LEADER: MARY ELLEN WEST
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
LEADER: MARY ELLEN WEST
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
LEADER: VERNA KOCKEN
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
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
LEADER: RAY JENSEN
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
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
LEADER: MARY ELLEN WEST
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
LEADER: BETTE HACK
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
LEADER: BEN JEFFRIES
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
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
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
LEADER: RAY JENSEN
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
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
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.