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.


2011 Bus Trips Schedule

Interested In A Trip? Here Are The Rules and Regs

Archive of trips in previous years
2010 2009 2008 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001


Questions about Bus Trips?
Contact Liz Reanier, 541-687-1925


Bus Trips Descriptions

Eagles and More
Tuesday-Wednesday, February 22, 23

Leader: Liz Reanier and Rick Ahrens

Travel with us over the Willamette Pass to the Klamath Basin, where eagles and many other birds will be seen. Rick will inform us about the birds while traveling. He helps us sight and ientifyy the birds. While off the bus he sets up his scope for us to get a good look. There has always been a surprise sighting. We have a rest stop at the Middle Fork Willamette Ranger Station, coffee break in Oakridge then a wintery drive over the pass. We lunch at Applebee’s, (cost included,) then head out to State Line- birding. At dusk we return to Klamath Falls for our motel, Best Western Olympic Inn. Continental breakfast before heading out birding. Return to motel for check out by 11:00 am, then it’s time for the River Walk (again- surprises!) At noon, it is back to Applebee’s (cost included) before we retrace our route to Eugene. Home by 6:00 pm.

Cost: members: $175; non-members $179; deposit $50 due now.
Balance due Feb 1

Service Stars- Green Eugene
Tuesday, March 22

Leader: Sharon Cutsforth and Bill Arthur

We will leave Shopko parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to begin our day of visiting local non-profit agencies. At Food for Lane County, we will tour their 30,000 sq. ft. building and learn about the acquisition, sorting, packaging and distribution of food to low income persons. They have graciously agreed to let us have our coffee break inside the building. Next stop will be The Eugene Mission for a tour of all buildings and to hear about future development plans for assisting homeless people. There will be stairs to climb here or a place to wait for those choosing to avoid the stairs. The Mission staff will serve us a light lunch (cost included). After lunch we will visit St. Vincent de Paul’s Aurora Glass Works where discarded glass is recycled and transformed into various colored and shaped pieces of art (available for purchase). Last stop for the day will be to view the exterior and grounds of the new Native American Long House at LCC Comfortable walking shoes recommended. We will return to Shopko at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Cost: members: $47; non-members: $49; due Mar 1
Reservations and checks to: Barbara Payne

Food, Food, Food
Tuesday, April 12

Leader: Mary Ellen West

If food is your fancy, this trip should satisfy.

Our first stop will be in Albany at the headquarters of Allan Bros. Coffee roasters. This will be our morning coffee stop (cost included). We get a peek at the roasting process and will learn about coffee. Shopping available.

We will go to Bob’s Red Mill in Milwaukie for a tour of the world headquarters where more than 300 products are produced. We’ll have lunch (your cost) at the whole grain store nearby. We will have lots of time to shop.

Our third stop will be the Willamette Fruit Company in Salem. They are well known for their pies and other fruit products. There will be samples and an opportunity to shop for a variety of gourmet products, gift and garden items.

Cost: members: $40.00; non-members: $42.00; due Apr. 5.
Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman

Oregon Gardens, Moonstoone Resort, Silver Creek Falls
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 17-18

Leaders: Ethyl Allen and Barbara Beard

Leave Shopko parking at 8:00 am. We will travel McKenzie View Drive to Marcola with our coffee break at Shotgun Creek picnic area. We then proceed to Hwy. 220 to Sweet Home Park to view the covered bridge then continue to Silver Creek Falls Park. Enjoy your own sack lunch, then, for those who want, a walk to and under the falls. We will continue to Silverton and drive by the Norman Rockwell murals. We then check in at the Oregon Garden Moonstone Resort. Dinner, (cost included) is at 6:30 pm. in our private banquet room.

Wednesday morning, starting at 7:00 am, a free buffet breakfast is provided in the dining area. At 9:00 am, we load the bus and drive to the Oregon Gardens parking area. We enter the gift shop and at 9:30 to board the tram for a ride around the gardens. At 10:30 we are scheduled for a guided tour of the Gordon House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Then, we go on to Mt. Angel where we will view the Glockenspiel and learn about this historic town. Lunch will be on your own at the Glockenspiel Restaurant. Finally, we will go to the Bauman Farm, then back to Eugene, arriving at about 5 pm.

Cost: members $142.00; non-members $146; $25.00 now
Balance due by April 25
Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman

The Oregon Zoo
Tuesday, June 21

Leader: Liz Reanier and Rick Ahrens

We’re off to the zoo! Washington Park is the jewel of Portland’s extensive park system. The zoo (Zoo Admission included) is just one of its many attractions. We plan on spending the day so you may distribute your time as you wish. Other options: TRAIN ($5, not included) for a 4 mile ride through the zoo and surrounding wooded hillside to the INTERNATIONAL ROSE TEST GARDEN (no charge) and JAPANESE GARDEN. ($7, not included) You may get off at these attractions and return on another train. THE WORLD FORESTRY CENTER ($7, not included). is just across the parking lot. There are a number of food vendors around the zoo. Cart transportation is available and, of course, lots of good walking paths. So. . . we are going to the zoo, but you have many other options that you can consider on your own.

