A San Diego native attending San Diego State, I was fortunate to get into the exchange program then running with the University of New Hampshire. It was my last semester of my senior year, and it was a great experience.
UNH is located in Durham, a quaint college town if there ever is one. And the difference between Southern California and New England is pretty striking.
I had a chance to do some driving in the area during the Spring 1980 semester, as well as a brief time when I worked at a nearby daily newspaper, Foster’s Daily Democrat, in 1981.
The drive from I-95 in Portsmouth is still mostly a wonderful rural highway; I just took it on Google Streetview. Head up the Spaulding Turnpike, exit at US 4 and follow the signs into Durham. It will go over and adjacent to rivers we don’t have in Southern California, through the trees and by quaint New England buildings.
I haven’t been back there is probably 20 years, but it’s on my travel short list. So, welcome Wildcats. I’ll be rooting for the Aztecs, but hope you all have a great time.