The Byways-by-Bus Committee regularly sponsors bus trips to points of interest both in and out of state — the Oregon Coast, Crater Lake, the Rogue River Canyon, Columbia Gorge, Alaska, and many other places. The trips may vary from one-day excursions to multi-day trips covering several states. They look for the unusual and prefer the back roads and sometimes the rails or waterways.


Bus Trips Schedule

Interested In A Trip? Here Are The Rules and Regs

Archive of trips in previous years
2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001


Questions about Bus Trips?
Contact Liz Reanier, 541-687-1925


Bus Trips Descriptions

Oregon Coast, Lunch at Adobe

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Leader: Liz Reanier

This is our season kick-off — a leisurely trip to see spring on our way to Florence leaving Shopko (Coburg Rd.) at 8:00 am. The bus will take us to Florence via Hwy 126. You will be on your own for coffee break and to explore Old Town. You’ll again board the bus for our trip north on Hwy 101 to Yachats for lunch (cost included) at the Adobe Resort. There will be an optional short hike along the beach and a stop in town to see what’s available. Next we will head up Hwy 101 to Waldport for a stop at the Alsea Bay Interpretive Center (emphasis is the Coast Bridges). We will then head inland on Hwy 34 to Philomath, Corvallis and Hwy 99 W, on to Eugene. Note: Hwy conditions may cause a change in itinerary, but rest assured this will be a fun trip. Home by 5:00 pm.

Cost: members: $45; non-members $47; due March 2.

Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman

Columbia Gorge, Hood River, Mt. Hood

Tuesday–Wednesday, April 24–25, 2012
Leader: Barbara Beard

Over the rivers and thru the woods- a sightseeing we will go — through Canby, Oregon City, Sandy, Mt. Hood, Parkdale, Hood River, W.A.A.A.M. Museum, old Historic Gorge Hotel, Cascade Locks, Bridge of the Gods, Bonneville, many waterfalls, Vista House, Corbett and back to Eugene approximately 450-500 miles round trip. Day 1, the coffee break will be at the Canby exit before turning off thru backroads to Timberline Lodge for lunch and a snow cat ride and tour of the lodge (cost included in trip fees.) Leaving Mt. Hood late afternoon to Hwy 35 around the base of the mountain to Hood River Inn for our overnight stay on the Columbia River. Dinner at the Inn is not included in trip fees. Day 2- Leaving the Inn at 9:00 after breakfast (cost included in trip fees) we will visit the W.A.A.A.M. Museum, the Gorge Hotel, lunch at the Bridge of the Gods (cost included in trip fees) and to Bonneville Dam for a tour of grounds and power house and turbines, also the fish ladders and viewing ponds of fish hatchery, sturgeon and salmon. Exit I-84 at Ainsworth for route 30, waterfalls and Vista House. Ice Cream snack at Tollgate in Sandy before heading to Eugene.

Cost: members: $187; non-members: $191.

Deposit $50 at sign up, balance due April 16.

Reservations and checks to: Mary Lee Cheadle

Harrisburg Museum, Schreiner's Iris Gardens, Garland Nursery

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Antique farm machinery, historic buildings, exceptional hand-crafted wooden models, beautiful flowers and (of course) a chance to shop. Come with us as we tour the Harrisburg Museum under the guidance of our own (Obsidian) Bill Arthur. This museum is dedicated to recognizing the area’s historic farming community with a wide variety of displays. We will have our coffee break at the museum. Late morning we will head north to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens at Salem. There will be plenty of time to stroll among the flowers. In business since 1925, Schreiner’s ten acre display gardens contain 500 named Iris varieties. Bring a sack lunch, there are picnic tables available. After lunch we travel to Garland Nursery at Corvallis. Garland Nursery is a 4th generation family owned business providing a wide variety of quality plants, garden supplies, and an interesting selection of home décor and gift items. All this on six acres in a peaceful, park like setting. If you enjoy gardening, this is the place for you. We will leave Shopko parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and plan to return around 5:30 p.m.

