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

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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

Byways By Bus Rally

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Leader: Liz Reanier

Please join the Obsidian Bus Committee for a presentation of the 2014 Bus Trips to a few of the following planned destinations:

Death Valley & surrounding areas (7 days/6 nights)

Mount St. Helens & Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

A historical tour of the Alpine area

Another “Food” trip – always a delight

Portland’s Chinese Garden & The Grotto

The annual Fall Color Trip

Roseburg’s drive through Christmas lights display

And more – come to hear trip details, pick up a copy of bus trips schedule & sign up for trips.

Refreshments provided by Bus Hospitality Committee.

Our luxury motor coach is high enough for great views as we travel the highways and byways. The experienced drivers are always pleasant and helpful. It is a great way to travel!

For more information call:

Liz Reanier 541-687-1925 or

Sharon Cutsforth 541-746-4929

Monroe, Alpine, Finley Refuge

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Leader: Verna Kocken

Let’s explore some of the area north of us. Monroe and Alpine were booming with promise in the mid 1800s. Come and discover what and why. We will visit the new library and tour the Union High School in Monroe. We will travel to Alpine, visit the community center and the Pioneer Cemetery. We will glimpse the Alpine tavern, celebrated in the writing and cartooning of James Cloutier. On to Bellfountain Park with a view of historic Bellfountain Community Church and the Bellfountain School. We will go north to Findlay Wildlife Refuge, where we will visit the new offices and store and weather permitting, walk the Woodpecker trail. The bus will bring us back on Highway 99 W, where we will make a brief side trip past the Irish Bend School. We will return to Shopko before 5 pm. Bring a sack lunch.

Cost: members $48. Non-members: $50 Due Mar. 1

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Liz Reanier (541) 687-1925 - 853 Ascot, Eugene, OR 97401

Death Valley

Sunday–Saturday, April 6–12, 2014
Leader: Paul Beard

A trip of a lifetime is on the agenda for Obsidians and friends. Spectacular scenery, back roads, rugged mountains, exciting adventures for all who participate. Traveling through the Cascades and northeastern California to Reno the first day with a night’s stay in the Grand Sierra Resort overlooking the lights of Reno in the newly remodeled 20 story resort. Traveling Hwy 395 to 95 will bring us to Tonopah, Nevada for our second night’s stay and near Scotty’s Junction to Route 267, into the northern part of Death Valley. We will tour the famous castle and grounds and have our lunch in the area. We spend our third night at the ranch in Furnace Creek. We will then be joined by a tour guide, volunteer ranger- friend of our driver as we tour into the middle and southern parts of Death Valley- a very special time for experiencing the valley and the wonders of the area. Lunch will be at Stove Pipe Wells, another historic place in the valley and then on to Ridgecrest, around the east side of China Lake and the Naval Weapons Center, National Training Center, and a tour of the Maturango Museum. The next day, leaving the Ridgecrest area will find us heading to the mountains along route 395 to Bishop, CA. This route takes us on the east side of the Sierra Nevadas, viewing Mt. Whitney and stopping by the visitor’s center of the Eastern Sierras. Through the mountains and past the lakes to Bishop, where we will spend the night. We follow 395 around parts of Lake Tahoe into Auburn, Yuba City, and Williams for our sixth night. All along the scenic routes of central CA, our bus driver, Augie, will have some treats for us. Our stay will be in Williams. The seventh day will find us on I5 headed for home- but wait, one last treat! For lunch we will be stopping at “Heaven on Earth” just north of Grants Pass. (Cost included in your trip fees.) We’ll be home on Saturday, the 12th of April at about 6:00 to 6:30 PM. Join your Obsidian friends for great memories and the trip of a lifetime!

Cost: members $850 Non-members: $871

Payment Plan: $300 due 1/5/14 $300 due 2/5/14 $250 or remaining due 3/5/14

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Barbara Payne (541-746-1964)

39478 Walterville Lane, Springfield, OR 97478

Portland Chinese Garden

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

May is a beautiful time to see spring flowers in bloom. We will leave Shopko at 8:00, stop at a favorite rest area for coffee break and arrive at the Chinese Garden mid-morning. Here we will experience winding walkways, a bridged lake, open pavilions, water sounds, floral fragrances and more than 500 species of plants and trees. All of this within one city block in downtown Portland – it is truly amazing. Lunch at the Golden Horse Chinese Restaurant will be included in your trip fee. After lunch we travel east to the Grotto. This internationally known Catholic Sanctuary encompasses 62 acres on two levels. The Grotto is carved into the base of a 110 foot cliff. The upper level is reached by elevator (cost included), there you can stroll the paths among rhododendrons and other native Pacific Northwest flora; view statuary, the reflecting ponds and panoramic vista of the Columbia River Valley, the Cascade Range and Mount Saint Helens. We will return to Shopko by 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Members $65.00 Non-Members $67.00 Due April 20

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Mary Lee Cheadle (541) 689-1085

3225 Richard Ave, Eugene, OR 97402

More Food III

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Leader: Mary Ellen West

This trip will showcase Willamette Valley food producers. Our first stop will be at the Hunton Family Farm near Junction City. The grains and beans grown here should be up and growing. Our coffee break will be here in the education building. Then we will go to the Camas County Mill where hte grains are milled and the products are packaged. Then it’s off to the Hard Times Distillery in Monroe. Vodka is the main spirit produced. Lunch (on your own) will be at the New Morning Deli in Corvallis. We’ll stop at the Peoria Farmers’ Market on our way to Stahlbush Island Farms. This farm grows and processes fruit and vegetables on 5,000 acres. Our final stop will be in Junction City for Lochmead ice cream.

