Corvallis is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, a fact form which it gets its Latinized name. Corvallis is home to Oregon State University, the Beavers whose colors are black and orange. This small college town borders the Willamette River. The river here moves at a slow pace of three or four miles an hour, about the same pace as the social life of the college.
Corvallis and the Willamette River remind me of eastern France in the Lorraine where the Meuse River similarly flows at a slow and steady pace through a mainly agricultural region. Life moves on, in such places, at its own pace.