This will be a great opportunity to enjoy a fun, relaxing bus ride through Oregon’s winter wonderland. Our expert birder, Rick Ahrens, leads us to some spectacular sights. He instructs us on bird habitat, how to identify a flying bird, etc., in one of our nation’s renowned eagle habitats and flyways for many species of water fowl and birds of prey.
Riders with scopes have generously shared their equipment, so all get to see up-close. The eagles tend to cooperate for us. It is spectacular to see hundreds of white swans on the water, or a coyote slinking through the marsh. Beginning birders and experts are all welcome.
The cost of the trip includes transportation, tips, coffee breaks at Willamette Pass, lunch each day at Applebees in Klamath Falls and excellent lodging accommodations (2 persons/2 beds), including an optional soup supper, oven fresh cookies at 8 p.m., and a fantastic breakfast spread. There are also nearby restaurants if you choose to eat out.
Call Liz Reanier (687-1925) and send in your $50 deposit to reserve space. If you do not have a room-mate, you will be given the opportunity to select from the rider list.
We cannot guarantee the weather, but a good time will be had by all!
LEADERS: MARY ELLEN WEST & LIZ REANIER
Our first stop will be at the Springfield Visitor Center, Train Depot, for a short talk and viewing of displays and visit the arbor area next to the center and read about the beginnings of Springfield and the Millrace. Boarding the bus we will then arrive at the Dorris Ranch for our coffee break and a view. We will then have a step on guide to tell us about the Washburn District (historic Homes) and a visit to the Springfield Museum before lunch.
Lunch will be an extended stop at a special place, Ruby B’s Antiques and Tea Room. (Your cost). The store has excellent displays and your lunch will be served at tables around the store. The food is to die for.
After lunch we will travel to Eugene and stop at the U of O Museum of Natural History (recently remodeled). If time and your energy permit we will make our last stop at the Lane County Historical Museum before calling it a day.
COST: $27 Member $29 Non member
LEADERS: MARY ELLEN WEST & LIZ REANIER
The plan is to visit three 1840s style homes, a museum, a sitdown lunch (included) and the Pioneer Cemetery. The lunch will be served by waitresses in costume and a tour will follow at the Ermatinger Home. The other two houses on the tour include the McLoughlin House and the Stevens-Crawford House.
COST: $48 Member $50 Non member DUE FEB 27
LEADER: RAY JENSEN
We will travel South of I-5 with a rest stop near Sutherlin, then up the scenic Wilbur Cutoff along the North Umpqua to Susan Creek Falls for an optional hike and our morning coffee break. En route we will stop at the Narrows—Swiftwater Park. At mid day a couple of hours will be spent at the Glide Wildflower Show. Food is available or your sack lunch.
The afternoon is indefinite: Possibilities: Rhodies at Sanders Nursery, River Forks County Park, Historic District in Roseburg, the Colliding Rivers and nearby Museum, a winery, etc. Keep tuned.
COST: $28 Member $30 Non member DUE APRIL 1
LEADER: RICK AHRENS
Our itinerary will be determined by where Rick finds birds. Some probable stops are: Checkermallow on the Amazon, Meadowlark Prairie, End of Royal Ave., Fern Ridge Lake, Delta Ponds, Alton Baker Park and William Finley Wildlife Refuge-McFarland Blind. Hazelnut Hill on 99-W for candy and goodies. Bring a sack lunch to eat possibly at Bellfountain Park. Bring binoculars, walking shoes and proper clothing for the day.
COST: $21 member $23 Non member DUE APRIL 20
LEADERS BARBARA & PAUL BEARD
A beautiful spring trip, viewing the flowers, the freshness of spring, stopping to view covered bridges and murals along the way. We’ll travel through Marcola, Sweet Home, Stayton and Silverton stopping at Silver Creek Falls for a BBQ catered lunch by the Beards and the Hospitality Committee. Lunch cost included. There will plenty of time to hike around and visit while waiting for lunch. More flowers, bridges, and murals on the way home.
COST: $30 Members $32 Non members DUE MAY 5
LEADER: RAY JENSEN
OVERVIEW: Many and varied points of interest. Some highlights include: New Visitor Center _Museum at the Sheep Rock Unit, the classic Geiger Grand Hotel, the Lewis & Clark display of their cargo at The Dalles, and much more. Also we will travel over several scenic back roads not previously scheduled on Obsidian Bus trips.
