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.

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OCT#1: Depoe Bay-Newport Cancelled

Sunday–Tuesday, June 28–30, 2020
Leader: Mark Hougardy

The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) is scenic and diverse and best experienced on foot. Mark is leading a series of section hikes to explore this amazing trail. You are welcome to join all the walks or any that strike your fancy. Please note, OCT trips should be considered as exploratory; flexibility is a must. All of the section hikes are intended to be enjoyed with a daypack, and always return to a central location for tent camping, showers, etc. Trips focus on beach walking, utilizing lesser-traveled side roads and trails. Hiking next to Hwy 101 will be avoided as much as possible. To maximize beach time, and minimize highway walking, we will be car shuttling between start and end locations as needed on the trip. This trip is a 3-day, 16-mile section hike of the OCT between Depoe Bay and Newport. Our route will explore the middle part of this section on the first day, the northern area on the second, and the southerly part on the third day. Sign-up & Payment: A). The trip will be available for online signup May 9, 2020. B). Within 5 days of signing up, mail $30 to Mark Hougardy, 418 Heritage Oaks Drive, Eugene, Oregon, 97405; this amount covers your campground reservation, firewood, entry for to 3 vehicles at the group camp, and trip fees C). The payment is non-refundable unless your place is filled by someone else. SCHEDULE:Day 1: Sunday: At least 4 miles of walking today with options for more exploring. We will depart Eugene and drive north to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse & Natural Area. We will have lunch near the interpretive center. We will spend the day on the peninsula's trails and enjoying a cobbled beach. Later, we will beach walk between Yaquina Head and Beverly Beach. In the late afternoon, we will set up at Beverly Beach State Park (in a Group Camp). Day 2: Monday: 6 miles of hiking today. In the morning, we shuttle north to Depoe Bay and explore a 1-mile section of the coast, making a stop at the whale watch center. Then we drive south a short distance south to the Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint to park. After a few hundred feet of highway walking we turn onto Otter Crest Loop, a low-use, one-way, secondary road that offers great views of the rugged coast several hundred feet below. Our route will take us to the Cape Foulweather & the Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint area where the road descends to the Devil's Punchbowl. Near the Punchbowl we will return to the sand and continue to Beverly Beach State Park. We have the rest of the day to explore and make good use of the camp showers. Optional: if time/energy allows, we might visit Newport's waterfront for dinner. Day 3: Tuesday: 6 miles total. In the mid-morning, we will break camp. To avoid an unsightly two-mile stretch of 101 we will drive the Agate Beach Recreation Area in Newport. We will walk north along Agate Beach, next to the river, before continuing south to the historic Nye Beach. At Nye Beach, we ascend to neighborhood streets and continue another mile to the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. We end our trip at the base of the lighthouse overlooking the beautiful Yaquina Bay Bridge. We should return to Eugene in the late afternoon.


