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.

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Current Bus Trips Schedule & Descriptions

Interested In A Trip? Here Are The Guidelines for Participation

All bus trip participants must complete and provide a
Medical Information Form for the current year.

Archive of trips in previous years
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

2009 2008 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Questions about Bus Trips?
Contact Sharon Cutsforth, 541-746-4929  bustrips@obsidians.org

 

Bus Trips Descriptions

The Bus Rally Cancelled

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

NOTE: THE BUS RALLY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH, 2-4 PM. Early each year the Bus Committee holds a Rally at the Obsidian Lodge to announce our planned bus trips. This is always a fun time as we reconnect with old friends and enjoy meeting new people. The Rally is open to all Obsidian members, family and friends as well as our nonmember guests who have traveled with us. Leaders’ present details about the trips they have planned and there will be an opportunity to sign up for trips that are of interest to you. The cost of each trip is figured at a rate to cover expenses. The Rally will include refreshments and door prizes, including two $25 off certificates for a chosen trip.


Birding the Klamath Basin Cancelled

Tuesday–Wednesday, March 12–13, 2019
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Load bus at 7:30 a.m., depart at 8:00 am BACK BY POPULAR REQUEST! This interesting and fun trip to view birds in the Klamath Basin is a great winter outing. Local naturalist and fellow Obsidian Rick Ahrens always makes the trip more enjoyable by sharing his vast knowledge of the natural world. Plus, he is an expert at sighting and identifying birds. While we can’t guarantee just what birds you will see, here are a few highlights from previous trips: Snow Geese flying in at dusk, turning the ground white and filling the air with sound; Eagles on the ice at Klamath Lake and hunting in the snow covered fields; Night Herons roosting in the trees along the Link River; Hundreds of Tundra Swans floating on the water, looking like a huge white island; Large numbers of ducks, geese, birds of prey and perching birds. Who knows what special sights this year will bring! Cost of trip includes: Transportation in a luxury motor coach with experienced driver; Wednesday lunch at The Black Bear (included); overnight accommodations, plus full continental breakfast, evening soup & cookies at Best Western Olympic Inn Klamath Falls. BRING A SACK LUNCH FOR TUESDAY. Dress warm; bring your camera, binoculars & spirit of adventure. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION SHEET FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: Members $195 Non-members $199 $50.00 deposit due at registration Balance due: February 15 - Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips Account REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Adamcyk, 541-302-8160, 510 Spyglass Drive, Eugene, OR 97401


The Oregon Coast Aquarium

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Leader: Mary Ellen West

LOAD BUS AT 7:30 am The Oregon Coast Aquarium is the focus of our early spring trip to the Oregon coast. We'll visit the sea lions, seals. otters, assorted other creatures(large and small) and the colorful coast birds beginning their annual breeding plumage. We'll go via Corvallis with a coffee stop at Avery Park. We'll be able to observe some animals during their feeding time. Knowledgeable volunteers are at the otter, seal lion/seals and aviary. They have stories to tell about their "creatures" and can answer questions. The large gift shop is a shopper’s delight. Lunch will be on your own at the Aquarium restaurant. Before leaving Newport we'll drive around the area near the aquarium to see the developing OSU marine science campus and NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Association). We hope to visit the NOAA research vessel as well. Leaving the area we'll return down the coast looking for returning whales swimming north. Ice cream in Florence if we're in the mood. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: $63 Members $65 Non-Members Payment due: March 20 Please make checks payable to Obsidian Bus Trips REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps, 541-726-0118 2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477