Day 1— Over Hwy 58 with a rest stop in Oakridge; then on to the High Desert Museum arriving about 11:00. Of special interest: The Raptors of the Sky and the Lazinka Sawmill. Lunch available at their Rimrock Cafe (your cost). Depart 2:00 or so and travel Hwy 27 the lower Crooked River Road, spectacular canyon. Then to Prineville for the night at the Stafford Inn. Several restaurants and a super market nearby. You will need sack lunches for days 2 and 3.
Day 2— East on Hwy 26 to the Painted Hills Unit. Then to the new Visitor Center at Sheeprock where we eat our sack lunch. In the afternoon we will travel back roads to Kimberly, Monument and Long Creek to the Kam Wah Chung Museum in John Day. Overnight at the local Best Western Inn. Snapple Bits and the Grubsteak restaurants close by.
Day 3— East on to Prairie City then Sumpter, Granite, Anthony Lakes (Elkhorn Scenic Byway) and to Haines. Lunch site TBA. Late afternoon to the Oregon Trail Regional Museum which features an outstanding mineral collection and more. Overnight at the renovated classic Geiger Grand Hotel in Baker City.
Day 4— Arrive 9:00 at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Depart 10:30 or so for Union and the Cowboy Museum, historic homes and old hotel are here. Lunch on your own—several cafes, or sack lunch. In the afternoon on to Cove to see the 1876 Gothic Church. Then to Elgin and over the Spout Springs road to Westin and north to the Fort Walla Walla Museum. Stay at Marcus Whitman Hotel—great restaurant there.
Day 5— Down the Columbia River I-84 to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, now featuring a display of the Lewis & Clark cargo. Hopefully, Ken Karsmizki, Executive Director and noted archeologist will talk to us. Leave by 1:30 or so Hwy 197, 97 to Redmond and home by Santiam Pass by 6:30 p.m.
COST: $390 members $400 Non members $100 Deposit NOW
LEADER: RICK AHRENS
We will travel I-5, with rest stop along the way and a coffee break, to Winston for a fun time viewing the animals at Wildlife Safari. We’ll have a step on guide the first time through then Rick will take over on additional trips through. We are trying to arrange for an educational program on the Cheetah breeding program. You’ll have time to visit the other animals that are on display and lunch in the White Rhino Cafe (your cost), or bring your sack lunch to eat outside. After our last drive through we will travel on as we are hoping to visit a special farm before starting home.
COST: $32 Member $34 Non member DUE JUNE 10
LEADERS: LIZ REANIER, BETTE HACK
We take the gorgeous Cascade Range for granted. This trip is your opportunity to experience the southern portion of the range. Lassen Peak is the southern most volcanic peak. We will be by passing the Crater Lake (northern portion) of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. We will travel Hwy 58 and 97 hoping to see white pelicans on Klamath Lake on our way into northern California—destination Mount Shasta the first night. During Day 1 we will not pass by the Lave Beds we saw last fall on Ewart’s trip but we will take side trips into the Mt. Shasta Recreational Area to see the mountain up close and also travel to the old lumber and railroad town of McCloud. We will stop to check out the sights before we return to Mount Shasta for the night.
Day 2— We will travel the scenic byway east and south, stopping at Burney Falls for a break on our way to Lassen Volcanic National Park, one of our nations oldest parks. We’ll visit the new interpretive center and stop at the major attractions including Bumpass Hell as we travel through the park. It is a very different experience and different sights from other volcanic areas. When leaving the park we must travel west for our next two nights lodging in Redding.
Day 3— We will spend the day in Redding. We will investigate the unique Sun Dial Bridge and a large portion of the day at Turtle Bay, a park (includes a Butterfly Pavilion, an Aquarium, a Historic Museum and have lunch). Then we will visit other sights in the area, that we have not done on recent trips by Bette, Ethel and Ewart.
Day 4— We will travel I-5 stopping at Castle Crags for our morning break and after crossing back into Oregon we will travel byways along the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers.
