We will continue our tradition of exploring in the immediate area for our first trip by leaving Shopko at 8:30 and visiting places in west Eugene including Creative Clocks, a Smoked Salmon Distributorship and the Wetlands. Weather will dictate some of our stops. We will treat ourselves to lunch at Our Daily Bread Restaurant (in an old church) in Veneta and then proceed with our exploring. Lunch is your cost. Return to Shopko by 4 p.m.
Cost: $33 ($35 for non-members), due March 16 to Liz Reanier.
Come visit Oregon’s inspiring national training facility for Guide Dogs. This is the largest such program in the United States. We will have a private tour of the impressive buildings, including: Veterinary Hospital, kitchen for animal meals, and view the combination training-dog housing area. The few steps have good hand rails. Following the tour we will attend the heart warming, one hour graduation ceremonies. The dog recipients will speak as will most of the volunteer puppy (10 to 18 months of training) raisers. Several of these people cried and I believe all or most of the audience did. The staff recommends carrying kleenex or a handkerchief. There will be a slide presentation concerning the organization’s objectives and training. Also, there will be a demonstration with a dog. There is a gift shop.
Lunch, at your cost, will be in the town of Sandy at Calamity Jane’s Hamburger Parlor, listed among the 10 best hamburger places in the US. Other food is available. Return to Eugene by 6 p.m.
Cost: $39 ($41), due March 29 to Mary Lee Cheadle.
For the past we will be visiting George Fox University and learning about the founders of this city and this school. We will visit the charming Minthorn House, built in 1881 by Jesse Edwards, the Quaker founder of Newberg. This home was purchased in 1885 by Dr. Henry Minthorn, uncle and foster father of Herbert Hoover. Hoover was a fascinating man and his story comes alive in this setting. We will visit ADec, a major manufacturer of dental equipment and have a tour of their facility and we will tour the Allison, a newly completed resort and spa , built by the family that owns ADec.
We will depart from Shopko on Coburg Rd at 8:00 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $46 (48), due April 9 to Janet Speelman.
Come with us as we revisit childhood. We will spend most of the day at Salem’s Riverfront park where we will have the opportunity to ride the carousel and learn about its history, picnic in the park, enjoy the riverside walking path, see the Eco Earth Sphere and explore the A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village. The Eco Earth Globe was originally used by Boise Cascade to hold acids which turned wood chips into pulp. Now covered with 86,000 colorful tiles it is a huge world globe. The A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village is housed in three historic homes and includes 20,000 sq. ft. outdoor discovery center. AC. Gilbert, born in Salem, was the inventor of the Erector Set and is considered one of the most multi-talented inventers of all times. On the way home we will stop in Albany to visit the Dentzel American Carousel Museum and Albany Carousel Studio. Here we will see the world’s largest private collection of Dentzel carousel pieces and view a work In progress as volunteers create a variety of carousel animals for the proposed Albany Brass Ring Carousel.
Cost: $42 ($44), due June 8 to Janet Speelman.
Travel south on I-5 through Drain to Elkton for a repeat visit to the Butterfly Pavilion (Oregon butterflies) run by the Elkton Community Education Center. We will have our coffee break here, learn about the life cycle of the butterfly, and will have time to enjoy the adjoining gardens.
Then we will backtrack past Fort Umpqua using the Territorial Road to the King Estate Winery in Lorane for lunch. (Food, beverage and gratuity included). The meal, the view and the grounds promise to be superb.
We will travel on to the Travis Tyrrell Seed Orchard, three miles west of Lorane. This 500 acre complex, managed by the B.L.M. produces superior conifer seeds, mostly Douglas Fir, for sale to nurseries throughout the nation. We will begin at their Visitor Center-Administration Building where the manager, Larry Johnston, will give a brief talk describing their work. The 3/4 mile interpretive Nature Trail (Hike) will the OPTIONAL. Also we will shuttle the bus to the Orchard view point located at the far (north) end of the complex for a great view. En route we will see the arboretum and demonstration areas.
Finally we return via the Hamm Road (perhaps some lavender gardens) to Creswell.
Cost: $59 ($61), due June 29 to Barbara Payne.
EVERYONE MUST HAVE A PASSPORT OR A PASSPORT CARD
Join us for a leisurely and relaxing trip to see nature’s beauty in the Harrison Lake and Fraser River Valley areas. We plan lots of time to enjoy the ambiance of Harrison Hot Springs Resort and the small town atmosphere of Harrison Hot Springs Village.
