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.


2003 Bus Trips Schedule

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Archive of Trips in 2002
Archive of Trips in 2001


Questions about Bus Trips?
Contact Ray Jensen, 345-5366


2003 Bus Trips Schedule

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.


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:

  • Wild rhodies and a Spring Garden along the Coast
  • The tide pools, wildlife and lighthouse at Yaquina Head
  • The Cape Perpetua lookout and visitor center
  • Devil’s Elbow State Park
  • Walk along Beverly Beach
  • Lunch at Washburne State Park.

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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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 write-ups 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 Coachways, which are modern, safe, clean, comfortable, air-conditioned and have a n on board toilet facility. Their drivers are experienced and well trained to insure enjoyable traveling.  For smaller groups or because of restricted roads, we will sometimes charter Experience Oregon.

  We load at the Valley River Center parking lot between the footbridge and the Montgomery Ward Auto Express (Due west of the Bon Marche) 
B. MULTI DAY TRIPS:  We load at Shopko on Coburg Road near the greenhouses.
C. LOADING INFORMATION: Usually we load at 7:45 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 you Golden Age Pass, 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 you 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.

7. POLICY FOR SINGLES:  We encourage the single traveler to participate. Occasionally, we can provide a single room, at a much higher rate. Remember that our basic policy is 2 person, 2 beds.

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. CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS AND REBATES: Leaders frequently must make guarantees and large payments at least 30 days in advance. Room lists are due 30 days in advance. Cancellations cause problems. If you need to cancel, inform the leader as soon as possible, so that adjustments may be made. Persons on the waiting list will have priority when a cancellation occurs. The leader ultimately selects the person to fill the vacancy. You may receive a refund, after the trip if, a replacement if found or a partial refund after your financial responsibilities for expenses have been made. A refund on one-day trips may not occur, if cancellation is not made in advance. If you sign the trip sheet showing interest in a trip and change your mind let the reservation person know. Leaders use the data to determine whether a trip needs to be canceled and to make commitments for the trip. Rebates may be awarded at the end of our trip season, if a trip has substantial excess in revenue.

10. 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.

11. 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 2001 offerings. Multi‑day trips have detailed descriptions nearer departure date. We hope you will find the trips appealing and will join us for an enjoyable experience.

BUS COMMITTEE:  Ray Jensen (Chairman), Bette Hack (Secretary), Evelyn Hile (Treasurer), Lenore McManigal (Auditor), Ethel Allen, Ewart Baldwin, Lloyd Bissell, John Borchardt, Marian Borchardt, Nicole Chase, Mary Lee Cheadle, Clair Cooley, Ben Jeffries, Rosella Jones, Dodie Leppmann, Frances Newsom, Elizabeth Reanier, Janet Speelman, Richard Speelman, and Vera Woolley.


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