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2020:

The Bus Rally Cancelled

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

The Bus Rally – Sunday, March 15, 2020, 2-4 pm Each year the Bus Committee holds a Rally at the Obsidian Lodge to announce our planned bus trips. This is always a fun time as we reconnect with old friends and enjoy meeting new people. The Rally is open to all Obsidian members, family and friends as well as nonmember guests. Leaders will present details about the trips they have planned and this will be the first opportunity to sign up for trips that are of interest to you. The cost of each trip is figured at a rate to cover expenses. There will be refreshments and door prizes (including two gift certificates each for $25 off on the cost of a bus trip). Concessions will have Obsidians merchandise displayed. We look forward to seeing you at the Rally. Questions? Call Sharon Cutsforth 541-746-4929 or Judy Garwood 541-683-5539


A Day at OMSI Cancelled

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Leader: Judy Phelps

Load bus at (former) Shopko site at 7:30 a.m.; Depart at 8:00 a.m. Rain or shine this will be a fun day with friends. Heading north, our first stop will be in Albany for our coffee break at McDonalds (on your own). We will then proceed to the OMSI Center in Portland. Along the way we will likely see sheep in the green fields and possibly some hawks or eagles. Your OMSI admission is included in the trip cost. If you wish to attend a theater presentation you will need to purchase those tickets on your own. We will have approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours to visit exhibits, have lunch and view theater presentations. There is a large cafeteria “Theory” open from 11 – 2. You may also bring your lunch if you wish, however you may have to leave lunch bags and backpacks in an unsecured “lunch room.” We will re-board the bus at 3 p.m. and travel Highway 99 back to Eugene. Our estimated time of arrival in Eugene is 6:00 p.m. A COMPLETED 2020 MEDICAL INFORMATION IS REQUIRED Cost: Member $62 Non-member $64 Payment Due: March 26, 2020 Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Sharon Cutsforth 541-746-4929 1120 South 39th Street, Springfield 97478


Seneca Lumber & Dune Buggy Ride Cancelled

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Leader: Barbara Beard

Load bus at (former) Shopko site 7:45 a.m.; Depart at 8:00 a.m. Join us for a day of learning, relaxing and playing. Traveling north on Hwy 99, our first stop will be at Seneca Lumber to learn more about the innovative technology and cogeneration process they utilize to generate power and thermal energy from waste products left behind after logging and lumber production. This will be followed by a coffee break at Orchard Point Park on Fern Ridge Lake before continuing our drive to the coast via Hwy 36 and Triangle Lake. Lunch will be on your own in Old Town in Florence. After lunch we’ll drive south of Florence to board large buggies for a tour in the dunes. Be sure to bring warm clothing, a hooded coat or sweatshirt, and be prepared for the weather. Our return trip will be on Hwy 126 with a stop at the Gingerbread House for snacks before returning to Eugene at approximately 6:00 p.m. A COMPLETED 2020 MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM IS REQUIRED! Cost: $83 Member $85 Non-member Payment Due: May 7, 2020 Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Garwood 541-683-5539 4145 East Amazon Drive, Eugene 97405


Thompson's Mills, Mt Angel Abbey, Oregon Gardens     Cancelled

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Leader: Jim Northrop

Load bus 8:00 a.m., depart 8:30 a.m. - NOTE LATER DEPARTURE TIME We begin our day by driving the back roads to Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site in Shedd. Volunteer docents will give us an hour-long tour of the last water-powered mill in Oregon. The mill chronicles 160 years of rural life and honors the owners who continually adapted the mill to the changing world around it. After the tour we will take our coffee break at a picnic site located on the grounds. Then we’re off to Mt. Angel Abbey, perched on a hilltop outside the town of Mt. Angel. The 1882 Benedictine Abbey offers an ornate church; the Alvar Aalto designed library; a small museum with an eclectic collection of North American mammals, Native American artifacts, minerals, porcelain figurines, art glass, clerical vestments and artworks; a brewpub where the monks brew beer from hops grown on monastery land. Then it is time for lunch (on your own). We will drive to the Mt. Angel Sausage Company, featuring German cuisine. You may also choose to enjoy lunch at another nearby restaurant or café, or bring your own sack lunch. After lunch we head to the Oregon Garden in Silverton for a guided tour and free time to enjoy the many gardens and gift shop on your own. We will arrive back in Eugene around 5:30 p. m. COMPLETED 2020 MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM REQUIRED Cost: Member $60 Non-Member $62 Payment Due: May 26, 2020 Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Garwood 541-683-5539 4145 East Amazon Drive, Eugene 97405


Odell Lake Cancelled

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Leader: Jim Northrop

Load bus at (former) Shopko site at 7:30 a.m.; Depart at 8:00 a.m. We begin the day by driving the back roads through Springfield, Jasper, Fall Creek and Lowell to the Lowell Covered Bridge for a quick tour at this historic site. Then it is on to Oakridge for a coffee break at Dairy Queen (on your own). Our next stop will be a tour at the Willamette Fish Hatchery that will take us through the life cycle of a salmon. The hatchery grounds also have fish ponds, a quaint museum, a nature trail, and nine holes of miniature golf. We’ll head to Odell Lake Lodge and Resort for lunch on your own. You can eat indoors in the rustic lodge or out on the terrace, both with views of the lake. If you prefer, you may also bring your own sack lunch. After lunch and a walk along the shore of Odell Lake, we drive to Salt Creek Falls and a short hike to Too Much Bear Lake. If time allows, we may also visit the Office Covered Bridge in Westfir and/or Elijah Bristow State Park near Dexter. We’ll arrive back in Eugene around 5 p.m. A COMPLETED MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR 2020 IS REQUIRED Cost: Member $50 Non-Member $52 Payment Due: June 23, 2020 Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Garwood 541-683-5539 4145 East Amazon Drive, Eugene 97405


John Day Fossil Beds & the Wallowas Cancelled

Monday–Saturday, September 21–26, 2020
Leader: Jim Northrop

Load bus at (former) Shopko site at 7:30 a.m.; Depart at 8:00 a.m. Come join us for a six-day, five-night scenic tour of the John Day Country and northeast Oregon. Expect jam-packed (and some long) days. We will attempt to do all listed activities as time and weather allow, but likely will not be able to accomplish everything. Bring your spirit of adventure. Highlights of the trip will include: Day One- Visit the historic Santiam Pass Ski Lodge; tour the fantastic rock creations at Petersen Rock Garden; hike the trails or simply take in the view at Smith Rock State Park. Lodging: Best Western Prineville Inn, 541-447-8080 Day Two- Tour the Painted Hills and Sheep Rock Units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument; visit the Thomas Condon visitor center and museum; hike a trail at the Mascall Overlook; visit the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site. Lodging: Best Western John Day Inn, 541-575-1700 Day Three- Walk around the dredge at the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area; tour the beautifully-restored Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City; take in the exhibits at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (bring your National Park pass if you have one); drive the east side of the Wallowa Mountains through Halfway to an overlook of the Snake River Canyon. Lodging: Ponderosa Inn, Enterprise, 541-426-3186 Day Four- Pedal recumbent bikes/carts on the tracks of the old Joseph Branch railroad; tour the Valley Bronze foundry; rise 3700 feet in 15 minutes to the summit of Mt. Howard on a gondola; see glacial-carved Wallowa Lake and the lodge; walk the streets and see the bronze sculptures in Joseph. Lodging: Ponderosa Inn, Enterprise, 541-426-3186 Day Five- Tour the Pendleton Underground; see the 50 Rodin sculptures at the Maryhill Museum of Art and explore the outdoor sculpture garden. Lodging: The Dalles Inn, 541-296-9107 Day Six- Walk to the eerie "She Who Watches" petroglyph; take in the view at White River Falls State Park; visit the Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument; dig for fossils in Fossil; bungee jump (or watch) at the Crooked River Bridge, the tallest commercial bungee jump in North America (300 feet above the river, 250-foot swan dive) ($129 for first jump, credit cards accepted, reservations suggested). Arrival in Eugene: We will likely have a late return to Eugene. It could be 6 p.m. or as late as 8 p.m. depending on time spent on the last day’s activities. Food: Bring a sack lunch for the first day. Bring a small cooler as we will pick up lunch fixings each day at a local store. Breakfast included with motel stays. Lunches and dinners on your own. Bring: National Park Pass (Senior/Interagency Pass), rain jacket, layered clothes, good walking shoes, camera, binoculars, sun screen, water bottle, small cooler for lunch supplies, money or credit card for bungee jump. Cost: $681.00 Members $693.00 Non-members $100.00 Deposit due at registration $190.00 due April 24, $190.00 due June 24, Balance $201.00/$213.00 due August 24, 2020 Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Sharon Cutsforth 541-746-4929 1120 South 39th Street, Springfield 97478


Columbia Sternwheeler & Mt Hood Train Cancelled

Wednesday–Friday, October 14–16, 2020
Leader: Barbara Beard

EARLY DEPARTURE!! Load bus at (former) Shopko site at 5:45 a.m.; Depart at 6:00 a.m. This is a 3 day adventure you won’t want to miss. Day 1 Wednesday: We’ll leave Eugene very early to drive to Cascade Locks where we’ll board the Sternwheeler for the 10 a.m. “Landmarks of the Gorge Cruise.” While traveling through the locks at Bonneville and viewing sights along the gorge on our 5 hour excursion, we’ll enjoy both a continental breakfast and a lunch buffet. Then we’re off to Hood River for our 2 night stay at the Hood River Inn that includes breakfast each morning. Day 2 Thursday: After breakfast at the hotel, it’s “All Aboard” as we board the Mt. Hood Train to Parkdale, enjoying beautiful views of Mt. Hood while on a 35 mile ride through woods, orchards and vineyards. We’ll return to our rooms at the Hood River Inn for the night. Day 3 Friday: After breakfast at the hotel, our drive on Hwy 35 will take us around the back side of Mt. Hood and through the Cascades on back roads towards Salem. Our final stop will be at Bauman Farms in Gervais for some pumpkin adventures. We’ll return to Eugene at approximately 6:00 P.M. Cost: $515 Members $521 Non-members $50.00 Deposit due at registration $235.00 due August 14 Balance $230.00 (member) $236 (non-member) due September 14, 2020 Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Sharon Cutsforth 541-746-4929 1120 South 39th Street, Springfield 97478


Bus Trips Christmas Party Cancelled

Saturday, December 12, 2020
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Special Event: CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE LODGE Saturday, December 12, 2–4 p.m. You are invited to join us for a festive afternoon featuring refreshments, music and door prizes. This celebration of the season is open to all Obsidians, family and friends, as well as nonmember guests who have traveled with us in the past. It will be a good opportunity to renew acquaintances and meet new friends. Questions? Call Sharon Cutsforth 541-746-4929 or Judy Garwood 541-683-5539



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2019:

The Bus Rally Cancelled

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

NOTE: THE BUS RALLY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH, 2-4 PM. Early each year the Bus Committee holds a Rally at the Obsidian Lodge to announce our planned bus trips. This is always a fun time as we reconnect with old friends and enjoy meeting new people. The Rally is open to all Obsidian members, family and friends as well as our nonmember guests who have traveled with us. Leaders’ present details about the trips they have planned and there will be an opportunity to sign up for trips that are of interest to you. The cost of each trip is figured at a rate to cover expenses. The Rally will include refreshments and door prizes, including two $25 off certificates for a chosen trip.


Birding the Klamath Basin Cancelled

Tuesday–Wednesday, March 12–13, 2019
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Load bus at 7:30 a.m., depart at 8:00 am 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: 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; 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; Wednesday lunch at The Black Bear (included); overnight accommodations, plus full continental breakfast, evening soup & cookies at Best Western Olympic Inn Klamath Falls. BRING A SACK LUNCH FOR TUESDAY. Dress warm; bring your camera, binoculars & spirit of adventure. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION SHEET FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: Members $195 Non-members $199 $50.00 deposit due at registration Balance due: February 15 - Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips Account REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Adamcyk, 541-302-8160, 510 Spyglass Drive, Eugene, OR 97401


The Oregon Coast Aquarium

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Leader: Mary Ellen West

LOAD BUS AT 7:30 am The Oregon Coast Aquarium is the focus of our early spring trip to the Oregon coast. We'll visit the sea lions, seals. otters, assorted other creatures(large and small) and the colorful coast birds beginning their annual breeding plumage. We'll go via Corvallis with a coffee stop at Avery Park. We'll be able to observe some animals during their feeding time. Knowledgeable volunteers are at the otter, seal lion/seals and aviary. They have stories to tell about their "creatures" and can answer questions. The large gift shop is a shopper’s delight. Lunch will be on your own at the Aquarium restaurant. Before leaving Newport we'll drive around the area near the aquarium to see the developing OSU marine science campus and NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Association). We hope to visit the NOAA research vessel as well. Leaving the area we'll return down the coast looking for returning whales swimming north. Ice cream in Florence if we're in the mood. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: $63 Members $65 Non-Members Payment due: March 20 Please make checks payable to Obsidian Bus Trips REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps, 541-726-0118 2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477


Hinsdale Rhodie Gardens and Wild Rhodies

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Leader: Barbara Beard

Load Bus at 7:30 AM Route- I-5 South to Drain Exit- Hwy 38 to the Dean Creek Elk viewing area. A coffee break will be provided along this route. A shuttle bus will meet us at the viewing area to deliver us to the gardens. We have a private viewing of the gardens until about 10:00 am when we will be shuttled back to our bus and proceed to Cleawox or Woahink Lake for our sack lunch (bring your own). After lunch we will travel North to the Washburne beach area and rest stop for a short beach walk and more rhodies. On the way home to Eugene, we re-track on Hwy 101 to Florence and make an ice cream stop. We will travel to Eugene via Hwy 126, arriving at approximately 6:00 pm. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: $60 Members $62 Non-Members Payment due April 25 Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips. REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Garwood 541-683-5539 4145 E. Amazon Drive, Eugene, OR 97405


Historic Cottage Grove

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Leader: Jim Northrop

Load Bus at 7:30 AM For a small town, Cottage Grove has a lot to offer. Did you know that Cottage Grove is the covered bridge capital of Oregon, with six covered bridges? At the Chambers Railroad Bridge, we will read interpretative exhibits describing Cottage Grove’s lumber mills and logging industry. At the Bohemia Gold Mining Museum, we will learn about the 1863 gold rush. The Cottage Grove Museum, located in an octagonal-shaped former church, contains hundreds of historical artifacts. Cottage Grove was the location of Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent film classic, The General; Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine in the 1973 film, Emperor of the North; the parade scene in the cult comedy, Animal House; and the railroad track portions of the 1986 coming-of-age film, Stand by Me. We will view many beautiful murals, including one of Opal Whitely, Cottage Grove’s most famous citizen, who you likely never heard of. Lunch is on your own at one of several restaurants and brew pubs in the historic downtown. Or bring a sack lunch to eat in the park. Sometime after lunch we will visit Sanity Chocolate to learn about the process of making chocolate. Bring extra cash to purchase some of the shop’s delicacies. We will top off the trip with a scenic tour around Dorena Lake to view most of the covered bridges. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: Members $55 Non-Members: $57 Payment due May 30 Please make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips RESERVATIONS AND MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps 541-726-0118 2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477


Crater Lake with Overnight at Diamond Lake Resort

Thursday–Friday, July 11–12, 2019
Leader: Barbara Beard

Load bus at 7:30am at Shopko, depart 8:00 Route- I-5 South to Hwy 58 Exit at Oakridge. Coffee break at Green Waters, Oakridge or Salt Creek at the top of the pass. Arriving at Crater Lake 10:30 to 11:00 am. We will be joined by a ranger who will narrate while we tour the rim. We will find a spot along the way to enjoy our sack lunch (Bring your own). We will leave the park at about 3:00 pm and travel to Diamond Lake Resort where dinner will be on your own. The resort has many amenities. Barbara plans to provide an outdoor breakfast on Friday morning. The trip home will include several waterfalls along the North Umpqua River and a tour of the Douglas County Museum in Roseburg. We plan to arrive in Eugene at approximately 6:00 pm. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: Members $215 Non-Members: $219 $50.00 deposit at registration, Balance due June 20 ( checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips) REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Adamcyk, 541-302-8160 510 Spyglass Drive, Eugene, OR 97401


Exploring the Olympic Peninsula

Monday–Saturday, September 23–28, 2019
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Load Bus 7:30 AM, depart 8:00 AM This trip offers opportunities for both group and individual exploration. We plan to take our time driving around the peninsula, starting near Olympia and returning to Oregon via the beautiful Astoria-Megler Bridge. We will drive along the Hood Canal, stopping at a waterside State Park. Although we are somewhat limited in where we can take the bus in the Olympic National Park, we will drive to both the Hurricane Ridge and the Hoh Rain Forest visitor centers, allowing time for short hikes. Our schedule will include a visit to pebbly Rialto Beach near La Push. We will spend two nights in Port Townsend (Harborside Inn) and one night in Port Angeles (Red Lion Hotel); both are on the waterfront with many points of interest within walking distance. As we travel on to Forks we will enjoy the natural beauty of forest, lakes and rivers. Our fourth night will be at the Forks Motel. Be sure to bring a rain jacket as Forks gets about 120 inches rain per year. We will visit the Forks Logging Museum before continuing south on Hwy. 101 to Raymond which features steel sculptures of wildlife and people. We will also find a special point of interest here. On to Astoria, our stay is at the (Comfort Suites Columbia River), which has a great view of the river and a nice adjacent walking trail. Our final day will include visiting the Maritime Museum, the Astoria Column and lunch at the famous Camp 18 Restaurant and Logging Museum. We should return to Eugene before 6:00 p.m. A complete itinerary will be available at the Bus Rally and by request. Bring: National Parks Pass (Senior/Interagency Pass), rain jacket, layered clothes, good walking shoes, camera, binoculars, sun screen, bird book and a small cooler for lunch supplies. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: $760.00 Members $772.00 Non-Members $100.00 deposit due at registration $200.00 due May 15th, $200.00 due July 15th, Balance $260/$272 due August 15th Single supplement $340.00 (Checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips) REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps, 541-726-0118 2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477


Chinese History in Portland

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Leader: Vern Marsonette

Load Bus 7:30 AM, depart 8:00 AM Portland’s Chinatown is our October destination. Located in "Old Town" are the remnants of a thriving Chinese community dating back to the 1870s. At one time it was the second largest Chinatown in the United States. This is an Oregon history story that we'll experience at the new Chinese Museum opened in December, 2018. We'll also tour the beautiful and culturally inspiring Lan Su Chinese Garden. Lunch (included) will be at the nearby Golden Horse restaurant. We will look for the old underground tunnels and imagine the stories to be told. Businesses, family associations and underground illegal activity thrived. In recent times, with gleaming new developments happening in the "Old Town" historic district, the Chinese community is moving to 82nd street on the east side of Portland. We'll return to Eugene via the east side and down Hwy 99. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: $75 Members $77 Non-Member Payment due September 26 Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips REGISTRATION AND MAIL CHECKS TO: Marcia Claypool 541-736-3896 2351 Loch Dr. Springfield, OR 97477 .


Christmas Storybook Land in Albany OR

Monday, December 9, 2019
Leader: Barbara Beard

Load bus at 12:15 PM, depart at 12:30 PM We will drive I-5 North to the Santiam Rest Stop, for a short break, then to the Albany exit for our scheduled tour of Storybook Land at 2:00pm. We will see everything from Santa’s Village and Workshop to moving train displays. This event, which has been entertaining Christmas lovers for over 40 years is provided and totally staffed by volunteers. Afterward, we will travel to Corvallis for dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory on the Willamette River (cost included). Returning home via Highway 99, we should arrive at approximately 9:00 pm. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: Members $78 Non-Members $80 Payment due November 21 Please make checks payable to Obsidian Bus Trips Account. REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Adamcyk, 541-302-8160 510 Spyglass Drive, Eugene, OR 97401 .



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2018:

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



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2017:

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 skcutsforth@comcast.net 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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2016:

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. 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 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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2015:

Bus Trips Rally 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015
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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

LET’S FLOCK TO SAUVIE ISLAND FOR BIRD WATCHING 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 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: 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

BIRDING IN COASTAL AREAS AROUND OLD TOWN BANDON 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. THINGS TO BRING: RAIN JACKETS, BINOCULARS, GOOD WALKING SHOES, SACK LUNCH. Cost: Members $ 166.00 Non-Members $ 170.00 - $50.00 Due now; Balance due March 10 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: 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 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Barbara Payne (541) 746-1964 39478 Walterville Lane, Springfield, OR 97478


Wildwood Rec Area & Salmon River

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Leader: Barbara Beard

EXPLORING WILDWOOD RECREATION AREA AND SALMON RIVER 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 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: 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 Non-members $52 - Due June 25 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: 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

FUN AT YELLOWSTONE & JACKSON HOLE 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 Non-Members $1,138 $400 Deposit Due at registration; $400 Due June 10; $324/328 Balance Due August 10 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Barbara Payne (541) 746-1964 39478 Walterville Lane, Springfield, OR 97478


Fall Color Trip

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Leader: Barbara Beard

FALL COLOR- WEST CASCADES, N. FORKS SANTIAM AND BREITENBUSH RIVERS 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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Byways By Bus Rally

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Leader: Liz Reanier

Please join the Obsidian Bus Committee for a presentation of the 2014 Bus Trips to a few of the following planned destinations: Death Valley & surrounding areas (7 days/6 nights) Mount St. Helens & Northwest Trek Wildlife Park A historical tour of the Alpine area Another “Food” trip – always a delight Portland’s Chinese Garden & The Grotto The annual Fall Color Trip Roseburg’s drive through Christmas lights display And more – come to hear trip details, pick up a copy of bus trips schedule & sign up for trips. Refreshments provided by Bus 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: Liz Reanier 541-687-1925 or Sharon Cutsforth 541-746-4929


Monroe, Alpine, Finley Refuge

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Leader: Verna Kocken

Let’s explore some of the area north of us. Monroe and Alpine were booming with promise in the mid 1800s. Come and discover what and why. We will visit the new library and tour the Union High School in Monroe. We will travel to Alpine, visit the community center and the Pioneer Cemetery. We will glimpse the Alpine tavern, celebrated in the writing and cartooning of James Cloutier. On to Bellfountain Park with a view of historic Bellfountain Community Church and the Bellfountain School. We will go north to Findlay Wildlife Refuge, where we will visit the new offices and store and weather permitting, walk the Woodpecker trail. The bus will bring us back on Highway 99 W, where we will make a brief side trip past the Irish Bend School. We will return to Shopko before 5 pm. Bring a sack lunch. Cost: members $48. Non-members: $50 Due Mar. 1 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Liz Reanier (541) 687-1925 - 853 Ascot, Eugene, OR 97401


Death Valley

Sunday–Saturday, April 6–12, 2014
Leader: Paul Beard

A trip of a lifetime is on the agenda for Obsidians and friends. Spectacular scenery, back roads, rugged mountains, exciting adventures for all who participate. Traveling through the Cascades and northeastern California to Reno the first day with a night’s stay in the Grand Sierra Resort overlooking the lights of Reno in the newly remodeled 20 story resort. Traveling Hwy 395 to 95 will bring us to Tonopah, Nevada for our second night’s stay and near Scotty’s Junction to Route 267, into the northern part of Death Valley. We will tour the famous castle and grounds and have our lunch in the area. We spend our third night at the ranch in Furnace Creek. We will then be joined by a tour guide, volunteer ranger- friend of our driver as we tour into the middle and southern parts of Death Valley- a very special time for experiencing the valley and the wonders of the area. Lunch will be at Stove Pipe Wells, another historic place in the valley and then on to Ridgecrest, around the east side of China Lake and the Naval Weapons Center, National Training Center, and a tour of the Maturango Museum. The next day, leaving the Ridgecrest area will find us heading to the mountains along route 395 to Bishop, CA. This route takes us on the east side of the Sierra Nevadas, viewing Mt. Whitney and stopping by the visitor’s center of the Eastern Sierras. Through the mountains and past the lakes to Bishop, where we will spend the night. We follow 395 around parts of Lake Tahoe into Auburn, Yuba City, and Williams for our sixth night. All along the scenic routes of central CA, our bus driver, Augie, will have some treats for us. Our stay will be in Williams. The seventh day will find us on I5 headed for home- but wait, one last treat! For lunch we will be stopping at “Heaven on Earth” just north of Grants Pass. (Cost included in your trip fees.) We’ll be home on Saturday, the 12th of April at about 6:00 to 6:30 PM. Join your Obsidian friends for great memories and the trip of a lifetime! Cost: members $850 Non-members: $871 Payment Plan: $300 due 1/5/14 $300 due 2/5/14 $250 or remaining due 3/5/14 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Barbara Payne (541-746-1964) 39478 Walterville Lane, Springfield, OR 97478


Portland Chinese Garden

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

May is a beautiful time to see spring flowers in bloom. We will leave Shopko at 8:00, stop at a favorite rest area for coffee break and arrive at the Chinese Garden mid-morning. Here we will experience winding walkways, a bridged lake, open pavilions, water sounds, floral fragrances and more than 500 species of plants and trees. All of this within one city block in downtown Portland – it is truly amazing. Lunch at the Golden Horse Chinese Restaurant will be included in your trip fee. After lunch we travel east to the Grotto. This internationally known Catholic Sanctuary encompasses 62 acres on two levels. The Grotto is carved into the base of a 110 foot cliff. The upper level is reached by elevator (cost included), there you can stroll the paths among rhododendrons and other native Pacific Northwest flora; view statuary, the reflecting ponds and panoramic vista of the Columbia River Valley, the Cascade Range and Mount Saint Helens. We will return to Shopko by 6:00 p.m. Cost: Members $65.00 Non-Members $67.00 Due April 20 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Mary Lee Cheadle (541) 689-1085 3225 Richard Ave, Eugene, OR 97402