Day 1: Travel Eugene to Marysville, WA. Mid morning we will have our usual “Obsidian coffee break”. Bring a picnic lunch for our stop at Tumwater Falls Park. Lodging in Marysville.
Day 2: First stop the Dutch Village Mall in Lynden, then through customs and enter Canada. Stopping at Minter Gardens, Chillawack, 32 acres of themed flower gardens, gift and plant shop, two restaurants (lunch on your own) Then on to Harrison Hot Springs Resort, our lodging for the next four nights.
Meals, leisure activities at the resort, boat rides on your own. Groceries are available in town.
Day 3: Morning - we will visit the 321 acre Great Blue Heron Reserve near Chillawack, interpretive center, self-guided walking trails and resident herons. Free afternoon to enjoy the resort and explore the village.
Day 4: Sightseeing is the plan for today. We travel the scenic Fraser River Highway with its seven tunnels and ride Hell's Gate Air Tram across the river to Simon’s Cafe (lunch included).
Day 5: Today we visit Chillawack Museum , featuring history of First Nation people and local gold mining. Then on to Hope for lunch, Bridal Veil Falls, Memorial Park wood carvings, Japanese Friendship Garden and Historic Christ Church.
Day 6: Travel Harrison Hot Springs to Eugene. This will be a long day of travel with rest stops. Lunch (included) at Falls Terrace Restaurant, Tumwater and plan to be in Eugene at 6:00 or soon after.
Cost: $735 ($747), due July 9 to Janet Speelman. Deposit $100, due before February 15.
Leave Shopko parking lot at 8:00 a.m. for our beautiful destination Waldo Lake where and we will have a summer Barbecue with all the trimmings prepared by our leaders Paul and Barbara and daughter Paula. Everything from hot dogs to corn on the cob, watermelon, potato salad and of course dessert included in your trip fee. Fall colors will be on to show their marvelous colors and a few side roads will be on the agenda for viewing along with the Willamette Fish Hatchery at the northeast side of Oakridge. An afternoon snack on the way home will include a root beer float at the almost one and only drive up A&W Root Beer Restaurant left.
Cost: $55 ($57), due September 8 to Barbara Payne.
We will travel through Philomath to King’s Valley where the color should be at its peak. Our coffee break will be at Beazell Memorial Forest which is run by the Benton County Parks Department. Then to the nearby Fort Hoskins Interpretive Center, an historic military site located above the Luckiamute River. Time here to walk the grounds and explore. We will continue on back roads to the Ritner Creek Covered Bridge and go through Monmouth to quaint Independence for a group lunch (included) at J. Bella Restaurant in the old Sperling Building. At 1:00 we will visit the Heritage Museum, located in the First Baptist Church 1888. We will have time to check out historic buildings on Main Street. Everything is located in two square block area across from the new amphitheater along the Willamette River.
In mid afternoon we will go to Buena Vista to the Wings of Wonder Conservatory where exotic butterflies are flying and more. We will have a conducted tour of the exhibits.
Complete the day at Hazelnut Hill-coffee, ice cream and nut confections. Return by 6 p.m.
Cost: $49 ($51), due October 6 to Mary Lee Cheadle.
Leave Shopko at 2:00 p.m. for Salem. Short stop at the Bush Gardens just before dark and then an early dinner at Kwan’s Chinese or Outback BBQ & Steaks. A few lights on the route to the Old Ellsinore Theater for a Christmas movie then a driving tour of The Governor’s Mansion and hillside along with a walking and driving tour of the buildings located at the intersection of Commercial and Liberty. Dinner is on your own.
Cost: $42 ($44), due November 26 to Barbara Payne.
BUS COMMITTEE: Liz Reanier - Chairman, Sharon Cutsforth - Secretary, Barbara Flanders - Treasurer, Lenore McManigal - Auditor, Rick Ahrens, Ethel Allen, Barbara Beard, Paul Beard, Mary Lee Cheadle, Dennis Flanders, Ben Jeffries, Pat Jeffries, Ray Jensen, Verna Kocken, Barbara Payne, Don Payne, Janet Speelman, Richard Speelman, Mary Ellen West, and Honorary members: Bette Hack, Rosella Jones, Vera Wolley.