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


Bus Trips Descriptions

Bus Trips Rally 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Please join the Obsidian Bus Committee for a presentation of the 2016 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

Champoeg: Oregon, USA Beginning

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Come see where Oregon became American. Champoeg State Park preserves the location of the 1843 vote where French Canadians, loyal to the Hudson Bay Company, and American settlers agreed in a very close vote to seek provisional government from the United States. Champoeg became a small village in a desirable agriculture area. Unfortunately in 1861 a still record flood washed most buildings down the river. The Robert Newell house, higher on the hill, survived and we will do a tour of the Pioneer Village. This complex is maintained by the DAR and gives a good picture of early settlement. The Newell house, built in 1852 is decorated in the 1860’s style. It is lovingly filled with furnishings donated by Oregon pioneer families. The second floor has an outstanding exhibit of the gowns worn by wives of Oregon governors. We will have lunch here, BRING YOUR OWN, in a lovely room overlooking the Champoeg area. Also on our tour in the complex is the pioneer mother’s cabin, the Butteville Academy, a one room school of the 1860’s and the 1840’s Butteville jail. Time permitting; we will visit the nearby Oregon State Park (Champoeg) Visitor Center, a jewel in itself. Remember to bring a sack lunch.

Members $53, Nonmembers $55, Payment due March 1

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Mary Lee Cheadle 541-689-1085, 3225 Richard Ave, Eugene, OR 97402

A Day at Wildlife Safari

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Leader: Judy Phelps

Our trip takes us to Winston for tours of Wildlife Safari. If you have never been to this wild Animal Park, you are in for a treat. This is a drive through park where the animals are free to roam and you are in a cage (vehicle). Perhaps we will even see some baby animals. Leaving Shopko at 8 a.m. we travel south on I-5, stopping along the way for our coffee break. Upon arriving at the park, we will be joined by a step on guide for our first tour. The guide will have interesting information to share about the animals and their habitat. We will then have some free time for lunch, browsing the gift shop and checking out the animals and birds in the walk through area. Lunch is on your own; you can purchase lunch at the village café or bring a sack lunch with you. We will then make a second tour through the park on our own. We may see different animals up close this time. Time permitting; we will drive the back roads home; planning to be back at Shopko around 5 pm.\t

Members $56, Nonmembers $58, Payment due March 29

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Mary Lee Cheadle 541-689-1085, 3225 Richard Ave., Eugene, OR 97402

New Coastal Museum & Aquarium

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Leader: Mary Ellen West

Come see the new Charleston Marine Life Center. Whales are the greeters at this Marine Museum and Aquarium located on the Coos waterfront, with a view of the harbor and bay. Five separate galleries focus on coastal ecosystems; deep water habitat; marine mammals; local fishing industry and diverse sea life. The museum, several years in the making, is spear-headed by the nearby U of O Institute of Marine Biology. We will have lunch (cost included) in their cafeteria. A student will give us an overview of the school. Time permitting we will travel on down the coast to the Simpson Reef Overlook to view visiting and resident marine mammals. Plan for a relaxing day at the coast.

Members $60, Nonmembers $62, Payment due May 1

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Mary Lee Cheadle 541-689-1085, 3225 Richard Ave, Eugene, OR 97402

Birding at Summer Lake

Tuesday–Thursday, June 7–9, 2016
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Are you ready for an adventure? Let’s take a step back in time to a slower pace of life and journey into the western edge of Oregon’s outback country. While the focus of this trip will be bird watching and identification, there is much interesting history and geology in this area as well. We have reserved the rustic Summer Lake Lodge for two nights and will be right across the road from the Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge. There will be ample time for bird watching on the refuge, as well as time for relaxing at the Lodge or for walking. The Refuge will be alive with shore birds, water birds, song birds and predatory birds; these birds will have settled in for the summer to nest and raise their young. Perhaps we will even see the elusive Yellow-headed Blackbirds. This trip also includes: the beautiful drive down to Paisley (between Summer Lake and Winter Ridge) for lunch at the historic Pioneer Saloon & Restaurant, watch for antelope along the way; a stop at Fort Rock State Natural Area; a self-guided tour of Homestead Village Museum at Fort Rock; lunch at the unique Waterin’ Hole Tavern in Fort Rock; and if time allows, a short stop at Salt Creek Falls on the way home. Bring a sack lunch for the first day and snacks of your choice. Day one coffee break at Oakridge McDonald’s, two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners are all included in cost of the trip. Suggest bringing: binoculars, bird book, rain jacket & good walking shoes.

Space is limited to twenty-five people; Obsidians will have priority until March 15th (a wait list will be maintained). A full itinerary will be available at the Rally or upon request.

