Friday was a team picture day for both the AFC and NFC squads. After that was a light walk-through for each team. Brandon and his fiancee took a helicopter tour around the island. I’ve been itching to get in the water for a long time, so I passed and raced down the 16 floors and jumped into the crisp, clear ocean.
The report from the helicopter ride was very positive. There were some scary moments, including one that Brandon described as “we don’t have time to turn, just throw this thing in reverse and let’s get out of here!” They flew right next to a water fall, over Diamond Head crater among other places on the island.
Today, after a brief walkthrough at the stadium, Brandon continued to pursue his golfing hobby. He took the sport up this offseason and admitted is “struggling, but enjoying it.”
I know Brandon has enjoyed the week of events both on and off the field. He is soaking it all in, trying to learn from his AFC teammates while enjoying the time with his family.
I managed to catch up with Casey Wiegmann, too, briefly today. He and his family have been enjoying their trip to Hawaii. They’ve spent some time touring Pearl Harbor (separately from Brandon), shopping and relaxing by the pool.
I hiked up Diamond Head today, followed by an extended dip in the ocean and pool near the hotel. Tonight, I wandered around Waikiki’s Block Party and bumped into Tony Scheffler. He is also enjoying being in Hawaii and hopes to earn his own trip to the Pro Bowl next year.
For those that weren’t sure, Brandon gave me the green light to post his engagement in my previous entry. Brandon was very excited about it and wanted to be able to let his fans know directly from him (via me).
I’ll try to put a couple blogs up during the game Sunday.
Until then, mahalo.