is a living history reenactment with volunteers dressed in pioneer outfits.
The dioramas inside the Center were fantastic! Great detail right down to the authentic looking oxen chips.
The exhibit on wild animals had very creative poses.
We ate lunch at the historic Geiser Hotel in downtown Baker City. The Hotel built in 1880's was billed as the best Hotel between Salt Lake City and Seattle. It has been recently restored to its original beauty with mahogany trim.
After lunch we are back at the Center to hike on the Oregon Trail! Our distination is the covered wagon that sits on the Trail in the middle of the above picture. The hike down to the wagon is about a mile over a very dusty foot path. The sign at the Center warns of NO shade, to wear a hat and carry water. We each carry a water bottle, our hat but also take an umbrella for shade.
We go slow because it is over 100 degrees, very hot and dry. Water every few minutes is a must! But we make it down to the covered wagon shown in above picture.
From the Covered Wagon on the Trail, we look back up at the Center. We take a more circuitous route back up the 380 feet of elevation we must rise. The way back is over a mile and a half. As it is a great effort to walk uphill, we plod along one foot after the other. We are hot, thirsty and tired!
We make it! We rest and wash our faces in cold water. Dan's black walking shoes are totally gray from the Trail dust! After resting, we stocked up for the journey at the Gift Shop. We buy videos, books and canned beaver (a fuzzy stuffed animal in a can!).