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

Bus Trips Rally 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Please join the Obsidian Bus Committee for a presentation of the 2015 Bus Trips.

Refreshments provided by Bus Trips 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: Sharon Cutsforth 541-746-4929 or Liz Reanier 541-687-1925

Sauvie Island Birding

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Leader: Mary Ellen West


Early March is the best time of the year to see the greatest concentration of birds in Oregon gathered at

Sauvie Island, thirty miles west of Portland. Rick Ahrens will help us identify the birds we see. The birds are preparing for the flight north, putting on muscle and fat for their long journey. The 12,000 plus acres of wildlife management area is alive with birds; snow and Canada geese, swans, sand hill cranes, ducks, shore birds, egrets, herons, eagles, hawks and song birds. The ancestors of these birds kept Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery awake all night when they camped on the island’s shore line. Sauvie Island is bordered on the north by the Columbia River and on the east by the Willamette River. We will stop at designated spots to observe the birds and to view the Willamette River. The end of the road is three and a half miles from the Columbia but the light house at the point is visible. BRING A SACK LUNCH.

Cost: Members $47.00 Non-Members $49.00 - Due Feb. 10


Janet Speelman (541) 344-3019

1496 W. 28th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405

Old Town Bandon Birding

Tuesday–Wednesday, April 7–8, 2015
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth


Flexibility and warm clothes will be the key words for this trip as one never knows what the coastal weather will bring. Our route will take us down I-5 to Roseburg and Hwy 42 to Bandon. The plan is to spend time looking for birds along the Coquille River and the Pacific Ocean coast line, as well as leisure time to explore Old Town Bandon. Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Bullard’s Beach State Park, Coquille Point and Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint all offer bird watching opportunities. Old Town Bandon is filled with delightful shops & numerous eating establishments. Enjoy great views from the water front boardwalk. Other possible stops could be Face Rock Creamery, Misty Meadows Jams and the Bandon Historical Museum. On Wed. we will head north on Hwy. 101, stopping at the Mill Casino for lunch (your cost). If time allows we will visit the Oregon Connection (House of Myrtlewood) before heading inland via Hwy 38 at Reedsport. Perhaps we will see the elk at Dean Creek viewing area. We should arrive home around 6:00 p.m.

Overnight lodging will be at Sunset Oceanfront Lodging (541) 347-2453 which offers views of the Pacific

Ocean; all rooms have microwaves & small refrigerators. A light continental breakfast is included. Lord

Bennett’s Restaurant is on site for dinner, menu and prices similar to McGraths.


Cost: Members $ 166.00 Non-Members $ 170.00 - $50.00 Due now; Balance due March 10


Judy Phelps (541) 726-0118

2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477

A Day at the Zoo Cancelled

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Leader: Judy Phelps

Today’s trip will take us to the Portland Zoo. We will leave Shopko at 8:00 am and travel north via I-5 to the Santiam rest stop for our morning coffee break. We will then continue to the zoo, arriving at approximately 10:30 am. Once we arrive, you will be on your own. You may bring your own lunch, however, the coach will not be able to park close to the entrance, so you will need to carry it with you. There are several eateries throughout the zoo. If time allows, we will have an ice cream stop on our return ride home. We will return to Shopko by 6:00 pm.

Cost: Members $60 Non-Members $62 - Due April 21


Barbara Payne (541) 746-1964

39478 Walterville Lane, Springfield, OR 97478

Wildwood Rec Area & Salmon River

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Leader: Barbara Beard


June 30 will find Obsidians and friends traveling to the area of Welches, Oregon to the Wildwood Recreational Area, located off Hwy. 26. This will be a scenic trip of some of the best rivers and trails Oregon has to offer, especially for seniors looking for an area for short walks. The Salmon River, with its excellent nature path, features an underground viewing area of trout and steelhead in their natural habitat. With headwaters in the Trillium Lake and salmon Huckleberry Wilderness area, the river runs a short distance of 35- 40 miles before its confluence with the Sandy River. Much of the river is protected wilderness with many waterfalls. (For the hardy and experienced hiker, this river has much to offer; Oregon Field Guide featured kayaking part of the river with some 80 ft. waterfalls and beautiful pools.) We will eat our sack lunches with great blacktop walkways and good picnic area. Come experience a beautiful summer day walking beside this pristine river. (Some wheelchair accessible trails) Our homeward route will take us to 99E and the Bauman Farms at Gervais. The Oregon strawberries should still be available, so bring your cooler.