Cost: members: $37.00; non-members: $39.00; due April 23.

Reservations and checks to: Barbara Payne

Fossils, Ghost Towns, Painted Hills, Museums, etc.

Monday–Thursday, June 4–7, 2012
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Come with us on a journey through time as we spend four days exploring geologic, historic and scenic areas of central Oregon. Enjoy lovely scenery as we travel to John Day via highways 126 and 26, there will be rest stops along the way, please bring a sack lunch. We will spend two nights at the Best Western Inn at John Day. Day trips will take us to the Painted Hills, Sheep Rock and Clarno units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We will travel through Picture Gorge, ghost towns of Richmond and Shaniko, visit Mascall Overlook and the Oregon Paleo Institute in Fossil. In John Day we visit the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site. Then it’s off to Prairie City to visit the DeWitt Museum and Prairie City Depot. We will check out the Oxbow Restaurant and Saloon in Prairie City to view the historic mahogany and rosewood bar with its “Twin Virgins” carved in Milan, Italy, about 1879. Leaving this area we head south on Highway 97 to Bend for a night at the Riverhouse Hotel. A late start on day four will allow time to enjoy a leisurely hot breakfast and the river walk near the hotel. Before heading home we will visit the Paulina Lake and Obsidian Flow area, as well as the High Desert Museum. Cost includes three breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner. A detailed day by day schedule will be available on Rally Day, Sunday, February 26th.

Cost: members $430.00; non-members $438; deposit due now $50.00.

$200.00 due April 1; Balance due May 1

Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman

For the Birds at Yaquina Head

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Leader: Mary Ellen West

90,000 murres gather on Colony Rock at Yaquina Head each spring to nest. We’ll watch murres, eagles, brown pelicans, gulls and peregrine falcons, also seals and seasonal gray whales. The lighthouse is open and the tide pools/beach is accessible. We will stop at the nearby Yaquina Head Interpretive Center. We will visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center located close to the new NOAA Center in South Bay Newport. If there is time, we will make a brief stop at the Beaver Creek Natural area south of Newport. Bring a lunch and a warm jacket in case of wind.

Cost: members $40.00; non-members $42.00; due: July 2

Reservations: Mary Lee Cheadle

Douglas County Safari and Wine

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Leader: Verna Kocken

We will have coffee at a rest stop along I-5 and will proceed to Wildlife Safari for a cool morning visit. We will have time to view the exhibits and the gift shop. We will then tour adjacent Abacela Winery. Lunch will be catered at the Melrose Winery. We will also visit the Russell Prayer Rock Vineyards. We will return to the Shopko parking lot by 5:00 pm.

Cost: members: $65; non-members: $67; due July 20.

Reservations and checks to: Barbara Payne

Oregon City McLoughlin Historic District

Thursday, September 6, 2012
Leader: Mary Ellen West

By 1844, Oregon City was established and designated the capital of the Oregon Provisional government. It was considered the end of the Oregon trail. Dr. John McLoughlin moved to Oregon City in 1849 and plated the area known as the McLoughlin historic District. We will tour the neighborhood and visit the McLoughlin House and the Stevens Crowford House. We will ride the municipal elevator that connects the river level of the town to the bluff where the residences are. We’ll stop beside the Willamette Falls on our way south with a stop at Bauman Farms. Bring lunch

Cost: members: $42.00; non-members: $44; due Aug 31.

Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman

Fall Color

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Leader: Ray Jensen

Anticipating a glorious Indian summer day with lots of autumn foliage, we travel along the McKenzie River to the Ranger Station for a rest break and coffee. Then on to Sahalie Falls and perhaps another stop or two going from douglas fir to pine country. At Sisters, we lunch (on your own) and shop, leaving about 1:30 or so. Return over the Santiam Pass, stopping at Hackelman Old Growth- one mile loop hike (optional). Then down the S. Santiam River to McDonalds in Sweet Home for ice cream. Home via Mohawk Valley by 6:00 pm.