More Food III

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Leader: Mary Ellen West

This trip will showcase Willamette Valley food producers. Our first stop will be at the Hunton Family Farm near Junction City. The grains and beans grown here should be up and growing. Our coffee break will be here in the education building. Then we will go to the Camas County Mill where hte grains are milled and the products are packaged. Then it’s off to the Hard Times Distillery in Monroe. Vodka is the main spirit produced. Lunch (on your own) will be at the New Morning Deli in Corvallis. We’ll stop at the Peoria Farmers’ Market on our way to Stahlbush Island Farms. This farm grows and processes fruit and vegetables on 5,000 acres. Our final stop will be in Junction City for Lochmead ice cream. Cost: Members $45 Non-Members $47 Due June 12 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Janet Speelman (541) 344-3019 1496 W 28th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405


Mt St Helens

Tuesday–Wednesday, July 15–16, 2014
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Naturalist Rick Ahrens will accompany us on this nature oriented trip north to view the recovery process in the Mount St. Helen’s blast area and to see wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. We will leave Shopko at 7:30 am, stopping for our coffee break at a rest area near Wilsonville. Bring a sack lunch, picnic lunch spot to be determined. There are many viewpoints and places of interest along SR 504, known as Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. We plan to visit the Weyerhaeuser Forest Learning Center, located just inside the blast zone, to learn about forest replanting and recovery. Perhaps we will see some of the thousands of elk that have returned to Mount St. Helens. Next we travel to Johnston Ridge Observatory (bring Golden Age Pass), named for the volcanologist who was camped on the ridge when the volcano blew. As time allows we will stop at other interesting spots along the highway. We then travel up to Eatonville, lodging at the Mill Village Motel. There are several restaurants nearby for dinner (on your own) and free continental breakfast at the motel in the morning. We plan a grocery stop before heading to the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, it will be your choice whether to bring a sack lunch or eat at the Wildlife Park restaurant. There will be time to take the guided tram tour (cost included) among the animals and to walk the forest paths to view the larger predatory animals. Suggest picking up some snacks as it will be a long drive back to Eugene, rest stops along the way, arriving by 7:00 p.m. Remember: Tues. 7:30 am departure, bring sack lunch and Golden Age Pass. Cost: Members $180.00 Non-Members $184.00 $50 now; Balance due June 15 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Barbara Payne (541-746-1964) 39478 Walterville Lane, Springfield, OR 97478


Back to the Coast

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Leader: Mary Ellen West

We are returning to the Oregon Hatchery Research Center for an extended visit. The center, on a tributary of the Alsea River, 25 miles east of Waldport is a world renowned research center. We will have our lunch (bring your own) on the beautiful grounds overlooking Fall Creek. After our visit we will move on to the coast to explore the life of native Americans. The Cape Perpetua Visitor’s Center has archaeological objects helping to tell the story. Finally, ice cream in Florence. Cost: Members $48 Non-Members $50 Due Aug 6 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Janet Speelman (541) 344-3019 1496 W 28th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405


Oregon History Cancelled

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Leader: Mary Ellen West

This trip is a history adventure stopping at the newly reopened End of the Oregon Trail Museum in Oregon City for a look at the experience of the first white settlers in the 1840s and 1850s. We’ll have lunch (bring your own) on the Abernathy Green near the museum. This was an arrival spot for many early travelers. We’l move on to the new Oregon Rail Heritage center located in Portland on the east side of the Willamette near OBSI. It is a railroad museum engine house. The center sits at the hub of four railroad lines. It is home to historic steam and diesel engines. On our way back to Eugene, we’ll stop at Baumans (heritage farm) in Woodburn for plants, produce and ice cream. Cost Members $55 Non-Members $57 Due Sept. 4. RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Janet Speelman (541) 344-3019 1496 W 28th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405


Fall Color

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Leader: Paul Beard

Over the rivers and through the mountains to SISTERS we will travel. The backroads to Hwy 34 and Hwy. 20 will be vivid with color and the waters of the falls and streams crystal clear. Coffee at the Calapooia State Park will be hot and the goodies yummy to the last bite. Our destination, SISTERS, will find us shopping and dining and walking the city sidewalks, a great agenda for all. So fill your purses with some money; there will be plenty of quaint shops and cafes and trinkets for all. Come along with your fellow Obsidians and friends, join in the fun- relax on the luxury coach line and leave the driving to the driver of MTR. Loading the bus at 7:40 AM. Shopko parking lot, driving away at 8:00 AM. We invite you all to come share a day of pleasing sites, great fellowship and of course, good food. Bring your camera and good walking shoes. We will make some great stops along our route over the mountains and back home. Looking forward to hosting you on a beautiful day of color. Bill, Barb, & Paul Cost: Members $45 Non-Members $47 Due Oct. 1 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Mary Lee Cheadle (541) 689-1085 3225 Richard Ave, Eugene, OR 97402


Christmas Lights

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Leader: Verna Kocken

River Forks Park near Roseburg features a wonderful Christmas lights display that grows more spectacular each year. We will leave Shopko parking lot at 3:45, arriving at Applebees Restaurant in Roseburg for a nice dinner (cost included). After a brief tour of the Roseburg city lights, including a sweep past the Douglas County Courthouse, we will drive through the light display at the park and return home by 9:00 pm. Cost: Members $57 Non-Members $59 Due Nov. 20 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Liz Reanier (541) 687-1925 853 Ascot, Eugene, OR 97401



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Eagles N More

Monday–Tuesday, February 18–19, 2013
Leader: Rick Ahrens

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; two lunches at Applebees; overnight accommodations & continental breakfast at Best Western Olympic Inn Klamath Falls. Monday night dinner will be on your own. Dress warm; bring your camera, binoculars & spirit of adventure. Cost: Members $170.00; Non-Members $174.00 $50 deposit due at time of signup (no online signup). Balance due by February 4 For reservations call: Liz Reanier 541-687-1925 Mail payments to: Liz Reanier, 853 Ascot Drive, Eugene, OR 97401


Byways By Bus Rally

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Leader: Liz Reanier

Trip leaders will share details of 2013 bus trips and registration will open. Ten trips are scheduled, the year will conclude with our third annual Holiday Luncheon at the Lodge in December. Some of the fun trips planned for this year are: Eagles & other birds, Klamath Falls; High Tea at Lovejoys, Florence; The cheese, beer & wine making facilities at OSU; Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens & The Grotto, Portland; Waterfalls of the North Umpqua; Coos Bay Historical & Maritime Museum; Birds & mammals of the Oregon Coast; The Ashland Shakespearean Theater; Late summer BBQ at Paradise camp ground on the McKenzie River; Annual Fall Color Trip; Oregon Hatchery Research Center, Alsea. The extended bus trip, August 5-10, includes the Oregon Trail Interpretative Center, Baker City; the Wallowa Mountains & Mt Howard Tram; Enterprise, Joseph, Clarkston WA; jet boat ride on the Snake River; Whitman National Historic Site, Walla Walla; Pendleton Underground and more. 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’s a great way to travel! A complete schedule with trip details will be available at the Rally. Please join us. For more information call: Liz Reanier 541-687-1925 or Sharon Cutsforth 541-746-4929


Tea at Lovejoy’s Cancelled

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Leader: Verna Kocken

Tea at Lovejoy’s. We will leave Shopko at 8:00 am, travel to Philomath and west to Newport, then south to Florence with a coffee stop on the way. Lovejoy’s will serve us a light tea. The light tea features one tea sandwich (4 crust less triangles). English scone with preserves and Double Devon cream, a petite dessert and, of course, tea. To accommodate our numbers, we will split into two groups, one served at 11:30 and one at 12:30. When not at your tea time, enjoy the sights and sounds of Old Town Florence- museum, shops, (antiquing?) and the view of the estuary. At 2:00, the bus will load and we will go south to Reedsport, then east, stopping at Dean’s Creek Elk viewing station. We will also stop at Elkton to check out the progress on Ft. Umpqua. At the same site is the Butterfly Pavilion and a community library. Home by 5 pm. Limit for the trip is 30. Please dress for the weather. Cost: Members $52; Non-members $54; due Feb. 26 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN


More Food

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Leader: Mary Ellen West

This Obsidian bus trip will focus on the Junction City – Corvallis area. We will visit Camas Country Mill, the Arbuthnot Dairy Center at OSU, the OSU Food Science Department’s brew house & winery, Deck Family Farm and stop to sample Lochmead Dairy ice cream. Lunch (on your own) at New Morning Deli in Corvallis or brown bag at nearby park. Along the way we will learn about grain milling; cheese, beer & wine production; healthy farm grown meats. All producers will have items for sale. Reservations to: Barbara Payne 541-746-1964


Crystal Springs Cancelled

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Leader: Ray Jensen

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, RHODODENDRON GARDEN AND THE GROTTO After a rest stop on I-5, we should arrive at Crystal Springs by 10:30, where rhodies, azaleas, and various water fowl should be at their best. An extensive trail system up and down will require somewhat strenuous walking. About 12:00 noon depart for lunch (picnic areas not available at the Garden or the Grotto), so probably a sit down lunch in East Portland TBA- not included. Arrive 1:30 or so at the Grotto, a 62 acre Catholic Sanctuary, the grotto itself is on the ground level. The elevator to the upper level is $4.00 per person- $3.00 age 65 or older, cost included. Located here are the gardens, a chapel, the monastery, a statue of St. Francis, plus a great view. Leave about 3:30 or so on I-205. In Eugene before 6:00 pm. COST: MEMBERS: $49; NON-MEMBERS: $51; DUE APRIL 17 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE


North Umpqua Waterfalls

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Leader: Verna Kocken

We will leave Shopko at 8:00 am, stopping for coffee and a break at a rest area on I5 south. Stops include Glide’s Whistlers’ Bend Park, Glide Colliding Rivers (North Umpqua and Little River, and at Steamboat Inn. Bring a sack lunch. We plan to visit and view points and waterfalls. There will be opportunities for some short hikes. Take layers of clothing, mosquito repellant, good shoes and possibly rain gear. Cost: Members $40; Non-members $42; DUE JUNE 1 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE


The South Coast

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Leader: Mary Ellen West

Beautiful scenery, flowers, marine animals and history are the focus of this Coos Bay area trip. The updated Coos Historical and Maritime Center will introduce us to the history and culture of the region. A leisurely visit to Shore Acres State Park will allow time for lunch (on your own) and wandering the extensive gardens and shore. Our final stop will be at Cape Arago State Park. Its offshore island rocks and reef are part of the Oregon National Wildlife Refuge. Expect to see marine mammals. Rick Ahrens will be our naturalist guide. Cost: Members $48; Non-members $50; DUE JULY 10 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN


NE Oregon, SE Washington

Monday–Saturday, August 5–10, 2013
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Spectacular scenery, Oregon Trail history and thrilling adventure await on this six day/five night trip to the Wallowa Mountains and Snake River areas. Our trip begins traveling the McKenzie Highway and across central Oregon to Baker City, where we spend the first night. In Baker City we will visit the impressive Oregon Trail Interpretative Center with full size displays of life on the trail. Other places of interest in Baker City will be: The Baker Heritage Museum, housing a 2,000 piece rock, fossil & mineral collection plus period clothing; the fully renovated and restored 1889 Italianate Adler House; US Bank, home of the 80.4 ounce Armstrong gold nugget. Leaving Baker City, we travel back roads to Enterprise, pausing in Union to see the stately Victorian homes along Main Street. After a night in Enterprise, we will visit Wallowa Lake; take the Tram ride 3,700 ft. to top of Mt. Howard for views of the Eagle Cap Wilderness; spend some time exploring the shops and viewing bronze sculptures in Joseph. Heading north on scenic Hwy. 3, there will be amazing views of Joseph Canyon before arriving in Clarkston, WA, where we spend the next two nights. Our hotel here is located on the banks of the Snake River. There will be early morning and evening time for leisurely walks along the river. On day four we take a five hour, narrated jet boat tour into Hells Canyon via the Snake River. We will stop along the way for wildlife viewing and see the 2000 year old petroglyphs. At Heller Bar Lodge we will enjoy a BBQ chicken buffet lunch (included) before returning to Clarkston. Following our second night in Clarkston we will travel west on Hwy 12 with stops along the way. One will be at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site near Walla Walla. Our last night will be in Pendleton. Here we tour the Pendleton Underground and visit the Pendleton Round Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame. Travel home via I-84, Hwys 97 & 126, arriving around 7 pm. Complete itinerary available upon request. Questions- call Sharon 541-746-4929. Bring: Interagency Pass (Golden Eagle/Senior Pass); layered clothing, camera, binoculars, sunscreen, sun glasses, water bottle, sturdy walking shoes. Cost Members $730; Non-members $742; DEPOSIT DUE NOW: $150; $300 DUE MAY 15; BAL DUE JULY 1 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: BARBARA PAYNE


Shakesperean Theater, Crater Lake

Tuesday–Wednesday, September 10–11, 2013
Leader: Verna Kocken

ASHLAND SHAKESPEREAN THEATER, CRATER LAKE Depart Shopko at 8:00 am, coffee stop at I5 rest area, lunch on your own in historic Jacksonville. We will check into the Best Western Motel in Medford to stow luggage and then board the bus again to Ashland, on your own for dinner. Attend the free show “on the (theater) green” and performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream ($60 tickets included) in the Elizabethan theater. Return to the hotel overnight with an included continental breakfast or breakfast on your own at the nearby Black Bear Restaurant. Load the bus at 9:00 am. Return via Crater Lake- lunch on your own there. Leave Crater Lake by 2:00 pm to be back at Shopko by 5 - 5:30 pm. Cost: Members $190; Non- members $194; DUE AUG 7 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: LIZ REANIER


Barbecue

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Leader: Barbara Beard

END OF SUMMER BARBECUE Paradise Campground along the McKenzie River. Load the bus at Shopko parking lot at 7:40 am, leave at 8:00 am for a trip on the McKenzie River with destination Paradise Campground for a full BBQ with all the trimmings, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and ribs with fabulous salads, desserts, chips and dip and of course, s’mores. Our trip will take us along the McKenzie View Drive to Hayden Bridge, stopping at Hendrick’s Bridge along the way for a view and on to Leaburg Lake with a coffee break at the EWEB park. We will make several stops along the river before we arrive at our destination of Paradise Campground and our BBQ lunch. There will be plenty of time to sit around the campfire in your folding chair (provided by you) or a stroll or hike along the river while the Beards prepare the BBQ. After lunch we will travel the 5 mile distance upriver to Belnap Hot Springs for a bit of a walk across the McKenzie to stroll the beautiful gardens located just above the Hot Springs. This is a great place to walk off some of the BBQ. Bring your favorite folding chair, a friend, and a big appetite. All costs are included in your fees. LET’S HAVE A GREAT TIME. Cost: Members $60; Non-members $62; DUE SEPT 10 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: BARBARA PAYNE


Fall Color

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Leader: Ray Jensen

Oregon Hatchery Research Center and the Oregon Coast Through Alsea and the Coast Range (fall color?) to the new fish hatchery complex, a unique place working toward salmon restoration. On to Waldport for lunch (bring your sack goodies or sample the town’s eateries- your cost.) During the afternoon we will enjoy the coast, then stop at Florence for ice cream. Back to Eugene by 6:00pm. Cost: Members $46; Non-members $48; DUE SEPT 20 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE


Obsidian Lodge for the Holidays Cancelled

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Leader:

We will celebrate the end of our 2012 season at the Obsidian Lodge from 11 am- 3 pm with a holiday theme of renewed friendships, fun, food prepared by Obsidians Hospitality Committee, door prizes, and entertainment. This is also a chance for Obsidians to come and check us out and an opportunity for non-members to get acquainted. Table service and plates will be provided. (Proceeds donated.) Cost Members $5; Non-members $10; DUE NOV 29 RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN



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Oregon Coast, Lunch at Adobe

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Leader: Liz Reanier

This is our season kick-off — a leisurely trip to see spring on our way to Florence leaving Shopko (Coburg Rd.) at 8:00 am. The bus will take us to Florence via Hwy 126. You will be on your own for coffee break and to explore Old Town. You’ll again board the bus for our trip north on Hwy 101 to Yachats for lunch (cost included) at the Adobe Resort. There will be an optional short hike along the beach and a stop in town to see what’s available. Next we will head up Hwy 101 to Waldport for a stop at the Alsea Bay Interpretive Center (emphasis is the Coast Bridges). We will then head inland on Hwy 34 to Philomath, Corvallis and Hwy 99 W, on to Eugene. Note: Hwy conditions may cause a change in itinerary, but rest assured this will be a fun trip. Home by 5:00 pm. Cost: members: $45; non-members $47; due March 2. Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman


Columbia Gorge, Hood River, Mt. Hood

Tuesday–Wednesday, April 24–25, 2012
Leader: Barbara Beard

Over the rivers and thru the woods- a sightseeing we will go — through Canby, Oregon City, Sandy, Mt. Hood, Parkdale, Hood River, W.A.A.A.M. Museum, old Historic Gorge Hotel, Cascade Locks, Bridge of the Gods, Bonneville, many waterfalls, Vista House, Corbett and back to Eugene approximately 450-500 miles round trip. Day 1, the coffee break will be at the Canby exit before turning off thru backroads to Timberline Lodge for lunch and a snow cat ride and tour of the lodge (cost included in trip fees.) Leaving Mt. Hood late afternoon to Hwy 35 around the base of the mountain to Hood River Inn for our overnight stay on the Columbia River. Dinner at the Inn is not included in trip fees. Day 2- Leaving the Inn at 9:00 after breakfast (cost included in trip fees) we will visit the W.A.A.A.M. Museum, the Gorge Hotel, lunch at the Bridge of the Gods (cost included in trip fees) and to Bonneville Dam for a tour of grounds and power house and turbines, also the fish ladders and viewing ponds of fish hatchery, sturgeon and salmon. Exit I-84 at Ainsworth for route 30, waterfalls and Vista House. Ice Cream snack at Tollgate in Sandy before heading to Eugene. Cost: members: $187; non-members: $191. Deposit $50 at sign up, balance due April 16. Reservations and checks to: Mary Lee Cheadle


Harrisburg Museum, Schreiner's Iris Gardens, Garland Nursery

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Antique farm machinery, historic buildings, exceptional hand-crafted wooden models, beautiful flowers and (of course) a chance to shop. Come with us as we tour the Harrisburg Museum under the guidance of our own (Obsidian) Bill Arthur. This museum is dedicated to recognizing the area’s historic farming community with a wide variety of displays. We will have our coffee break at the museum. Late morning we will head north to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens at Salem. There will be plenty of time to stroll among the flowers. In business since 1925, Schreiner’s ten acre display gardens contain 500 named Iris varieties. Bring a sack lunch, there are picnic tables available. After lunch we travel to Garland Nursery at Corvallis. Garland Nursery is a 4th generation family owned business providing a wide variety of quality plants, garden supplies, and an interesting selection of home décor and gift items. All this on six acres in a peaceful, park like setting. If you enjoy gardening, this is the place for you. We will leave Shopko parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and plan to return around 5:30 p.m. Cost: members: $37.00; non-members: $39.00; due April 23. Reservations and checks to: Barbara Payne


Fossils, Ghost Towns, Painted Hills, Museums, etc.

Monday–Thursday, June 4–7, 2012
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Come with us on a journey through time as we spend four days exploring geologic, historic and scenic areas of central Oregon. Enjoy lovely scenery as we travel to John Day via highways 126 and 26, there will be rest stops along the way, please bring a sack lunch. We will spend two nights at the Best Western Inn at John Day. Day trips will take us to the Painted Hills, Sheep Rock and Clarno units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We will travel through Picture Gorge, ghost towns of Richmond and Shaniko, visit Mascall Overlook and the Oregon Paleo Institute in Fossil. In John Day we visit the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site. Then it’s off to Prairie City to visit the DeWitt Museum and Prairie City Depot. We will check out the Oxbow Restaurant and Saloon in Prairie City to view the historic mahogany and rosewood bar with its “Twin Virgins” carved in Milan, Italy, about 1879. Leaving this area we head south on Highway 97 to Bend for a night at the Riverhouse Hotel. A late start on day four will allow time to enjoy a leisurely hot breakfast and the river walk near the hotel. Before heading home we will visit the Paulina Lake and Obsidian Flow area, as well as the High Desert Museum. Cost includes three breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner. A detailed day by day schedule will be available on Rally Day, Sunday, February 26th. Cost: members $430.00; non-members $438; deposit due now $50.00. $200.00 due April 1; Balance due May 1 Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman


For the Birds at Yaquina Head

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Leader: Mary Ellen West

90,000 murres gather on Colony Rock at Yaquina Head each spring to nest. We’ll watch murres, eagles, brown pelicans, gulls and peregrine falcons, also seals and seasonal gray whales. The lighthouse is open and the tide pools/beach is accessible. We will stop at the nearby Yaquina Head Interpretive Center. We will visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center located close to the new NOAA Center in South Bay Newport. If there is time, we will make a brief stop at the Beaver Creek Natural area south of Newport. Bring a lunch and a warm jacket in case of wind. Cost: members $40.00; non-members $42.00; due: July 2 Reservations: Mary Lee Cheadle


Douglas County Safari and Wine

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Leader: Verna Kocken

We will have coffee at a rest stop along I-5 and will proceed to Wildlife Safari for a cool morning visit. We will have time to view the exhibits and the gift shop. We will then tour adjacent Abacela Winery. Lunch will be catered at the Melrose Winery. We will also visit the Russell Prayer Rock Vineyards. We will return to the Shopko parking lot by 5:00 pm. Cost: members: $65; non-members: $67; due July 20. Reservations and checks to: Barbara Payne


Oregon City McLoughlin Historic District

Thursday, September 6, 2012
Leader: Mary Ellen West

By 1844, Oregon City was established and designated the capital of the Oregon Provisional government. It was considered the end of the Oregon trail. Dr. John McLoughlin moved to Oregon City in 1849 and plated the area known as the McLoughlin historic District. We will tour the neighborhood and visit the McLoughlin House and the Stevens Crowford House. We will ride the municipal elevator that connects the river level of the town to the bluff where the residences are. We’ll stop beside the Willamette Falls on our way south with a stop at Bauman Farms. Bring lunch Cost: members: $42.00; non-members: $44; due Aug 31. Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman


Fall Color

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Leader: Ray Jensen

Anticipating a glorious Indian summer day with lots of autumn foliage, we travel along the McKenzie River to the Ranger Station for a rest break and coffee. Then on to Sahalie Falls and perhaps another stop or two going from douglas fir to pine country. At Sisters, we lunch (on your own) and shop, leaving about 1:30 or so. Return over the Santiam Pass, stopping at Hackelman Old Growth- one mile loop hike (optional). Then down the S. Santiam River to McDonalds in Sweet Home for ice cream. Home via Mohawk Valley by 6:00 pm. (Gloomy Gus Says- if Mother Nature, ODOT or forest fires close the central Cascades, an alternate is mid-Willamette Valley or Oregon Coast.) Cost: members: $36; non-members: $38; Due October 9. Reservations and checks to: Mary Lee Cheadle


Roseburg, Steamboat Inn

Tuesday–Wednesday, November 6–7, 2012
Leader: Verna Kocken

Travel down I-5 with a coffee break at a rest area. Visit historic sites in Roseburg including the Douglas County Museum and the Joseph Lane House. Potential visitation sites include the Douglas County Library, Courthouse, Veteran’s Hospital and Stewart Park. Bring a picnic lunch. We will travel along the scenic North Umpqua River to enjoy fine dining and stay the night at the Steamboat Inn cabins. Enjoy a leisurely morning, breakfast on your own, ordering from the menu at the Inn. We will depart at 11:00 am. Lunch on your own at Oakland and return to Shopko by 5:00 pm. Cost: members: $225; non-members: $229; $50 due on sign up; remainder: October 1. Reservations and checks to: Barbara Payne


Lodge for the Holidays

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Leader: Liz Reanier

We will celebrate the end of our 2012 season at the Obsidian Lodge from 11 am- 3 pm with a holiday theme of renewed friendships, fun, food prepared by Obsidians Hospitality committee, door prizes, and entertainment. This is also a chance for Obsidians to come and check us out and an opportunity for non-members to get acquainted. Table service and plates will be provided. (Proceeds donated.) Cost: members: $5; non-members: $10; Due November 29 Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman



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Eagles and More
Tuesday-Wednesday, February 22, 23

Leader: Liz Reanier and Rick Ahrens

Travel with us over the Willamette Pass to the Klamath Basin, where eagles and many other birds will be seen. Rick will inform us about the birds while traveling. He helps us sight and ientifyy the birds. While off the bus he sets up his scope for us to get a good look. There has always been a surprise sighting. We have a rest stop at the Middle Fork Willamette Ranger Station, coffee break in Oakridge then a wintery drive over the pass. We lunch at Applebee’s, (cost included,) then head out to State Line- birding. At dusk we return to Klamath Falls for our motel, Best Western Olympic Inn. Continental breakfast before heading out birding. Return to motel for check out by 11:00 am, then it’s time for the River Walk (again- surprises!) At noon, it is back to Applebee’s (cost included) before we retrace our route to Eugene. Home by 6:00 pm.