Cost: members $40.00; non-members $42.00; due: June 10
Reservations: Mary Lee Cheadle

Fort Vancouver/ Hudson’s Bay Co.
Tuesday, July 12

Leader: Mary Ellen West

Venture back in time to the Hudson’s Bay Company, British fur trading fort. Walk the garden, climb the bastion, watch blacksmiths, bakers and other costumed interpreters work.

We will visit “Officer’s Row” to view the exterior of 22 restored Victorian era homes. We will visit inside the George C. Marshall house.

As time permits, we will view the Vancouver barracks and the two replica houses representing the village where 500 workers lived. Plan to bring a picnic lunch- we have the perfect setting.

Cost: members: $38.00; non-members: $40.00; due: June 30.
Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman

Cape Arago, Shore Acres and Marine Biology
Thursday, August 11

Leader: Mary Ellen West and Verna Kocken

Beautiful scenery, flowers, sea animals and a U of O classroom are the focus of this south coast trip.

Going to the coast will feature a leisurely visit to Shore Acres, a lovely state park that was part of the former estate of lumberman, Louis Simpson. One point of interest will be the large blooming rose and dahlia gardens.

We will also visit Cape Arego State Park. Its offshore island, rocks and reef are part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Animals to observe are California and Stellar sea lions, harbor seals and northern elephant seals.

We will visit the U of O Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston. There will be a tour and lunch (included) in the dining room.

Cost: members: $45.00; non-members: $47; due Aug. 2
Reservations and checks to: Barbara Payne

Celebrating Astoria’s Bicentennial 1811-2011
Wednesday-Saturday, September 14-17

Leaders: Barbara and Paul Beard

Emphasizing: Fur traders, Indians, Forts and Major Rivers.

We will depart on our 4 day trip on Wed. 9/14, leaving the Shopko parking lot at 8:00 am. Our route will take us to Astoria via back roads and many river crossings to get a good perspective of “the Oregon country” that enticed early travelers to create settlements along these major rivers. Our trip will include museums, water front activities, and trolley sites. We will stay in Astoria’s bed n’ breakfast inns. We will visit shops, see antiques, observe bicentennial enactments including fur trading with Native Americans, and visiting forts along the route as we travel the beautiful North Oregon Coast. Our last night, we will be at the oceanfront hotel Inn at Spanish Head with dinner and a movie night, pop and popcorn in the evening. In all, we will be looking back 150 years of settlement history in the Oregon country. Saturday, we will attend the Siletz Indian salmon bake, experiencing first hand the main diet of Lewis and Clark and Native Americans in the middle 1800s.

Come join us for a fun-packed 4 days, with history, great beach and river walks, exciting events and wonderful friends to share great experiences. Full days’ events will be shared in the Rally Day Report, Sun, Feb. 27th.

Cost: members: $425; non-members: $433; due now $50
Balance due: Sept. 2
Reservations: Mary Lee Cheadle

Fall Colors: Spirit Mountain and More
Tuesday, October 4

Leader: Ray Jensen

As usual, we depart Shopko at 8:00 am with a rest stop at Santiam, through Salem, west on Hwy. #12, arriving about 10:30 at the original Grand Ronde Reservation to check out the activities and improvements at this community.

About 11:30, we proceed to the nearby Spirit Mountain Casino for lunch (on your own) and have some fun. Several restaurants are available. We will have discount coupons, including for the Cedar Plank Buffet.

We will depart about 2: p.m. to the Brigittine Monastery to view their 3:00 pm Vespers. The brothers will have chocolates for sale.

Our return route takes us through Perrydale, Dallas and King’s Valley for fall color. We should arrive home by 6:00 pm.

Cost: members: $35; non-members: $37; due Sept 23.
Reservations: Mary Lee Cheadle

Christmas Event- to be announced
Tuesday, December 6

Leader: Liz Reanier

Sign up if interested:
Reservations and checks to: Janet Speelman

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Bus Trips - Details Of Participation

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.

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 him/herself because of physical, medical or emotional conditions.

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.

LOADING SITE-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.

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, or Liz Reanier 541-520-2854 if you must cancel at the last minute.

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. Passport or passport card required for Canada. 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.

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.

LODGING FOR OVERNIGHT TRIPS: 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 rider’s 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Please be considerate.

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 2011 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, Sharon Cutsforth - Secretary, Barbara Flanders - Treasurer, Lenore McManigal - Auditor, Rick Ahrens, Ethel Allen, Bill Arthur, 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, Vera Wolley.

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