Slightly foggy and misty started our day as we left Medford, Oregon, and continued up the I – 5. We passed through the Rogue River Valley, where my dad used to take Mom and me camping every summer.When we got to Portland, we needed a slight detour to investigate the Columbia River Gorge and its environs. So we went right! East, that is, on the 84. Salem, Oregon, is on the 45th parellel: half-way between the North Pole and the Equator.