Cost: members: $175; non-members $179; deposit $50 due now.
Balance due Feb 1


Service Stars- Green Eugene
Tuesday, March 22

Leader: Sharon Cutsforth and Bill Arthur

We will leave Shopko parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to begin our day of visiting local non-profit agencies. At Food for Lane County, we will tour their 30,000 sq. ft. building and learn about the acquisition, sorting, packaging and distribution of food to low income persons. They have graciously agreed to let us have our coffee break inside the building. Next stop will be The Eugene Mission for a tour of all buildings and to hear about future development plans for assisting homeless people. There will be stairs to climb here or a place to wait for those choosing to avoid the stairs. The Mission staff will serve us a light lunch (cost included). After lunch we will visit St. Vincent de Paul’s Aurora Glass Works where discarded glass is recycled and transformed into various colored and shaped pieces of art (available for purchase). Last stop for the day will be to view the exterior and grounds of the new Native American Long House at LCC Comfortable walking shoes recommended. We will return to Shopko at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Cost: members: $47; non-members: $49; due Mar 1
Reservations and checks to: Barbara Payne


Food, Food, Food
Tuesday, April 12

Leader: Mary Ellen West

If food is your fancy, this trip should satisfy.

Our first stop will be in Albany at the headquarters of Allan Bros. Coffee roasters. This will be our morning coffee stop (cost included). We get a peek at the roasting process and will learn about coffee. Shopping available.

We will go to Bob’s Red Mill in Milwaukie for a tour of the world headquarters where more than 300 products are produced. We’ll have lunch (your cost) at the whole grain store nearby. We will have lots of time to shop.

Our third stop will be the Willamette Fruit Company in Salem. They are well known for their pies and other fruit products. There will be samples and an opportunity to shop for a variety of gourmet products, gift and garden items.

Cost: members: $40.00; non-members: $42.00; due Apr. 5.
Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman


Oregon Gardens, Moonstoone Resort, Silver Creek Falls
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 17-18

Leaders: Ethyl Allen and Barbara Beard

Leave Shopko parking at 8:00 am. We will travel McKenzie View Drive to Marcola with our coffee break at Shotgun Creek picnic area. We then proceed to Hwy. 220 to Sweet Home Park to view the covered bridge then continue to Silver Creek Falls Park. Enjoy your own sack lunch, then, for those who want, a walk to and under the falls. We will continue to Silverton and drive by the Norman Rockwell murals. We then check in at the Oregon Garden Moonstone Resort. Dinner, (cost included) is at 6:30 pm. in our private banquet room.

Wednesday morning, starting at 7:00 am, a free buffet breakfast is provided in the dining area. At 9:00 am, we load the bus and drive to the Oregon Gardens parking area. We enter the gift shop and at 9:30 to board the tram for a ride around the gardens. At 10:30 we are scheduled for a guided tour of the Gordon House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Then, we go on to Mt. Angel where we will view the Glockenspiel and learn about this historic town. Lunch will be on your own at the Glockenspiel Restaurant. Finally, we will go to the Bauman Farm, then back to Eugene, arriving at about 5 pm.

Cost: members $142.00; non-members $146; $25.00 now
Balance due by April 25
Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman


The Oregon Zoo
Tuesday, June 21

Leader: Liz Reanier and Rick Ahrens

We’re off to the zoo! Washington Park is the jewel of Portland’s extensive park system. The zoo (Zoo Admission included) is just one of its many attractions. We plan on spending the day so you may distribute your time as you wish. Other options: TRAIN ($5, not included) for a 4 mile ride through the zoo and surrounding wooded hillside to the INTERNATIONAL ROSE TEST GARDEN (no charge) and JAPANESE GARDEN. ($7, not included) You may get off at these attractions and return on another train. THE WORLD FORESTRY CENTER ($7, not included). is just across the parking lot. There are a number of food vendors around the zoo. Cart transportation is available and, of course, lots of good walking paths. So. . . we are going to the zoo, but you have many other options that you can consider on your own.

Cost: members $40.00; non-members $42.00; due: June 10
Reservations: Mary Lee Cheadle


Fort Vancouver/ Hudson’s Bay Co.
Tuesday, July 12

Leader: Mary Ellen West

Venture back in time to the Hudson’s Bay Company, British fur trading fort. Walk the garden, climb the bastion, watch blacksmiths, bakers and other costumed interpreters work.

We will visit “Officer’s Row” to view the exterior of 22 restored Victorian era homes. We will visit inside the George C. Marshall house.

As time permits, we will view the Vancouver barracks and the two replica houses representing the village where 500 workers lived. Plan to bring a picnic lunch- we have the perfect setting.

Cost: members: $38.00; non-members: $40.00; due: June 30.
Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman


Cape Arago, Shore Acres and Marine Biology
Thursday, August 11

Leader: Mary Ellen West and Verna Kocken

Beautiful scenery, flowers, sea animals and a U of O classroom are the focus of this south coast trip.

Going to the coast will feature a leisurely visit to Shore Acres, a lovely state park that was part of the former estate of lumberman, Louis Simpson. One point of interest will be the large blooming rose and dahlia gardens.

We will also visit Cape Arego State Park. Its offshore island, rocks and reef are part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Animals to observe are California and Stellar sea lions, harbor seals and northern elephant seals.

We will visit the U of O Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston. There will be a tour and lunch (included) in the dining room.

Cost: members: $45.00; non-members: $47; due Aug. 2
Reservations and checks to: Barbara Payne


Celebrating Astoria’s Bicentennial 1811-2011
Wednesday-Saturday, September 14-17

Leaders: Barbara and Paul Beard

Emphasizing: Fur traders, Indians, Forts and Major Rivers.

We will depart on our 4 day trip on Wed. 9/14, leaving the Shopko parking lot at 8:00 am. Our route will take us to Astoria via back roads and many river crossings to get a good perspective of “the Oregon country” that enticed early travelers to create settlements along these major rivers. Our trip will include museums, water front activities, and trolley sites. We will stay in Astoria’s bed n’ breakfast inns. We will visit shops, see antiques, observe bicentennial enactments including fur trading with Native Americans, and visiting forts along the route as we travel the beautiful North Oregon Coast. Our last night, we will be at the oceanfront hotel Inn at Spanish Head with dinner and a movie night, pop and popcorn in the evening. In all, we will be looking back 150 years of settlement history in the Oregon country. Saturday, we will attend the Siletz Indian salmon bake, experiencing first hand the main diet of Lewis and Clark and Native Americans in the middle 1800s.

Come join us for a fun-packed 4 days, with history, great beach and river walks, exciting events and wonderful friends to share great experiences. Full days’ events will be shared in the Rally Day Report, Sun, Feb. 27th.

Cost: members: $425; non-members: $433; due now $50
Balance due: Sept. 2
Reservations: Mary Lee Cheadle


Fall Colors: Spirit Mountain and More
Tuesday, October 4

Leader: Ray Jensen

As usual, we depart Shopko at 8:00 am with a rest stop at Santiam, through Salem, west on Hwy. #12, arriving about 10:30 at the original Grand Ronde Reservation to check out the activities and improvements at this community.

About 11:30, we proceed to the nearby Spirit Mountain Casino for lunch (on your own) and have some fun. Several restaurants are available. We will have discount coupons, including for the Cedar Plank Buffet.

We will depart about 2: p.m. to the Brigittine Monastery to view their 3:00 pm Vespers. The brothers will have chocolates for sale.

Our return route takes us through Perrydale, Dallas and King’s Valley for fall color. We should arrive home by 6:00 pm.

Cost: members: $35; non-members: $37; due Sept 23.
Reservations: Mary Lee Cheadle


Christmas Event- to be announced
Tuesday, December 6

Leader: Liz Reanier

Sign up if interested:
Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman


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Explore West Eugene
Tuesday, March 23
Leader: Liz Reanier

We will continue our tradition of exploring in the immediate area for our first trip by leaving Shopko at 8:30 and visiting places in west Eugene including Creative Clocks, a Smoked Salmon Distributorship and the Wetlands. Weather will dictate some of our stops. We will treat ourselves to lunch at Our Daily Bread Restaurant (in an old church) in Veneta and then proceed with our exploring. Lunch is your cost. Return to Shopko by 4 p.m.

Cost: $33 ($35 for non-members), due March 16 to Liz Reanier.


Guide dogs for the blind
Saturday, April 10
Leader: Ben Jeffries

Come visit Oregon’s inspiring national training facility for Guide Dogs. This is the largest such program in the United States. We will have a private tour of the impressive buildings, including: Veterinary Hospital, kitchen for animal meals, and view the combination training-dog housing area. The few steps have good hand rails. Following the tour we will attend the heart warming, one hour graduation ceremonies. The dog recipients will speak as will most of the volunteer puppy (10 to 18 months of training) raisers. Several of these people cried and I believe all or most of the audience did. The staff recommends carrying kleenex or a handkerchief. There will be a slide presentation concerning the organization’s objectives and training. Also, there will be a demonstration with a dog. There is a gift shop.

Lunch, at your cost, will be in the town of Sandy at Calamity Jane’s Hamburger Parlor, listed among the 10 best hamburger places in the US. Other food is available. Return to Eugene by 6 p.m.

Cost: $39 ($41), due March 29 to Mary Lee Cheadle.


Discover Newberg; past, present, and future
Tuesday, April 20
Leaders: Verna Kocken and Ray Jensen

For the past we will be visiting George Fox University and learning about the founders of this city and this school. We will visit the charming Minthorn House, built in 1881 by Jesse Edwards, the Quaker founder of Newberg. This home was purchased in 1885 by Dr. Henry Minthorn, uncle and foster father of Herbert Hoover. Hoover was a fascinating man and his story comes alive in this setting. We will visit ADec, a major manufacturer of dental equipment and have a tour of their facility and we will tour the Allison, a newly completed resort and spa , built by the family that owns ADec.

We will depart from Shopko on Coburg Rd at 8:00 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $46 (48), due April 9 to Janet Speelman.


Cancelled
Exploring the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River and the back roads around Mt. Hood
Tuesday–Wednesday, May 11–12
Leaders: Barbara & Paul Beard

Leaving Shopko parking lot at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 11 to Bonneville Dam, the Salmon Ladders, Fish Ponds and Rhodie covered grounds for our sack lunch and tour. Afternoon will find us at the WAAAM (Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum) with a brief visit through some of the beautiful apple orchards in the area. Overnight at Hood River at one of the spectacular motels located on the Columbia River. Dinner will be on your own.

Wednesday morning will find us boarding the Mt. Hood Rail for a trip by rail to Parkdale (lunch included). The route home will take us to Sandy, Estacada, Molalla, Silverton and home by approximately 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $181 ($185), due April 24 to Mary Lee Cheadle. Deposit $50, due February 15.


Carousels of Salem and Albany and more
Tuesday, June 22
Leaders: Sharon Cutsforth, Liz Reanier

Come with us as we revisit childhood. We will spend most of the day at Salem’s Riverfront park where we will have the opportunity to ride the carousel and learn about its history, picnic in the park, enjoy the riverside walking path, see the Eco Earth Sphere and explore the A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village. The Eco Earth Globe was originally used by Boise Cascade to hold acids which turned wood chips into pulp. Now covered with 86,000 colorful tiles it is a huge world globe. The A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village is housed in three historic homes and includes 20,000 sq. ft. outdoor discovery center. AC. Gilbert, born in Salem, was the inventor of the Erector Set and is considered one of the most multi-talented inventers of all times. On the way home we will stop in Albany to visit the Dentzel American Carousel Museum and Albany Carousel Studio. Here we will see the world’s largest private collection of Dentzel carousel pieces and view a work In progress as volunteers create a variety of carousel animals for the proposed Albany Brass Ring Carousel.

Cost: $42 ($44), due June 8 to Janet Speelman.


Butterfly Pavilion, lunch at King Estates, & the Travis Tyrrell seed orchard
Tuesday, July 13
Leaders: Sharon Cutsforth, Ray Jensen

Travel south on I-5 through Drain to Elkton for a repeat visit to the Butterfly Pavilion (Oregon butterflies) run by the Elkton Community Education Center. We will have our coffee break here, learn about the life cycle of the butterfly, and will have time to enjoy the adjoining gardens.

Then we will backtrack past Fort Umpqua using the Territorial Road to the King Estate Winery in Lorane for lunch. (Food, beverage and gratuity included). The meal, the view and the grounds promise to be superb.

We will travel on to the Travis Tyrrell Seed Orchard, three miles west of Lorane. This 500 acre complex, managed by the B.L.M. produces superior conifer seeds, mostly Douglas Fir, for sale to nurseries throughout the nation. We will begin at their Visitor Center-Administration Building where the manager, Larry Johnston, will give a brief talk describing their work. The 3/4 mile interpretive Nature Trail (Hike) will the OPTIONAL. Also we will shuttle the bus to the Orchard view point located at the far (north) end of the complex for a great view. En route we will see the arboretum and demonstration areas.

Finally we return via the Hamm Road (perhaps some lavender gardens) to Creswell.

Cost: $59 ($61), due June 29 to Barbara Payne.


British Columbia’s Harrison Hot Springs Resort, with Minter Gardens, and the Hells Canyon air tram
Monday–Saturday, August 16–21
Leaders: Sharon Cutsforth, Liz Reanier

EVERYONE MUST HAVE A PASSPORT OR A PASSPORT CARD

Join us for a leisurely and relaxing trip to see nature’s beauty in the Harrison Lake and Fraser River Valley areas. We plan lots of time to enjoy the ambiance of Harrison Hot Springs Resort and the small town atmosphere of Harrison Hot Springs Village.

Day 1: Travel Eugene to Marysville, WA. Mid morning we will have our usual “Obsidian coffee break”. Bring a picnic lunch for our stop at Tumwater Falls Park. Lodging in Marysville.

Day 2: First stop the Dutch Village Mall in Lynden, then through customs and enter Canada. Stopping at Minter Gardens, Chillawack, 32 acres of themed flower gardens, gift and plant shop, two restaurants (lunch on your own) Then on to Harrison Hot Springs Resort, our lodging for the next four nights.

Meals, leisure activities at the resort, boat rides on your own. Groceries are available in town.

Day 3: Morning - we will visit the 321 acre Great Blue Heron Reserve near Chillawack, interpretive center, self-guided walking trails and resident herons. Free afternoon to enjoy the resort and explore the village.

Day 4: Sightseeing is the plan for today. We travel the scenic Fraser River Highway with its seven tunnels and ride Hell's Gate Air Tram across the river to Simon’s Cafe (lunch included).

Day 5: Today we visit Chillawack Museum , featuring history of First Nation people and local gold mining. Then on to Hope for lunch, Bridal Veil Falls, Memorial Park wood carvings, Japanese Friendship Garden and Historic Christ Church.

Day 6: Travel Harrison Hot Springs to Eugene. This will be a long day of travel with rest stops. Lunch (included) at Falls Terrace Restaurant, Tumwater and plan to be in Eugene at 6:00 or soon after.

Cost: $735 ($747), due July 9 to Janet Speelman. Deposit $100, due before February 15.


Waldo Lake and a traditional mountain barbecue
Tuesday, September 21
Leaders: Barbara and Paul Beard

Leave Shopko parking lot at 8:00 a.m. for our beautiful destination Waldo Lake where and we will have a summer Barbecue with all the trimmings prepared by our leaders Paul and Barbara and daughter Paula. Everything from hot dogs to corn on the cob, watermelon, potato salad and of course dessert included in your trip fee. Fall colors will be on to show their marvelous colors and a few side roads will be on the agenda for viewing along with the Willamette Fish Hatchery at the northeast side of Oakridge. An afternoon snack on the way home will include a root beer float at the almost one and only drive up A&W Root Beer Restaurant left.

Cost: $55 ($57), due September 8 to Barbara Payne.


Foothills of the Coast Range and the town of Independence
Wednesday, October 20
Leader: Ray Jensen

We will travel through Philomath to King’s Valley where the color should be at its peak. Our coffee break will be at Beazell Memorial Forest which is run by the Benton County Parks Department. Then to the nearby Fort Hoskins Interpretive Center, an historic military site located above the Luckiamute River. Time here to walk the grounds and explore. We will continue on back roads to the Ritner Creek Covered Bridge and go through Monmouth to quaint Independence for a group lunch (included) at J. Bella Restaurant in the old Sperling Building. At 1:00 we will visit the Heritage Museum, located in the First Baptist Church 1888. We will have time to check out historic buildings on Main Street. Everything is located in two square block area across from the new amphitheater along the Willamette River.

In mid afternoon we will go to Buena Vista to the Wings of Wonder Conservatory where exotic butterflies are flying and more. We will have a conducted tour of the exhibits.

Complete the day at Hazelnut Hill-coffee, ice cream and nut confections. Return by 6 p.m.

Cost: $49 ($51), due October 6 to Mary Lee Cheadle.


A Christmas holiday celebration in Salem
Tuesday, December 7
Leaders: Barbara and Paul Beard

Leave Shopko at 2:00 p.m. for Salem. Short stop at the Bush Gardens just before dark and then an early dinner at Kwan’s Chinese or Outback BBQ & Steaks. A few lights on the route to the Old Ellsinore Theater for a Christmas movie then a driving tour of The Governor’s Mansion and hillside along with a walking and driving tour of the buildings located at the intersection of Commercial and Liberty. Dinner is on your own.

Cost: $42 ($44), due November 26 to Barbara Payne.


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2009:

EAGLES ’N MORE
TuesdayWednesday, February 1718, 2009

LEADERS: LIZ REANIER (687-1925) & RICK AHRENS

Now is the time to join us for our trip to Klamath Falls to see the birds. Eagles—yes, but there are many other species. Some always give us a spectacular show. The weather again makes the trip. We travel up highway 58, stop in Oakridge for coffee break then on over the pass to Klamath Falls for lunch at Applebee’s. (cost included) Now it’s time to go out to State Line to see what is around. We will visit the interpretive center at Lower Klamath. We keep looking for birds til dusk when we head back into Klamath Falls for our lodging at the Best Western Olympic Inn. You are on your own for the evening. The motel has a pot of soup and fresh from the oven cookies at 8 p.m. There are a number of restaurants around the motel. Rick will let us know how early to be ready for birding after he gets a report. The motel has an excellent continental breakfast. We will go out birding in the morning. About 10:30 we come back to the motel to change clothes and check out. Then we go down by the river and walk along usually finding a surprise.

An alternative for some is to go to the Favel Museum (your cost) if you do not want to hike along the river. At noon we will head back to Applebee’s for lunch (cost included) and then head back to Eugene.

COST: $160 member $164 (non member)
DUE: February 2
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: LIZ REANIER


VISIT TO THE GOVERNOR’S HOUSE, THE CAPITOL, AND OTHER SITES
Friday, March 20, 2009

LEADER: MARY ELLEN WEST

We will visit the Governor’s House, Mahonia Hall, in a nice Salem neighborhood. Greeting us will be volunteer guides and hopefully the friendly family dog.

We will start our visit at the capitol with an introduction by a tour guide and time to explore the newly repaired and refurnished building. It is beautiful. We will also have lunch (your cost) in the capitol restaurant.

Our next stop is the Mission Mill Museum which in addition to regular exhibits has a display designed to give visitors a glimpse of Oregon’s origins called “Facing Statehood”.

Finally we will visit the historic Elsinore Theater in downtown Salem. You can imagine an elegant era while also enjoying a Wurlitzer organ concert.

COST: $40 member $42 (non member) DUE March 6
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: SHARON CUTSFORTH 746-4929


THOMPSON MILLS — HORNER MUSEUM ’N MORE
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

LEADERS: MARY ELLEN WEST, RAY JENSEN

We will start our tour at the Thompson Mills, Oregon’s oldest water powered mill. This is a state heritage site and beautifully developed by Oregon State Parks (your lottery dollars at work).

We cross the valley to the Finley Refuge to visit the newly restored Fiechten House, originally built in 1855. There are other historic buildings as well including one from the Cheadle family. Our own Mary Lee Cheadle will be our guide.

Next we will go to the Gathering Together Farm in Philomath for lunch (your cost) and purchase, if you like, organic vegetables grown there.

The last history stop will be the Benton County Museum for a look at the Horner History collection. This is the first exhibit in many years. An assortment is on view in the main building and as a special treat we can see the new storage building where nearly 60,000 items are housed.

On the way home we will stop at Hazelnut Hill for ice cream and shopping.

COST: $41 member $43 (non member) DUE April 7
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: SHARON CUTSFORTH 746-4929


BROWNSVILLE “CARRIAGE ME BACK” TO 1859
Saturday, May 2, 2009

LEADERS: MARY ELLEN WEST

THERE WILL BE A 9:30 departure from Shopko, Coburg Rd.

“Carriage Me Back” is an annual event in Brownsville featuring a historic time. Brownsville is itself a historic town. This year it will be 1859, celebrating Oregon’s Statehood.

We depart from the Brownsville Museum in a horse drawn carriage to see life in 1859. It is promised to be sometimes historical, often a historical reenactment of life in Brownsville. We will spend time in the Moyer House enjoying scenes from 1859.

Lunch is on your own either at a good local restaurant or picnic in the park. There will be time to look at local shops and museums. Back to Shopko by 2:30 p.m.

COST: $24 member $26 (non member) DUE April 24
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019


BONNEVILLE, HOOD RIVER, WAAAM ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE & AEROPLANE MUSEUM
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

LEADERS: BARBARA & PAUL BEARD

EARLY DEPARTURE 7:45. Bus will start loading at 7:15 a.m. Leaving Shopko promptly at 7:45 a.m. as we have approximately 300 milEs and lots of stops for this exciting day. Please be prompt. The sites will be spectacular along the Columbia River Gorge, with the WAAAM Museum, a tour you will not want to miss. The Museum is well designed with a moving display. All antiques can be fired up and fly or drive, many on loan from local antique collectors. A lot of these vehicles and planes participate in parades and air shows. What you see on this trip may not be seen the next time you visit. This will be a fun packed day. Come join us. The homeward bound trip will take us around Mt. Hood through the small town of Sandy for a great snack stop and then through the foothills of the Cascades to Silverton entering I-5 at Salem. Bring your own sack lunch.

COST: $53 member $55 (non member) DUE May 5
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST, SKUNK TRAIN, WINERIES, SACRAMENTO, MT. LASSEN
Monday–Saturday, June 1–6, 2009

LEADERS: LIZ REANIER, DON PAYNE

This trip was designed to see the medieval winery and the question was how will we do it. The answer has had many replies and this is my answer. There are lots of miles to cover between each days activities so as each day ends you will be near where the next day begins.

Day 1— You will note an early departure so we can enjoy the sights( redwoods), have our necessary breaks and cover 400 miles. to arrive in Ft. Bragg. You need a sack lunch but remember fresh fruits and vegetables won’t get across the border.

Day 2— Ft. Bragg is home for the Skunk Train which will be boarded for a 40 mile, 3.5 hour trip crossing 30 bridges, through the Noyo River Canyon, redwoods groves and a 1,000 ft. tunnel. I will provide you lunch. We may make a quick tour of Mendocino before the train ride but for sure you will be able to do some shopping after your train ride. Mendocino was the film location for TV program— Murder She Wrote. We will visit the Botannical Gardens, too. Then head on down the highway to Santa Rosa for your second night.

Day 3— After breakfast we will head east to Calistoga, the north end of the Napa Valley (famous for its vineyards and some geology). It is also highly regarded for wellness and water. The medieval castle and winery, Castello di Amorosa we are looking for is nearby. It is an authentic 13 century Tuscan style made with old imported European bricks, 107 rooms, 8 levels, drawbridges, dungeons, torture chamber, etc. We will have a tour and wine tasting before heading down the road. We will provide your picnic lunch that we will eat before going to the Sterling Winery which sits up on a hill overlooking the valley. And last but not least we will drive a ways down the valley to our last winery of the day — Domaine Chandon, noted for its sparking and still wines. Now we will board the bus for a drive into the heart of Sacramento for the third night.

Day 4— We will tour the capitol and its 40 acres of gardens, then let you explore Old Town to shop and eat lunch. Then we will tour the California State Railroad Museum before heading out for Chico for your night’s rest.

Day 5— We will head for Mt. Lassen to see the sights, but if it is closed we will find some gold rush days activities to enjoy. Our lodging is in Redding for night 5.

Day 6— We will head north from Redding seeing sights on our way that will not be included in the Trinity Alps trip in October.

Continental breakfasts are provided at all our motels. We have obtained most of our accomodations on ground floors but some may have stairs to second floor as elevators do not exist it seems. All dinners are your responsibility. Later, we will inform you of which days you need sack lunches and provide more detail. You will encounter a wide variety of weather so please bring a variety of clothing and good walking shoes are a must. Golden Age pass needed for Mt Lassen.

COST: $700 member $712 (non member) DEPOSIT $100 NOW
Payments $200 by March 10     $200 by April 9      Balance $200 or $212 May 1st
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019


REMNANTS OF THE AURORA COLONY
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

LEADERS: MARY ELLEN WEST, LIZ REANIER

Aurora is the site of the Aurora Colony founded by Dr. Wilhelm Keil who moved from Bothel, Missouri to Oregon in the 1850s to establish a Christian community. It is the story of a communal society and how it developed and changed. There are many buildings, a cabin, a barn, a house, a garden and an ox barn. The main exhibit hall will have quilts the Aurora women made over the years. There will be a town guide. Author Jane Kilpatrick’s Historic Trilogy: Change & Cherish tells the true facts of this journey. Bring a sack lunch.

We’ll stop at Bauman Farms circa 1896 in Woodburn on the way home for ice cream and assorted candies, fresh vegetables, plants and more.

COST: $38 member $40 (non member) DUE June 15
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: VERNA KOCKEN 736-5180


ST. PAUL RODEO
Saturday, July 4, 2009

LEADERS: BARBARA & PAUL BEARD

What a great day to celebrate our country’s beginnings. Let’s go to one of the best rodeos in Oregon. All the fanfare of flag flying, cowboys and cowgirls riding with the best of costumes, bull riding, bronco horses, a great BBQ and the best grandstand seats with chair backs in the shade. We couldn’t ask for anything better to see the show.

