"What we saw of the state of West Virginia was really beautiful,'' Lundberg said. "I anticipated what we might see and most of the time it met with my expectations, rolling hills and forests and leaves turning. It was really pleasant.''
All three visitors were quick to point out the hospitality they received during their adventure, especially in Ona.
Cabell Midland served as a gracious host Friday for Lundberg and sons, introducing them to the crowd just before kickoff and giving them sideline passes to watch the game from field level and partake of the Touchdown Club's pregame meal.
"I had about a half-dozen people come up to talk about what we were doing,'' Lundberg said about fans at GW-Midland. "I spent most of the third quarter talking to one fellow who was really interested in the state of Washington and what Seattle was like.
"The facilities there were first-rate, significantly better than at the Westerville school we saw. Their soccer, softball, baseball fields were beautiful-looking, and those people should be proud of what they've got.''
Lundberg said the three also enjoyed the atmosphere at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown.
"It was really interesting,'' he said. "I think the folks get into the game a lot there - 'Let's go, Mountaineers,' ringing back and forth in the stadium. It was fun to experience.
"It was just a friendly crowd. About halfway through the game, one lady tapped me on the shoulder and asked me what my Huskies hat stood for. She thought it might be Connecticut or some local high school in West Virginia that had Huskies as a mascot.
"We sure got some strange looks coming into the stadium because of our clothes. But everyone was very friendly and took the time to say hello. We felt very much at ease visiting with people.''
The venture obviously took a lot of planning and patience, but all three were glad they did it.
"I would do it again in a heartbeat,'' Lundberg said.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.