Note: By the end of this summers travels with this trip, the Mt. St. Helens trip the Cascade Lakes Highway and the Harrison Hot Springs you will have traversed the entire length of the Cascade Range and hopefully have seen all the majestic snow capped peaks.
COST: $250 Member $258 Non member DEPOSIT $75 NOW
LEADERS: RAY JENSEN, ETHEL ALLEN
An outstanding day has been planned. First to the Fish and Lily ponds at a farm on Cox Road—plants for sale. Then via the Boswell Road to Drain and on to Elkton to the Butterfly Pavilion, where we will have our coffee and see up close the four stages of the butterflies’ life. Lots of flowers and gardens surround this facility.
At 12:30 we will arrive at the Big K Ranch for our buffet lunch (included) inside their nice lodge. This is a great resort on the Umpqua River. Then back to Drain for a stop at the City Park and on to the King Estate winery for a tour, starting at 3:00 or 3:30. There is a nice view of the vineyards and we will see their newly opened visitor Center. Leave Lorane and take the Hamm Road into Creswell and return by 5:30 or so. Note: We hope to see some lavender at King Estate.
COST: $42 Member $44 Non member DUE June 15
LEADERS: LIZ REANIER, BEN JEFFRIES
You will need either your passport or photo identification for this trip.
Here is a trip into the interior of lovely British Columbia, east of Vancouver, and up along the Fraser River. The Harrison Hot Springs Resort was first built in the 20s and has been remodeled and expanded ever since. We will take a leisurely two days to get there with plenty of stops along the way.
Day 1— We’ll travel I-5 to Marysville with a special stop in Olympia for lunch and a visit with Frances Newsom. We’ll get off the interstate as soon as possible. We will spend the first night in Marysville, just north of Everett.
Day 2— We will stay off I-5 stopping at a Dutch town, Lynden and then cross the border. We will travel to the Minter Gardens for your lunch and to stroll through the gardens. The gardens are thematically arrange. It’s not far to Harrison Hot Springs from there. We will do a drive by to orient you to the town. Once we have our lodging you will be free to roam. If you do not wish to take the boat cruise and or travels up the Fraser River, please let the leaders know for scheduling purposes.
Day 3 and Day 4 have not been finalized to date, but one day we will offer a boat cruise on Harrison Lake (price included) and one day we will travel up the Fraser River to a neat place where you ride a gondola across the canyon and lunch and browse (the price is included). You will have lots of time in Harrison Hot Springs to dine and shop and spend your hours in a leisurely manner.
Day 5— Is the long haul home, all the way. I assume a similar route will be taken, but with different stops along the way. Our bus driver is familiar with the area.
Note: Prices on this trip may be high due to the flux in currency rates. I have over priced rather than under priced. It’s better than having the charge you an amount later. A rebate will be given if costs come in under estimates. This is a requested trip, that I have not had the opportunity to scout yet so bear with me.
COST: $475 Member $485 Non member DEPOSIT $75 BY THE RALLY, FEB 27
LEADER: LIZ REANIER
We will travel the McKenzie Highway stopping at the falls and a big stretch at Sisters. Then on to Bend and on to the Cascade Lakes Highway stopping to enjoy the views throughout the day. Home via Willamette Pass. We will picnic lunch along the way. I would like to promise a clear day so you can really enjoy the majestic beauty of Oregon’s Cascade Range. It should be a wonderful leisurely late summer drive.
COST: $30 Member $32 Non member DUE AUGUST 15
LEADER: BETTE HACK
We will drive to Corvallis’s Avery Park for our morning break and on to Newport stopping at Yaquina Bay State Park for a rest stop and look at the ocean. Then on to Depoe Bay for lunch and entertainment and watching the salmon being cooked over alder stakes, Indian Style. There is a shuttle bus for those wishing to go uptown for shopping. Leaving about 2:00 p.m., we will drive south stopping at Cape Perpetua viewing area and the Visitor’s Center, if time. We will continue on to Florence and home between 5–6:00 p.m.
COST: $42 Member $44 Nonmember DUE by SEPT 1
LEADER: LIZ REANIER
Traveling I-5 with rest stops along the way. The first day we’ll explore Kalama, Longview and Kelso, and Woodland’s Cedar Creek Grist Mill. If time permits we will do the Cinedome in Castle Rock so we have more time for the mountain the second day.