LEAVING SHOPKO AT 9:30am— Loading at 9 a.m. Wear your best rodeo outfit and hat, join us for a fun day at the rodeo with all the fanfare and traditions celebrated in this quaint little town. We will be back in Eugene in time for you to enjoy the great fireworks show Eugene is so well known for. MAKE A DAY OF CELEBRATION one to remember, having fun with your fellow Obsidians, bring along a friend. LUNCH on your own at the Rodeo.

COST: $45 member $47 (non member) DUE June 17
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: VERNA KOCKEN 736-5180


LAFAYETTE SCHOOLHOUSE, ANTIQUE MALL — VISIT NEWBURG, HERBERT HOOVERS HOME
Thursday, August 27, 2009

LEADERS: VERNA KOCKEN, LIZ REANIER

A visit to Newburg. We will leave from Shopko at 8:00 a.m. and travel north to Bellfountain Park for a coffee break. Our next stop will be the Lafayette Schoolhouse Antique Mall. We will have time there until 11:30 a.m. when we go to Camp Tillicum for lunch. Camp Tillicum is sponsored by George Fox University and is used in part as an elder hostel. While there, we can see the school house on site which is celebrating its 100th year. We will go from there to George Fox University for a guided look at the campus, complete with information on the history of this Quaker settlement. We will proceed to the Dr. Henry J. Minthorn House, the home for several years of Herbert Hoover. Then return to Eugene.

COST: $38 member $40 (non member) DUE August 15
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: BARBARA FLANDERS 747-9803


FALL COLOR TRIP TO SISTERS
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

LEADER: RAY JENSEN

This traditional Fall Color outing will travel via McKenzie View Drive, through the Mohawk Valley to Sweet Home with a coffee break en route (several possibilities). Up Hwy #20 along the South Santiam River to Sisters for lunch and shopping at your own cost— about two hours here. We will have a list of eateries.

On our return we should see lots of red color at the higher elevations near the Santiam Pass. Then a stop at Sahallie Falls.

Along the McKenzie more stops perhaps Belknap or the McKenzie Ranger Station or a cafe (weather and time will dictate).

This is the Obsidian way of celebrating the Autumnal Equinox. Home by 5:30 p.m.

COST: $28 member $30 (non member) DUE September 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085


TRINITY ALPS—WEAVERVILLE
Wednesday–Saturday, September 30–October 3, 2009

LEADERS: ETHEL ALLEN, BARBARA BEARD

This trip will take us through wild and scenic country in northwest California. Come with us as we travel stage coach roads and visit stage coach hotels. Weaverville is a historic quaint town. We will stay in the Victorian Inn in Weaverville and have time to explore the town the next morning.

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

Day 1— Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy at Collier State Park. We will stay in Redding at La Quinta Inn. There are several restaurants nearby. Dinner is your cost.

Day 2— Your lunch (included) will be at the French Gulch Stage Coach Hotel. Dinner will be a Weaverville’s Victorian Restaurant (included). Your lodging will be at the Victorian Inn.

Day 3— We are planning a box lunch to be eaten near Carrville Inn. Dinner on your own in Yreka.

Day 4— Lunch (included) will be at Wolf Creek Inn. Return to Eugene about 5 p.m.

COST: $380 member $388 (non member) DEPOSIT $50 NOW
Payments  $150 by August 1   and balance of $180 ($188) by Sept. 10
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085


EVERGREEN AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

LEADER: RAY JENSEN

The well established Air Museum, housing the Hughes Flying Boat (the Spruce goose) continues to add new exhibits and planes.

Recently opened in a separate building is an IMAX Theater with a variety of movies. The third new building is the Space Museum featuring the 114 ft. Titan II and the Redstone Rocket which is a descendent of the German V-2 missile.

We plan for our entire group to attend an IMAX showing, probably at 11:30 a.m. We hope an appropriate feature will be available in October. Then to lunch at the COSMO CAFE located in the Space Museum (your cost) Burgers, soup, salads and beverages etc.

After lunch an option for you to choose which museum you prefer for a guided tour. Please indicate your selection at the time you register. Choices are Air or Space. Best if we had about 15 riders in each group, but we are flexible.

Our route on I-5, coffee at Santiam, through Salem and use Hwy #221 to McMinnville. Return south on 99-W through Corvallis with a stop at Hazelnut Hill. The new hazelnut crop should be available. Return by 5:30 p.m.

COST: $42 member $44 (non member) DUE October 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085


ROSEBURG CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Tuesday, December 8, 2009

LEADERS: LIZ REAMER, VERNA KOCKEN

We will have a late start traveling to Douglas County to see private home displays and a commercial display. A dinner will be planned, an additional cost. TBA

COST: $30 member $32 (non member) DUE December 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: BARBARA PAYNE 746-1964



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Newly Discovered Cottage Grove
Thursday, March 27, 2008

LEADER: MARY ELLEN WEST
CO-LEADER: RAY JENSEN

We will travel the backroads around Fern Ridge and Territorial Road with our pastry-coffee stop (included) at OUR DAILY BREAD in Veneta.

We will visit both the new and old Cottage Grove. New is the rejuvenated Village Green and the surrounding gardens, a real show place. Cindy, their designer-gardener, will lead our tour. We will stay at this resort for lunch (your cost).

Our afternoon schedule will include a visit to the Territorial Seed Co. test gardens, plus a guided tour of historic Cottage Grove with a stop at the 1886 Dr. Snapp House.

COST: $44 members $46 (non members) DUE MARCH 12
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019
1496 WEST 28TH St. Eugene 97405


REMEMBERING CAMP ADAIR WWII
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

LEADER: MARY ELLEN WEST
CO-LEADER: RAY JENSEN

We are privileged to have as our guide, John Baker, author of “CAMP ADAIR THE STORY OF A WORLD WAR II CANTONMENT”. This boot now in its fifth printing, retraces the stories of some 125,000 soldiers and Four Infantry Divisions that trained here. Between 1942–1944 this was the second largest city in Oregon and is now its largest ghost town.

We will also visit museums in Linn, Polk and Benton Counties, all with Camp Adair artifacts. And of course we will explore the army site six miles north of Corvallis which Mr. Baker described as hallowed ground. There will be many fascinating stories. Bring your picnic lunch.

COST: $43 members $45 (non members) DUE APRIL 4
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: BARBARA PAYNE 746-1964
39478 WALTERVILLE LN, SPRINGFIELD 97478


NORTH UMPQUA RIVER — STEAMBOAT INN
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

LEADER: VERNA KOCKEN
CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

From the 1920s the North Umpqua River has been known for its rugged beauty and for fly fishing. The North Umpqua Highway brings fishermen, photographers and all the rest of us who revel in the spectacular scenery. This visit to the North Umpqua Highway culminates with lunch at the historic Steamboat Inn (cost included), known as a haven for fishermen and for its wonderful food. Stops along the way will include Colliding Rivers in Glide and a stop at Susan Creek Campground Campground with an optional hike to the Falls (a moderate on mile hike). If time permits we will stop for ice cream at Rice Hill.

COST: $43 members $45 (non members) DUE APRIL 16
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: SHARON CUTSFORTH 746-4929
1120 S. 39th ST. SPRINGFIELD, 97478


EXPLORING FLORENCE — DUNE BUGGIE RIDE
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

LEADERS: BARBARA AND PAUL BEARD

We will travel the backroads to Cheshire and the Triangle Lake route through Swisshome to the Florence area. We will explore the old historic buildings along the waterfront and the museum. We will have lunch at Driftwood Shores Resort (cost included). For your dining experience we will enjoy piano music by Paul.

After lunch we will head south to Dune City where we will board large dune buggies to learn about and ride the dunes with expert tour guides. Hopefully the wild rhodies will be showing their color by this time. Our homeward bound trip will take us out the Route F east to Eugene with an afternoon snack stop at the Gingerbread House (your treat not included in trip fee). Approximate time back in Eugene by 5:30 or 6 p.m.

Some riders may prefer not to ride the dune buggies. If so your
COST: $45 member $47 (non member)
Leaders hope you will enjoy a dune buggie ride. So your
COST: $55 member $57 (non member) DUE MAY 5
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085
3225 RICHARD AVE EUGENE 97402


TILLAMOOK BURN — TILLAMOOK FORESTRY CENTER
Thursday, May 29, 2008

LEADER: RAY JENSEN
CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

The huge Tillamook fire of 1933 with repeats at six year intervals was undoubtedly Oregon’s worst natural disaster. 12 billion board feet of mostly old growth timber was scorched over 2500 square miles.

Restoration efforts, including state funding, better forestry and logging practices, improved nursery seedlings, better tree planting techniques and many volunteer hours, all contributed to establish a beautiful green forest.

The recently opened Tillamook Forest Center celebrates this success. Featured at this Interpretive Center are: a unique building in an historic setting, a replica of a fire lookout tower, a donkey engine, a 250 foot suspension bridge across the Wilson River, hiking trails and more.

Inside we begin with a 15 minute film “The Legacy of Fire” with noise and explosiveness similar to the Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980. There are interpretive displays, maps, many pictures, a gift shop and hopefully a demonstration talk by a fire veteran.

Also we plan one or two short hikes (optional) across the Wilson River. Bring your sack lunch — we can eat under cover or outside.

Our route — North on I-5 with rest stop at Santiam. Then exit #278 at Donald and scenic backroads through Newberg and Forest Grove onto Highway 6. At the summit we will stop to point out exactly where it all began on August 14, 1933. Plenty of time to arrive about 1 p.m. at the Tillamook Forestry Center. Leave about 2:30 or so. Return route depends on time and weather. Home by 6 p.m.

We hope some riders will come prepared to share personal experiences about the burn and replanting efforts. In December, 2007 14 inches of rain were recorded at nearby Lee’s Camp so be prepared for the weather.

COST $39 member $41 (non member) Due by MAY 20
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: VERNA KOCKEN 736-5180
2263 37th ST. SPRINGFIELD 97477


TOURING SW OREGON — ROGUE VALLEY & HEADWATERS OF UMPQUA RIVER
Monday–Wednesday, June 23–25, 2008

LEADERS: BEN JEFFRIES, BARBARA & PAUL BEARD

We will travel south on I-5 to the Grants Pass area. We will tour the Applegate Museum at Sunny Valley before entering Grants Pass—checking into the Riverside Inn on the Rogue River mid-afternoon. Our sack lunch will be enjoyed in one of the parks along the way. We will have a jet boat ride and barbecued dinner at the O.K. Corral on the Rogue. We will leave our lodging area at 4:15 p.m. This will be a night to remember. Spectacular river views through Hellsgate Canyon with dinner on the Rogue River at the Corral, high above the river. Rides are provided from dock to dinner site. We will return to the motel about 8 p.m. Bring your hat and jacket.

Day 2 will commence with a continental breakfast. After breakfast we will load the bus and head south to Medford. Our first stop will be a rural church that draws approximately 6000 worshipers. After a look see we will proceed on to Harry and David’s plant tour, see packing of fruit, the baking building and chocolate factory. We will stop at the company store for you to spend your Harry & David gift coupon. Then on to Roxy Ann Winery where we will lunch in their gardens (so bring your picnic lunch). They will provide wine tasting. The setting is an 1878 pear orchard. Most buildings are on the historic registry.

In the afternoon we will travel to Dogs for the Deaf, the largest and oldest Hearing Dog training center in the world. See dogs being trained and view a video. Later in the afternoon we will visit the improved Crater Rock Museum. Ewart claims this is one of the best collections we have seen. Our lodging for the second night will be at the Comfort Inn in Medford. There are several restaurants for you to select dinner (at your cost).

Day 3 we will have a continental breakfast then board the bus for a trek on Hwy 62 up the mountains stopping at the many view points along the Rogue River (some of its wildest points). Diamond Lake and Lemolo Resort will be on the agenda for a lunch served at one of the lodges (price included). Our route home takes us to the headwaters of both the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers. We will stop at the place they count the steelhead and salmon at Winchester. Arrival time back in Eugene approx. 6 p.m.

COST: $309 members $315 (non member) $50 deposit NOW Final payment by  JUNE 10
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085
3225 RICHARD AVE EUGENE 97402


FRENCH PRAIRIE — HOME OF FIRST SETTLERS
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

LEADER: MARY ELLEN WEST
CO-LEADER: RAY JENSEN

July will feature a history trip to the French Prairie area in and around St. Paul. This is where the remaining French Canadian fur traders claimed the first farming settlements in Oregon. Volunteers from the St. Paul Historical Society will be our guides to the early history including cemeteries and historic homes. The St. Louis Church, home to Marie Dorian will be open as well as the St. Paul Catholic Church. Lunch will be at the Mustang restaurant in St. Paul (your cost). We will also visit several farm and garden businesses including Ferguson’s Fragrance Nursery, near St. Paul and on the way home we will stop at Bauman Farm, a family farm since 1896 with ice cream and other goodies.

COST: $39 members $41 (non members) DUE JULY 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019
1496 WEST 28TH St. Eugene 97405


OREGON GARDEN — SILVER FALLS
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

LEADER: BETTE HACK
CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

We will drive to Silver Falls State Park where we will have our morning coffee break. We will go to the South Falls and do a short hike and viewing of the area. We will return through Silverton and drive to the Oregon Garden for lunch (on your own) and tour the gardens. They now have trams which accommodate 48 people and leaves every 30 minutes from the visitor center. Tram cost is included. Those wishing to tour the Gordon House, designed by Frank L. Wright will need to pay an additional $4 at the time you register and indicate you want the tour. Travel back roads home to Eugene by 6 p.m.

COST: $40 member $42 (non member) DUE JULY 28
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: PAT BITNER 485-3971
1925 EAST 26TH, EUGENE 97403


LAKE CHELAN — NORTH CASCADES
Tuesday–Saturday, September 2–6, 2008

LEADER: BEN JEFFRIES
CO-LEADER: EWART BALDWIN

Day 1 is a long day of driving with rest stops, lunch . . . lodging in Wenatchee, dinner on your own.

Day 2 activities: Liberty Orchards (home of Applets and Cotlets) factory tour and store. Pioneer Village and County Historical Museum, Cashmere, (museum, Native American, natural history and pioneer exhibits). Village, twenty, late 1800s original pioneer structures with interior artifacts. Lunch in Leavenworth (on your own). Then we will visit an apple packing and shipping plant and lastly the Rock Reach Dam & Museum of the Columbia (history, and railroad exhibits and dam building displays). Also, there are flowers, art and craft exhibits and a mile long fish ladder with viewing site. We will stay in Chelan motel two nights.

Day 3 Lake Chelan (55 miles in length, as narrow as one quarter mile, deepest point 1,486 ft.) This depth and surrounding mountains make the lake North America’s deepest gorge. Pyramid Peak is 8,245 ft. We catch “Lady of the Lake II”, (cost included) holds up to 350 passengers, at 8:30 a.m. Proceed to Stehekin Landing at 12:30. Back on Boat at 2 p.m. and into Chelan at 6 p.m. Stehekin has 72 year-round residents, 23 miles of roads (4 paved). While in Stehekin you may choose to take a bus tour to 312 foot Rainbow Falls (at your extra cost of $7.00). Bus guide gives an informative and humorous narration. Box lunches, available by order, for bus to Falls at $9.00 (your cost). Enroute we pass by a dock leading to Holden Village. Ewart worked at Holden, the largest copper mine in Washington and now a Lutheran Church retreat. Dinner in Chelan (your cost).

Day 4 To Winthrop, 350 population, look at this Old West theme town with false-fronted buildings, wooden sidewalks and old fashioned streetlights. Reminiscent of 1890s mining boom. Leaving Winthrop we enter North Cascades National Park, an area of jagged peaks, deep valleys, waterfalls and over 300 glaciers, the most in any park in the lower 48 states. We will have an opportunity to stop at several overlooks giving spectacular views and to walk some short trails, some on board walks which offer additional grandeur. We will stop at the Newhalem Visitor Center. It has exhibits, theater presentations and ranger presentations. At same stop we can visit Skagit project complex with short trail in the best stand of Cedars in the Park, can cross pedestrian suspension bridge, look at the Gorge powerhouse or Ladder Creek Falls. Lodging for the night at Best Western in Marysville.

Day 5 is again a long travel day with rest stops and lunch and a break by visiting the Port of Tacoma. Estimated arrival time in Eugene — 6 p.m. or as traffic permits.

COST: $450 members $460 (non members) $100 Deposit NOW, $200 JULY 10, $150 (160) AUGUST 18
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019
1496 WEST 28TH St. Eugene 97405


OCTOBERFEST
Thursday, September 11, 2008

LEADERS: BARBARA & DON PAYNE

We will depart from Eugene driving through farm lands of the Willamette Valley to Mt. Angel for the Octoberfest., one of the nations largest annual festivals of German culture. It was started in 1966. It is Senior Day! No admission. Highlights include over 50 food booths and over 60 artists will display their works. Plenty of music and dancing as well. So bring your pocket book and walking shoes for a fun day. Home by 6 p.m.

COST: $28 member $30 (non member) DUE AUGUST 27
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: VERNA KOCKEN 736-5180
2263 37th ST. SPRINGFIELD 97477


HIGH DESERT MUSEUM OVER TWO MOUNTAIN PASSES
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

LEADERS: PAUL & BARBARA BEARD

If you have not been to the High Desert Museum since July 2007, you are in for a thrilling day. We will leave Eugene heading through Springfield and up Hwy 126 over the McKenzie and Santiam to our destination — the High Desert Museum to arrive before the big bird show at 11 a.m. Hear it is a real treat. The museum is always adding and changing exhibits. You will wander the grounds at your leisure. Lunch is served in their cafeteria (your cost). Our return route will allow us to view the Cascades from many angles, the Three Sisters, the cinder cones and Cascade Lakes as we connect with Hwy 58 and our route down the Willamette Pass which will most probably give us our first showing fall color. One of the few remaining drive-in A&W Root Beer stands is located in Oakridge — we may just have to take a break for a root beer float. The day is packed with fun and spectacular sights only Oregon offers through our famous mountains. Come join in the fun.

COST: $45 member $47 (non member) DUE SEPTEMBER 16
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: BARBARA PAYNE 746-1964
39478 WALTERVILLE LN, SPRINGFIELD 97478


FALL COLOR — WILDLIFE SAFARI
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

LEADER: RAY JENSEN
CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

Our fall foliage route to the Wildlife Safari has not been set; we will travel where the color in Douglas County is best. Perhaps through London and over the Shoestring Road to Oakland or possibly the Myrtle Creek area. At the Wildlife Safari we will have a step on guide for our first circuit; then lunch (at your cost) at their White Rhino restaurant. During mid day plenty of time to see displays and demonstrations then our second drive through. Our return route will be through Looking Glass, Melrose and Umpqua. Back in Eugene by 6 p.m.

COST: $38 member $40 (non member) DUE OCTOBER 7
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085
3225 RICHARD AVE EUGENE 97402


LIMO RIDE EUGENE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Thursday, December 11, 2008

LEADERS: BARBARA PAYNE, LIZ REANIER

We will meet at SHOPKOP on Coburg Road at 6:45 p.m. to board the LIMO for a fabulous two hour ride around Eugene. No walking, no cold, just a relaxing ride to see the lights. Of course, if you want some more socializing we are going to informally gather at Papa’s Pizza on Coburg Road about 5 p.m. When you register let us know if you plan to come for pizza so we have some ready for you. Donation toward pizza price will be determined later.

Of course we’ll provide rides, if you speak up at the time of registration. There is a limit of 44! So don’t be left out by not meeting the deadline or earlier.

COST: $24 member $26 (non member) DUE NOVEMBER 7
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019
1496 WEST 28TH St. Eugene 97405


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Bus Trips - Details Of Participation

  1. 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 writeups for details. Wear your name tags at all times. Wear sensible walking shoes and bring your Golden Age pass. We also always carry water.
  2. 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 himself because of physical, medical or emotional conditions.
  3. 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. Their drivers are experienced and well trained to insure enjoyable traveling.
  4. LOADING SITE
    1. 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.
    2. 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 if you must cancel at the last minute.
  5. 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.
  6. LODGING: 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 riders 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 building fund.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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. It may mean you need to wash wearing apparel to get rid of the problem.
  16. 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 2008 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 OFFICERS: Liz Reanier, Chairman, Bette Hack, Secretary, Ben Jeffries, Treasurer, Lenore McManigal, Auditor, Rick Ahrens, Ethel Allen, Ewart Baldwin, Barbara Beard, Paul Beard, Patricia Bitner, Mary Lee Cheadle, Sharon Cutsforth, Evelyn Hile, Pat Jeffries, Ray Jensen, Rosella Jones, Verna Kocken, Barbara Payne, Don Payne, Janet Speelman, Richard Speelman, Mary Ellen West, Vera Wolley.


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Historic Homes of Eugene & The Register Guard
Thursday, April 6, 2006

LEADER: MARY ELLEN WEST CO-LEADER: BETTE HACK

Join Lucille McKenzie, local historian, as we drive by historic homes of Eugene with guided visits at the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House and the Hope Mausoleum (located at the Masonic Cemetery). Lunch (your cost) in an old train car at the Oregon Electric Station, a historic landmark. At 2 p.m. we will tour The Register Guard facility. The tour takes 90 minutes, all walking If you prefer not to participate at the Register Guard , PLEASE notify the Reservations Person when you sign up. Those who prefer to end the day at 2 p.m. will be dropped of at Shopko. Shuttle service will be provided to return you to Shopko after the tour. (4 p.m.)

COST: $24 Member, $26 Non member. DUE MARCH 21
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402


MEET THE MOTHER OF MERIWETHER LEWIS at the COLUMBIA GORGE INTERPRETIVE CENTER
Tuesday, APRIL 18, 2006

LEADER: RAY JENSEN

Our route: I-5 to Tualatin for rest stop, then across the Columbia River to the new Captain Wm. Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach in Washougal, where the Expedition camped March 31–April 5, 1806.

Arrive by noon for our sack lunch (inside or outside) at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. Next a monolog by Merna deBolt who will present her interpretation of Lucy Marks, in costume. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the entire center. There are a wide variety of displays , some world renown. Our return route: over the Bridge of the Gods; maybe a stop at Multnomah Falls or Bonneville Dam. Back I-5 and in Eugene by 6 p.m.

COST: $38 Member $40 Non member DUE MARCH 31
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: VERNA KOCKEN 736-5180
2263 37th ST, SPRINGFIELD 97477


THOMPSON’S GRIST MILL AND OTHER TREASURES IN BROWNSVILLE
Tuesday, MAY 2, 2006

LEADER: MARY ELLEN WEST CO-LEADER: RAY JENSEN

The Historic Thompson’s Grist Mill is being restored and is opening to the public this spring. It is now a state park. Our guides will be Glen Harrison, a Linn County and Oregon Trail guru, a state park staff person and a mill owners descendent. We will then proceed to Brownsville. We will lunch (your cost) in the oldest commercial building in Brownsville. After lunch the Linn County Historical Museum people will provide a museum tour, a visit to the elegant Moyer House and a bus tour of the historic town of Brownsville (Pretend you are in a horse drawn carriage). Then we will return over backroads to Eugene by 5 p.m.

COST: $33 Members, $35 Non members DUE APRIL 18
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE phone 689-1085
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402


FINDING THE LOST COUNTY OF UMPQUA
Tuesday, MAY 23, 2006

LEADER: RAY JENSEN CO-LEADER: VERNA KOCKEN

We will travel South on I-5 through Oakland, then to the Melrose District, the Melqua Road (Cleveland Rapids) and then to the Henry Estate Winery (coffee break) on the site of the old Fort McKay where the the Calapooya Creek enters the Umpqua River. Then the twisty scenic Tyee Road along the River to Elkton. Go west on Hwy #34 to Scottsburg with our sack lunch in the Myrtlewood Grove at Scottsburg County Park In the early afternoon we will stop at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing area. Then to the Umpqua Discovery Center which features a new $1.2 million exhibit “Pathways to Discovery-Exploring Tidewater Country.” Afterwards we may go to the Dunes Visitor Center or the Lighthouse. Our return trip will be north on Hwy 101 to Florence (ice cream) and return to Eugene by 6 p.m. Note: At one time there really was a county of Umpqua. Come aboard for some history, great scenery and more.

COST: $29 Member $31 Non member DUE APRIL 30
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Verna Kocken 736-5180
2263 37th St. Springfield, 97477


MT. SHASTA, MT. LASSEN AND YOSEMITE
Monday–Sunday, JUNE 5–11, 2006

LEADER: LIZ REANIER CO-LEADER: DON PAYNE

This is an abbreviated itinerary. We will travel I-5 to Redding the first day with a big stop to check out the Mt. Shasta area. Then the second day will be a long drive to Yosemite. Lodging at Yosemite will be at the east end of Yosemite Valley at Curry Village which lies directly below Glacier Point. These accommodations are tent cabins which means there is a wooden floor and lower sides and a tent for the cover. No running water or toilets in cabins. Each cabin sleeps, two. You will have your own iron bed, mattress, pillow, and linens included. Details later. Toilets and showers are centrally located. My friend found them quite nice this past summer. You will have a bear proof storage unit for your possessions. There are a number of food options in the village. There are free shuttles available everywhere. You will not be allowed food coolers in the park. You will need to provide all meals and personal expense money.

We plan to schedule a guided tour of the park for one day of your stay in the park and a bus tour to the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias the other day. Remainder of time you may chose mini group activities or go it on your own. If you are a hiker, there are plenty of opportunities you may arrange. Plan for a hiking buddy. Or go on ranger led hikes. Questions- call Liz. Yosemite is inspiring, sensational scenery, lots to see. We scheduled this trip to avoid the extreme heat of the summer.

We will leave the park on day 5 traveling back to La Quinta Inn in Redding for 2 more nights stay. Routing will depend on weather and if roads are open. Day 6 we will make a round trip to Mt. Lassen and day 7 we will head for home. There will be lots of stops to rest, lunch, take pictures, take in the views.

