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.

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2008 Bus Trips Schedule

Interested In A Trip? Here Are The Rules and Regs

Archive of trips in previous years
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Questions about Bus Trips?
Contact Liz Reanier, 541-687-1925  bustrips@obsidians.org

 

Bus Trips Descriptions

EAGLES ’N MORE
Tuesday–Wednesday, February 17–18, 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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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, or Liz Reanier 520-2854.
  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, Inc.
  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 2009 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: 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, Barbara Flanders, Dennis Flanders, 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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