The Byways-by-Bus Committee regularly sponsors bus trips to points of interest both in and out of state - the Oregon Coast, Crater Lake, the Rogue River Canyon, Columbia Gorge, Alaska, and many other places.  The trips may vary from one-day excursions to multi-day trips covering  several states.  They  look for the unusual and prefer the back roads and sometimes the rails or waterways.



2002 Bus Trips Schedule

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