COST $600 Member $614 Non member DEPOSIT NOW! $125, There is a non-refundable cancellations fee of $25. Your need your GOLDEN AGE PASS or you pay $20 extra for park fees. If you are 62 years of age or older you qualify for a pass. If you do not have one, and qualify, Liz will take you to BLM for one Just call her.

Partial Payment $275 Due April 2 and Balance due on May 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019
1496 W.28th,Eugene 97405


YAQUINA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE AND BIRDS, AND OREGON COAST AQUARIUM
Tuesday, JUNE 20, 2006

LEADER: RICK AHRENS CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

We will travel Hwys 99W and 101 to Newport where we’ll visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium with sea otters, a wonderful walk through aviary of seabirds and of course the Passages of the Deep exhibit where you can walk through the acrylic tunnel and view fish, sharks and other sea life. We will lunch at the Aquarium, your cost. Then we will head to Yaquina Head and stop at a very nice museum on coastal history and wildlife. Then we will go out to the lighthouse where we'll be able to view a colony of over 25,000 nesting seabirds just offshore. Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. On the way over Rick Ahrens will give a talk on the natural history of the Oregon Coast.

COST: $40 Members $42 Non members DUE JUNE 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: VERNA KOCKEN 736-5180
2263 37th ST SPRINGFIELD 97477


WILDLIFE IMAGES REHABILITATION & EDUCATION CENTER
Wednesday, JULY 12, 2006

LEADER: RAY JENSEN CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

We will travel south on I-5 to the Wolf Creek turnoff for the Galice-Rogue By-way where we will have several stops. We will have our picnic lunch at Indian Mary Park. Then to WILDLIFE IMAGES for a 1:30 p.m. guided tour, which begins at their gift shop. We will see grizzlies, bobcats, the Eagle flight enclosure and other birds, a timber wolf and more. This is a 24 acre complex in natural habitat on the Rouge River west of Grants Pass.

We will return home via Merlin or Grants Pass with ice cream at Rice Hill.

COST: $34 Members $36 Nonmembers DUE JUNE 23
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: BARBARA PAYNE phone 746-1964
39478 Walterville Ln, Springfield 97478


GREAT OREGON STEAM UP
Saturday, AUG 5, 2006

LEADER: JOHN MCMANIGAL CO-LEADER: RAY JENSEN

We will leave SHOPKO parking lot at 8am. We will drive directly to the Brooks turnoff, with perhaps a stop at the Santiam River Rest Stop. Since this is such a short drive, there will be no coffee break.. The Steam Up is a big show featuring authentic vintage farm machinery in action and much more. A truck museum, cat museum, log sawing, a railroad, & a tractor pull. There is a grand review parade around the whole area. There is a miniature train that takes passengers. There are many places to buy food at reasonable prices , but you could bring your own. Other activities open all day are Country Store with flour milling, flea market, swap meet, and blacksmith shop. Return home by 5 p.m.

COST: $29 Members $31 Non members DUE JULY 21
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: LENORE MCMANIGAL 345-2036
741 E. 38th, EUGENE 97405


OREGON ZOO WITH RICK AHRENS
Tuesday, AUG 15, 2006

LEADER: RICK AHRENS CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

Join us for a beautiful summer day at the zoo. On the way to Portland, Rick Ahrens a former zookeeper, will give a talk on the history of zoos and be available to answer questions. Many like to follow him around the zoo for all the additional info. If you have not been to the Oregon Zoo for a few years, there are several new exhibits to see. Be sure not to miss the bird program at the amphitheater, with several of the flying raptors. Of course you can go around on your own and if you tire there are golf carts you can catch from one area to the next. There are food services around the park. (Your cost).

COST: $30 member, $32 Non member DUE JULY 20
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019
1496 W. 28th EUGENE 97405


SW OREGON—ROGUE RIVER-COAST-REDWOODS
Monday–Wednesday, SEPT 11–13, 2006

LEADERS: BARBARA & PAUL BEARD, EWART BALDWIN

WE WILL BE LOADING AT SHOPKO AT 7:15 FOR A 7:30 A.M. DEPARTURE.

We will be traveling I-5 to HWY 42 to reach the Rogue River. Bring your sack lunch. After lunch we will board the jet boat for an exciting ride up The Rogue, one of the last untouched rivers in the West. We will have dinner at the historic LUCAS LODGE (dinner included) arriving at Gold Beach by dusk. Lodging will be in Gold Beach.

Day 2- We will have breakfast provided at our motel then board the bus for our trek south along the coast. Our first sighting of the redwoods will be on the Chetco River. We will tour Brookings Harbor with you lunch along the harbor. After lunch we will travel into California arriving in the heart of the redwoods for a tour and gondola ride at Trees of Mystery (Klamath), The gondola ride is over the redwoods with great views from atop the mountain. Your lodging will be at The Trees of Mystery. Dinner is your cost.

Day 3- After breakfast (included) we will board the bus for our trip north through redwoods coming into Oregon on Hwy 199 stopping at the historic Wolf Creek Inn for lunch (provided). Then I-5 to Eugene by 6:30 p.m.

Come join us for some new sights, sounds and smells, fresh clear mountain air, and wonderful ocean breezes.

Note: A complete itinerary will be provided riders after a thorough scouting trip tells us how the rains and snow of winter have altered the highways.

Your only costs are one lunch and one dinner. Bring your Golden Age Pass.

COSTS: $300 Members $306 Non members $50 Deposit due NOW!
$25 is non refundable if cancellation occurs. Balance DUE AUG 10
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: LIZ REANIER 687-1925
853 ASCOT DRIVE, EUGENE 97401


MT. HOOD, LUNCH AT TIMBERLINE LODGE, WARM SPRINGS MUSEUM
Tuesday, OCTOBER 3, 2006

LEADERS: DON AND BARBARA PAYNE CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

A spectacular scenic long days ride to Mt. Hood via I-5 to Salem, coffee break at Stayton City Park, view point in Sandy (Jonsrud’s Vista) then on to Mt. Hood. You will be served a sit down lunch at Timberline( cost included). After a relaxing lunch we will continue our loop on Hwy 26 to Warm Springs and a stop at the museum (cost included). On our final leg of the trip home we will stop at Crooked River Gorge then thru Terrebone to Sisters and home by 7:30 p.m. A great farewell to summer.

COST: $62 Members $64 Non member DUE SEPT 21
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402


FALL COLOR- WILLAMETTE VALLEY, KING ESTATE FOR LUNCH &COVERED BRIDGES
Tuesday, OCT 17, 2006

LEADER: BETTE HACK CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

We will drive around several color filled areas of Eugene, have a coffee break at a local park then head south on Willamette taking in the Spencer Butte Park and then Fox Hollow Road and connect with the Lorane Highway driving out to the King Estates for lunch (price included). We will leave approximately 1:30 for the Cottage Grove area and all the covered bridges along the route from Dorena Dam, Diston and Culp Creek. Home by 6 p.m.

COST: $42 Members $44 Non members DUE SEPT 25
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402


SHORE ACRES LIGHTS - SEA LIONS-SEALS
Friday, DEC 1, 2006

LEADER: LIZ REANIER COLEADER: RICK AHRENS

We will leave SHOPKOP at NOON, driving I-5, Drain. Elkton to Reedsport. Then Hwy 101 to Shore Acres turn off. Weather permitting we'll go just beyond Shore Acres to Simpson Reef Overlook and view the California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals hauled out on an offshore island. Rick will also talk about the Northern Elephant Seals that haul out and have their pups here early in January. Rick will talk about them on the way over and share his knowledge viewing them. We will arrive at Shore Acres by 4pm, when the lights go on. Everyone will enjoy strolling around enjoying the sights and hopefully a beautiful sunset. We will reboard the bus at 6pm for a sit down dinner, to be arranged at your cost. After dinner we will return to Eugene approximately 10:30pm. Riders will be PROVIDED TRANSPORTATION for this trip, just LET REGISTRAR KNOW.

COST: $30 MEMBER $32 NON MEMBERS DUE NOV 1
DINNER WILL BE YOUR COST
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019
1496 W. 28TH AVENUE, EUGENE 97405


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Historic Homes of Eugene & The Register Guard
Thursday, April 6, 2006

LEADER: MARY ELLEN WEST CO-LEADER: BETTE HACK

Join Lucille McKenzie, local historian, as we drive by historic homes of Eugene with guided visits at the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House and the Hope Mausoleum (located at the Masonic Cemetery). Lunch (your cost) in an old train car at the Oregon Electric Station, a historic landmark. At 2 p.m. we will tour The Register Guard facility. The tour takes 90 minutes, all walking If you prefer not to participate at the Register Guard , PLEASE notify the Reservations Person when you sign up. Those who prefer to end the day at 2 p.m. will be dropped of at Shopko. Shuttle service will be provided to return you to Shopko after the tour. (4 p.m.)

COST: $24 Member, $26 Non member. DUE MARCH 21
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402


MEET THE MOTHER OF MERIWETHER LEWIS at the COLUMBIA GORGE INTERPRETIVE CENTER
Tuesday, APRIL 18, 2006

LEADER: RAY JENSEN

Our route: I-5 to Tualatin for rest stop, then across the Columbia River to the new Captain Wm. Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach in Washougal, where the Expedition camped March 31–April 5, 1806.

Arrive by noon for our sack lunch (inside or outside) at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. Next a monolog by Merna deBolt who will present her interpretation of Lucy Marks, in costume. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the entire center. There are a wide variety of displays , some world renown. Our return route: over the Bridge of the Gods; maybe a stop at Multnomah Falls or Bonneville Dam. Back I-5 and in Eugene by 6 p.m.

COST: $38 Member $40 Non member DUE MARCH 31
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: VERNA KOCKEN 736-5180
2263 37th ST, SPRINGFIELD 97477


THOMPSON’S GRIST MILL AND OTHER TREASURES IN BROWNSVILLE
Tuesday, MAY 2, 2006

LEADER: MARY ELLEN WEST CO-LEADER: RAY JENSEN

The Historic Thompson’s Grist Mill is being restored and is opening to the public this spring. It is now a state park. Our guides will be Glen Harrison, a Linn County and Oregon Trail guru, a state park staff person and a mill owners descendent. We will then proceed to Brownsville. We will lunch (your cost) in the oldest commercial building in Brownsville. After lunch the Linn County Historical Museum people will provide a museum tour, a visit to the elegant Moyer House and a bus tour of the historic town of Brownsville (Pretend you are in a horse drawn carriage). Then we will return over backroads to Eugene by 5 p.m.

COST: $33 Members, $35 Non members DUE APRIL 18
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE phone 689-1085
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402


FINDING THE LOST COUNTY OF UMPQUA
Tuesday, MAY 23, 2006

LEADER: RAY JENSEN CO-LEADER: VERNA KOCKEN

We will travel South on I-5 through Oakland, then to the Melrose District, the Melqua Road (Cleveland Rapids) and then to the Henry Estate Winery (coffee break) on the site of the old Fort McKay where the the Calapooya Creek enters the Umpqua River. Then the twisty scenic Tyee Road along the River to Elkton. Go west on Hwy #34 to Scottsburg with our sack lunch in the Myrtlewood Grove at Scottsburg County Park In the early afternoon we will stop at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing area. Then to the Umpqua Discovery Center which features a new $1.2 million exhibit “Pathways to Discovery-Exploring Tidewater Country.” Afterwards we may go to the Dunes Visitor Center or the Lighthouse. Our return trip will be north on Hwy 101 to Florence (ice cream) and return to Eugene by 6 p.m. Note: At one time there really was a county of Umpqua. Come aboard for some history, great scenery and more.

COST: $29 Member $31 Non member DUE APRIL 30
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: Verna Kocken 736-5180
2263 37th St. Springfield, 97477


MT. SHASTA, MT. LASSEN AND YOSEMITE
Monday–Sunday, JUNE 5–11, 2006

LEADER: LIZ REANIER CO-LEADER: DON PAYNE

This is an abbreviated itinerary. We will travel I-5 to Redding the first day with a big stop to check out the Mt. Shasta area. Then the second day will be a long drive to Yosemite. Lodging at Yosemite will be at the east end of Yosemite Valley at Curry Village which lies directly below Glacier Point. These accommodations are tent cabins which means there is a wooden floor and lower sides and a tent for the cover. No running water or toilets in cabins. Each cabin sleeps, two. You will have your own iron bed, mattress, pillow, and linens included. Details later. Toilets and showers are centrally located. My friend found them quite nice this past summer. You will have a bear proof storage unit for your possessions. There are a number of food options in the village. There are free shuttles available everywhere. You will not be allowed food coolers in the park. You will need to provide all meals and personal expense money.

We plan to schedule a guided tour of the park for one day of your stay in the park and a bus tour to the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias the other day. Remainder of time you may chose mini group activities or go it on your own. If you are a hiker, there are plenty of opportunities you may arrange. Plan for a hiking buddy. Or go on ranger led hikes. Questions- call Liz. Yosemite is inspiring, sensational scenery, lots to see. We scheduled this trip to avoid the extreme heat of the summer.

We will leave the park on day 5 traveling back to La Quinta Inn in Redding for 2 more nights stay. Routing will depend on weather and if roads are open. Day 6 we will make a round trip to Mt. Lassen and day 7 we will head for home. There will be lots of stops to rest, lunch, take pictures, take in the views.

COST $600 Member $614 Non member DEPOSIT NOW! $125, There is a non-refundable cancellations fee of $25. Your need your GOLDEN AGE PASS or you pay $20 extra for park fees. If you are 62 years of age or older you qualify for a pass. If you do not have one, and qualify, Liz will take you to BLM for one Just call her.

Partial Payment $275 Due April 2 and Balance due on May 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019
1496 W.28th,Eugene 97405


YAQUINA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE AND BIRDS, AND OREGON COAST AQUARIUM
Tuesday, JUNE 20, 2006

LEADER: RICK AHRENS CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

We will travel Hwys 99W and 101 to Newport where we’ll visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium with sea otters, a wonderful walk through aviary of seabirds and of course the Passages of the Deep exhibit where you can walk through the acrylic tunnel and view fish, sharks and other sea life. We will lunch at the Aquarium, your cost. Then we will head to Yaquina Head and stop at a very nice museum on coastal history and wildlife. Then we will go out to the lighthouse where we'll be able to view a colony of over 25,000 nesting seabirds just offshore. Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. On the way over Rick Ahrens will give a talk on the natural history of the Oregon Coast.

COST: $40 Members $42 Non members DUE JUNE 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: VERNA KOCKEN 736-5180
2263 37th ST SPRINGFIELD 97477


WILDLIFE IMAGES REHABILITATION & EDUCATION CENTER
Wednesday, JULY 12, 2006

LEADER: RAY JENSEN CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

We will travel south on I-5 to the Wolf Creek turnoff for the Galice-Rogue By-way where we will have several stops. We will have our picnic lunch at Indian Mary Park. Then to WILDLIFE IMAGES for a 1:30 p.m. guided tour, which begins at their gift shop. We will see grizzlies, bobcats, the Eagle flight enclosure and other birds, a timber wolf and more. This is a 24 acre complex in natural habitat on the Rouge River west of Grants Pass.

We will return home via Merlin or Grants Pass with ice cream at Rice Hill.

COST: $34 Members $36 Nonmembers DUE JUNE 23
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: BARBARA PAYNE phone 746-1964
39478 Walterville Ln, Springfield 97478


GREAT OREGON STEAM UP
Saturday, AUG 5, 2006

LEADER: JOHN MCMANIGAL CO-LEADER: RAY JENSEN

We will leave SHOPKO parking lot at 8am. We will drive directly to the Brooks turnoff, with perhaps a stop at the Santiam River Rest Stop. Since this is such a short drive, there will be no coffee break.. The Steam Up is a big show featuring authentic vintage farm machinery in action and much more. A truck museum, cat museum, log sawing, a railroad, & a tractor pull. There is a grand review parade around the whole area. There is a miniature train that takes passengers. There are many places to buy food at reasonable prices , but you could bring your own. Other activities open all day are Country Store with flour milling, flea market, swap meet, and blacksmith shop. Return home by 5 p.m.

COST: $29 Members $31 Non members DUE JULY 21
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: LENORE MCMANIGAL 345-2036
741 E. 38th, EUGENE 97405


OREGON ZOO WITH RICK AHRENS
Tuesday, AUG 15, 2006

LEADER: RICK AHRENS CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

Join us for a beautiful summer day at the zoo. On the way to Portland, Rick Ahrens a former zookeeper, will give a talk on the history of zoos and be available to answer questions. Many like to follow him around the zoo for all the additional info. If you have not been to the Oregon Zoo for a few years, there are several new exhibits to see. Be sure not to miss the bird program at the amphitheater, with several of the flying raptors. Of course you can go around on your own and if you tire there are golf carts you can catch from one area to the next. There are food services around the park. (Your cost).

COST: $30 member, $32 Non member DUE JULY 20
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019
1496 W. 28th EUGENE 97405


SW OREGON—ROGUE RIVER-COAST-REDWOODS
Monday–Wednesday, SEPT 11–13, 2006

LEADERS: BARBARA & PAUL BEARD, EWART BALDWIN

WE WILL BE LOADING AT SHOPKO AT 7:15 FOR A 7:30 A.M. DEPARTURE.

We will be traveling I-5 to HWY 42 to reach the Rogue River. Bring your sack lunch. After lunch we will board the jet boat for an exciting ride up The Rogue, one of the last untouched rivers in the West. We will have dinner at the historic LUCAS LODGE (dinner included) arriving at Gold Beach by dusk. Lodging will be in Gold Beach.

Day 2- We will have breakfast provided at our motel then board the bus for our trek south along the coast. Our first sighting of the redwoods will be on the Chetco River. We will tour Brookings Harbor with you lunch along the harbor. After lunch we will travel into California arriving in the heart of the redwoods for a tour and gondola ride at Trees of Mystery (Klamath), The gondola ride is over the redwoods with great views from atop the mountain. Your lodging will be at The Trees of Mystery. Dinner is your cost.

Day 3- After breakfast (included) we will board the bus for our trip north through redwoods coming into Oregon on Hwy 199 stopping at the historic Wolf Creek Inn for lunch (provided). Then I-5 to Eugene by 6:30 p.m.

Come join us for some new sights, sounds and smells, fresh clear mountain air, and wonderful ocean breezes.

Note: A complete itinerary will be provided riders after a thorough scouting trip tells us how the rains and snow of winter have altered the highways.

Your only costs are one lunch and one dinner. Bring your Golden Age Pass.

COSTS: $300 Members $306 Non members $50 Deposit due NOW!
$25 is non refundable if cancellation occurs. Balance DUE AUG 10
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: LIZ REANIER 687-1925
853 ASCOT DRIVE, EUGENE 97401


MT. HOOD, LUNCH AT TIMBERLINE LODGE, WARM SPRINGS MUSEUM
Tuesday, OCTOBER 3, 2006

LEADERS: DON AND BARBARA PAYNE CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

A spectacular scenic long days ride to Mt. Hood via I-5 to Salem, coffee break at Stayton City Park, view point in Sandy (Jonsrud’s Vista) then on to Mt. Hood. You will be served a sit down lunch at Timberline( cost included). After a relaxing lunch we will continue our loop on Hwy 26 to Warm Springs and a stop at the museum (cost included). On our final leg of the trip home we will stop at Crooked River Gorge then thru Terrebone to Sisters and home by 7:30 p.m. A great farewell to summer.

COST: $62 Members $64 Non member DUE SEPT 21
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402


FALL COLOR- WILLAMETTE VALLEY, KING ESTATE FOR LUNCH &COVERED BRIDGES
Tuesday, OCT 17, 2006

LEADER: BETTE HACK CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

We will drive around several color filled areas of Eugene, have a coffee break at a local park then head south on Willamette taking in the Spencer Butte Park and then Fox Hollow Road and connect with the Lorane Highway driving out to the King Estates for lunch (price included). We will leave approximately 1:30 for the Cottage Grove area and all the covered bridges along the route from Dorena Dam, Diston and Culp Creek. Home by 6 p.m.

COST: $42 Members $44 Non members DUE SEPT 25
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE 689-1085
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402


SHORE ACRES LIGHTS - SEA LIONS-SEALS
Friday, DEC 1, 2006

LEADER: LIZ REANIER COLEADER: RICK AHRENS

We will leave SHOPKOP at NOON, driving I-5, Drain. Elkton to Reedsport. Then Hwy 101 to Shore Acres turn off. Weather permitting we'll go just beyond Shore Acres to Simpson Reef Overlook and view the California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals hauled out on an offshore island. Rick will also talk about the Northern Elephant Seals that haul out and have their pups here early in January. Rick will talk about them on the way over and share his knowledge viewing them. We will arrive at Shore Acres by 4pm, when the lights go on. Everyone will enjoy strolling around enjoying the sights and hopefully a beautiful sunset. We will reboard the bus at 6pm for a sit down dinner, to be arranged at your cost. After dinner we will return to Eugene approximately 10:30pm. Riders will be PROVIDED TRANSPORTATION for this trip, just LET REGISTRAR KNOW.

COST: $30 MEMBER $32 NON MEMBERS DUE NOV 1
DINNER WILL BE YOUR COST
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN 344-3019
1496 W. 28TH AVENUE, EUGENE 97405


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2005:

Eagles ’n More Tuesday–Wednesday, February 22–23, 2005
Cost: $120 (non-members $124) (This trip is filled, with names taken for wait list only.)

This will be a great opportunity to enjoy a fun, relaxing bus ride through Oregon’s winter wonderland. Our expert birder, Rick Ahrens, leads us to some spectacular sights. He instructs us on bird habitat, how to identify a flying bird, etc., in one of our nation’s renowned eagle habitats and flyways for many species of water fowl and birds of prey.

Riders with scopes have generously shared their equipment, so all get to see up-close. The eagles tend to cooperate for us. It is spectacular to see hundreds of white swans on the water, or a coyote slinking through the marsh. Beginning birders and experts are all welcome.

The cost of the trip includes transportation, tips, coffee breaks at Willamette Pass, lunch each day at Applebees in Klamath Falls and excellent lodging accommodations (2 persons/2 beds), including an optional soup supper, oven fresh cookies at 8 p.m., and a fantastic breakfast spread. There are also nearby restaurants if you choose to eat out.

Call Liz Reanier (687-1925) and send in your $50 deposit to reserve space. If you do not have a room-mate, you will be given the opportunity to select from the rider list.

We cannot guarantee the weather, but a good time will be had by all!


SNOOPIN AROUND SPRINGFIELD & EUGENE
Wednesday, March 23

LEADERS: MARY ELLEN WEST & LIZ REANIER

Our first stop will be at the Springfield Visitor Center, Train Depot, for a short talk and viewing of displays and visit the arbor area next to the center and read about the beginnings of Springfield and the Millrace. Boarding the bus we will then arrive at the Dorris Ranch for our coffee break and a view. We will then have a step on guide to tell us about the Washburn District (historic Homes) and a visit to the Springfield Museum before lunch.

Lunch will be an extended stop at a special place, Ruby B’s Antiques and Tea Room. (Your cost). The store has excellent displays and your lunch will be served at tables around the store. The food is to die for.

After lunch we will travel to Eugene and stop at the U of O Museum of Natural History (recently remodeled). If time and your energy permit we will make our last stop at the Lane County Historical Museum before calling it a day.

COST: $27 Member $29 Non member
DUE MARCH 6
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
MARY LEE CHEADLE
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97502
phone 689-1085


OREGON CITY HISTORIC HOMES & PIONEER CEMETERY
Wednesday, April 20

LEADERS: MARY ELLEN WEST & LIZ REANIER

The plan is to visit three 1840s style homes, a museum, a sitdown lunch (included) and the Pioneer Cemetery. The lunch will be served by waitresses in costume and a tour will follow at the Ermatinger Home. The other two houses on the tour include the McLoughlin House and the Stevens-Crawford House.

COST: $48 Member $50 Non member DUE FEB 27
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402
phone 689-1085


GLIDE WILDFLOWERS AND SUSAN CREEK FALLS
Saturday, April 23

LEADER: RAY JENSEN

We will travel South of I-5 with a rest stop near Sutherlin, then up the scenic Wilbur Cutoff along the North Umpqua to Susan Creek Falls for an optional hike and our morning coffee break. En route we will stop at the Narrows—Swiftwater Park. At mid day a couple of hours will be spent at the Glide Wildflower Show. Food is available or your sack lunch.

The afternoon is indefinite: Possibilities: Rhodies at Sanders Nursery, River Forks County Park, Historic District in Roseburg, the Colliding Rivers and nearby Museum, a winery, etc. Keep tuned.

COST: $28 Member $30 Non member DUE APRIL 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
MARY LEE CHEADLE
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402
Phone 689-1085


BIRDS AROUND THE EUGENE AREA
Thursday, May 12

LEADER: RICK AHRENS
COORDINATOR: RAY JENSEN

Our itinerary will be determined by where Rick finds birds. Some probable stops are: Checkermallow on the Amazon, Meadowlark Prairie, End of Royal Ave., Fern Ridge Lake, Delta Ponds, Alton Baker Park and William Finley Wildlife Refuge-McFarland Blind. Hazelnut Hill on 99-W for candy and goodies. Bring a sack lunch to eat possibly at Bellfountain Park. Bring binoculars, walking shoes and proper clothing for the day.

COST: $21 member $23 Non member DUE APRIL 20
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
PAT BITNER
1925 E. 26th Ave, Eugene 97403
phone 485-3971


RHODIES, COVERED BRIDGES & MURALS
Tuesday, May 17)

LEADERS BARBARA & PAUL BEARD

A beautiful spring trip, viewing the flowers, the freshness of spring, stopping to view covered bridges and murals along the way. We’ll travel through Marcola, Sweet Home, Stayton and Silverton stopping at Silver Creek Falls for a BBQ catered lunch by the Beards and the Hospitality Committee. Lunch cost included. There will plenty of time to hike around and visit while waiting for lunch. More flowers, bridges, and murals on the way home.

