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.


Current Bus Trips Schedule & Descriptions

Interested In A Trip? Here Are The Guidelines for Participation

All bus trip participants must complete and provide a
Medical Information Form for the current year.

Archive of trips in previous years
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

2009 2008 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Questions about Bus Trips?
Contact Sharon Cutsforth, 541-746-4929


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 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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