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

Bus Trips Rally 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018
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 4th, 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. 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.

A Caring Community

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Load bus at 8:15 a.m., depart at 8:30. (Late start) We live in a caring community. On this trip we will visit three places that provide support services for our residents. We’ll start the day with a visit to Food for Lane County where we’ll learn about their programs while enjoying our morning coffee. A tour of the facility will follow. For lunch, we’ll be heading to the Renaissance Room at Lane Community College to enjoy an International Cuisine lunch, served family style (cost included). Students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program plan, prepare and serve the meal in a lovely setting. After lunch our group will have an opportunity to learn more about the program, as the chef and some students will be available to answer questions. Our third visit will be to the St. Vincent de Paul facility on Chad Drive where we will see a presentation about Bascom Village and learn about their other programs. We will be shown the building and have a little time to enjoy browsing in their shop before returning to Shopko around 5:00. Please note: This trip involves a fair amount of walking, both indoors and outside (on LCC campus). Please wear warm clothing, closed toe shoes and bring an umbrella. Please make all checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account Cost: Members $61.00 Non-members $63.00 Due February 20 MAIL CHECKS (immediately upon signup) TO: Judy Adamcyk 541-302-8160, 510 Spyglass Drive, Eugene, OR 97401

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Leader: Jim Northrop

Load bus at 7:30 a.m., depart at 8:00. What better way to spend a rainy spring day than with a trip to the museum. We head to McMinnville to tour the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, home to Howard Hughes’ “Spruce Goose.” the world’s largest wooden flying boat. We will take a guided tour and enjoy an IMAX big screen movie. Bring a sack lunch to eat outside or purchase lunch in the museum’s cafe. Afterward we head to the Woodburn/Mt. Angel area where, depending on time, interest, and the weather, we will view the tulip fields, Mount Angel Abbey, and/or Bauman’s Farm. We hope to arrive back at Shopko around 5:30 pm. This trips is available for Obsidian online signup. Please make all checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account Cost: Members $68 Non-members $70 Due April 2 RESERVATIONS AND MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps 541-726-0118, 2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477

Fossils, Shells and Rocks

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2 – 4 p.m. Presented by: John Mellott, retired OSU and Oregon Department of Agriculture staff. Refreshments will be served.

Oregon Jewish Museum

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Leader: Mary Ellen West

Load bus at 7:30 a.m., depart at 8:00. Our destination today is the newly expanded Oregon Jewish Museum recently relocated to old town Portland. This is an early Oregon history trip as well as learning about discrimination in many forms, including the prominent early 20th century KuKluxKlan. There are also art and cultural exhibits in three galleries. We will have a guided tour. Jewish people, primarily from Russia and Bavaria started arriving in Oregon by 1850. Many became merchants outfitting gold prospectors in Southern Oregon. Lunch (on your own) will be at Kornblatt's Jewish Deli. Jewish style baked goods are available at Lefty's inside the Museum for purchase. Rugelach or Hamantaschen ummmmgood!! Please make all checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account. Cost: Members $50 Non-members $52 Due May 1 RESERVATIONS AND MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Adamcyk 541-302-8160, 510 Spyglass Drive, Eugene, OR 97401

Hiking the Continental Divide

Friday, May 18, 2018

The First Women’s Hike of the Continental Divide Trail-1978 - Jean Ella presenter

Birding at Summer Lake

Tuesday–Thursday, June 12–14, 2018
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Load bus at 7:30 a.m., depart at 8:00. Are you ready for an adventure? Let’s take a step back in time to a slower pace of life as we 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 a short stop at Salt Creek Falls on the way home. Day one will start with coffee break at Green Waters Park in Oakridge. Bring a sack lunch for this day, as we plan a lunch stop at the Klamath Marsh NWR Visitor Center. Other meals, (two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners) are all included in the cost of the trip. Suggest bringing: snacks of your choice, binoculars, bird book, rain jacket and good walking shoes. Space is limited to twenty-three people; Obsidians will have priority until March 20th (a wait list will be maintained). Cost: Members $331 Non-members $337 $50.00 deposit due at registration; Balance $281/287, Due May 20 Please make all checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account RESERVATIONS AND MAIL CHECKS TO: Sharon Cutsforth 541-746-4929, 1120 S 39th St, Springfield, OR 97478