COST: $30 Members $32 Non members DUE MAY 5
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
BARBARA PAYNE
39748 Walterville Ln, Springfield 97478
phone 746-1964


JOHN DAY FOSSIL BEDS & EASTERN OREGON
Monday–Friday, June 6—10

LIMIT 36

LEADER: RAY JENSEN
Co-leader and Lodging Coordinator: LIZ REANIER
Geology Guide and Commentator: EWART BALDWIN

OVERVIEW: Many and varied points of interest. Some highlights include: New Visitor Center _Museum at the Sheep Rock Unit, the classic Geiger Grand Hotel, the Lewis & Clark display of their cargo at The Dalles, and much more. Also we will travel over several scenic back roads not previously scheduled on Obsidian Bus trips.

Day 1— Over Hwy 58 with a rest stop in Oakridge; then on to the High Desert Museum arriving about 11:00. Of special interest: The Raptors of the Sky and the Lazinka Sawmill. Lunch available at their Rimrock Cafe (your cost). Depart 2:00 or so and travel Hwy 27 the lower Crooked River Road, spectacular canyon. Then to Prineville for the night at the Stafford Inn. Several restaurants and a super market nearby. You will need sack lunches for days 2 and 3.

Day 2— East on Hwy 26 to the Painted Hills Unit. Then to the new Visitor Center at Sheeprock where we eat our sack lunch. In the afternoon we will travel back roads to Kimberly, Monument and Long Creek to the Kam Wah Chung Museum in John Day. Overnight at the local Best Western Inn. Snapple Bits and the Grubsteak restaurants close by.

Day 3— East on to Prairie City then Sumpter, Granite, Anthony Lakes (Elkhorn Scenic Byway) and to Haines. Lunch site TBA. Late afternoon to the Oregon Trail Regional Museum which features an outstanding mineral collection and more. Overnight at the renovated classic Geiger Grand Hotel in Baker City.

Day 4— Arrive 9:00 at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Depart 10:30 or so for Union and the Cowboy Museum, historic homes and old hotel are here. Lunch on your own—several cafes, or sack lunch. In the afternoon on to Cove to see the 1876 Gothic Church. Then to Elgin and over the Spout Springs road to Westin and north to the Fort Walla Walla Museum. Stay at Marcus Whitman Hotel—great restaurant there.

Day 5— Down the Columbia River I-84 to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, now featuring a display of the Lewis & Clark cargo. Hopefully, Ken Karsmizki, Executive Director and noted archeologist will talk to us. Leave by 1:30 or so Hwy 197, 97 to Redmond and home by Santiam Pass by 6:30 p.m.

COST: $390 members $400 Non members $100 Deposit NOW
$150 by March 16 and Balance by May 6
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
JANET SPEELMAN
1496 W. 28th Ave, Eugene 97405
phone 344-3019


WILDLIFE SAFARI N MORE ANIMALS
Wednesday, June 22

LEADER: RICK AHRENS
CO-LEADER: LIZ REANIER

We will travel I-5, with rest stop along the way and a coffee break, to Winston for a fun time viewing the animals at Wildlife Safari. We’ll have a step on guide the first time through then Rick will take over on additional trips through. We are trying to arrange for an educational program on the Cheetah breeding program. You’ll have time to visit the other animals that are on display and lunch in the White Rhino Cafe (your cost), or bring your sack lunch to eat outside. After our last drive through we will travel on as we are hoping to visit a special farm before starting home.

COST: $32 Member $34 Non member DUE JUNE 10
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
PAT BITNER
1925 East 26th Ave, Eugene 97403
phone 485-3971


MT. SHASTA, LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK & REDDING
Wednesday–Saturday July 6–9

LEADERS: LIZ REANIER, BETTE HACK

We take the gorgeous Cascade Range for granted. This trip is your opportunity to experience the southern portion of the range. Lassen Peak is the southern most volcanic peak. We will be by passing the Crater Lake (northern portion) of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. We will travel Hwy 58 and 97 hoping to see white pelicans on Klamath Lake on our way into northern California—destination Mount Shasta the first night. During Day 1 we will not pass by the Lave Beds we saw last fall on Ewart’s trip but we will take side trips into the Mt. Shasta Recreational Area to see the mountain up close and also travel to the old lumber and railroad town of McCloud. We will stop to check out the sights before we return to Mount Shasta for the night.

Day 2— We will travel the scenic byway east and south, stopping at Burney Falls for a break on our way to Lassen Volcanic National Park, one of our nations oldest parks. We’ll visit the new interpretive center and stop at the major attractions including Bumpass Hell as we travel through the park. It is a very different experience and different sights from other volcanic areas. When leaving the park we must travel west for our next two nights lodging in Redding.

Day 3— We will spend the day in Redding. We will investigate the unique Sun Dial Bridge and a large portion of the day at Turtle Bay, a park (includes a Butterfly Pavilion, an Aquarium, a Historic Museum and have lunch). Then we will visit other sights in the area, that we have not done on recent trips by Bette, Ethel and Ewart.

Day 4— We will travel I-5 stopping at Castle Crags for our morning break and after crossing back into Oregon we will travel byways along the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers.

Note: By the end of this summers travels with this trip, the Mt. St. Helens trip the Cascade Lakes Highway and the Harrison Hot Springs you will have traversed the entire length of the Cascade Range and hopefully have seen all the majestic snow capped peaks.

COST: $250 Member $258 Non member DEPOSIT $75 NOW
$100 Due by April 5 Balance by June 5 Bring your Golden Age Pass
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
JANET SPEELMAN
1496 West 28th Ave, Eugene 97405
phone 344-3019


BIG K RANCH FOR LUNCH, PLUS BUTTERFLIES, KING ESTATE WINERY AND MORE
Friday, July 15

LEADERS: RAY JENSEN, ETHEL ALLEN

An outstanding day has been planned. First to the Fish and Lily ponds at a farm on Cox Road—plants for sale. Then via the Boswell Road to Drain and on to Elkton to the Butterfly Pavilion, where we will have our coffee and see up close the four stages of the butterflies’ life. Lots of flowers and gardens surround this facility.

At 12:30 we will arrive at the Big K Ranch for our buffet lunch (included) inside their nice lodge. This is a great resort on the Umpqua River. Then back to Drain for a stop at the City Park and on to the King Estate winery for a tour, starting at 3:00 or 3:30. There is a nice view of the vineyards and we will see their newly opened visitor Center. Leave Lorane and take the Hamm Road into Creswell and return by 5:30 or so. Note: We hope to see some lavender at King Estate.

COST: $42 Member $44 Non member DUE June 15
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
JANET SPEELMAN
1496 West 28th Ave, Eugene 97405
phone 344-3019


HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, BC, Canada Monday–Friday, August 15–19

LEADERS: LIZ REANIER, BEN JEFFRIES

You will need either your passport or photo identification for this trip.

Here is a trip into the interior of lovely British Columbia, east of Vancouver, and up along the Fraser River. The Harrison Hot Springs Resort was first built in the 20s and has been remodeled and expanded ever since. We will take a leisurely two days to get there with plenty of stops along the way.

Day 1— We’ll travel I-5 to Marysville with a special stop in Olympia for lunch and a visit with Frances Newsom. We’ll get off the interstate as soon as possible. We will spend the first night in Marysville, just north of Everett.

Day 2— We will stay off I-5 stopping at a Dutch town, Lynden and then cross the border. We will travel to the Minter Gardens for your lunch and to stroll through the gardens. The gardens are thematically arrange. It’s not far to Harrison Hot Springs from there. We will do a drive by to orient you to the town. Once we have our lodging you will be free to roam. If you do not wish to take the boat cruise and or travels up the Fraser River, please let the leaders know for scheduling purposes.

Day 3 and Day 4 have not been finalized to date, but one day we will offer a boat cruise on Harrison Lake (price included) and one day we will travel up the Fraser River to a neat place where you ride a gondola across the canyon and lunch and browse (the price is included). You will have lots of time in Harrison Hot Springs to dine and shop and spend your hours in a leisurely manner.

Day 5— Is the long haul home, all the way. I assume a similar route will be taken, but with different stops along the way. Our bus driver is familiar with the area.

Note: Prices on this trip may be high due to the flux in currency rates. I have over priced rather than under priced. It’s better than having the charge you an amount later. A rebate will be given if costs come in under estimates. This is a requested trip, that I have not had the opportunity to scout yet so bear with me.

COST: $475 Member $485 Non member DEPOSIT $75 BY THE RALLY, FEB 27
$150 DUE MAY 15 BALANCE DUE JULY 15
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
JANET SPEELMAN
1496 West 28th Ave, Eugene 97405
phone 344-3019


CASCADES LAKES HIGHWAY
Thursday, September 8

LEADER: LIZ REANIER

We will travel the McKenzie Highway stopping at the falls and a big stretch at Sisters. Then on to Bend and on to the Cascade Lakes Highway stopping to enjoy the views throughout the day. Home via Willamette Pass. We will picnic lunch along the way. I would like to promise a clear day so you can really enjoy the majestic beauty of Oregon’s Cascade Range. It should be a wonderful leisurely late summer drive.

COST: $30 Member $32 Non member DUE AUGUST 15
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
BARBARA PAYNE
39478 WALTERVILLE LN, SPFD 97478
PHONE 746-1964


SALMON BAKE—DEPOE BAY
Saturday, September 17

LEADER: BETTE HACK

We will drive to Corvallis’s Avery Park for our morning break and on to Newport stopping at Yaquina Bay State Park for a rest stop and look at the ocean. Then on to Depoe Bay for lunch and entertainment and watching the salmon being cooked over alder stakes, Indian Style. There is a shuttle bus for those wishing to go uptown for shopping. Leaving about 2:00 p.m., we will drive south stopping at Cape Perpetua viewing area and the Visitor’s Center, if time. We will continue on to Florence and home between 5–6:00 p.m.

COST: $42 Member $44 Nonmember DUE by SEPT 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
MARY LEE CHEADLE
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402
phone 689-1085


MT. ST. HELENS AND NEARBY AREA
Tuesday–Wednesday October 45

LEADER: LIZ REANIER

Traveling I-5 with rest stops along the way. The first day we’ll explore Kalama, Longview and Kelso, and Woodland’s Cedar Creek Grist Mill. If time permits we will do the Cinedome in Castle Rock so we have more time for the mountain the second day.

Day 2— We will concentrate on Mt. St. Helens by going to the Visitor Center, Hoffstadt Visitor Center, Forest Learning Center, Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center and Johnston Ridge Visitor Center. If time permits The Original Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Glass works. This trip is contingent on the safe travel, but if it acts up and is hazardous we will cancel even though Ewart says all the better to go.

To have the opportunity to visit such a natural wonder is exciting and one marvels at nature’s ways of rehabitation.

COST $120 Member $124 Non member Deposit $50 Now
Balance DUE SEPT 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
JANET SPEELMAN
1496 West 28th Ave, Eugene 97405
phone 344-3019


FALL COLOR—WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND SOUTH
Thursday, October 18

LEADER: BETTE HACK

We will take in the U of O Campus, Coburg Hills, Spencer Butte Park (coffee Break). Then we will take the Lorane Highway to Cottage Grove, the Row River past Dorena Lake through Dorena, Disston and Culp Creek. We will stop for viewing and pictures at the Row River Covered Bridge. We will have our picnic lunch at Baker Bay. (Tree covered area in case of rain.) Then we will take back roads to Oakland for ice Cream at Tolley’s and then home via Elkton and Drain.

COST: $25 Member $27 Non member DUE SEPT 15
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE
3225 RICHARD AVE, EUGENE 97402
PHONE 689-1085


EVERGREEN AIR MUSEUM
Thursday, November 10

LEADERS: RAY JENSEN, BEN JEFFRIES

We will take 99W with a stop at Helmick State Park for coffee. Then onto the Baskett Slough NWR for a look at migrating waterfowl. An early arrival at Spirit Mountain at about 11:00 for lunch (included) at their Coyote Cafe.

We will arrive at the Air Museum about 1:30. A new addition is the SR-71 Blackbird and now we are permitted inside the famous Hughes Flying Boat. Lots of interesting videos and vintage aircraft here. We can compare the real Howard Hughes with the one in Hollywood’s AVIATOR. Return to Eugene through Dayton, Hwy 221 to Salem and home via I-5 by 6 p.m.

COST $41 Member $43 Non member DUE OCT 15
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
VERNA KOCKEN
2263 37th Ave, Springfield 97477
Phone 736-5180


OREGON HISTORICAL CENTER—LEWIS & CLARK TRAVELING EXHIBIT
Thursday, December 1

LEADER: RAY JENSEN

The Oregon History Center in Portland will host this outstanding display for about three months beginning November 11. We expect that our request for 1:00 p.m. on December 1 will be accepted—but our reservation is not confirmed at this time.

We plan to have an early sit down lunch in the Portland area at about 11:00. Then we will arrive at the Oregon History Center at 1:00 for a two hour stay. We may add a lecture so still some uncertainties. Return to Eugene by 6:00.

COST: $32 ($34 NON MEMBER) TRANSPORTATION AND ADMISSION, COST OF LUNCH TO BE DETERMINED. WATCH BULLETIN FOR UPDATE
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
VERNA KOCKEN
2263 37th AVE, Springfield 97477
PHONE 736-5180


WILDLIFE SAFARI HOLIDAY DINNER & FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS—ROSEBURG
Tuesday, December 13

LEADER BETTE HACK

We will leave Eugene at 1 PM. (Note the time) and drive to Wildlife Safari, arriving about 3:00 p.m. There are a number of activities you can enjoy until dinner which is at 5 p.m. There are two choices for dinner—Traditional turkey with cranberries and dressing or Pineapple Glazed Ham. Please indicate your choice when signing up or making reservations. We will leave around 7:00 p.m. and drive to the River Park area at Roseburg where the Rotary Club has set up a several block long area light show of Christmas Traditions. We will have several drive throughs. We will arrive home about 9:30 p.m. If you need transportation for this trip let the reservations person know so rides can be established.

Activities at Wildlife Safari before dinner include: Walking through the area lighted for Christmas viewing the lights and having hot chocolate. You may want a flash light to brighten the walkway. Riding the train and viewing the animals. Riding the wagon to see the Rhinos on the hill, and listening to some of the personnel talk about the animals. We need a good signup for this trip to go, so please come along.

COST: (INCLUDES DINNER AND GRATUITY) $43 Member $45 Non member PAYMENT DUE BY NOVEMBER 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO:
MARY LEE CHEADLE
3225 Richard Ave, Eugene 97402
Phone 689-1085


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2004:

Lunch at the Adobe Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Leader: Liz Reanier

We’ll travel Hwy 99W to Corvallis, then Hwy 20 to Philomath where we’ll have coffee at McDonald’s (included). Then take Hwy 34 following the Alsea River to Waldport. We’ll spend time at the Historic Alsea Bridge Interpretive Center then on to the Adobe for lunch (price included). You’ll be able to watch the waves crash while having lunch. You must select your lunch item at the time of registration. There will be ample time to walk the beach at the Adobe or to take the ¾ mile hike north to Sand Beach prior to our departure. The bus will then head south on Hwy 101 stopping at the Darlingtonia State Natural Site to view the plants in the bogs. Our last stop before heading inland on Hwy 126 will be in Old Town Florence (rest break for coffee or ice cream).

Cost: $35 Member ($37 Non member)
Due: March 8
Reservations and Checks to: Janet Speelman, Phone 344-3019, 1496 West 28th Ave, Eugene, 97405


Guide Dogs for the Blind Saturday, April 3, 2004
Leader: Ben Jeffries, Co-leader: Ray Jensen

Come visit Oregon’s inspiring national training facility for Guide Dogs, located in Boring. We will have a private tour of the buildings: veterinary hospital, kitchen for animals and dormitory for dog recipients and dogs. There are a few steps but there are hand rails. We will then attend the heart warming dog graduation ceremonies. Each dog recipient will speak as will each volunteer puppy (10-18 months training) raiser. It’s a tear jerker, so be prepared. There will be a slide presentation of the program and a live demonstration with a dog. Refreshments will be served afterwards. There is also a gift shop. Lunch will be your picnic lunch at the Barton County Park, located on the Clackamas River, or on the bus depending on the weather. Return to Eugene by 6 p.m.

Cost: $33 Member ($35 Non member)
Due: March 17
Reservations and Checks to: Janet Speelman, Phone 344-3019, 1496 West 28th Ave, Eugene, 97405


McKenzie River Highway Mystery Trip Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Leader: Liz Reanier, Co-leader: Ray Jensen

Be adventurous and join us as we see the sights and explore along the scenic McKenzie Highway. We will travel as far as Koosah and Sahalie Falls before turning back to Eugene. The location for our picnic lunch TBA. Bring money for mid afternoon pie and coffee at the Rustic Skillet. Home by 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $24 Member ($26 Nonmember)
Due: April 10
Reservations and Checks to: Janet Speelman, Phone 344-3019, 1496 West 28th Ave, Eugene, 97405


Birds ’n Blooms (includes Cascades Raptor Center) Tuesday May 6, 2004
Leader: Ray Jensen, Guide: Rick Ahrens

We will explore some of the many wildlife areas around Eugene. Rick Ahrens, “Expert Birder,” will guide us to those choice viewing spots.

Plan of the day—subject to last minute changes

8 a.m. Assemble at the usual loading area at Valley River Center
8:15 Rick will lead a walk to the ponds along the river (toward Marist High School)
9:30 Load Bus, travel to Alton Baker Park for refreshments and bird watching
10:00 Onward! Possible options include: Stewart Pond, Meadow Lark Prairie, Checkermallow Access, Dorris Ranch, etc.
Noon Sack lunch at Perkin's Peninsula Park, at Fern Ridge for additional viewing of water fowl. Scopes will be set up to see what we can see.
1 p.m. Board bus, stop at the wildlife area at the south end of Fern Ridge. Route will be Willow Creek Road, then east on West 18th and on to the Cascades Raptor Center.
2:00 Arrive at Cascades Raptor Center on Fox Hollow Road. Louise Shimmel will greet us with a short talk. There are many caged raptors on display. It is on a steep hillside with uneven gravel trails so plan accordingly.
3:30 Depart for Valley River Parking Lot. Back at VRC for unloading bus by 4 p.m.
4–5 Optional walk across the river to the Rose Garden.

Note: Bring binoculars, good walking shoes, walking stick or cane, appropriate clothing, sack lunch.

Cost: $17 Members ($19 Non members)
Due: April 19
Reservations and Checks to: Mary Lee Cheadle, Phone 689-1085, 3225 Richards Avenue, Eugene 97402


Touch of Class — Inn at Spanish Head — Lincoln City Monday–Tuesday May 17 & 18
Leader: Ethel Allen, Co-leader: Ray Jensen

All rooms at the Inn have ocean view, and refrigerators. Need sack lunches both days.

Day 1: Leave Shopko on Coburg Road parking lot at 8 a.m. Rest stop at Avery Park. Continue on to Newport and then north on Hwy 101 to Gleneden Beach State Park for our picnic lunch. Next stop is the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City. 2:30 arrival for organ concert before the matinee movie. Check in to Inn at 4 p.m. There will be ample time to walk the beaches (look for glass balls placed there daily), and enjoy the view. There is lots of whale watching year round. Time to use the hotel’s many luxurious facilities before a buffet dinner (included) at 6:30 p.m. Soft dinner music provided by Paul Beard. More of same after dinner.

Day 2: 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast (included) in Balboa Room. Time to enjoy a leisurely morning as bus will not load until 11:00 a.m. Picnic lunch back at Gleneden Park. Depart 1 p.m. to Alder House for glass blowing demonstration, also pottery making near by. At 2:15 p.m. drive to Connie Hanson Garden which should be in full bloom. Rest stop and coffee break on the way home (by 6:30 p.m.)

Cost: $148 Member ($152 Nonmember)
Deposit: $75 March 10, Balance due: April 20
Indicate roommate at time of registration
Reservations and Checks to: Ethel Allen, Phone 736-0692, 1064 56th St., Springfield 97478


Back Roads in the Coast Range Wednesday June 9, 2004
Leader: Ray Jensen, Co-leader: Ewart Baldwin

Basically we will explore the foothills of the Coast Range in Benton and Polk Counties. Itinerary is tentative. We will go thru Monroe and Alpine with coffee at Bellfountain City Park where there is a 85 ft long table. At 10 a.m. we will visit the Benton County Museum in Philomath which is in an historic brick building, formerly Philomath College. Then west on Hwy. 20 to Blodgett, up to Summit and into the Luckiamute River drainage to the Fort Hoskins Interpretive Center where we will have lunch. There will be an optional ¾ mile interpretive trail hike. In the afternoon we will stop at the Ritner Covered Bridge, the Falls of the Little Luckiamute River at Falls City, a rest break at the Dallas City Park. Other stops as time permits.

Cost: $27 Members ($29 Non members)
Due: May 15
Reservations and Checks to: Mary Lee Cheadle, Phone 689-1085, 3225 Richards Avenue, Eugene 97402


Cooley Iris Gardens — Oregon Garden — Mt. Angel Abbey Thursday, June 17, 2004
Leader: Bette Hack

We will travel I-5, coffee at Santiam River Rest Area. Continue to Silverton to visit the Cooley Iris Gardens. There will be a short drive around Silverton, stopping at the City Park to view Silver Creek. On to the Oregon Garden for a tour and lunch. We will leave around 1:30 and drive to Mt. Angel Abbey where we will visit the Chapel, the museums, and see the library designed by world famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. We will return home via back roads.

Cost: $30 Member ($32 Non member)
Due: May 15
Reservations and Checks to: Mary Lee Cheadle, Phone 689-1085, 3225 Richards Avenue, Eugene 97402


Oregon Zoo Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Leader: Liz Reanier, Guide: Rick Ahrens

Retired zoo specialist, Rick Ahrens, will be our guide at the Oregon Zoo (Portland). Rick makes the trip special—sharing his knowledge of all the animals. The Cascade Mountain Range simulation and the Pacific Aquarium are recently established exhibits. There are several places to buy your lunch (your cost). A four mile train ride is available ($2.75 + admission ticket would be your option and cost). The newer exhibits are near the entrance and food service and gift shop, so if you are limited in your walking you could enjoy these new areas and sit out on the deck and enjoy the view the remainder of the time.

Cost: $26 Member ($28 Non member)
Due: June 18
Reservations and Checks to: Janet Speelman, Phone 344-3019, 1496 West 28th Ave, Eugene 97405


Applegate House & more—Historic & New Cottage Grove Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Leader: Ethel Allen, Co-leader: Ray Jensen

We will tour the new Cottage Grove High School then go on to Drain and on to the Applegate Estate in Yoncalla. Shannon and Susan Applegate are planning our adventures, including a tour of the house. We will lunch under the historic trees. In the afternoon we will return to Cottage Grove, drive the South River Road, visit the Guy Leabo Miners Museum, the Cottage Grove Museum and drive by Clair Cooley’s childhood home. Clair and Ethel have many memories to share and stories to tell about local residents. On our way back to the freeway we’ll stop and admire the architecture of the new Cottage Grove Hospital.

Cost: $30 Member ($32 Non member)
Due: June 10
Reservations and Checks to: Nicole Chase, Phone 334-6832, 1609 Sylvan St, Eugene 97403


Tillamook, Oswald West and the Three Capes Tuesday–Wednesday, July 20–21, 2004
Leader: Bette Hack

We will leave SHOPKO at 8 am going on I-5 to Corvallis and then Hwy. 99 to Helmick State Park for our morning break. We will take Hwy. 22 to Hebo and then Hwy 101 into Tillamook. We will go to the Tillamook Cheese Visitor’s Center where you may wish to do the self guided tour and have lunch in the Farmhouse Cafe (your cost). There are no picnic facilities. We will leave early afternoon and visit the Pioneer Museum. Mid-afternoon we will travel to the Naval Air Museum. About 5:30 we will check in at the Shilo Inn, in Tillamook. There is a restaurant on the premises.

Day 2: We will head north to Oswald West State Park and those who wish may do the short hike through a beautiful area to Short Sand Beach. We will stop at Nehalem State Park for a short break and return to Tillamook where we will take Highway 6 to Cape Meares where we will visit the Octopus Tree and the Lighthouse and have lunch in the picnic area. After lunch we will stop at the bird refuge at Oceanside so bring binoculars. We will make other stops as time allows. We will drive to Otis Junction and return home via Hwy. 18.

Cost: $114 Member ($118 Non member)
Deposit: $50 now, Balance due: July 1
Reservations and Checks to: Mary Lee Cheadle, Phone 689-1085, 3225 Richards Ave, Eugene 97402


Gondola Ride to top of Willamette Ski Area Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Leader: Liz Reanier

Have you ever wondered what the bear saw on the other side of the mountain? Come find out! Ride the gondola (enclosed) to the top of the Willamette Pass Ski Area chairlift. You may get off and enjoy the sights and walk trails and picnic lunch if you like before riding back down. If you do not plan to ride the gondola you may enjoy walking around at the lodge and/or sit inside. Food service is available. After leaving the ski area we will stop at the Willamette Fish Hatchery and the Oakridge Museum before returning to Eugene. If you do not intend to ride the gondola, be sure to tell registrar.