Day 2— We will concentrate on Mt. St. Helens by going to the Visitor Center, Hoffstadt Visitor Center, Forest Learning Center, Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center and Johnston Ridge Visitor Center. If time permits The Original Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Glass works. This trip is contingent on the safe travel, but if it acts up and is hazardous we will cancel even though Ewart says all the better to go.
To have the opportunity to visit such a natural wonder is exciting and one marvels at nature’s ways of rehabitation.
COST $120 Member $124 Non member Deposit $50 Now
LEADER: BETTE HACK
We will take in the U of O Campus, Coburg Hills, Spencer Butte Park (coffee Break). Then we will take the Lorane Highway to Cottage Grove, the Row River past Dorena Lake through Dorena, Disston and Culp Creek. We will stop for viewing and pictures at the Row River Covered Bridge. We will have our picnic lunch at Baker Bay. (Tree covered area in case of rain.) Then we will take back roads to Oakland for ice Cream at Tolley’s and then home via Elkton and Drain.
COST: $25 Member $27 Non member DUE SEPT 15
LEADERS: RAY JENSEN, BEN JEFFRIES
We will take 99W with a stop at Helmick State Park for coffee. Then onto the Baskett Slough NWR for a look at migrating waterfowl. An early arrival at Spirit Mountain at about 11:00 for lunch (included) at their Coyote Cafe.
We will arrive at the Air Museum about 1:30. A new addition is the SR-71 Blackbird and now we are permitted inside the famous Hughes Flying Boat. Lots of interesting videos and vintage aircraft here. We can compare the real Howard Hughes with the one in Hollywood’s AVIATOR. Return to Eugene through Dayton, Hwy 221 to Salem and home via I-5 by 6 p.m.
COST $41 Member $43 Non member DUE OCT 15
LEADER: RAY JENSEN
The Oregon History Center in Portland will host this outstanding display for about three months beginning November 11. We expect that our request for 1:00 p.m. on December 1 will be accepted—but our reservation is not confirmed at this time.
We plan to have an early sit down lunch in the Portland area at about 11:00. Then we will arrive at the Oregon History Center at 1:00 for a two hour stay. We may add a lecture so still some uncertainties. Return to Eugene by 6:00.
COST: $32 ($34 NON MEMBER) TRANSPORTATION AND ADMISSION, COST OF LUNCH TO BE DETERMINED.
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LEADER BETTE HACK
We will leave Eugene at 1 PM. (Note the time) and drive to Wildlife Safari, arriving about 3:00 p.m. There are a number of activities you can enjoy until dinner which is at 5 p.m. There are two choices for dinner—Traditional turkey with cranberries and dressing or Pineapple Glazed Ham. Please indicate your choice when signing up or making reservations. We will leave around 7:00 p.m. and drive to the River Park area at Roseburg where the Rotary Club has set up a several block long area light show of Christmas Traditions. We will have several drive throughs. We will arrive home about 9:30 p.m. If you need transportation for this trip let the reservations person know so rides can be established.
Activities at Wildlife Safari before dinner include: Walking through the area lighted for Christmas viewing the lights and having hot chocolate. You may want a flash light to brighten the walkway. Riding the train and viewing the animals. Riding the wagon to see the Rhinos on the hill, and listening to some of the personnel talk about the animals. We need a good signup for this trip to go, so please come along.
COST: (INCLUDES DINNER AND GRATUITY) $43 Member $45 Non member
PAYMENT DUE BY NOVEMBER 1
BUS COMMITTEE OFFICERS: Liz Reanier, Chairman, Bette Hack, Secretary, Ben Jeffries, Treasurer, Lenore McManigal, Auditor, Rick Ahrens, Ethel Allen, Ewart Baldwin, Barbara Beard, Patricia Bitner, John Borchardt, Marian Borchardt, Mary Lee Cheadle, Evelyn Hile, Pat Jeffries, Ray Jensen, Rosella Jones, Verna Kocken, Dodie Leppmann, Frances Newsom (Honorary), Barbara Payne, Don Payne, Janet Speelman, Richard Speelman, Mary Ellen West, Vera Wolley.