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Extended Trips Details:

The Extended Trips Committee sponsors several multi-day outings each year.  Individual members organize the outings with the assistance of the committee, so the location, activities, lodging and food arrangements can be quite varied.  Past trips have included skiing and snowshoeing at Crater Lake and in the Wallowa Mountains, birding at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and rafting the North Umpqua River.

Upcoming Extended Trips:

Newport King Tides & Yurts

Thursday–Saturday, January 11–13, 2024
Leader: Evelyn Nagy

King Tides and Yurts—Meeting place: Nye Beach Turnaround, Newport, OR, January 11, 2024, at 11:00AM Location Base: Three yurts, nine people, at South Beach State Park, which is 1.5 miles south of Newport. Payment: Within 5 days of signing up, please send a check for $43 payable to the Obsidians to Evelyn Nagy, P.O. Box 10412, Eugene, OR 97440. Cancellation policy: No refunds unless someone takes your place. This trip is for members only. Restrooms and free, hot-water showers available close by the yurts. No cooking facilities-lunch/dinner in town, breakfast decided by each yurt; bring cash/credit card. Information at www. oregonstateparks.org Please carpool if possible. Registration on Thursday, December 14, 2023, 7:00AM. Activities: Thursday: meet at the turnaround at 11:00am to view the highest high tide (king tide); have lunch while high tide recedes to allow safe walk on the beach; check in at campground; dinner at Rogue Brewery in time to listen to OSU "Science on Tap" speaker (more info on this to come). Friday: take early walk on the beach; optional breakfast; private tour of OSU's state-of-the-art, tsunami/earthquake Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building (google Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building); lunch on bayfront with leisurely walk along fishing boat docks while tide recedes; beach walk; dinner at Local Ocean Restaurant. Saturday: return to Eugene before dark and arrive no later than 5:00pm.

Orcas Island, San Juans

Friday–Wednesday, June 7–12, 2024
Leader: Lana Lindstrom

Information about this trip will be posted by January. The fee of $300 is estimated, not actual. We will be based at Camp Moran Retreat Center on Orcas Island, one of several San Juan Islands. Everyone must stay in a shared cabin or dorm; no tents allowed. Folks can sleep in their vehicles (no large RV's) in the parking lot snuggled next to other vehicles. Flush toilets and showers, as well as a lodge (www.parks.wa.gov/361/Camp-Moran). This is a multi-sport mini-camp. There are long and short hikes on Orcas Island, excellent hiking and cycling on several of the islands, beach combing, kayaking, and swimming. The trip will be available for sign-up in March, 2024. Members will be given preference. Limited to 55 participants.

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