Cost: Members $48 Non-Members $50 - Due June 10


Mary Lee Cheadle (541) 689-1085

3225 Richard Ave, Eugene, OR 97402

More Food IV

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Leader: Mary Ellen West

This trip will continue our exploration of Willamette Valley food producers. Our first stop will be at Groundwork Organics, a farm on River Road that supplies many restaurants, farmer’s markets and their own stand. We will have our coffee break here and be able to shop for fresh produce. Then we will visit our old friends, Camas Country Mill, at their new farm store location. All of the products we have seen and enjoyed before are available here. Heading north to the Monmouth area, we will stop at Lavender Lakes Farm to enjoy the sight and smell of twelve acres of lavender. You will have your sack lunch here with fresh squeezed lemonade as a treat (cost included). Their gift shop offers many lavender based items for sale and we will have an opportunity to watch the process of distilling lavender to oil. On our journey home, we plan to stop at the Willamette Valley Cheese Company near Salem. Here we will see the complete operation, from cows to cheese. They produce a wide variety of cheeses and, of course, there is a sales room. Our final “food place” will be the Chocolate Decadence production facility and sales room in north Eugene. No one should come home hungry!

Bring a sack lunch and a cooler (recommended) for shopping.

Cost: Members $50\t\tNon-members $52 - Due June 25


Janet Speelman (541) 344-3019

1496 W. 28th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405

Yellowstone And Jackson Hole

Sunday–Saturday, September 13–19, 2015
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth


This seven day/six night trip will take us through a wide variety of landscapes and will include some very special adventures. We will spend two nights each in Boise; Canyon Village Yellowstone National Park; and Jackson, Wyoming. Landscapes will include: forested mountains; high prairies; farm and ranch lands; Craters of the Moon lava fields; beautiful lakes and rivers; waterfalls of the Yellowstone River; the amazing geysers and thermal features of Yellowstone National Park; spectacular mountain passes; the Grand Teton Mountains and Jackson Hole. We should see a variety of wildlife, too. Special adventures will include: time to walk around thermal features and see Old Faithful erupt; a float trip on the Snake River; a covered wagon ride & chuck wagon dinner show; aerial tram ride to top of 11,000 ft. Rendezvous Mountain; a free afternoon to explore Jackson; and The Idaho Potato Museum. We plan to have a step on guide in Yellowstone to take us to some of the most interesting places. Note: Elevations in Yellowstone are 5,000-8,000 feet & Rendezvous Mt. is 11,000 feet. A complete itinerary is available on request. Bring Senior (Interagency) Pass. Early registration is recommended as lodging is limited to what is currently reserved. Questions: call Sharon Cutsforth (541) 746-4929.

Cost: Members $1,124 \tNon-Members $1,138

$400 Deposit Due at registration; $400 Due June 10; $324/328 Balance Due August 10


Barbara Payne (541) 746-1964

39478 Walterville Lane, Springfield, OR 97478

Fall Color Trip

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Leader: Barbara Beard


Thursday, October 8, we will explore the north fork of Breitenbush River to its headwaters in the west Cascades, to the confluence with the Clackamas River, flowing north. Our route: I-5 to Jefferson, 99E to Lyons on Hwy. 226, Route 22 to Detroit and Hwy 46 to North Fork of the Breitenbush and the Clackamas River. Our trip on Hwy. 46 through the mountains promises to bring some spectacular sights to our travelers. Enjoy your sack lunch at Two Rivers Park, the confluence of the Collawash River and the Clackamas Rivers. After lunch, we tour the Timber Lake Job Corps and the Guard Station located about 10 miles north of the park. Continuing north along the Clackamas River to Estacada, we will head southwest on Hwy 211 to Molalla and Woodburn on 99E. Our final stop will be at Bauman’s farm on Howell Prairie Road in Corvallis for ice cream and goodies with pumpkins galore. After snacking and shopping, we will head for I-5 south. Home at about 6:00 pm at Shopko.

Cost: Members $48 Non-Members $50 - Due Sept 15

Reservations and checks to:

Mary Lee Cheadle (541) 689-1085

3225 Richard Ave, Eugene, OR 97402

Christmas Party

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Leader: Liz Reanier

Obsidian Lodge, 2-4 pm, Renew friendships and enjoy holiday music by Obsidians Barbara, Paul & Paula Beard with electronic keyboard and hand bells.

Also, the BigFootLane String Band.

Enjoy desserts, coffee and wassail, a raffle too!

$1.00 donation per person at the door.

Contact: Liz Reanier 541-687-1925 if you have questions

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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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