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2001 Bus Trips Schedule and Descriptions

 

MAR 3  FRI     TRIP 1     POLK COUNTY MUSEUM & A.C. GILBERT DISCOVERY VILLAGE
LEADERS: RAY JENSEN, LIZ REANIER

Our route is north on I-5, west to Corvallis, north on 99W with rest stop at Sarah Helmick State Park. We arrive at 9:30 a.m. or so in Rickreall to tour the new Polk County Museum, where in 1846 the 15 member Applegate party departed to blaze the famous Applegate (Southern) Trail.  Time and weather permitting we shall travel back roads through some lovely farm country to the Falls City Falls on the Little Luckiamute. Then lunch at the Dallas City Park. We will depart before 1:30 p.m., driving by the historic Court House and on to Salem arriving at 2 p.m. at the A.C. Gilbert Village, located near the River Front Park, the Village includes some historic buildings, the National Toy Hall of Fame, some outside playground apparatus, a delightful place.

Mr. Gilbert, a Salem native, was known as the inventor of the erector set and other things, an Olympic pole vault champion in 1908, and "The Man Who Saved Christmas". This is a unique and enjoyable place.  Return to Eugene at 5:30 p.m.

Check out their Web Site

COST $29 members ($31 nonmembers)  PAYMENT DUE MARCH 10
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: ROSELLA JONES     Phone 343-8939    1844 Taylor Street, Eugene 97405

 

APR 24 TUE    TRIP 2   GOLDEN AND SILVER FALLS & MYRTLEWOOD GROVES
LEADERS: LIZ REANIER, RAY JENSEN

Depart Valley River Parking Lot heading south on I-5 , turning off at Curtin on to Hwy 138 to Reedsport. There will be a rest stop at Scottsburg County Park, seeing the first small grove of myrtlewood by the river. Second stop will be at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing and Interpretative Center. Proceeding south from Reedsport on Hwy 101 . Then we take the Millicoma Highway to the Millicoma Myrtlewood Corridor (15 miles east of Coos Bay) then proceed to Golden and Silver Falls where everyone will have plenty of time to hike both falls and have lunch. It is a nice shady place (myrtlewood grove) with tables and benches so you can just sit and enjoy. Back to CoosBay for a stop at The Oregon Connection (formerly known at The House of Myrtlewood) for a tour and shopping. We will then return along the coast to Eugene. Of course there will be stops along the way.

Click Here!  To see Panoramas of Golden and Silver Falls.  Note: You will need the Quicktime Viewer to access.

COST $29 member, $31 Non‑member  PAYMENT DUE APRIL 2
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN     Phone 344-3019       1496 West 28th , Eugene 97405

  

MAY 7-11 MON-FRI  TRIP 3    REDWOODS AND OREGON SOUTH COAST
LEADERS; BETTE HACK , LIZ REANIER

On the trip we will take in as much as possible of the California State Parks and National Redwood Parks. These redwood trees that have been preserved range from 400 to 1000 years old.

Day 1 - Will take us from Eugene to Brookings with a lunch stop at Shore Acres and a tour of the Hughes House close to Port Orford. We will stay overnight at the Beachfront Inn with ocean view rooms, equipped with microwaves, coffeemakers and refrigerators.

Day 2 - From Brookings to Eureka. Our first stop will be at the Trees of Mystery, then the Tour Through Tree and the Newton B. Drury Parkway through the Redwoods. We will arrive in Eureka for a late lunch at the Samoa Cookhouse (lunch included). It was once a cookhouse and a Sawmill. Later in the afternoon we will visit the Clarke Memorial Museum in Old Town and drive past some beautiful Victorian homes. Nights 2 and 3 will be a the Red Lion in Eureka.

Day 3 - We will go south of Eureka for a drive through The Avenue of the Giants with stops at Redcrest and the Humbolt Redwood State Park Information Centers, and other stops as time permits. Also a short hike near info center. We will turn north and go to Ferndale for lunch (price included) and a tour of Ferndale. It is FULL of old Victorian architecture.

Day 4 - Leaving Eureka our first stop will be the Lady Bird Johnson Grove. Then traveling north along the coast we will stop at several overlooks, arriving in Crescent City in time for lunch at the Beach Front Park then a short drive north we take up to the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park and the Simpson Reed Discovery Trail. Everyone should go far enough on the trail to get the feelings of awe and reverence in this hushed atmosphere whether or not one does the entire trail. We will overnight at the Curly Redwood Lodge in Crescent City.

