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

Lower Columbia Kayaking Trip Cancelled

Sunday–Thursday, August 30–September 3, 2020
Leader: Emily Rice

Very Important: the total cost of this trip is estimated to be between $580 and $660; read the entire description! THE SIGNUP DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED to JUNE 20. We will be kayaking 3 days on the lower Columbia River, mostly in the estuaries, led by guides from Columbia River Kayaking. No kayaking experience is required. However, be prepared to kayak on a large river that may have some winds. We will be on the river from 4-5 hours/day. Single and double kayaks will be available for rent. On the 2nd or 3rd day, participants will have the option of visiting Cape Disappointment State Park and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center or planning their own activity. This trip is a shorter and less inclusive version of a Road Scholar kayak trip on the Lower Columbia. Visit to read more about the kayaking trips and lodging. Plan to arrive by 4 pm on Sunday. Prior to dinner, each person will check in at the kayak shop to be fitted for kayaks and safety gear. Meals may be on your own, shared or prepared by the Duck Inn. One evening we will have a presentation on either the history or the birds of the area. Lodging for the 4 nights will be at Skamokawa Resport, Condo 3 and the Lott house ( Linens and towels are provided. Both buildings have kitchens, living and dining areas, as well as a view of the river. The 2 buildings have a total of 11 beds: 4 queens and 7 singles. A pre-trip meeting will be scheduled to discuss arrival times, food, car pooling and room assignments, etc. Sign-up starts on Sat June 20 at 7AM for members; Tues., June 23 for non-members. TOTAL cost of the trip will be between $580 and $660, depending on food arrangements. A check to cover the cost of lodging, guide tip, shared dinner food, and trip fee will be due within 5 days of signup. (Check payable to the Obsidians and sent to Emily Rice, 1615 E. 43rd Ave., Eugene, OR 97405) . This payment is non refundable unless your place is filled by someone else. The other portion of the trip cost, $307.32, will be paid directly to the kayaking company by each individual. Information on how to do this, their refund policy, and other registration information will be emailed to each participant within a day of signup. If you choose to bring your own kayak instead of renting one, the cost is the same.

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