OCT #2: Newport-Waldport Cancelled

Sunday–Tuesday, July 12–14, 2020
Leader: Mark Hougardy

(The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) is scenic and diverse and best experienced on foot. Mark is organizing a series of section hikes to explore the OCT. You are welcome to join all the walks or any that strike your fancy. Please note, OCT trips should be considered as exploratory; flexibility is a must. All of the section hikes are intended to be enjoyed with a daypack, and always return to a central location for tent camping, showers, etc. Trips focus on beach walking, utilizing lesser-traveled side roads and trails. Hiking next to Hwy 101 will be avoided as much as possible. To maximize beach time, and minimize highway walking, we will be car shuttling between start and end locations as needed on the trip. This trip is a 3-day, 19-mile section hike of the OCT between Newport and Waldport. We will be tent camping at the South Beach State Park group camp. The majority of this trip is beach walking. Bridge crossings include pedestrian walkways. Registration and payment:A) Online registration opens May 9, 2020.B) Within 5 days of signing up, mail a check payable to "Obsidians" for $30 (members) to Mark Hougardy, 418 Heritage Oak Dr, Eugene, OR 97405. This amount covers the campground fees, firewood, parking, and trip fees.C) The payment is non-refundable unless your place is filled by someone else. Schedule:Day 1: Sunday - At least 3 miles of hiking today. We will depart Eugene and drive to the Newport area. We will start at the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse near the Yaquina Bay Bridge, and walk a few minutes down to the Newport waterfront. We will arrive close to lunchtime so bring your lunch or plan on grabbing a bite to eat. If the Maritime Museum is open we'll stop in to see some of the exhibits (optional). Around 2 pm we'll make our way back to the Yaquina Bay Bridge, cross over to the South Beach area, then continue on Jetty Road and to South Beach State Park to our group camp. For those who want some flexibility, you are welcome to explore on your own and meet the rest of the group about 4 pm at the Group Camp. The rest of the day is free time.Day 2: Monday - 8 Miles of beach walking today. After making a quick car shuttle run, we will depart camp as a group and walk south on the beach, past the picturesque Beaver Creek at Brian Booth State Park, and continue just beyond to the Seal Rock State Recreation Site. Late that afternoon we will return to camp, enjoy a shower, and have dinner at a restaurant in Newport. The restaurant is optional. Day 3: Tuesday - Today, we walk 8 miles (or a few miles less depending on the tide). In the morning, we break camp and drive to Seal Rock State Recreation Site to begin the walk. There are two rock outcroppings near Seal Rock which could impede our walk, if the tide is high or incoming we will drive 2.5 miles south at the Driftwood Beach State Recreation Site to start. Our walk on the beach will continue to the community of Bayshore (just north of Waldport) where we will go inland and over to the Alsea Bay Bridge. On the other side, we can take water and restroom breaks at the interpretive center. Depending on the tide we will walk on the narrow beach or a side street to the Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site where we will end the trip. If time and hunger levels allow, we will stop at a local cafe or drive a short distance to Yachats for a mea


OCT#3: Waldport to Heceta Head Cancelled

Sunday–Tuesday, July 26–28, 2020
Leader: Mark Hougardy

The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) is scenic and diverse and best experienced on foot. Mark is organizing a series of section hikes to explore the OCT. You are welcome to join all the walks or any that strike your fancy. Please note, OCT trips should be considered as exploratory; flexibility is a must. All of the section hikes are intended to be enjoyed with a daypack, and always return to a central location for tent camping, showers, etc. Trips focus on beach walking, utilizing lesser-traveled side roads and trails. Hiking next to Hwy 101 will be avoided as much as possible. To maximize beach time, and minimize highway walking, we will be car shuttling between start and end locations as needed on the trip. This trip is a 3-day, 19-mile section hike of the OCT between Waldport and the Heceta Head Lighthouse. We will be camping at the Cape Perpetua Campground. Signup and Payment: A) Online signup will open Saturday, May 9, 2020. B) Within 5 days of signing up, mail a check for $28 payable to the Obsidians and send to Mark Hougardy, 418 Heritage Oak Dr, Eugene, OR 97405. This covers the campground fee, firewood, and the trip fee. C) The payment is non-refundable unless someone takes your place. SCHEDULE: Day 1: Sunday - We walk 7 miles on the beach. We depart Eugene and drive to Yachats to drop off our shuttle car. Then we continue onto the Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site in Waldport and walk back on the sand to Yachats. In the late afternoon, we drive to the Cape Perpetua Campground. We have that evening to explore Cape Perpetua. Day 2: Monday - In the morning we’ll spend a little time down at the beach seeing the sights. I the late morning we will drive a short way to Yachats and hike Amanda's Trail to the overlook at Cape Perpetua then back to the campground. The trail is 6 miles with 500 feet of elevation. The campground does not have showers so we'll have to clean up as best we can. That evening let's dine at a Yachats restaurant (we'll have to see what is open). Day 3: Tuesday - 6 miles of beach and trail walking with a 300-foot elevation gain. We break camp and drive as a group 9 miles south. We are skipping small beach sections or areas that are too remote or tight for hiking. We could start at the Ocean Beach Picnic Area, but because of limited space and tides, we will start at Murial Ponser Memorial State Scenic Overlook. Leaving from Murial Ponser we venture south on the sand, past the Washburne rest area, to the Hobbit Trail and continue over to the Heceta Head Lighthouse. We end our walk at the nearby parking area under the picturesque Cape Creek Bridge. In the late afternoon, we return to Eugene.


Lower Columbia Kayaking Trip

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 https://www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/2288/kayaking-the-lower-columbia-river-exploration-and-discovery 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 (www.skamokawaresort.com). 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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