Day 5 - From Crescent City, Brookings, and stop at the Azalea Park then on to Bandon . We will lunch on our own in Bandon and tour old town. Need lunches days one and four. Then board the bus for Eugene.

COST: $330 members ($340 nonmembers)     DEPOSIT $100 DUE NOW!      BALANCE DUE APRIL 15
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARIAN BORCHARDT     Phone 343-0976     2061 Harris St. Eugene 97405

 

MAY 24  THU   TRIP 4    RHODIES AND AZALEAS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY 
LEADERS: RAY JENSEN, LIZ REANIER

Douglas County is a relatively unknown Eden for displaying Spring flowers, wild and cultivated. We will travel south on 1‑5 to the community of Azalea. The gardens are at 1800 feet elevation and should be at their peak in mid-May. Charles and Ruth Amos will be our hosts. We will lunch at that area or return to the River Forks Park in Roseburg at the confluence of the North and South Umpqua Rivers. Then on to the Sanders Nursery in Melrose for rhodies. Mr and Mrs. Sanders private home is on a steep hillside surrounded by trees and plants. Later we should have time to enjoy the Stewart Park along the South Umpqua and also the Riverside Park at the Roseburg Visitor Center.

COST: $30 members ($32 non members)     PAYMENT DUE MAY 5
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: DODIE LEPPMANN     Phone 342 2894      2655 Central Blvd, Eugene 97403

 

JUN 1 FRI    TRIP 5      SCHREINER'S IRIS GARDENS AND ADELMANN PEONIES 
LEADER: BETTE HACK

We will travel I-5 to Quimby Road turnoff (north of Salem) to Schreiner's Iris Gardens (Exit 242) and spend several hours enjoying the gardens. [ A catalog will be available on the bus]. We will then return to Mission Park for our picnic lunch. Its a short distance away and historical. Perhaps we'll see the Wheatland Ferry as it crosses the river. In the afternoon we will drive to Brooks and the Adelmann Peony Gardens open house. Then return to Eugene.  

Visit Schreiner's Website

  COST: $24 members ($26 non members)     PAYMENT DUE MAY 5
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE     Phone 689-1085     3225 Richard Ave, Eugene 97402

 

 

JUN 14   THU   TRIP 6    LUNCH AND A CRUISE ON THE WILLAMETTE QUEEN STERNWHEELER
LEADER: BETTE HACK

  We will go the back roads through Corvallis with a morning break at Helmick State Park and continue to Salem's River Front Park. We will have time to visit the Carousel Museum, which is scheduled to open in early June, and other places of interest in the area. We will board the Willamette Queen Sternwheeler about 11:30a.m. and have lunch ( price included) and a one hour cruise on the Willamette River. In the afternoon we will drive to the Bush House and Conservatory in Salem for a tour and to explore the grounds. Then return to Eugene.

COST $40 member ($42 nonmembers)       DEPOSIT $20 NOW!     BALANCE DUE MAY 20
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE     Phone 689-1085    3225 Richard Ave, Eugene 97402

 

JUN 23   SAT   TRIP 7   DOERNER FIR AND SUSAN CREEK FALLS  -  2 HIKES
LEADER RAY JENSEN

Traveling south on I-5 through Roseburg and then over a complex of back roads via Reston to the remote Doemer Fir. The hike to this world champion tree is about 1.5 miles round trip with some up and downs. The rhodies in this awesome old growth forest should be in bloom in June. Lunch at the trailhead.  Then to the Stewart Park along the South Umpqua for a break. Next east on Hwy 138 up the North Umpqua to Susan Creek Falls, another 1.5 mile easy hike. Other stops will be at the Narrows (Swiftwater Park Wayside) and the Colliding Rivers at Glide. Home via the scenic Wilbur cut-off. Return by 6p.m. using Experience Oregon's small bus - LIMIT 25 riders.

COST: $30 Members ($32 Non members)     PAYMENT DUE JUNE 5
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: DODIE LEPPMANN     Phone 342-2894     2655 Central Blvd, Eugene 97403

 

JUL 11-13   WED- FRI   TRIP 8    NORTHWESTREK: TACOMA/ OLYMPIA
LEADERS: LIZ REANIER, RAY JENSEN         DEPARTURE 7:30A.M.

