"THE OREGON TRAIL REVISITED" ($9.95, Patrice Press) tells you where you can drive to the Oregon Trail by family car. Author Gregory M. Franzwa started exploring the Oregon Trail in 1968 and was dismayed to find there were no books to tell him exactly where the ruts were - and where the trail had been if the ruts weren't there any more.
His book began with a search through dusty archives to turn up 19th-century surveys. Then he located the trail in relation to the present highway system.Another related book available through Patrice Press is "Maps of the Oregon Trail," which lays down the route of the trail within plus-or-minus 50 yards. The company has over 150 titles in print. Over half of them deal with the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail and the Mormon Trail. Its books are available locally. For details call 1-800-367-9242.
4 ANHEUSER-BUSCH THEME PARKS are offering admission discounts of up to $18 to Visa cardholders through Sept. 6. Participating parks are Sea World in San Diego, Orlando, San Antonio and Aurora, Ohio; historic Williamsburg, in Virginia; Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla.; Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa.; and Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Fla. If you're a Visa cardholder, you'll receive discount certificates in the mail from your bank. Or, you can receive the discount certificates by sending a stamped, self-addresses, business-size envelope to P.O. Box 1606, Bensenville, IL 60106-8606.
Another Visa USA value: A passport-size booklet with coupons for San Francisco discounts. Savings from Continental Airlines, Dollar Rent A Car and more than 100 hotels, restaurants, attractions, shops and sightseeing companies in the Bay City. The discounts, upgrades and two-for-one offers are good through Oct. 15. Call 1-800-442-CITY. Again, the offer applies only to Visa cardholders.
4 ALASKA IS ONE OF THE top travel destinations in the United States, according to a survey by the U.S. Travel Data Center. Among the hot Alaska summer destinations are Kenai Fjords National Park and Prince William Sound. The park includes forests and fjords as well as the 330-square-mile Harding Ice Field. Visitation to Prince William Sound continues to soar. Capt. Brad Phillips takes visitors on a tour in his MV Klondike Express catamaran past 26 glaciers in one day. The six-hour cruise operates daily through mid-September.
4 WITH ONE PHONE CALL TO BED & BREAKFAST INTERNATIONAL'S reservation service in San Francisco you can arrange to stay any of 450 B&Bs, country inns and guesthouses in California. Room rates begin at $50 double occupancy and include some of the most appealing accommodations in the state. The service costs you nothing. Call (415) 696-1690 Mon. thru Fri. from 1 to 5 and Saturday from 9 to noon.
4 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON at New York City's Lincoln Center, call (212) 875-5400. For a copy of the latest performance calendar, send a self-addressed, 52-cent stamped, business-size envelope to Lincoln Center Calendar, Sunny Levine, Editor, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10023. Programs and times are subject to change.
4 FOR A CALENDAR OF EVENTS in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana that will honor the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, write the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, 825 NE 20th St., Suite 310, Portland, Ore., 97232-2275. Events listed in the guide range from traditional pow-wows, museum art exhibits, rodeos and salmon bakes.
4 AIR TRAVELERS CAN AVOID EAR PAIN AND even temporary hearing loss with simple preventive measures, says the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. When an airplane depressurizes during take off and repressurizes before landing, air pressure in your ear must change. Barotrauma occurs when the air pressure in your middle ear and outer ear, which is normally the same, becomes unequal because your eustachian tube is blocked. The imbalance of air pressure can cause excruciating pain. Your chances of having a problem are increased if you have an ear, nose or throat infection. To reduce the probability of barotrauma, ASHA recommends the following:
- Chew gum
- Eat, swallow or yawn
- Hold your nose and blow with your mouth closed
- Use oral decongestants for three days prior to your flight
- Use a nasal decongestant spray prior to take-off and again prior to descent.