Hinsdale Rhodie Gardens and Wild Rhodies

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Leader: Barbara Beard

Load Bus at 7:30 AM Route- I-5 South to Drain Exit- Hwy 38 to the Dean Creek Elk viewing area. A coffee break will be provided along this route. A shuttle bus will meet us at the viewing area to deliver us to the gardens. We have a private viewing of the gardens until about 10:00 am when we will be shuttled back to our bus and proceed to Cleawox or Woahink Lake for our sack lunch (bring your own). After lunch we will travel North to the Washburne beach area and rest stop for a short beach walk and more rhodies. On the way home to Eugene, we re-track on Hwy 101 to Florence and make an ice cream stop. We will travel to Eugene via Hwy 126, arriving at approximately 6:00 pm. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: $60 Members $62 Non-Members Payment due April 25 Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips. REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Garwood 541-683-5539 4145 E. Amazon Drive, Eugene, OR 97405


Historic Cottage Grove

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Leader: Jim Northrop

Load Bus at 7:30 AM For a small town, Cottage Grove has a lot to offer. Did you know that Cottage Grove is the covered bridge capital of Oregon, with six covered bridges? At the Chambers Railroad Bridge, we will read interpretative exhibits describing Cottage Grove’s lumber mills and logging industry. At the Bohemia Gold Mining Museum, we will learn about the 1863 gold rush. The Cottage Grove Museum, located in an octagonal-shaped former church, contains hundreds of historical artifacts. Cottage Grove was the location of Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent film classic, The General; Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine in the 1973 film, Emperor of the North; the parade scene in the cult comedy, Animal House; and the railroad track portions of the 1986 coming-of-age film, Stand by Me. We will view many beautiful murals, including one of Opal Whitely, Cottage Grove’s most famous citizen, who you likely never heard of. Lunch is on your own at one of several restaurants and brew pubs in the historic downtown. Or bring a sack lunch to eat in the park. Sometime after lunch we will visit Sanity Chocolate to learn about the process of making chocolate. Bring extra cash to purchase some of the shop’s delicacies. We will top off the trip with a scenic tour around Dorena Lake to view most of the covered bridges. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: Members $55 Non-Members: $57 Payment due May 30 Please make checks payable to: Obsidians Bus Trips RESERVATIONS AND MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps 541-726-0118 2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477


Crater Lake with Overnight at Diamond Lake Resort

Thursday–Friday, July 11–12, 2019
Leader: Barbara Beard

Load bus at 7:30am at Shopko, depart 8:00 Route- I-5 South to Hwy 58 Exit at Oakridge. Coffee break at Green Waters, Oakridge or Salt Creek at the top of the pass. Arriving at Crater Lake 10:30 to 11:00 am. We will be joined by a ranger who will narrate while we tour the rim. We will find a spot along the way to enjoy our sack lunch (Bring your own). We will leave the park at about 3:00 pm and travel to Diamond Lake Resort where dinner will be on your own. The resort has many amenities. Barbara plans to provide an outdoor breakfast on Friday morning. The trip home will include several waterfalls along the North Umpqua River and a tour of the Douglas County Museum in Roseburg. We plan to arrive in Eugene at approximately 6:00 pm. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: Members $215 Non-Members: $219 $50.00 deposit at registration, Balance due June 20 ( checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips) REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Adamcyk, 541-302-8160 510 Spyglass Drive, Eugene, OR 97401


