Day Tripping With Rick – Corvallis, Oregon
I have to go to universities sometimes for work. One of my favorites is Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. OSU has a bit of an identity problem being viewed as the “poorer sister” to the University of Oregon. However, OSU has an excellent nuclear engineering program led by Dr. Jose Reyes and Dr. Qiao Wu, both good friends and colleagues. OU is a liberal arts school. Corvallis is in the middle of the Willamette Valley which is known more for farming and cattle than for beautiful scenery. However, Oregon is maybe my favorite state for overall diversity and natural beauty. From the rugged coastline, to the redwood forests in the south, to the Cascades and the Columbia River gorge, and the high plateau desert in the east, to the natural wonder that is Crater Lake National Park, you have to go a long way to beat Oregon. Denise and I went here on our honeymoon in 2002. I have two favorite day trips that I will share with you; both out of Portland. I will start this one out of Corvallis since that’s where I usually am staying, and end up at the Portland airport. You can also start from Portland and reverse the order. The important thing is to not miss these places.