We stayed at the Benton Oaks RV Park at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis. I wished I had taken photos of the campground. While the sites themselves weren't anything special, the setting was pretty darn nice for a fairgrounds campground, with a huge grove of big oaks in the middle.
I kept thinking "why do they call it 'Benton' Oaks?" Turns out to be the most logical of answers: Benton is the name of the county. Thomas Hart Benton served as a US senator from Missouri 1821-1851 and advocated for westward expansion of the US, including control over the territory that is now the state of Oregon.
We walked and drove all over Corvallis and the campus and took the dogs to two dog parks. We had lunch at a McMenamins, a local chain that buys historic buildings, restores them, and turn them into pubs, hotels, and breweries. And Jim stocked up on his Oregon State gear.
|Oregon state has an experimental turf field next to our Corvallis campground. They also had master gardener plots still in bloom.|
|Oregon State won the most recent college baseball championship, held last summer in Omaha.|
|Oregon State's mascot is the beaver and there are beavers galore on campus. This guy is a door knob at the student union...|
|...And this guy -- named Bennie -- posed with Jim in the student union.|
|The Oregon State University campus. With 28,000 students its the largest university in Oregon.|
|Maddie, Arlo and Jim at one of the two dog parks we visited. This one was not fenced so we kept the dogs on leash - both of then are too prone to run off, usually with Maddie in the lead and Arlo willingly joining in.|
|As seen in downtown Corvallis: No bikes and ... no large pickles? Tubular vegetables? Blimps? The list is endless, although it's probably skateboards.|