(Gloomy Gus Says- if Mother Nature, ODOT or forest fires close the central Cascades, an alternate is mid-Willamette Valley or Oregon Coast.)

Cost: members: $36; non-members: $38; Due October 9.

Reservations and checks to: Mary Lee Cheadle

Roseburg, Steamboat Inn

Tuesday–Wednesday, November 6–7, 2012
Leader: Verna Kocken

Travel down I-5 with a coffee break at a rest area. Visit historic sites in Roseburg including the Douglas County Museum and the Joseph Lane House. Potential visitation sites include the Douglas County Library, Courthouse, Veteran’s Hospital and Stewart Park. Bring a picnic lunch. We will travel along the scenic North Umpqua River to enjoy fine dining and stay the night at the Steamboat Inn cabins. Enjoy a leisurely morning, breakfast on your own, ordering from the menu at the Inn. We will depart at 11:00 am. Lunch on your own at Oakland and return to Shopko by 5:00 pm.

Cost: members: $225; non-members: $229; $50 due on sign up; remainder: October 1.

Reservations and checks to: Barbara Payne

Lodge for the Holidays

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Leader: Liz Reanier

We will celebrate the end of our 2012 season at the Obsidian Lodge from 11 am- 3 pm with a holiday theme of renewed friendships, fun, food prepared by Obsidians Hospitality committee, door prizes, and entertainment. This is also a chance for Obsidians to come and check us out and an opportunity for non-members to get acquainted. Table service and plates will be provided. (Proceeds donated.)

Cost: members: $5; non-members: $10; Due November 29

Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman

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Bus Trips - Details Of Participation

GENERAL INFORMATION: Your trip fees include transportation, lodging and taxes, museum fees, admission charges, donations in lieu of admission fees, the tip for the driver and the daily trip fees. Meals are not included, except where specified in a trip write-up. Personal expenses are not covered. Bring your own sack lunch and non-alcoholic beverage. We schedule frequent rest stops and usually lunch at wayside parks. Be sure to check write-ups for details. Wear your name tags at all times. Wear sensible walking shoes and bring your Golden Age pass. We also always carry water.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Any Obsidian may sign up for these trips. Non-members must be accompanied by an Obsidian host and are welcome to join us. The trip leader has the authority to exclude anyone who may present a danger to the group or to him/herself because of physical, medical or emotional conditions.

TRANSPORTATION: We charter buses from Oregon California & Washington (formerly Oregon Coachways) which are modern, safe, clean, comfortable, air-conditioned and have an on board toilet facility. Drivers are experienced and well trained to insure enjoyable traveling.

LOADING SITE-ALL TRIPS: We will load at Shopko on Coburg Road near the bus stop on Coburg Road. It is the south end of their garden shop in the summer.

LOADING INFORMATION: Usually we load at 7:30 a.m., departing promptly at 8:00 a.m. and return between 5 and 6 p.m. These times are subject to change so always check the monthly Obsidian Bulletin and any trip descriptions for details. On extended trips we encourage you to arrange private transportation to the loading site. We suggest that you do not leave your car overnight. Also please notify the trip leader, or Liz Reanier 541-520-2854 if you must cancel at the last minute.

COSTS OF TRIPS: Costs are estimated far in advance. Trip Leaders anticipate the number of riders, transportation costs, entrance fees, tips, donations, etc., lodging (2 persons, 2 beds) and the daily fee to the Club. The leaders volunteer their time and pay the same as all other riders. Please carry your Golden Age Pass and any other membership card that gives you free admission to an attraction. Please notify the leader that you have them as it sometimes reduces our fees. Passport or passport card required for Canada. PAYMENT: Make a SEPARATE CHECK FOR EACH TRIP, payable to the OBSIDIANS BUS TRIP ACCOUNT. Please observe the due dates for payments, especially when advance deposits are required. Priority on trips is based on the dates you paid in full.

