If you're not a planner, your plans have fallen through, and/or you can appreciate the exhilaration of spontaneous travel, consider this: Know Your City is hosting a two-day tour of the storied, romantic, and kind of creepy Central Oregon boom towns that went bust. Called "Ghosts of Times Past," and includes stops in the ghost towns of Boyd, Dufur, Friend, Shaniko, Antelope, the museum in Fossil, hiking in the Painted Hills—oh, and one more stop in the delightfully named "Bakeoven."
The nice thing about a tour like this is you don't have to do any of the driving. The bus will pick you up and drop you off at Union Station, and all you have to do is sit back and soak in the history of Oregon's Wild West. The tour would normally cost $100 (not including lodging, but you can bring a tent and camp in Mitchell for five bucks or spring from one of two hotels with highly reasonable rates starting at just 20 bucks for the night)—but we're giving away a pair of tickets for the tour... which starts tomorrow! Get out of town, son! You might learn something!
You want 'em? Email me no later than 3 pm today with "ghost towns" in the subject line, and I'll pick a winner at random. In the meantime, enjoy this folksy Travel Oregon video, featuring a taste of where you'll be going: