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

Birding in Klamath Basin

Wednesday–Thursday, March 1–2, 2017
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

BACK BY POPULAR REQUEST! This interesting and fun trip to view birds in the Klamath Basin is a great winter outing. Local naturalist and fellow Obsidian, Rick Ahrens always makes the trip more enjoyable by sharing his vast knowledge of the natural world. Plus, he is an expert at sighting and identifying birds. While we can’t guarantee just what birds you will see, here are a few highlights from previous trips: Thousands of Snow Geese flying in at dusk, turning the ground white and filling the air with sound; Eagles on the ice at Klamath Lake and hunting in the snow covered fields; A large flock of Night Herons roosting in the trees along the Link River; Hundreds of Tundra Swans floating on the water, looking like a huge white island; Large numbers of ducks, geese, birds of prey and perching birds. Who knows what special sights this year will bring!

Cost of trip includes: Transportation in a luxury motor coach with experienced driver; Thursday lunch at The Black Bear Restaurant; overnight accommodations, plus full continental breakfast, evening soup & cookies at Best Western Olympic Inn Klamath Falls. BRING A SACK LUNCH FOR WEDNESDAY. Dress warm; bring your camera, binoculars & spirit of adventure. Load bus at 7:30 a.m., depart at 8:00

Cost: Members $175 Non-members $179 $50.00 deposit due at registration

Balance due: February 20 Please make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps 541-726-0118

2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477

Bus Trips Rally 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

The Obsidians Bus Committee invites Obsidian members and guests to join us for the Annual Bus Trips Rally at the Lodge, Sunday, March 5th, 2 – 4 pm. This will be a time to hear trip leaders share details about the trips, ask questions, pick up a copy of the yearly bus trips schedule, and sign up for trips you are interested in. Where will “The Bus” take us this year? Here are a few hints: winter bird watching, Santiam wagon road, food production, National Parks, science & industry museum, an autumn BBQ and Christmas lights. Bus trips provide a great opportunity to spend time with old and new friends while touring the countryside. Refreshments will be served and we will have some great door prizes! The Concessions Committee will have Obsidians merchandise on display, watch for new items.

OMSI & Railroad Museum

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Leader: Jim Northrop

What better way to spend a rainy spring day than with a trip to the museum, two museums, in fact. Our bus trip will take us to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, both located within a few blocks of each other along the Willamette River in southeast Portland. At OMSI we will view the featured exhibit, “The Art of the Brick.” This is the world’s largest display of LEGO art, with both original pieces of inspiring artwork as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces, made entirely from LEGO bricks. We will also see the big screen IMAX movie “National Parks Adventure” and take in a laser light show or see the stars in the Kendall Planetarium. Optional activities are a 45-minute tour of the USS Blueback submarine docked along the Willamette River ($3.00), or a ride in a motion simulator ($5.00). Be sure to tour the museum’s regular science exhibits in the Turbine Hall and visit the Science Store for gift ideas. Lunch is on your own in the “Theory Eatery” (sandwiches, soups, salads, tacos, pizza, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.), or bring your own lunch to eat in the visitors’ lunchroom. Sometime after 1:00 p.m. Jim Northrop will lead fellow train enthusiasts two blocks to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center to visit three steam locomotives, including SP 4449, which pulled the “Freedom Train” for the bicentennial celebration in 1976. The railroad museum includes a gift shop and other displays of railroading in Oregon. If the weather is nice and you are up for some exercise, hike across the new “Tillikum Crossing: Bridge of the People” over the Willamette River. This bridge next to OMSI carries pedestrians, cyclists, city buses, the Portland Streetcar, and MAX trains, but not cars. It is the largest car-free bridge in the United States and is a marvel to behold. We will re-board our motor coach at 3:00 and hope to arrive back at Shopko before 6:00 p.m. Board motor coach at 7:45 a.m., depart at 8:00 a.m

Please make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

Cost: Members $66 Non-members: $68 Due March 22

RESERVATIONS & MAIL CHECKS TO: Mary Lee Cheadle 541-689-1085

3225 Richard Ave., Eugene, OR 97402

Springtime in the Country

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Springtime in the Willamette Valley is so beautiful, why not come along with Obsidians and guests on a slow-paced day to enjoy that beauty? Keep an eye out for animals and birds as we travel up backroads to Corvallis for our coffee stop at Avery Park. While there we can view the ninety-three foot long picnic table cut from a single Douglas fir log; perhaps the Rhododendron garden will be in bloom too. Then we make our way to Garland Nursery to enjoy all the spring flowers and interesting garden art they offer for sale. Lunch time will take us to The Children’s Farm Home down the road a bit. This beautiful historic building began as an orphanage, fell into ruin and was about to be torn down when the community stepped in to save it. It is now a residential care center for troubled youth. We will learn more about the building, programs and history before stepping into the dining room for a special lunch (cost included). After lunch we will take backroads to Brownsville to visit the Linn County Historical Museum, watch a short movie in the Boxcar Theater and have a tour of the historic Moyer House. For a small community, this museum has an amazing variety of displays. More back roads will bring us back to Shopko around 5:30.

Please make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

Cost: Members $65 Non-members $67 Due May 1

RESERVATIONS & MAIL CHECKS TO: Tom & Judy Adamcyk 541-302-8160

510 Spyglass Drive, Eugene, OR 97401

Exploring the Santiam Wagon Road

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Leader: Mary Ellen West

What is the Santiam Wagon Road? Where is it? Join this Obsidian bus trip to find out and explore the old road across the Cascades. Beginning at Sweet Home the road followed old Indian trails from the 1860’s until 1939 when the south Santiam Highway was completed. We will travel the highway in comfort, stopping at view points along the way. The drive up into the Cascades is always beautiful. The major stop for this trip will be at Fish Lake, the site of the most popular road house on the road. We’ll enjoy Fish Lake and a tour of the historic site hosted by the Friends of Fish Lake. Other stops will take us to the Sweet Home Museum and the Forest Service office to complete the story of the Santiam Wagon Road. It will be wild flower season too! BRING A SACK LUNCH.

Please make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

Cost: Members $50 Non-members $52 Due May 25

RESERVATIONS & MAIL CHECKS TO: Mary Lee Cheadle 541-689-1085

3225 Richard Ave., Eugene, OR 97402

More Food VI

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Leader: Mary Ellen West

We're on the road again to find treasures from western Oregon farms that provide healthy good eats and drinks. We'll begin our day at Camas Country Mill who will provide our morning coffee break (included). Their new wood fired oven will produce tasty goodies to start our day. There will be time for shopping in the Mill store. On up the road we'll visit the Pacific Hazelnut Farm and Candy Factory in Aurora. There will be a video tour and time for shopping. Yumm! Next stop will be Vogets Meats in Hubbard, who specialize in smoked meats, another shopping opportunity. This 68 year old German market is still in the original Voget family. On to Baumans, our favorite Century farm, south of Woodburn. We'll have lunch here (included) at picnic tables set up in the garden. Of course, there is time for shopping in the farm store and the unique garden store. Ice cream sold here! Finally, we'll stop at the Minto Island Growers farm west of Salem near Minto Brown Park. Growing tea plants is the feature. Tea plants and processed tea leaves harvested in May will be for sale. Tea grown here is acclaimed for its quality. SUGGEST: Bring a cooler. Enjoy!!!

Please make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

Cost: Members $60 Non-members $62 Payment due June 23

RESERVATIONS & MAIL CHECKS TO: Mary Lee Cheadle 541-689-1085

3225 Richard Ave., Eugene, OR 97402

Southwest National Parks

Sunday–Friday, September 10–22, 2017
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

This trip has been requested by our loyal extended bus trips riders for three years. Finally with the help of Augie & Char Bergman (as well as our loyal riders) we have it planned and scheduled. On this amazing thirteen day/twelve night trip we will travel through parts of six states; Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Arizona. We will visit ten National Parks; Great Basin, Canyonlands, Arches, Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs, Bryce, Zion, & Death Valley. Three National Monuments; Hovenweep, Canyon of the Ancients, Canyon De Chelly. Four State Parks; McArthur-Birney, Goblin Valley, Dead Horse Point & Valley of Fire. We will ride the scenic Durango-Silverton train; have a cave tour; visit an intact ghost town and more. The scenery will be spectacular; there will be amazing photo opportunities; we plan several short hikes; you will have lots of time to visit with old friends and make new ones.

The trip will be limited to 34 riders, with Obsidians & travel partners having priority until March 15th. There are limited spaces available, please contact Sharon Cutsforth, 541-746-4929 or to request a trip itinerary and/or register for the trip. A $400 deposit will be required upon registration to guarantee your space. Early departure: Load bus at 7:00 a.m., Depart at 7:30 a.m.

Please make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

Cost: Members $1,557 Nonmembers $1,583 Deposit of $400 due at registration, Balance to be paid as follows: $400 due March 15; $400 due May 15; remaining $357/$383 due July 15.

RESERVATIONS & MAIL CHECKS TO: Sharon Cutsforth 541-746-4929

1120 South 39th Street, Springfield, OR 97478

Fall Color & BBQ

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Leader: Barbara Beard

Obsidians and guests will leave Shopko parking lot at 8:00 a.m. for an exciting and relaxing day along the McKenzie River. The refreshing clear water, the occasional rapids and forested banks make this a beautiful drive any time of the year. We are hoping there will also be some fall color along the way. Our route will take us along the river as much as possible, crossing the McKenzie at Armitage Park we will make our way to Walterville via McKenzie View and other back roads. Our first stop will be at EWEB Park on Leaburg Lake; here we will have a coffee break and time to explore the grounds a bit. Our destination today will be Belknap Hot Springs Resort where we will enjoy a BBQ lunch provided by the Beard family. We have reserved the Great Room for comfortable lunching and visiting with friends. Lunch and use of the room are included in trip cost. There will be ample time for touring the grounds; enjoying the hot pools; or taking a walk along the river. If time allows we will travel on up the highway for a stop at the beautiful Sahalie Falls, near the headwaters of the McKenzie. We will arrive back at Shopko by 5:30 p.m.

Please make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

Cost: $68.00 Members Nonmembers $70.00\t Due September 23

RESERVATIONS & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps 541-726-0118

2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477

Shore Acres Christmas Lights

Thursday–Friday, November 30–December 1, 2017
Leader: Barbara Beard

We will the load bus at 8:30 a.m. and depart at 9:00 on this trip to see the spectacular colored lights display in Shore Acres State Park. Our route will take us down I-5 to Hwy. 38, through Drain, Reedsport and down Hwy. 101 to Coos Bay. Bring a sack lunch to be enjoyed at one of the stops along the way. We hope to see some of the resident elk at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing area. There will be a few more pull-off stops prior to arriving at the Mill Creek Casino in Coos Bay, our overnight destination. Following early check in and dinner (included) we plan to leave before 6:00 p.m. for Shore Acres via the Charleston area. Entry cost to the park is also included in cost of the trip. There will be ample time to tour the lighted grounds, enjoy the animation and see the decorated house. Christmas goodies will be shared on the way back to the Casino. Allowing time for a leisurely breakfast at the Casino, we will load the bus at 9:00 a.m. and depart at 9:30. We will travel north on 101 with a stop at Old Town Florence on the waterfront. There will be time for some holiday shopping and lunch (on your own) before departing for home around 2:30 p.m. Heading inland on Hwy. 126, we expect to arrive back at Shopko by 4:30 p.m.

Please make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account

Cost: Members $174.00 Nonmembers $178.00 Due November 10

RESERVATIONS & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps 541-726-0118

2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477

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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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