Cost: $34 Member ($36 Non member)
If you do not plan to ride the gondola cost is $26 ( $28)
Due: August 3
Reservations and Checks to: Janet Speelman, Phone 344-3019, 1496 West 28th, Eugene 97405


Western Montana (Lewis & Clark Trail) Tuesday–Tuesday, August 24–31, 2004
Leader: Ray Jensen, Co-leaders: Liz Reanier, Ewart Baldwin

As our nation celebrates the Bicentennial of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, we will visit a number of important places on the explorer’s trail. Also included will be a number of attractions and points of interest never visited by Obsidian travelers. The weather should be pleasant in late summer, but prepare for variable conditions. The following itinerary may be changed slightly. A more detailed description will be available at a later time. Meals are the rider’s responsibility unless otherwise listed.

Lodging:

Scheduled Itinerary Highlights:

Cost: $675 Member ($691 Non member)
Deposit: $75 now, $300 Due June 1, Balance Due: July 15
Reservations and Checks to: Rosella Jones, Phone 343-8939, 1844 Taylor St., Eugene 97405


Swan Island Dahlias Thursday, September 16, 2004
Leader: Ray Jensen, Co-leader: Ben Jeffries

North on I-5 Coffee break at Tualatin. To Oregon City for a view of the Willamette Falls. South on Hwy. 99E to Canby for the Swan Island Dahlia Gardens arriving about 10:30 a.m. Noon lunch at Molalla State Park on the Willamette River (your sack lunch.) Then to the nearby Flower Farms—goodies, produce, flowers, even a ride on a miniature train is available $3.50 optional, your cost. Depending on the time go to Downtown Canby and see the Depot and stop at Pacific Hazelnut outlet in Aurora. Home by 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $29 Member ($31 Non member)
Due: September 1
Reservations and Checks to: Pat Bitner, 485-3971, 1925 E. 25th, Eugene 97403


Hull Oakes Steam Sawmill Thursday, September 28, 2004
Leader: Ray Jensen

We have arranged a guided tour of the historic steam-powered sawmill located near Bellfountain. We will encounter stairways and narrow passages, so be advised of these restrictions. This trip is limited to 30 riders.

As usual, we will leave V.R.C. at 8:00 a.m. and stop for our coffee break at the Bellfountain Park. The tour begins at 9:30, and will probably take about 90 minutes to complete.

Next, we will travel the Alsea Falls Road and go up to Mary’s Peak for our sack lunches, with an optional hike to the summit.

In mid-afternoon, we will go on to the Finley Wildlife Refuge, and include the one-mile loop hike on the Woodpecker Trail.

Weather and road conditions may alter these plans. For additional information contact the leader at 345-5366.

Cost: $23 Member ($25 Non member)
Due: September 5
Reservations and Checks to: Janet Speelman, 344-3019, 1496 West 28th, Eugene 97405


Alturas, Lava Beds, Klamath Falls Tuesday–Thursday, October 5–7, 2004
Leader: Ewart Baldwin, Co-leader: Ray Jensen

A great chance to see parts of the Applegate Trail.

Cost: $190 Member ($196 Non member)
Deposit: $50 now, Balance Due: September 10
Reservations and Checks to: Rosella Jones, Phone 343-8939, 1844 Taylor St. Eugene 97405


Fall Color Drive Thursday, October 21, 2004
Leader: Bette Hack

We will leave Eugene going through Springfield and the Mohawk Valley taking the cutoff to the Santiam Hwy. where we will go through Sweet Home and continue on to Cascadia State Park. Here we will have our morning break and spend a little time in the area. We will continue up the Santiam until we take the cutoff to the McKenzie and when we reach McKenzie Bridge we will stop at the Log Cabin Inn for lunch (included). We will return via the McKenzie Highway.

Cost: $32 Member ($34 Non member)
Due: October 1
Reservations and Checks to: Mary Lee Cheadle, Phone 689-1085, 3225 Richards Ave, Eugene 97402


Christmas Lights — Portland Friday, December 10, 2004 Deepwood Estate Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Leader: Bette Hack

Note the change in date and destination. Lunch (included) at the Deepwood Manor in Salem. More to do in the p.m. For rides let Bette & Pat know.

Cost: $38 Member ($40 Non member)
Reservations and Checks to: Pat Bitner, Phone 485-3971, 1925 E. 26th, Eugene 97403


Future Plans:

  1. For the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, a fabulous nation wide touring exhibition will be shown at the Oregon History Center in Portland November 14 to March 11. We will plan a day trip.
  2. In mid February 2005 an overnight to Klamath Falls to again witness the Eagles Flyaway plus the fantastic bird life in the Klamath Falls Area. Rick Ahrens will be our guide.
  3. A three to five day trip to Eastern Oregon for the John Day Fossil Beds. We will visit the Painted Hills unit and also the new museum and Visitor Center at the Sheeprock unit. Perhaps go on to Baker City. First week in June 2005.

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2003:

OMNIMAX Movie. "Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West". Thursday, January 30. Cost $36 (non-members $38); 9:00 a.m. departure from VRC parking lot by the Footbridge. Reservations to Janet Speelman (344-3019), 1496 W. 28th Ave., Eugene 97405.

This great movie on Lewis & Clark will be an experience like no other. We will have a late start at 9:00; we will arrive at OMSI so you will have time for lunch (your cost) at the Riverfront Cafe, and have time to view exhibits. Then at 1:00 p.m. you will either tour the submarine or view Bears (indicate your choice when registering), and at 2:00 view "Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West". At 3:00 we will depart for Eugene. Home by 6:00.


Eagles’n More. Tuesday-Wednesday, February 18-19, 2003

All Obsidians and their guests are welcome on this favorite two-day birding trip, February 18-19. Cost is $120 (nonmembers $124) and leaders are Liz Reanier, Ray Jensen and Rick Ahrens.

Rick will lead our viewing the eagles and other birds in the Klamath Basin. Overnight accommodations at the Best Western Olympic Inn, Klamath Falls. Sign up early to reserve a place.

Itinerary

Day 1. Bus will depart 8:00 a.m. from Shopko (Coburg Road), February 18, traveling Hwys. 58 and 97. Rest stops at Middle Fork Ranger Station, Willamette Ski Lodge (coffee), and Collier State Park. Lunch at Applebee’s (included) in Klamath Falls. Then south to Lower Klamath Lake Visitor Center and viewing area, then over to Bear Valley National Refuge (where the eagles are known to be) and back to Klamath Falls. Dinner will be at your cost.

Day 2. We will have a free Continental Breakfast at 6:00 a.m. with bus departing at 7:00 to go back to Bear Valley to witness the eagles’ early morning flyaway. We will then return to motel for coffee and check-out. We will visit the Favell Museum of Western Art before a late lunch (included) at a restaurant. Approximately 2:00 p.m. departure back to Eugene with rest stops. Anticipated return by 6:00.

Contact Liz Reanier (687-1925) to reserve your place. Please have a room-mate selected. Liz will give you names of riders if needed. Deposit $50 due ASAP, with a January 5, 2003 deadline; balance due February 5. Make checks payable to Obsidian Bus Trip Account and mail to Liz Reanier, 853 Ascot Dr., Eugene, OR 97401. A waiting list will be kept.


ANNUAL BUS RALLY. Sunday afternoon, February 23, at the Lodge. The line-up for 2003 Bus Trips is in process and nearly complete. We are proposing three long trips and a variety of one-day outings. Watch for more information in future issues of the Obsidian Bulletin.


March 18 — Wildlife Safari & Douglas County Museum. (Leaders Ray Jensen & Liz Reanier)

We will have a coffee and cookies rest stop prior to arriving at the Wildlife Safari by 10:00 a.m. A step-on guide will enhance our enjoyment of the drive-through. We will have lunch (your cost) at the White Rhino Restaurant. There will be lots of time to see all the animals, exhibits, activities and demonstrations. We will arrive about 2:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Museum—a real gem that we have not visited for many years. En route home we will make an ice cream stop at Rice Hill.

Cost $30 (non-members $32), due now. Reservations and checks to Dodie Leppmann, 2655 Central Blvd., Eugene 97403;342-2894.


April 8 — Virginia Gilbreath House & Yamhill County Museum. (Leaders Ray Jensen & Ethel Allen)

Virginia Gilbreath has generously invited us to visit her beautifully furnished Victorian home located in a historic neighborhood in Dallas. Virginia is a close friend of Ethel Allen and has traveled with us several times. We appreciate her hospitality. Then on to Lafayette to the Yamhill County Museum, which includes the 1892 Polling Church, a barn shed and a two-story building constructed from local Douglas fir. The museum houses many interesting displays, emphasizing the heritage of this pioneer region. We will eat our sack lunches inside the big log building. In the afternoon we’ll go into the Chehalem Valley (Ewing Young country) through Newberg, St. Paul and French Prairie. As time allows we may go to Carlton and Champoeg State Park. Lafayette was an important town and trading center in the early days and was the home of Abigail Scott Duniway of suffragette fame. Ewing Young led the famous cattle drive from California in 1834. Lots of nice rural scenery on these back roads. We anticipate a very pleasant day.

Cost: $29 (non-members $31), due March 15. Reservations and checks to Rosella Jones, 1844 Taylor St., Eugene 97403; 343-8939.


April 26 — Glide Wildflower Show & Susan Creek Falls. (Leader Ray Jensen).

We will head south on I-5 using the Wilbur cutoff to Glide, following the scenic North Umpqua River to the Susan Creek Falls trailhead on the river for a three-quarter mile hike on an improved, easy trail to the falls. At mid-day we’ll go back to Glide for the annual Wildflower Show inside their community hall. Bring your own lunch or eat food in the hall. We will stop at the Narrows and Colliding Rivers. On the return we may check out the rhododendrons in Roseburg, and/or the Winchester Fish Ladder.

Cost: $24 (non-members $26), due April 3. Reservations and checks to Rosella Jones, 1844 Taylor St., Eugene 97403; 343-8939.


May 3 — Drift Creek Falls and Kite Festival. (Leader Ethel Allen).

The falls are located east of Lincoln City. We will travel through Corvallis and stop for morning coffee break at Helmick State Park. We will then go through Rickreall and the beautiful Van Dozer Corridor. After crossing Slide Rock Creek, we will turn onto Bear Creek to view a covered bridge and proceed to the Drift Creek Falls trailhead, enjoying our sack lunches before hiking. A folding chair will come in handy as there are no picnic tables and only one restroom. (Of course there is a restroom on the bus.) You will enjoy a wonderful 1.5-mile hike through the forest and across a 240-ft. suspension bridge (built in 1998) that overlooks the 75-ft. free flowing Drift Creek Falls, with a bird’s eye view of the surrounding tree canopy. About 2:00 p.m. we will depart for the Kite Festival at D River State Park in Lincoln City. We will have time to view the kites and stroll through the vendors’ area. At approximately 3:30 we will board the bus for Newport, Philomath and will be in Eugene by 6:30. Items to bring: Sack lunch, warm jacket, folding chair, and wear good walking shoes.

Important Notice:
It is necessary to revise the scheduled May 3 bus trip. The hike to Drift Creek Falls will be eliminated. The mountain road to that trailhead has deteriorated and is too dangerous for safe bus travel.

Our visit to the Kite Festival and to the historic Covered Bridge near Rose Lodge will continue as planned. The revised itinerary has not been finalized, but some possibilities are as follow:

We regret that this change will disappoint our hikers, but safety concerns are paramount. All riders who have already registered will be contacted, and if you must cancel you will receive a full refund. It is hoped that this new route and places will be appealing.

If any questions, call trip leader Ethel Allen (736-0692) or Ray Jensen (345-5366) or Liz Reanier (687-1925). For signup and payments contact Nicole Chase (1609 Sylvan St., Eugene 97403; 334-6832). Cost $27 (non-members $29), due now.


May 27–30 — Pendleton and the Back Country of North Central Oregon. (Leaders Ray Jensen & Liz Reanier)

Day 1. We will travel north on I-5 with a rest stop at Tualatin. We will make several stops, zig-zagging across the Columbia River, first at Bonneville Dam (to see the sturgeon), across the Bridge of the Gods to the Columbia River Interpretive Center in Stevenson. After our picnic lunch at Rock Creek State Park we will proceed to The Dalles dam, taking a tram ride to the generating room, petroglyphs display, fish ladder and watch a video at the visitor center. Upon our arrival in Pendleton we will stay at the Best Western Inn (two nights).

Day 2. We will spend the morning touring the Pendleton Woolen Mills and a 90-minute tour of the Pendleton Underground. During the lunch hour you are on your own to eat and shop. The afternoon will be spent at the Rodeo Museum and at the Tomastslikt Indian Museum. Dinner may be arranged at a historic restaurant.

Day 3. We will travel west on I-84 to Arlington, south on Hwy 19 to Condon for lunch (included) at the newly restored quaint Condon Hotel. We will proceed to Fossil where all kinds of interesting places can be found (small museum, an old car garage, ice cream, some murals, shops and the Wheeler County Courthouse). Before we leave town we will check out the fossil beds on the cliff behind the football field. The next stop is the Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds for two short hikes (optional). We will wind our way through Antelope, Shaniko and Madras before stopping for the night at the Stafford Inn in Prineville.

Day 4. Weather and road conditions may alter our plans, but we plan to stop at Smith Rock State Park, the Peter Skene Ogden Wayside at the Crooked River Canyon, and for a big stop at Peterson Rock Gardens. Now we are homeward-bound through Bend and on the Cascade Lakes Highway, with stops at Mt. Bachelor Village and Elk Lake (lunch stop not determined). Then travel home via Hwy. 58 through Oakridge and into Eugene by 6:00 p.m.

Cost $250 (non-members $258); $50 deposit now, balance by May 3. Reservations and checks to Janet Speelman, 1496 West 28th Ave., Eugene 97405; 344-3019.


June 11 — “Marine Discovery” Tour of Newport Bay and Newport Aquarium. (Leader Bette Hack)

Our tour on the Marine Discovery, which is the largest cruiser on the Oregon Coast and has inside seating, will take us for a sea life cruise on the bay and river at Newport. We will board the boat at Old Town at 11:30 a.m. for a two-hour cruise, returning at 1:30 p.m. Delicious box lunches will be furnished (included). After returning from the cruise we will visit the Newport Aquarium which has some added attractions including Passages of the Deep, and return to Eugene around 6:00.

Cost $60 (non-members $62); $25 deposit now, balance due May 15. Reservations and checks to Mary Lee Cheadle, 3225 Richard Ave., Eugene 97402; 689-1085.


June 20 — Mary’s Peak and Polk County Museum. (Leader Ray Jensen). Mary’s Peak, with abundant wild flowers, an unusual Noble fir and a great 360-degree view, is always delightful. We will have time for an optional hike from the upper parking lot to the summit itself. Then go on to the new Fort Hoskins Interpretive Center, which has some picnic tables under cover for our sack lunch. Hoskins was the site of a pre-Civil War army post (was Phil Sheridan there?), and was also the mid-point of the Valley & Siletz R.R. which ran between Valsetz and Independence. We will travel the back road #223 to the Ritner Creek covered bridge, the falls at Falls City and through Dallas to the Polk County Museum at Rickreall—the starting point of the famous Applegate Trail which is of special interest to Obsidians. We will call in at the Monmouth DQ on the way home.

Cost $24 (non-members $26), due May 30. Reservations and checks to Mary Lee Cheadle, 3225 Richard Ave., Eugene 97402; 689-1085.


July 15–19 — Tacoma Glass Museum and Olympic Peninsula. (Leaders Liz Reanier, Ray Jensen & Ewart Baldwin).

We will travel I-5 to Tacoma with a rest stop and lunch along the way. In Tacoma we will tour the Tacoma Glass Museum and the Washington State History Museum, and for the chocolate lovers we’ll stop at Brown & Haley before going to our motel.
Day 2 we will leave Tacoma by the Narrows Bridge (Hwy. 16) to Port Orchard, where we will tour the Elandon Gardens (a world-class bonsai collection) and have our coffee break. Then back to Hwy 3 with lunch in Poulsbo (Washington’s Little Norway). We will stop in Port Gamble, then Hwys. 104 and 101 into Sequim for a two-night stay.
Day 3 we will tour the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, Hurricane Ridge, a tour of Port Townsend and a stop at a Lavender Garden.
Day 4, we will leave Sequim and go through Port Angeles on our way to a National Scenic Highway (Hwy. 112) along the Straits of Juan de Fuca. There will be lots of stops including one at Joyce General Store on our way to the home of the Makah Indians, Neah Bay. We will tour the Cultural and Research Center and other activities and Cape Flattery Trail for the “fit”. Then on to Forks for the night.
Day 5 we will start at the Hoh Rain Forest, stop at Lake Quinault and then continue on Hwys. 101 and 12 back to I-5 and home.

Cost $350 (non-members $360); $50 deposit now, balance due June 15. Reservations and checks to Janet Speelman, 1496 West 28th Ave., Eugene 97405; 344-3019.


July 29 — Oregon’s Butterfly Pavilion and Reedsport Discovery Center & Dunes Center. (Leader Bette Hack)

This trip will take us to Elkton, where the Oregon Butterfly Pavilion is located. The large area of landscaped grounds includes a garden where we will have our morning break. There is also a gift shop and you can see the progress of Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies through their four stages of life. We will leave around 11:00 a.m. and drive to Winchester Bay where we will have lunch at the Lighthouse State Park. We’ll return to Reedsport after lunch and visit the Umpqua Discovery Center and the Dunes Center, returning home about 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Cost $35 (non-members $37), due by June 15. Reservations and checks to Marian Borchardt, 2061 Harris St., Eugene 97405; 343-0976.


August 14 — Crater Lake. (Leader Bette Hack)

Crater Lake is still celebrating its 100th Anniversary, which was in 2002, so we will help in this event by visiting Oregon’s only National Park. We will leave Eugene via Hwy. 58 and connect with Hwy. 97, arriving around 11:30 a.m. with some time for exploring and viewing. We have a 1:00 p.m. seating in the Lodge for lunch and can enjoy the view and relax before lunch. After lunch we will do the Rim Drive before we head for home via the Umpqua Highway. Lunch is included in the cost of the trip. Home by 6:00.

Cost $45 (non-members $47), due July 10. Reservations and checks to Marion Borchardt, 2061 Harris St., Eugene 97405; 343-0976.


September 2–12 — Lewis & Clark Trail, Idaho & Montana. Canceled


September 20 — 49th Annual Salmon Bake at Depoe Bay and Connie Hanson Gardens, Lincoln City. (Leader Bette Hack)

We will repeat this event of last year, going to Depoe Bay for the salmon bake where the salmon is cooked on alder stakes, Indian style. We will travel through Corvallis to Newport and stop for a short time at Yaquina Bay State Park. We’ll then go on to Depoe Bay Park where everyone will have tickets already and can be on their own to enjoy the salmon dinner, program, view the Indian style cooking or take the shuttle bus for some shopping downtown. About 2:00 p.m. we will travel to Lincoln City and the Connie Hanson Garden, a more than one-acre garden which has been featured in The Oregonian and Sunset Magazine. We will return home around 5:30-6:00.

Cost $44, lunch included (non-members $46), by August 20. Reservations and checks to Mary Lee Cheadle, 3225 Richard Ave., Eugene 97402; 689-1085.


October 17 — Fall Color Drive. (Leader Ray Jensen)

At this time, we are unsure where to find the most colorful autumn foliage. Some possibilities are: • Aufderheide Drive, is always great but familiar to most of us; • Covered Bridges of Linn County and the foothills of the Cascades; • Cottage Grove, London, Bohemia mining country, if roads are OK; • Loop drive to Sweet Home and up the South Santiam River (there will be stops at Sahalie and Koosah Falls and back via the McKenzie); • Salt Creek Falls, Oakridge area and maybe Fall Creek. Who knows? Watch future issues of the Bulletin.

Cost $25 (non-members $27), due October 1. Reservations and checks to Dody Leppmann, 2655 Central Blvd., Eugene 97403; 342-2894.


December 9 — Christmas Lights, Oregon Gardens. (Leader Liz Reanier) Canceled

This trip will have a late start, 2:00 p.m. We will leave from the V.R.C. parking lot, drive to Silverton and eat dinner early (your cost). Then drive on to the Oregon Gardens to view the lights. On the return trip we’ll drive through Keizer to see their lights. If you need transportation, call Liz or Janet. Plans are sketchy because the Oregon Gardens’ plans are vague at this time. If it is not possible, we have alternate ideas, so stay tuned!

Cost $30 (non-members $32), due November 5. Reservations and checks to Janet Speelman, 1496 West 28th Ave., Eugene 97405; 344-3019.

Ray Jensen


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2002:

EAGLES 'n MORE. February 19-20, Overnight to Klamath Falls. SOLD OUT, with Wait List. Cost: $110 (non-members $114). $50 deposit due Jan. 5, balance due Feb. 5. Send checks payable to OBSIDIAN BUS TRIPS to Elizabeth Reanier, 853 Ascot Dr., Eugene 97401 (687-1925).

Whale Watching Along The Central Oregon Coast. Tuesday, March 26
Leader: Bette Hack.

We will drive to Lincoln City by way of Dallas with a morning break at Dallas City Park. We will arrive at the Inn at Spanish Head at approximately 11:00 am and take the elevator to the tenth floor where volunteers will assist us in watching for whales in an all-glass enclosed area for perfect visibility. This is one of the prime locations for whale watching. At 12:00, our delicious buffet lunch will be served on the fourth floor (included). We will leave around 1:30 and drive south along the coast stopping at Depoe Bay State Park and Yaquina Head State Park, which are other whale watching points staffed with volunteers during this week of March 23-30. Return home from Newport via Corvallis stopping at Avery Park.

Cost $42 members/$44 non-members. Registration and checks to Marian Borchardt, 2061 Harris St., Eugene 97405; 343-0976. Payment due now.

High Desert Museum (Raptors In The Sky). Tuesday, April 16
Leader: Ray Jensen.

The highlight of this trip will be the new Raptors Unit of the always outstanding High Desert Museum. We will travel Hwy. 58, stopping at the Middle Fork Ranger Station and Salt Creek Falls, arriving at the museum by 11:00 am. There is lots to see and do with many ongoing exhibits and demonstrations. Lunch is on your own at their Rimrock Café. We will depart at 2:30 p.m., traveling through Bend and Sisters and a stop at Sahalie Falls.

Cost $31/$33. Reservations and checks to Mary Lee Cheadle, 3225 Richard Ave., Eugene 97402; 689-1085. Payment due now.

Chinese Garden and Crystal Springs Garden. Tuesday, April 23
Leaders: Liz Reanier & Ray Jensen.

We will travel I-5 to Portland, stopping at Tualatin for our break. Then on into Portland to the Chinese Garden at 10:30 am for a guided tour. It is Portland’s authentic Suzhou-style garden completely made in China then transported to Portland. The delicate balance in the Gardens affects all your senses. Spring is a beautiful time. We will have lunch at The House of Louie (included). In the afternoon, we will visit the internationally recognized rhododendron and azalea gardens at Crystal Springs (near Reed College). The gardens will be in bloom and there are water falls and a lake and lots of birds. Home by 6:00 p.m.

Cost $36/$38. Reservations and checks to Janet Speelman, 1496 W. 28th Ave., Eugene 97405; 344-3019. Payment due by April 5.

Bluebirds, Palouse Country, Snake River. Monday-Saturday, May 6-11
Leaders: Liz Reanier. Ray Jensen & Ewart Baldwin.

Day 1. We will travel I-5, I-205 and I-84, crossing the river at Hood River. We will follow the Klickitat River to Goldendale, then on to Bickleton, the Bluebird Capital, including a stop at the Whoop’N Holler Museum. Then on to Kennewick for the night. We’ll stop at Sacajawea Park, the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers, before going to the motel.

Day 2 — Ewart’s tour to Palouse Falls, Lyon’s Ferry State Park, Steptoe Butte and Pullman. We will then cross into Idaho at Moscow, then on a scenic highway south into Clarkston, WA.

Days 3 & 4 will be our Snake River Mail Boat trip with overnight accommodations at Cooper Creek. It is a narrated trip with lots of stops for photos.

Day 5 we leave Clarkston, passing through Asotin to our scenic highway south into Oregon at Enterprise. We will visit the Wallowa Mountain Visitor Center, Joseph, and Wallowa Lake before heading for LaGrande for the night.

Day 6 we will have fun stops along the way to Shaniko for lunch (included) and back to Eugene. You will need a small soft-sided suitcase for river trip. A full itinerary is available upon request.

Cost $550/$562. Reservations and checks to Janet Speelman, 1496 W. 28th Ave., Eugene 97405; 344-3019. $100 deposit now; $200 March 15; balance due April 10.

Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, Adelmann Peonies and the Deepwood Estate and Garden. Wednesday, May 29.
Leader: Bette Hack.

We will travel I-5 and take the exit to the Adelmann Peonies where there are show gardens and cut flowers for sale. Single blooms or bouquets are also for sale. Then we will travel a short distance west to the Schreiner’s Iris Gardens where you may walk through the gardens, visit their sales area and enjoy your lunch in the shade near the gardens. After lunch, we will return to Salem for a tour of the Deepwood Estate, an 1894 Queen Anne home with English-style gardens and nature trails. We return to Eugene by 6:00 p.m.

Visit Schreiner's Website

Cost $28/$30. Reservations and checks to Marian Borchardt, 2061 Harris St., Eugene 97405; 343-0976. Payment due May 1.

Timber Towns and Astoria. Monday-Wednesday, June 10-12.
Leaders: Ray Jensen, Liz Reanier & Ben Jeffries.

Day 1. Depart ShopKo to Rickreall, Hwy. 22 to Hebo, then Hwy. 101 to Cape Meares S.P. for picnic lunch. View the ocean, the Octopus Tree, Lighthouse, sightings of nesting murres. Back to Tillamook to visit the Pioneer Museum. Continue north on Hwy. 101 with stops at Cannon Beach, Ecola S.P., the Lewis & Clark salt works in Seaside as time permits. Overnight at the Shilo Inn in Warrenton (503-861-2161) for two nights. Breakfast vouchers of $4 provided.

