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.


Extended Trips

White Mountains, CA

Wednesday–Wednesday, August 23–30, 2017
Leader: Alan Curtis

A detailed description of this Extended trip is in the April, 2017 Bulletin. The fee includes lodging in dorm rooms and 3 meals per day while staying at the White Mountains Research Center (4 nights). Additional expenses not included are at least 2 nights in motels and meals while traveling to/from the Center. Carpooling is encouraged. The focus while at the Center is hiking; distances are 5-7 miles per day at high elevation. Within 5 days of signing up, send a check payable to the Obsidians for $245 members/$250 non-members to Alan Curtis, 2370 Douglas Dr. Eugene, OR 97405. Note: the Bulletin article had the incorrect fee ($5 short). Cancellation policy: if you cancel prior to July 31, $225/$230 will be refunded. No refunds thereafter.

Women's Olallie Lake Kayak

Thursday–Saturday, September 7–9, 2017
Leader: Patricia Esch

Olallie Lake Resort is a high mountain, rustic resort in the Mt. Hood National Forest. There are several shallow lakes to paddle, plus hiking trails. We will stay in 2 yurts and a cabin. There are not enough beds for everyone, but there is plenty of room for small RV's or cots. There is no running water, electricity or bathrooms in the units; stoves and lights are powered by propane or kerosene. There are outhouses and outdoor water spigots. We will share 2 potluck dinners; breakfasts,lunches, snacks, and drinks are on your own. The resort is approximately a 3 hour drive from Eugene with the last 6 miles on a rough, gravel road. Members have sign-up preference through June 20.

Within 5 days of signing up, send a check payable to the Obsidians for the full amount; mail to Pat Esch, 1555 Monterey Ave, Eugene, 97401. The cost includes the lodging, use of facilities, and trip fees. The entire fee is forfeited if you cancel after August 6 unless someone on the Waiting List takes your place or you find a substitute. For additional information and photos, see the July Bulletin and

Croatia's Natural Wonders

Wednesday–Thursday, September 20–28, 2017
Leader: Darko Sojak


Leave Eugene airport September 20th 2017 AM, Arrive to Zagreb, Croatia September 21th 2017 PM

Leave Zagreb airport, Croatia September 28th 2017 AM, Arrive to Eugene, OR September 28th 2017 same evening.

We will visit and hike five national parks in Croatia: Risnjak, North Velebit, Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica and Krka. Daily 4 to 6 hrs, E and M hiking in spectacular scenery. Mountains, lakes, waterfalls, UNESCO world heritage sites, pristine rivers, Croatian cuisine and more. Scroll down to see more.

Price includes:

•7 night accommodation (five nights in 2 beds per room, two nights 4 beds per room)

•2 meals per day on whole days + dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 8. Total 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners.

•Use of walking poles (with advanced notice)

•5 days organized activities

•National Parks entrance fees

•Local taxes and permits

•Arrival and departure transfers from and to Zagreb airport

•Skilled English speaking guide and assistance

•Ground transportation to and from day trip outings


Not included:

•Airfare (approx.$1150 - $1350)

•Drinks and meals not indicated above

•Tips to guides and other personal expenses

•Optional trip for one day in the middle of your time in Croatia. (Your choice; relax by the river, swim, cycling tour and more.)

Same as on all other Obsidians trips, you are responsible for clothing, equipment and all other supplies to keep you safe & comfortable.

All transportation will be provided by tour van with driver. Daily driving times varies from 30 min a day to 3.5 hrs.

Accommodation: we will spend first two nights in a small family owned hotel on the river bank, one hour from the Zagreb. Nights 3, 4 and 5 we will be in simple traditional dwellings in an idyllic setting near Plitvice Lakes. Last two nights we will stay in small hotel in center of historical town just couple of miles from Krka national park.

Expected weather: same as September’s weather in Eugene and central Cascades.

Requirements: Valid U.S. passport with at least six months of validity. No visa required.

Price $1085 per person. (Total including Obsidians $5 trip fee)

Cancellation policy: If you cancel prior to August 1st, $972 will be refunded. If you cancel prior to August 25th, $810 will be refunded. No refunds thereafter.

The leader may refuse to allow any person to participate on this trip, for any reason.

Please contact me before signing up.

Within 5 days of signing up please send checks payable to Darko Sojak

to: Darko Sojak, 1262 Sunny Dr. Eugene, OR 97404

A pre-trip meeting was held 6.23.2017

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