WAITING LIST: A waiting list will be maintained if a trip is over subscribed. Only persons sincerely interested in participating should sign up. If your interests or availability changes — please inform the reservations person and/or the leader. The leader makes the ultimate selection based on the vacancy.

LODGING FOR OVERNIGHT TRIPS: Room costs are based on booking for non-smoking, 2 persons, 2 beds. You are requested to select your roommate. Sometimes the leader or reservations person can assist you in that selection. The final selection is the rider’s responsibility. If you need special considerations, let the leader know. Frequently there are no elevators, so pack luggage you can carry up a flight of stairs. Be sure your luggage is labeled. POLICY FOR SINGLES: We encourage the single traveler to participate. Occasionally, we can provide a single room, at a much higher rate. Our basic policy is based on 2 persons, 2 beds in order to minimize cost of the trip. We will assist you in finding a roommate.

CANCELLATIONS: CAUSE PROBLEMS. Leaders frequently must make guarantees and large payments 30 days in advance. Often motels require room lists 4 weeks in advance. If you must cancel, inform the leader IMMEDIATELY. Sometimes we are unable to recover costs, therefore you would be expected to pay them. If you are able to find a possible replacement that is appreciated but it will still be the leader’s ultimate selection, subject to the approval of the roommate. Persons on the waiting list have priority. . . It is difficult.

REFUNDS: There will be no refunds on one day trips unless the leader is notified in advance, as there is sometimes a waiting list. On multi-day trips partial or full refunds may be made after the trip, if cancellations are made at least one week in advance of the trip. Any refund is also contingent upon recovery of lodging costs, fees prepaid, admissions, etc. Refunds will only be made if a trip has generated a surplus; such refund will be determined after the trip when all financial data has been examined.

REBATES: Sometimes rebates may be awarded at the end of our trip season, if a trip has a substantial excess in revenue. We annually donate excess funds to Obsidians, Inc.

INSURANCE: Our charter bus companies carry the required liability and accident insurance. All riders are expected to provide their own medical, liability and accident insurance. Obsidians, Inc. requires each rider to sign a release prior to each trip. In addition, the Bus Committee requires that you fill out a medical information form that will be carried in a sealed envelope on all trips you participate in. This form will be used in the event of an emergency, thus the data must be updated annually. It will be held confidential. If you have serious updates during the season, please file a new form. Notify the reservations person if you do not have the form. Read trip descriptions, talk to the leaders and determine if you will be able to participate in planned activities.

SIGN UP: Signing up for a trip shows interest in taking the trip and your intent to pay the costs by the due date. Keep track of trips you sign for so you can pay on time and also keep the leader informed if you must cancel. Leaders use the rally sign-up to determine if a trip must be canceled and also use the list to make the detailed, special arrangements that make our trips special. We welcome additional riders, so check with reservations and/or leader if interested at a later date. New non-Obsidian riders are to be sponsored by an Obsidian rider.

WEARING FRAGRANCES: The Federal Disabilities Act states that one should refrain from using scented deodorant, perfumes and heavy aftershaves in consideration of those who have allergies and related illnesses. Our close proximity of riders on the bus makes this very important. Please be considerate.

FINAL NOTE: Dates, itineraries or boarding sites may be changed so watch the monthly Obsidian Bulletin for updates. A waiting list will be maintained if a trip is over subscribed. Following is a description for each of our 2012 offerings. Multi-day trips have detailed descriptions nearer to the departure date. We hope you will find the trips appealing and will join us for an enjoyable experience.

BUS COMMITTEE: Liz Reanier - Chairman, Sharon Cutsforth - Secretary, Barbara Flanders - Treasurer, Lenore McManigal - Auditor, Rick Ahrens, Ethel Allen, Bill Arthur, Barbara Beard, Paul Beard, Mary Lee Cheadle, Dennis Flanders, Ray Jensen, Verna Kocken, Barbara Payne, Don Payne, Janet Speelman, Richard Speelman, Mary Ellen West.

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