Here is your chance to take by ways to see what we miss when we cruise north on I-5. 
We'll leave Shopko parking lot at 7:30a.m. travel I-5 to Tualatin for a rest stop, then on up I-5 and I-205.   We will take exit 88, Hwy 507 and Hwy 702 to NORTHWESTREK, a wildlife journey similar to the Wildlife Safari where we will lunch and take a tour. Then progress on Hwy 512 to the Lakewood section of Tacoma for 2 nightrs at the newly remodeled Best Western Lakewood Motor Inn. Day 2 We'll start out by stopping at Tacoma's Union Historic Station, then on to the W.W. Seymour Botannical Observatory (one of 3 Victorian style on west coast). Then on to Point Defiance Park for lunch with stops at historic Fort Nisqually and logging Camp 6. Then its onto Steilacoom 's Historic district, including Old Town Hall and Museum, Bair Drug & Hardware Living Museum and the Steilacoom Tribal Cultural Museum. Mid afternoon we will tour the Lakewold Gardens, A premier estate garden. Day 3 We leave Tacoma for Olympia for a visit to the capital visitor center and grounds and the State Capitol Museum. May have time for lunch at the Flying Pig before leaving. Time permitting we detour to Tenino to Wolf Haven International, then back to I-5 and home. Remember, 7:30a.m. departure!

COST: $190 members ($196 non members)       DEPOSIT $50 NOW    BALANCE DUE JUNE 5
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: JANET SPEELMAN      Phone 344-3019     1496 West 28th Eugene 97405

 

AUG  9   THU   TRIP 9    THE SPRUCE GOOSE AND THE JENSEN ARTIC MUSEUM
LEADERS: BEN JEFFRIES , MARY LEE CHEADLE

We will travel I-5 and the by ways to McMinnville to see The Howard Hughes Flying Boat (the Spruce Goose). It is the largest wooden airplane ever built. It has recently been placed in a new hanger. Evergreen Aviation purchased the plane in 1992. It will become the center piece of a 21 plane display for their new Capt. Michael King Smith Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville. The museum has aircraft dating from a 1921 DeHavilland. We will have a picnic lunch then travel on to Monmouth to the Jensen Arctic Museum, the only museum on the West Coast devoted to collecting, preserving and teaching about the Arctic Culture and ecology. Then the by ways home.

COST $36 members ($38 non members)     PAYMENT DUE JULY 16
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARY LEE CHEADLE     Phone 689-1085     3225 Richard Ave, Eugene 97402

 

AUGUST 26-31   SUN- FRI    TRIP 10    BOISE,  LESLIE GULCH  AND GEOLOGY
LEADERS: RAY JENSEN, EWART BALDWIN

Leaving Shopko at 8 a.m. heading for the first rest stop at Oakridge, then on to Salt Creek Falls then via Crescent cutoff to Hwy 31. Stop at "Hole in the Ground", then to Fort Rock State Park for lunch. We travel on the Christmas Valley Byway to "Crack in the Ground" (if road is open) and then to Wagontire and Riley. We will stay our first night at the Best Western Inn in Hines. Day 2 - East on Hwy 20 (advance clocks one hour), via Ontario into Idaho. Lunch stop tba.  A possible stop in Caldwell at the Evans Gem and Mineral Collection at Albertson College. Next a DO NOT MISS major attraction, the World Center for Birds of Prey, arriving at 3p.m. or so. Staying at the Best Western Vista Inn in Boise ( a 3 night stay) . We will have a welcome party, USA Today paper, continental breakfasts and a heated pool available to us. Tuesday, August 28th will be the Basque Dinner. The 3rd and 4th days will be spent in the City of Trees, with the following sites included ( order not yet determined). 1. Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center featuring easy walking trails, ponds, plants, windows to view fish life (4.5 acres of ecological systems in a urban setting), 2. Boise Tour Train 1 hr. around town, 3. Julia Davis Park, rose garden and nice grounds, 4. Idaho History Museum, 5. Basque Museum & Cultural Center early evening tour and lecture and a Basque dinner (price included), 6. Idaho State Capitol, 7. Old Idaho Prison, 8. Idaho Botanical Gardens, and other places as there is lots to do in Boise. Day 5 ‑ Leave Boise getting back into Oregon. Do Succor Creek Canyon (north to South) on a real back country road. Side trip to Leslie Gulch for goats ,geology and more. After lunch , on to Jordan Valley to meet Mike Hanley at his ranch to see his wagons. Overnight at Jim's Basque Station Motel (overflow at Sahara Motel ) Day 6 Is a long travel day, but we gain an hour. Stop at the Charbonneau grave site. Via Hwy 95,78,20 via Bums, Bend, Santiam Pass, Sahalie Falls and finally home. Note We will be in lots of geology in Ewart Baldwin country. You will need a sack lunch each day.