Members $290, Nonmembers $296, $50 deposit due at registration, Balance due May 17

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps 541-726-0118, 2774 Viewmont Ave, Springfield, OR 97477

More Food V

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Leader: Mary Ellen West

Food alert! You don’t have to be a “Foodie” to enjoy our stops in the fifth year of visiting local farms and food businesses. We’ll start again at the Camas Country Mill whose new kitchen will provide our morning coffee break (included), think muffins and scones with our coffee and tea. Next stop will be the Lonesome Whistle Farm, grower of ancient grains, beans, whole wheat flour and popcorn. Then it is on to Glory Bee, started in a garage and now a large wholesale honey business. We’ll watch the bees at work and see the large variety of flavored honey available. On the road again, this time to the Creswell Bakery for lunch (your cost). Bakery goodies galore are available here. This business provides its own meat and sources from other local farmers, including our next stop – River Bend Farm near Pleasant Hill. Our final stop will be at the Red Wagon Creamery in downtown Eugene, ice cream anyone? Plan to relax and enjoy this fun day. Suggestion: bring a cooler for shopping.

Members $49, Nonmembers $51, Payment due June 25

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Sharon Cutsforth, 1120 South 39th St., Springfield OR 97478 (541) 746-4929

Make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

Oregon Coast Excursion

Sunday–Saturday, September 11–17, 2016
Leader: Barbara Beard

A 7 day coastal trip, exploring new sights, wonderful history with special emphasis on Oregon Lighthouses, the first of which was built in 1846. Lighthouses are a remarkable feature of the Oregon coast. Our first glimpse of these marvelous structures will be on the peninsula of Long Beach, WA at North Beach. Two lighthouses very close to each other will begin our tour on day 2: North Head and Cape Disappointment, which are only about 3 miles apart on the north side of the mouth of the Columbia River. We will also tour the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center located on the Washington side of the Columbia. Crossing into Oregon at Astoria, we will view locations of 2 lighthouses that have been lost to storms and are out of commission: Desdenoma Sands and Point Adams, located near the town of Warrenton. Of the 15 lighthouses from Long Beach to the California border, we plan to visit all that are open to the public and hope to hike to view points of the ones that are closed to the public. Some dune buggy touring, jet boat riding, viewing a wildlife rehabilitation site are just a few of the extras- along with fantastic food options. Your week will be packed with events for your camera, some time to walk off a few calories, make some new friends and just relax on the bus, viewing from high above the traffic around us. Limit for this trip will be 30 riders, so sign up early for this week long vacation, leaving the planning and the driving all to your leaders and driver.

Members $1045, Nonmembers $1059

$300 due at registration; $300 due April 1; $300 due June 1; Balance ($145/$159) due July 1\t\t\t

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Sharon Cutsforth, 1120 South 39th St., Springfield, OR 97478 (541) 746-4929

Make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

Fall Color & Harvest Time

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Our search for fall color this year will take us north into the Tualatin Valley. This valley is filled with orchards, vineyards, produce farms and natural areas, much like the Willamette Valley. We will travel backroads and make some stops along the way, such as, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve in Hillsboro, a 635 acre preserve of quiet open waters, wetlands and forests. It is said that over 130 species of birds reside and migrate through the Preserve. The new Education Center houses the first authentic bald eagle’s nest recovered from the wild, this unique project has an intriguing story. Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum is another destination. This amazing museum is home to many fascinating and beautiful galleries and displays: Northwest specimens like thunder eggs and sunstones; precious minerals and gems; a petrified wood collection; a meteorite display; a fossil gallery; and agate gallery. On top of all this, the museum grounds are full of hidden treasures, surprises and possibly some wildlife. Apple orchards and produce farms are also potential stops; there are many to choose from…come along and see what we will find. BRING A SACK LUNCH and we will find a pleasant place to picnic. Note: You might want to bring a cooler for shopping.

Members $54, Nonmembers $56, Payment due September 20

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps 541-726-0118, 2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, 97477

Make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

Willamette Queen Dinner Cruise

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Leader: Barbara Beard

The Willamette Queen, a sternwheeler, has been in operation on the Willamette River for over 20 years. Come with us for a great start to your Christmas Holiday season with a ride and dinner afloat this marvelous replica of shipping and travel on the Willamette, an experience that was a must for shipping on the river 100 years ago. We load the bus at 1:45 and leave Shopko parking lot at 2 pm. We will travel I-5 to Salem with a little time to shop and tour the Willamette Heritage Center and historic woolen mills, with gift shop and antiques, another place with fantastic holiday decorations and much history. The grounds where the River Queen is docked is Riverfront Park, with other amenities: the famous carousel. historic homes, the Gilbert House Children’s Museum located to the north of the riverboat. Level, handicapped access to the sternwheeler. Depending on weather and river levels, we will either travel downstream to Independence or upstream to Keizer, all the while enjoying a wonderful dinner. The Captain is very experienced and will have some tales for us. The ship holds 80 people for dinner, is heated and also air-conditioned for everyone’s comfort. After our ride and dinner, before leaving Salem, we will take a short walk around the attorney offices at Liberty and Commercial Streets to view their array of fantastic lights, sipping some hot wassail and snacking on some Christmas cookies before returning to Eugene at approximately 9:30- 10:00pm. Carpooling or taxi is suggested to the Shopko parking area for those not wishing to drive after dark. We hope you will start your holidays on Dec. 1 with Obsidian friends.

Members $98, Nonmembers $100, Payment due November 1

RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps, .2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, 97477 (541) 726-0118

Make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

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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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