Old Albany

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Leader: Vern Marsonette

Load bus at 7:30 a.m., depart at 8:00. The new Albany Historical Carousel is the focus of our trip to Linn County. On our way we will have a leisurely visit to old time Albany and the small rural city if Halsey. We'll start at the Halsey city park for our coffee break. Next will be a tour at the Ewethful Fiber Farm & Mill located in an old, old building, part of a century farm. Yarns are produced here from a variety of animals. The gift shop has many temptations! Our last stop in Halsey is City Hall, a new looking building rescued from the ancient railroad station. We'll see democracy at work. In Albany we'll visit the oldest house (Monteith 1849), the Regional museum and drive past many historic residences. Lunch (Bring you own) will be at the Monteith River Park located at the confluence of the Calapooia and Willamette rivers. This beautiful park has facilities for picnickers and a paved trail along the river. The Carousel located nearby is fun for all. We'll have a tour of the carving room, time for the gift shop and riding on a favorite animal. Our final stop will be at the Talking Waters garden in north Albany. This is an engineered water treatment wetland developed by Albany, Millersburg and the metals manufacturing ATI. This is a good opportunity to enjoy the many sights available on a good trail around the grounds. Please make all checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account Cost: Members $55 Non-members $57 Due July 1 RESERVATIONS AND MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps 541-726-0118, 2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477

Exploring Eastern Washington

Monday–Saturday, September 10–15, 2018
Leader: Barbara Beard

Load bus at 7:30 a.m., depart at 8:00 Are you ready for: Adventures in Klickitat County, Grand Coulee, Columbia River Gorge via airplane, Spokane River via floating rafts, Spokane “River Park 1974 World’s Fair” via Sky Ride, and sightseeing the Snake River Canyons and Coulee via Luxury Tour Bus? This exciting bus tour will be dedicated to the memory of Ewart Baldwin. The Eastern Washington geological lands, Klickitat River, Klickitat County, and Grand County made this one of Ewart’s favorite areas to explore. Enjoy the vastness of the geological wonders this extraordinary land has to offer. The building of Grand Coulee Dam started in the depression years is one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular building projects of all times. We will spend one night at the dam- rooms looking out on the spillway. We will see a laser show on the dam itself just at dark, and tour inside the dam the next morning. The continuing bus tour will find us experiencing plane rides into the Columbia River Gorge with views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams along with the fire devastation. Our pilots have said we will be surprised when we see the gorge from the air. Whether viewing museums and historic places, looking up through one of the world’s largest telescopes or out at the geologic wonder of Dry Falls and glacial sculpting, this trip promises to be mind boggling and memorable- a fun packed week that you won’t want to miss. Sign up early the trip will be limited to 35 riders Please make all checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account Projected cost: Members $990, Non-members $1012 $100 deposit due at registration. $300 due May 15; $300 due July 15; balance due August 15 (290/$312) PLEASE NOTE: The single supplement to have a private room is $275.00 RESERVATIONS AND MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps 541-726-0118, 2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477

The High Desert Museum

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Early departure: Load bus 7:15, depart 7:30 We begin this trip with an early departure time in order to make the 11:30 “Birds of Prey” presentation at the High Desert Museum. Our route will take us up Highway 58 to Oakridge, where we will have a short coffee break at Green Waters Park beside the Willamette River. There is much to see and explore at High Desert, both inside the building and outside on the trails. In doors there are several art galleries, the Hall of Plateau Indians, a Desertarium, the Trading Post, and the Rim Rock Café. Outside there are trails to explore which will take you to the Birds of Prey Center, The Changing Forest, the 1904 Miller Ranch & Sawmill, the Otter Exhibit and more. At 1:00 there may be an opportunity to watch the otters interact with their handlers as they are fed lunch. As we travel on Highway 58 and through the Crescent Lake Cutoff we will be on the watch for signs of fall color. We will stop at Salt Creek Falls on the return trip and allow time for a short walk along Salt Creek to the top of the falls. Lunch is on your own; either in the Rim Rock Café or bring a sack lunch. Picnic tables are available in shaded areas of the parking lot. Estimated arrival time back at Shopko is 6:00 p.m. or shortly after. Please make all checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips Account Cost: Members $57 Nonmembers $59 Due September 25 RESERVATIONS & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Garwood 541-541-683-5539 4145 E. Amazon Dr., Eugene, OR 97405

Christmas Party

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Saturday, December 8, 2 – 4 p.m. Refreshments, Door Prizes, Entertainment- a good celebration of the season!

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