COST: $390 MEMBERS, $402 NON MEMBERS       DEPOSIT $50 NOW      $170 DUE JULY 1     BALANCE DUE AUG 1
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: ROSELLA JONES     Phone 343-8939      1844 Taylor St, Eugene 97405

 

SEP 27  THU  TRIP 11   FALL COLOR/AUFDERHEIDE DRIVE 
LEADER: BETTE HACK, RAY JENSEN

We will travel to Westfir and take the Aufiderheide Drive by the North Fork. On the way we will stop at the Fish Hatchery at Oakridge. We will drive into the Erma Bell Lakes campground and have lunch. After lunch we will take aside trip to Hidden Lake and stop at Delta Grove for a short hike. On the way home we will stop at the new Forest Service Building at McKenzie Bridge.

COST $24 members ($26 non members)     PAYMENT DUE SEPT 10
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARIAN BORCHARDT    Phone 343-0975     2061 Harris Street, Eugene 97405

 

OCT 8-11  MON- THU   TRIP 12    MIGRATING BIRDS/TRINITY ALPS/ STAGECOACH ROAD 
LEADERS: ETHEL ALLEN, RAY JENSEN

We will leave Shopko on Coburg Road at 8 a.m. traveling Hwy 58 to Oakridge, for a rest stop then continue over Willamette Pass for our picnic lunch stop at Collier State Park near Chilloquin. Then travel on to Lower Klamath Lake for viewing migratory birds. Then on to Redding for the night at the LaQuinta Inn. At 8p.m. Ranger Clinton Kane will present slides on the original stage coach route from Old Shasta City to Oregon. Continental Breakfast will be served. 

Day 2: First stop Redding Arborteum for bird viewing and a walk. Then on to Old Shasta City to visit the museum. Its our first historic town on the stage coach route. Next Ranger Kane will guide us from Whiskey Town to French Gulch (lunch included). Onto Lewiston for a good look at all the original buildings. Then on to Weaverville to explore this town and the Joss House. We will stay at the Victorian, a buffet dinner included. 

Day 3: First we'll replenish our lunch boxes and explore more of the historic town. Leaving Weaverville we'll take Hwy 3 to Trinity Center, The old Bowerman Barn and the Carrville Inn (including a tour). We will eat our picnic lunch on the barbecue pad and then be served blackberry cobbler and beverage (price included). The Katoon Resort will be our next rest stop. Then to the summit of Scott Mtn. Next we stop in the quaint town of Etna and the Scott Valley Pharmacy. The owner will give a short talk, have ice cream and or shop. If time permits we will drive to the summit of Mt. Etna. Driving through Scott Valley to Yreka for the night staying at the Amerihost Inn, continental breakfast included. 

Day 4: we will take I-5 back into Oregon, with a rest stop at a park known as the state of Jefferson. Then on to the Mineral Museum at Central Point. Our lunch will be ready for us at Wolf Creek Inn (price included). Then north on I-5 possibly stopping in Oakland for Tolley's treats.

COST $270 members ( $278 non members)       DEPOSIT $70 NOW!    BALANCE DUE SEPT 5
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: MARIAN BORCHARDT     Phone 343-0976     2061 Harris Street, Eugene 97405

 

DEC 11   TUE   TRIP 13    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2001    DEPARTURE 3:30P.M.
LEADER BETTE HACK

Baxter Shaw will lead us on this spectacular Christmas event. We will leave Eugene at 3:30p.m. and stop at Casey's (Garden Valley exit) for dinner on your own. After dinner, we will drive to the Wildlife Safari for a "fantasy" of lights where hot chocolate is served (free) a short skit is presented and a wagon ride takes passengers to a hill where the rhinos are silhouetted in the night, Then back to Roseburg and the River Forks Park where we will see a 3 block display of light depicting many Christmas motifs.

COST $27 member($29 non member)     PAYMENT DUE BY NOV 15
RESERVATIONS AND CHECKS TO: BETTE HACK      Phone 345-3650    558 E. 16th St.,Eugene 97401


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