Exploring the Olympic Peninsula

Monday–Saturday, September 23–28, 2019
Leader: Sharon Cutsforth

Load Bus 7:30 AM, depart 8:00 AM This trip offers opportunities for both group and individual exploration. We plan to take our time driving around the peninsula, starting near Olympia and returning to Oregon via the beautiful Astoria-Megler Bridge. We will drive along the Hood Canal, stopping at a waterside State Park. Although we are somewhat limited in where we can take the bus in the Olympic National Park, we will drive to both the Hurricane Ridge and the Hoh Rain Forest visitor centers, allowing time for short hikes. Our schedule will include a visit to pebbly Rialto Beach near La Push. We will spend two nights in Port Townsend (Harborside Inn) and one night in Port Angeles (Red Lion Hotel); both are on the waterfront with many points of interest within walking distance. As we travel on to Forks we will enjoy the natural beauty of forest, lakes and rivers. Our fourth night will be at the Forks Motel. Be sure to bring a rain jacket as Forks gets about 120 inches rain per year. We will visit the Forks Logging Museum before continuing south on Hwy. 101 to Raymond which features steel sculptures of wildlife and people. We will also find a special point of interest here. On to Astoria, our stay is at the (Comfort Suites Columbia River), which has a great view of the river and a nice adjacent walking trail. Our final day will include visiting the Maritime Museum, the Astoria Column and lunch at the famous Camp 18 Restaurant and Logging Museum. We should return to Eugene before 6:00 p.m. A complete itinerary will be available at the Bus Rally and by request. Bring: National Parks Pass (Senior/Interagency Pass), rain jacket, layered clothes, good walking shoes, camera, binoculars, sun screen, bird book and a small cooler for lunch supplies. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: $760.00 Members $772.00 Non-Members $100.00 deposit due at registration $200.00 due May 15th, $200.00 due July 15th, Balance $260/$272 due August 15th Single supplement $340.00 (Checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips) REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Phelps, 541-726-0118 2774 Viewmont Ave., Springfield, OR 97477


Chinese History in Portland

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Leader: Vern Marsonette

Load Bus 7:30 AM, depart 8:00 AM Portland’s Chinatown is our October destination. Located in "Old Town" are the remnants of a thriving Chinese community dating back to the 1870s. At one time it was the second largest Chinatown in the United States. This is an Oregon history story that we'll experience at the new Chinese Museum opened in December, 2018. We'll also tour the beautiful and culturally inspiring Lan Su Chinese Garden. Lunch (included) will be at the nearby Golden Horse restaurant. We will look for the old underground tunnels and imagine the stories to be told. Businesses, family associations and underground illegal activity thrived. In recent times, with gleaming new developments happening in the "Old Town" historic district, the Chinese community is moving to 82nd street on the east side of Portland. We'll return to Eugene via the east side and down Hwy 99. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: $75 Members $77 Non-Member Payment due September 26 Please make checks payable to Obsidians Bus Trips REGISTRATION AND MAIL CHECKS TO: Marcia Claypool 541-736-3896 2351 Loch Dr. Springfield, OR 97477 .


Christmas Storybook Land in Albany OR

Monday, December 9, 2019
Leader: Barbara Beard

Load bus at 12:15 PM, depart at 12:30 PM We will drive I-5 North to the Santiam Rest Stop, for a short break, then to the Albany exit for our scheduled tour of Storybook Land at 2:00pm. We will see everything from Santa’s Village and Workshop to moving train displays. This event, which has been entertaining Christmas lovers for over 40 years is provided and totally staffed by volunteers. Afterward, we will travel to Corvallis for dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory on the Willamette River (cost included). Returning home via Highway 99, we should arrive at approximately 9:00 pm. ALL BUS TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM FOR CURRENT YEAR. Medical form is available from registrar or at http://www.obsidians.org/com_bus Cost: Members $78 Non-Members $80 Payment due November 21 Please make checks payable to Obsidian Bus Trips Account. REGISTRATION & MAIL CHECKS TO: Judy Adamcyk, 541-302-8160 510 Spyglass Drive, Eugene, OR 97401 .


 PLEASE NOTE:   Prior to boarding the bus on each trip you will be asked to sign the liability waiver – sign in sheet.  The liability waiver reads as follows:

RECOGNITION OF RISK AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY

I, THE UNDERSIGNED, am aware that outdoor/bus activities can be dangerous and present occasional hazards not encountered in everyday life.  I am prepared to deal with and accept all risks of this trip and associated activities as my own responsibility.  I am responsible for providing my own equipment, including first aid supplies and medicines.

In consideration of OBSIDIANS, INC. sponsoring and granting permission for me to participate in this trip, I release OBSIDIANS, INC. , its officers, agents and members from all claims on account of my death or injury resulting from any act, or failure to act, even if negligent, during my participation in this trip, including travel to and from trail-heads and any associated activities.

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