Today we began our southward trek towards home and drove nearly the length of the state, from Portland to Medford. Happily, we were able to break up the drive with a visit to Corvallis. First we went through Oregon State University and nearby neighborhoods. Then we went downtown and met our friends Arne and Fumiko. We had a few hours together chatting, lunching, and walking along the Willamette River. We also picked and ate some very delicious blackberries along the river.