Cost: Members $45 Non-Members $47 Due June 12

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Janet Speelman (541) 344-3019

1496 W 28th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405

Mt St Helens

Tuesday–Wednesday, July 15–16, 2014
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Naturalist Rick Ahrens will accompany us on this nature oriented trip north to view the recovery process in the Mount St. Helen’s blast area and to see wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. We will leave Shopko at 7:30 am, stopping for our coffee break at a rest area near Wilsonville. Bring a sack lunch, picnic lunch spot to be determined. There are many viewpoints and places of interest along SR 504, known as Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. We plan to visit the Weyerhaeuser Forest Learning Center, located just inside the blast zone, to learn about forest replanting and recovery. Perhaps we will see some of the thousands of elk that have returned to Mount St. Helens. Next we travel to Johnston Ridge Observatory (bring Golden Age Pass), named for the volcanologist who was camped on the ridge when the volcano blew. As time allows we will stop at other interesting spots along the highway. We then travel up to Eatonville, lodging at the Mill Village Motel. There are several restaurants nearby for dinner (on your own) and free continental breakfast at the motel in the morning. We plan a grocery stop before heading to the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, it will be your choice whether to bring a sack lunch or eat at the Wildlife Park restaurant. There will be time to take the guided tram tour (cost included) among the animals and to walk the forest paths to view the larger predatory animals. Suggest picking up some snacks as it will be a long drive back to Eugene, rest stops along the way, arriving by 7:00 p.m.

Remember: Tues. 7:30 am departure, bring sack lunch and Golden Age Pass.

Cost: Members $180.00 Non-Members $184.00 $50 now; Balance due June 15

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Barbara Payne (541-746-1964)

39478 Walterville Lane, Springfield, OR 97478

Back to the Coast

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Leader: Mary Ellen West

We are returning to the Oregon Hatchery Research Center for an extended visit. The center, on a tributary of the Alsea River, 25 miles east of Waldport is a world renowned research center. We will have our lunch (bring your own) on the beautiful grounds overlooking Fall Creek. After our visit we will move on to the coast to explore the life of native Americans. The Cape Perpetua Visitor’s Center has archaeological objects helping to tell the story. Finally, ice cream in Florence.

Cost: Members $48 Non-Members $50 Due Aug 6

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Janet Speelman (541) 344-3019

1496 W 28th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405

Oregon History Cancelled

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Leader: Mary Ellen West

This trip is a history adventure stopping at the newly reopened End of the Oregon Trail Museum in Oregon City for a look at the experience of the first white settlers in the 1840s and 1850s. We’ll have lunch (bring your own) on the Abernathy Green near the museum. This was an arrival spot for many early travelers. We’l move on to the new Oregon Rail Heritage center located in Portland on the east side of the Willamette near OBSI. It is a railroad museum engine house. The center sits at the hub of four railroad lines. It is home to historic steam and diesel engines. On our way back to Eugene, we’ll stop at Baumans (heritage farm) in Woodburn for plants, produce and ice cream.

Cost Members $55 Non-Members $57 Due Sept. 4.

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Janet Speelman (541) 344-3019

1496 W 28th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405

Fall Color

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Leader: Paul Beard

Over the rivers and through the mountains to SISTERS we will travel. The backroads to Hwy 34 and Hwy. 20 will be vivid with color and the waters of the falls and streams crystal clear. Coffee at the Calapooia State Park will be hot and the goodies yummy to the last bite. Our destination, SISTERS, will find us shopping and dining and walking the city sidewalks, a great agenda for all. So fill your purses with some money; there will be plenty of quaint shops and cafes and trinkets for all. Come along with your fellow Obsidians and friends, join in the fun- relax on the luxury coach line and leave the driving to the driver of MTR. Loading the bus at 7:40 AM. Shopko parking lot, driving away at 8:00 AM. We invite you all to come share a day of pleasing sites, great fellowship and of course, good food. Bring your camera and good walking shoes. We will make some great stops along our route over the mountains and back home. Looking forward to hosting you on a beautiful day of color. Bill, Barb, & Paul

Cost: Members $45 Non-Members $47 Due Oct. 1

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Mary Lee Cheadle (541) 689-1085

3225 Richard Ave, Eugene, OR 97402

Christmas Lights

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Leader: Verna Kocken

River Forks Park near Roseburg features a wonderful Christmas lights display that grows more spectacular each year. We will leave Shopko parking lot at 3:45, arriving at Applebees Restaurant in Roseburg for a nice dinner (cost included). After a brief tour of the Roseburg city lights, including a sweep past the Douglas County Courthouse, we will drive through the light display at the park and return home by 9:00 pm.

Cost: Members $57 Non-Members $59 Due Nov. 20

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Liz Reanier (541) 687-1925

853 Ascot, Eugene, OR 97401

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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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