CSU vs. Hawaii: Day One RecapSeptember 21, 2007
By Senior Kicker Nick Ellis
Senior kicker Nick Ellis has agreed to give CSU fans an inside look at the football team's trip to paradise to play the University of Hawaii. Updates will be posted daily on CSUSPORTS.COM.
We left rainy Charleston at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday headed for Atlanta and finally to Honolulu, Hawaii. The take off from Charleston International was one of the most enjoyable parts of the day’s travel, because a good many members of the team had never flown. The take off was a little bumpy and guys were giving the first time fliers a hard time. There was a sigh of relief as we reached our cruising altitude. We landed in Atlanta, and then caught a direct flight to Hawaii. The flight to Honolulu was 9 hours, non-stop. While on the flight we enjoyed the relaxing time to converse and catch up on some much needed sleep. When we touched down in Honolulu it was an odd feeling, because our internal clocks said it was eight o’clock at night, but Hawaiian time it was only two o’clock. We went straight to Aloha Stadium for a short practice and after that we arrived at our hotel. The Marriott Resort on Waikiki Beach is breath taking. Located in the middle of everything, and right next to the ocean it offers a lot to travelers. We had a quick position meeting and then had about an hour to get out and enjoy what Waikiki has to offer. Finally we settled in for bed check at 10:30 and caught up on some more much need Z’s. It was a fun day to travel as a team and answer questions when people asked who we were and who we were playing. But when we got to Hawaii, everyone knew we were playing “their” team. It has been exhausting, but a lot of fun.