Day 2. Depart 8:00 a.m. to the Astoria Column, then across the river to spend the day on the Long Beach Peninsula. Places to visit are: The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, the Ilwaco Heritage Museum, Cranberry bogs, Oysterville, with lunch at Leadbetter S.P. where there is wildlife viewing.

Day 3. Depart at 8:00 a.m., first going to Fort Clatsop National Memorial where Lewis & Clark wintered in 1805-06. Then to the Astoria Column if not visited earlier, then east on Hwy. 30 along the Columbia River to Clatskanie where we will tour the Flippin Castle. We should arrive by 11:00 for our tour and a lunch in the dining room (included). After lunch we’ll go on Hwy. 47 to Vernonia (stop) and then picture stops at both the Horseshoe and Buxton trestles. Home via Banks, Forest Grove, McMinnville and Corvallis. If short on time we will go Hwy. 26 to Portland and I-5. Home by 6:00 p.m.

Cost $170/$176. Reservations and checks to Mary Lee Cheadle, 3225 Richard Ave., Eugene 97402; 689-1085. $50 deposit now, balance by May 10.

Applegate House, Big K Ranch and Applegate Museum, Veneta. Tuesday, July 2.
Leaders: Ethel Allen & Ray Jensen.

We will depart from VRC at 8:00 am and go south to Cottage Grove, exit on #172 following the scenic road through the town of London. This route is very close to part of the original Applegate Trail. Next we will arrive at the Applegate Homestead, where Shannon Applegate will be our hostess/narrator. Refreshments will be available in the picnic area during our time there. Depart from the homestead about 12:20 p.m. to arrive at the Big K Ranch where lunch will be served by one o’clock. A time to enjoy the lodge and surroundings. Shannon’s latest book may be available and for sale. We will follow the Applegate Trail over the territorial road through Lorane, arriving in Veneta to visit the Applegate Museum. Home by 5:00.

Cost $32/$34. Due by June 10. Reservations and checks to Ethel Allen, 1064 N. 56th St., Springfield 97478; 736-0692.

Oregon Gardens and Silver Creek Falls. Thursday, July 18.
Leader: Bette Hack.

We will travel I-5 to Hwy. 22 at Salem and then Hwy. 214 to Silver Falls S.P., where we will visit several falls and have our picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we will return through Silverton and go a short distance on the Stayton Hwy. to the Oregon Gardens We will have a guided tour of the largely completed area. The tour guides ride the trams which run continuously around the gardens. We will be taking advantage of the trams to get us around the gardens. All charges are included. Flowers should be at their best. We will return home on a scenic route. Home by 6:00 p.m.

Cost $30/$32. Reservations and checks to Mary Lee Cheadle, 3225 Richard Ave., Eugene 97402; 689-1085. Payment due by June 15.

Rogue River Mail Boat and West Coast Game Park and Shore Acres. Thursday-Friday, August 1-2.
Leaders: Liz Reanier, Bette Hack & Ben Jeffries.

We will drive to the coast via Drain and Reedsport and Hwy. 101 stopping for lunch at Shore Acres and then on to the West Coast Game Park just south of Bandon before arriving at Gold Beach. We will try to find a nice beach for walking. We will be staying on the river at Jot’s Resort. A continental breakfast will be provided. We will load from Jot’s dock. Day 2 we will load our jet boat at the lodge. Lunch will be at the Singing Springs Resort (included). If we have 30 people, the boat will be ours. We will enjoy an 80-mile narrated trip, enjoying all the scenery, birds and wildlife we can see. The boat returns to the dock at 2:45 so we will get our land legs back before boarding the bus for our return trip. We will be providing a dinner stop (your cost) near Coos Bay as our return trip may be as late at 8:00.

Cost $140/$144. Reservations and checks to Janet Speelman, 1496 W. 28th Ave., Eugene 97405; 344-3019. Deposit $50 now, balance due July 1.

Splendors of Imperial Japan & Portland’s Japanese Gardens. Friday, August 23
Leaders: Liz Reanier & Ray Jensen

The Portland Art Museum is sponsoring the only West Coast showing of the Splendors of Imperial Japan, arts from the Meiji Period (1868-1912), from Dr. Nassar D. Khalili’s collection. It features 350 masterpieces. During this period, Japanese craftsmanship reached levels of perfection never equaled before or since. The exhibit is rich in masterworks of metal, lacquer, ceramic enamel and porcelain. The Meiji Period was a remarkable era in Japanese history when the nation was re-creating itself as part of the world community after two and a half centuries of isolation under the near feudal rule of the shoguns. We will picnic lunch in Washington Park, view the rose gardens and then go to the Japanese Gardens, regarded as one of the most authentic outside Japan, featuring five traditional Japanese garden styles: Strolling Pond Garden, Tea Garden, Natural Garden, Flat Garden and the Dry Landscape Garden.

Cost of trip is $37 (non-members $39). Make your reservation now; payments due by August 1. Send reservations and payments to Janet Speelman, 1496 West 28th Ave., Eugene 97405 (phone 344-3019).

McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Loop, Hike Proxy Falls. Tuesday, August 27. Canceled
Leader: Ray Jensen.

We will be using Experience Oregon’s small bus (limit 24) and stop at McKenzie Ranger Station in the morning. Also do the Proxy Falls hike (1.5 miles total), then cross the McKenzie Pass with stop at lava beds and on to Sister’s City Park for lunch. Return to Santiam Pass with stop at Sahalie Falls and hike to Koosah Falls. Return by 6:00 p.m.

Cost $24/$26. Reservations and checks to Ray Jensen, 3260 Whitbeck Blvd., Eugene 97405; 345-5366. Payment due by August 1.

47th Annual Indian-style Salmon Bake at Depoe Bay. Saturday, September 21.
Leader: Bette Hack.

We will leave Eugene via Hwy. 99 to Corvallis with a stop at Avery Park for our morning break. Then on to Depoe Bay through Newport and the Coast Hwy. The Indian-style lunch (included) is cooked on split alder stakes and includes salmon, cole slaw, garlic bread, tartar sauce and lemon. The Salmon Bake is now held in the Depoe Bay City Park with a picturesque view of the harbor. After lunch we will drive south along the road stopping at Cape Perpetua and Old Town Florence before returning home around 6:00 p.m.

Cost $40/$42. Reservations and checks to Bette Hack, 558 E. 16th Ave., Eugene 97401; 345-3650. Payment due September 1.

Fall Color/Smith River Country. Friday, October 1.
Leader: Bette Hack.

This is a different Fall Color Trip as we will be going west from Eugene through Crow and along the Oxbow Burn and to the Wolf Creek area and along the Smith River to Reedsport. Drive will last about three hours with a stop at BLM Haight Creek Recreation. Reaching Reedsport, we will go north to Woahink Lake for lunch at the picnic area on the lake. Home through Florence with a stop in Old Town if time.

Cost $25/$27. Registrations and checks to Marian Borchardt, 2061 Harris St., Eugene 97405; 343-0976. Payment due September 1.

Applegate Trail Interpretive Center, Wagon Train and Buffalo Stew meal. Saturday, October 12.
Leader: Ray Jensen.

We will travel south on I-5 past Wolf Creek to the Applegate Trail Interpretive Center in Sunny Valley where several vintage authentic wagons will travel to Sunny Valley for a gala reception. Wagons Ho!!! Wagons and livestock will be displayed, plus craft booths, demonstrations, people in costume and lots of fun and music. A tour of this very fine museum located exactly on the 1847 Applegate Trail route, and a full meal (buffalo stew plus more), all included. This will be a great Saturday for non-football people.

Cost $34/$36. Reservations and checks to Dodie Leppmann, 2655 Central Blvd., Eugene 97403; 342-2894. Payment due by September 25.

Hood River Harvest Festival. Friday-Saturday, October 18-19. Canceled
Leader: Bette Hack.

We will leave Eugene via I-5 and exit on Hwy. 212 a few miles from Gladstone, which intersects with Hwy. 26, the Mount Hood Hwy. We will stop at Timberline Lodge for lunch (on your own) in the dining room, the coffee shop upstairs or the cafeteria at the WyEast Lodge across the road. After lunch we will drive to Hood River via Hwy. 35. The Festival is held at various places in Hood River with many of the crafts and sale items as well as the food booths at the Expo Center. The WyEast School and grounds also has apples and serves dinner. Our lodging will be at the Hood River Inn, which is close to the Expo Center but the bus will be available to drive us to Expo Center and the WyEast School. There is a restaurant at the Inn and meals are on your own. We will return via the Columbia River Hwy.

Cost $85/$89. Registration and checks to Marian Borchardt, 2061 Harris St., Eugene 97405; 343-0976. Payment due by September 10.

Shore Acres Christmas Lights. Thursday, December 5.
Leaders: Liz Reanier & Ray Jensen.

There will be a 10:00 am departure. First stop will be in Old Town Florence where you can shop and eat lunch. Then we will travel south on the Coast Hwy. stopping to view the ocean and stretch. We will stop and try to see the New Carissa and also a stop at Cape Arago to view the sea lions providing they have not left for the islands. We will arrive at Shore Acres by 4:00 p.m. You will be there to see the sun set and view the lights as darkness creeps in. It is dark by 6:00 and the crowds begin to arrive so it is time for us to leave. We will have dinner in a restaurant (your cost) with arrival home between 10:00 and 11:00. Those who do not want to drive at night, let Liz know; she will arrange a ride to and from the bus for you.

Cost $28/$30. Reservations and checks to Janet Speelman, 1496 W. 28th Ave., Eugene 97405; 344-3019. Payment due by November 4.

COMMITTEE MEETING. The third meeting of the full ByWays by Bus Committee will be at the Obsidian Lodge on Thursday, February 7 at 1:30 p.m.

ANNUAL BUS RALLY. Sunday afternoon, February 24, at the Lodge. The February Bulletin will list the destinations and dates for all the year's trips. So please check your calendars and be prepared to sign up at the Rally in person to go on your favorite trips. Rally activities will include slides, refreshments, socializing and detailed descriptions of all trips. See you there ...

Ray Jensen


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OMNIMAX Movie. "Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West". Thursday, January 30. Cost $36 (non-members $38); 9:00 a.m. departure from VRC parking lot by the Footbridge. Reservations to Janet Speelman (344-3019), 1496 W. 28th Ave., Eugene 97405.

This great movie on Lewis & Clark will be an experience like no other. We will have a late start at 9:00; we will arrive at OMSI so you will have time for lunch (your cost) at the Riverfront Cafe, and have time to view exhibits. Then at 1:00 p.m. you will either tour the submarine or view Bears (indicate your choice when registering), and at 2:00 view "Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West". At 3:00 we will depart for Eugene. Home by 6:00.


Eagles’n More. Tuesday-Wednesday, February 18-19, 2003

All Obsidians and their guests are welcome on this favorite two-day birding trip, February 18-19. Cost is $120 (nonmembers $124) and leaders are Liz Reanier, Ray Jensen and Rick Ahrens.

Rick will lead our viewing the eagles and other birds in the Klamath Basin. Overnight accommodations at the Best Western Olympic Inn, Klamath Falls. Sign up early to reserve a place.

Itinerary

Day 1. Bus will depart 8:00 a.m. from Shopko (Coburg Road), February 18, traveling Hwys. 58 and 97. Rest stops at Middle Fork Ranger Station, Willamette Ski Lodge (coffee), and Collier State Park. Lunch at Applebee’s (included) in Klamath Falls. Then south to Lower Klamath Lake Visitor Center and viewing area, then over to Bear Valley National Refuge (where the eagles are known to be) and back to Klamath Falls. Dinner will be at your cost.

Day 2. We will have a free Continental Breakfast at 6:00 a.m. with bus departing at 7:00 to go back to Bear Valley to witness the eagles’ early morning flyaway. We will then return to motel for coffee and check-out. We will visit the Favell Museum of Western Art before a late lunch (included) at a restaurant. Approximately 2:00 p.m. departure back to Eugene with rest stops. Anticipated return by 6:00.

Contact Liz Reanier (687-1925) to reserve your place. Please have a room-mate selected. Liz will give you names of riders if needed. Deposit $50 due ASAP, with a January 5, 2003 deadline; balance due February 5. Make checks payable to Obsidian Bus Trip Account and mail to Liz Reanier, 853 Ascot Dr., Eugene, OR 97401. A waiting list will be kept.


ANNUAL BUS RALLY. Sunday afternoon, February 23, at the Lodge. The line-up for 2003 Bus Trips is in process and nearly complete. We are proposing three long trips and a variety of one-day outings. Watch for more information in future issues of the Obsidian Bulletin.


March 18 — Wildlife Safari & Douglas County Museum. (Leaders Ray Jensen & Liz Reanier)

We will have a coffee and cookies rest stop prior to arriving at the Wildlife Safari by 10:00 a.m. A step-on guide will enhance our enjoyment of the drive-through. We will have lunch (your cost) at the White Rhino Restaurant. There will be lots of time to see all the animals, exhibits, activities and demonstrations. We will arrive about 2:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Museum—a real gem that we have not visited for many years. En route home we will make an ice cream stop at Rice Hill.

Cost $30 (non-members $32), due now. Reservations and checks to Dodie Leppmann, 2655 Central Blvd., Eugene 97403;342-2894.


April 8 — Virginia Gilbreath House & Yamhill County Museum. (Leaders Ray Jensen & Ethel Allen)

Virginia Gilbreath has generously invited us to visit her beautifully furnished Victorian home located in a historic neighborhood in Dallas. Virginia is a close friend of Ethel Allen and has traveled with us several times. We appreciate her hospitality. Then on to Lafayette to the Yamhill County Museum, which includes the 1892 Polling Church, a barn shed and a two-story building constructed from local Douglas fir. The museum houses many interesting displays, emphasizing the heritage of this pioneer region. We will eat our sack lunches inside the big log building. In the afternoon we’ll go into the Chehalem Valley (Ewing Young country) through Newberg, St. Paul and French Prairie. As time allows we may go to Carlton and Champoeg State Park. Lafayette was an important town and trading center in the early days and was the home of Abigail Scott Duniway of suffragette fame. Ewing Young led the famous cattle drive from California in 1834. Lots of nice rural scenery on these back roads. We anticipate a very pleasant day.

Cost: $29 (non-members $31), due March 15. Reservations and checks to Rosella Jones, 1844 Taylor St., Eugene 97403; 343-8939.


April 26 — Glide Wildflower Show & Susan Creek Falls. (Leader Ray Jensen).

We will head south on I-5 using the Wilbur cutoff to Glide, following the scenic North Umpqua River to the Susan Creek Falls trailhead on the river for a three-quarter mile hike on an improved, easy trail to the falls. At mid-day we’ll go back to Glide for the annual Wildflower Show inside their community hall. Bring your own lunch or eat food in the hall. We will stop at the Narrows and Colliding Rivers. On the return we may check out the rhododendrons in Roseburg, and/or the Winchester Fish Ladder.

Cost: $24 (non-members $26), due April 3. Reservations and checks to Rosella Jones, 1844 Taylor St., Eugene 97403; 343-8939.


May 3 — Drift Creek Falls and Kite Festival. (Leader Ethel Allen).

The falls are located east of Lincoln City. We will travel through Corvallis and stop for morning coffee break at Helmick State Park. We will then go through Rickreall and the beautiful Van Dozer Corridor. After crossing Slide Rock Creek, we will turn onto Bear Creek to view a covered bridge and proceed to the Drift Creek Falls trailhead, enjoying our sack lunches before hiking. A folding chair will come in handy as there are no picnic tables and only one restroom. (Of course there is a restroom on the bus.) You will enjoy a wonderful 1.5-mile hike through the forest and across a 240-ft. suspension bridge (built in 1998) that overlooks the 75-ft. free flowing Drift Creek Falls, with a bird’s eye view of the surrounding tree canopy. About 2:00 p.m. we will depart for the Kite Festival at D River State Park in Lincoln City. We will have time to view the kites and stroll through the vendors’ area. At approximately 3:30 we will board the bus for Newport, Philomath and will be in Eugene by 6:30. Items to bring: Sack lunch, warm jacket, folding chair, and wear good walking shoes.

Important Notice:
It is necessary to revise the scheduled May 3 bus trip. The hike to Drift Creek Falls will be eliminated. The mountain road to that trailhead has deteriorated and is too dangerous for safe bus travel.

Our visit to the Kite Festival and to the historic Covered Bridge near Rose Lodge will continue as planned. The revised itinerary has not been finalized, but some possibilities are as follow:

We regret that this change will disappoint our hikers, but safety concerns are paramount. All riders who have already registered will be contacted, and if you must cancel you will receive a full refund. It is hoped that this new route and places will be appealing.

If any questions, call trip leader Ethel Allen (736-0692) or Ray Jensen (345-5366) or Liz Reanier (687-1925). For signup and payments contact Nicole Chase (1609 Sylvan St., Eugene 97403; 334-6832). Cost $27 (non-members $29), due now.


May 27–30 — Pendleton and the Back Country of North Central Oregon. (Leaders Ray Jensen & Liz Reanier)

Day 1. We will travel north on I-5 with a rest stop at Tualatin. We will make several stops, zig-zagging across the Columbia River, first at Bonneville Dam (to see the sturgeon), across the Bridge of the Gods to the Columbia River Interpretive Center in Stevenson. After our picnic lunch at Rock Creek State Park we will proceed to The Dalles dam, taking a tram ride to the generating room, petroglyphs display, fish ladder and watch a video at the visitor center. Upon our arrival in Pendleton we will stay at the Best Western Inn (two nights).

Day 2. We will spend the morning touring the Pendleton Woolen Mills and a 90-minute tour of the Pendleton Underground. During the lunch hour you are on your own to eat and shop. The afternoon will be spent at the Rodeo Museum and at the Tomastslikt Indian Museum. Dinner may be arranged at a historic restaurant.

Day 3. We will travel west on I-84 to Arlington, south on Hwy 19 to Condon for lunch (included) at the newly restored quaint Condon Hotel. We will proceed to Fossil where all kinds of interesting places can be found (small museum, an old car garage, ice cream, some murals, shops and the Wheeler County Courthouse). Before we leave town we will check out the fossil beds on the cliff behind the football field. The next stop is the Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds for two short hikes (optional). We will wind our way through Antelope, Shaniko and Madras before stopping for the night at the Stafford Inn in Prineville.

Day 4. Weather and road conditions may alter our plans, but we plan to stop at Smith Rock State Park, the Peter Skene Ogden Wayside at the Crooked River Canyon, and for a big stop at Peterson Rock Gardens. Now we are homeward-bound through Bend and on the Cascade Lakes Highway, with stops at Mt. Bachelor Village and Elk Lake (lunch stop not determined). Then travel home via Hwy. 58 through Oakridge and into Eugene by 6:00 p.m.

Cost $250 (non-members $258); $50 deposit now, balance by May 3. Reservations and checks to Janet Speelman, 1496 West 28th Ave., Eugene 97405; 344-3019.


June 11 — “Marine Discovery” Tour of Newport Bay and Newport Aquarium. (Leader Bette Hack)

Our tour on the Marine Discovery, which is the largest cruiser on the Oregon Coast and has inside seating, will take us for a sea life cruise on the bay and river at Newport. We will board the boat at Old Town at 11:30 a.m. for a two-hour cruise, returning at 1:30 p.m. Delicious box lunches will be furnished (included). After returning from the cruise we will visit the Newport Aquarium which has some added attractions including Passages of the Deep, and return to Eugene around 6:00.

Cost $60 (non-members $62); $25 deposit now, balance due May 15. Reservations and checks to Mary Lee Cheadle, 3225 Richard Ave., Eugene 97402; 689-1085.


June 20 — Mary’s Peak and Polk County Museum. (Leader Ray Jensen). Mary’s Peak, with abundant wild flowers, an unusual Noble fir and a great 360-degree view, is always delightful. We will have time for an optional hike from the upper parking lot to the summit itself. Then go on to the new Fort Hoskins Interpretive Center, which has some picnic tables under cover for our sack lunch. Hoskins was the site of a pre-Civil War army post (was Phil Sheridan there?), and was also the mid-point of the Valley & Siletz R.R. which ran between Valsetz and Independence. We will travel the back road #223 to the Ritner Creek covered bridge, the falls at Falls City and through Dallas to the Polk County Museum at Rickreall—the starting point of the famous Applegate Trail which is of special interest to Obsidians. We will call in at the Monmouth DQ on the way home.

Cost $24 (non-members $26), due May 30. Reservations and checks to Mary Lee Cheadle, 3225 Richard Ave., Eugene 97402; 689-1085.


July 15–19 — Tacoma Glass Museum and Olympic Peninsula. (Leaders Liz Reanier, Ray Jensen & Ewart Baldwin).

We will travel I-5 to Tacoma with a rest stop and lunch along the way. In Tacoma we will tour the Tacoma Glass Museum and the Washington State History Museum, and for the chocolate lovers we’ll stop at Brown & Haley before going to our motel.
Day 2 we will leave Tacoma by the Narrows Bridge (Hwy. 16) to Port Orchard, where we will tour the Elandon Gardens (a world-class bonsai collection) and have our coffee break. Then back to Hwy 3 with lunch in Poulsbo (Washington’s Little Norway). We will stop in Port Gamble, then Hwys. 104 and 101 into Sequim for a two-night stay.
Day 3 we will tour the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, Hurricane Ridge, a tour of Port Townsend and a stop at a Lavender Garden.
Day 4, we will leave Sequim and go through Port Angeles on our way to a National Scenic Highway (Hwy. 112) along the Straits of Juan de Fuca. There will be lots of stops including one at Joyce General Store on our way to the home of the Makah Indians, Neah Bay. We will tour the Cultural and Research Center and other activities and Cape Flattery Trail for the “fit”. Then on to Forks for the night.
Day 5 we will start at the Hoh Rain Forest, stop at Lake Quinault and then continue on Hwys. 101 and 12 back to I-5 and home.

Cost $350 (non-members $360); $50 deposit now, balance due June 15. Reservations and checks to Janet Speelman, 1496 West 28th Ave., Eugene 97405; 344-3019.


July 29 — Oregon’s Butterfly Pavilion and Reedsport Discovery Center & Dunes Center. (Leader Bette Hack)

This trip will take us to Elkton, where the Oregon Butterfly Pavilion is located. The large area of landscaped grounds includes a garden where we will have our morning break. There is also a gift shop and you can see the progress of Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies through their four stages of life. We will leave around 11:00 a.m. and drive to Winchester Bay where we will have lunch at the Lighthouse State Park. We’ll return to Reedsport after lunch and visit the Umpqua Discovery Center and the Dunes Center, returning home about 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Cost $35 (non-members $37), due by June 15. Reservations and checks to Marian Borchardt, 2061 Harris St., Eugene 97405; 343-0976.


August 14 — Crater Lake. (Leader Bette Hack)

Crater Lake is still celebrating its 100th Anniversary, which was in 2002, so we will help in this event by visiting Oregon’s only National Park. We will leave Eugene via Hwy. 58 and connect with Hwy. 97, arriving around 11:30 a.m. with some time for exploring and viewing. We have a 1:00 p.m. seating in the Lodge for lunch and can enjoy the view and relax before lunch. After lunch we will do the Rim Drive before we head for home via the Umpqua Highway. Lunch is included in the cost of the trip. Home by 6:00.

Cost $45 (non-members $47), due July 10. Reservations and checks to Marion Borchardt, 2061 Harris St., Eugene 97405; 343-0976.


September 2–12 — Lewis & Clark Trail, Idaho & Montana. Canceled


September 20 — 49th Annual Salmon Bake at Depoe Bay and Connie Hanson Gardens, Lincoln City. (Leader Bette Hack)

We will repeat this event of last year, going to Depoe Bay for the salmon bake where the salmon is cooked on alder stakes, Indian style. We will travel through Corvallis to Newport and stop for a short time at Yaquina Bay State Park. We’ll then go on to Depoe Bay Park where everyone will have tickets already and can be on their own to enjoy the salmon dinner, program, view the Indian style cooking or take the shuttle bus for some shopping downtown. About 2:00 p.m. we will travel to Lincoln City and the Connie Hanson Garden, a more than one-acre garden which has been featured in The Oregonian and Sunset Magazine. We will return home around 5:30-6:00.

Cost $44, lunch included (non-members $46), by August 20. Reservations and checks to Mary Lee Cheadle, 3225 Richard Ave., Eugene 97402; 689-1085.


October 17 — Fall Color Drive. (Leader Ray Jensen)

At this time, we are unsure where to find the most colorful autumn foliage. Some possibilities are: • Aufderheide Drive, is always great but familiar to most of us; • Covered Bridges of Linn County and the foothills of the Cascades; • Cottage Grove, London, Bohemia mining country, if roads are OK; • Loop drive to Sweet Home and up the South Santiam River (there will be stops at Sahalie and Koosah Falls and back via the McKenzie); • Salt Creek Falls, Oakridge area and maybe Fall Creek. Who knows? Watch future issues of the Bulletin.

Cost $25 (non-members $27), due October 1. Reservations and checks to Dody Leppmann, 2655 Central Blvd., Eugene 97403; 342-2894.


December 9 — Christmas Lights, Oregon Gardens. (Leader Liz Reanier) Canceled

This trip will have a late start, 2:00 p.m. We will leave from the V.R.C. parking lot, drive to Silverton and eat dinner early (your cost). Then drive on to the Oregon Gardens to view the lights. On the return trip we’ll drive through Keizer to see their lights. If you need transportation, call Liz or Janet. Plans are sketchy because the Oregon Gardens’ plans are vague at this time. If it is not possible, we have alternate ideas, so stay tuned!

Cost $30 (non-members $32), due November 5. Reservations and checks to Janet Speelman, 1496 West 28th Ave., Eugene 97405; 344-3019.

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