-By Brandon Wikman
As I mentioned in my post titled, To New York I Go, this past Saturday was National Hunting & Fishing Day and I was given the opportunity to head to New York City with the Next Generation team for an exciting interview with the FOX News Channel show, FOX & Friends.
As the pilot announced over the loudspeaker to fasten seat belts and prepare for landing, I gawked out of the window at one of the most amazing sights in the entire world, New York City.
Our plane dipped toward the monstrous array of erected buildings, which didn't seem to end. It was truly one of those moments we all have in life: A moment where we are absolutely captivated and awe-struck.
After landing and snagging my luggage it was off to the hotel, which was a block from Times Square. With over a thousand taxis and a mess of people on each block, which would literally exceed the population of my entire town, it was incredible.
Friday night I could only ponder, staring out of the window bright-eyed at the vivid colored lights, dazzling signs until settling down to realization that I was in the grand-daddy of all cities.
Saturday morning began at 4:30 am. After a quick shower and rehearsal I was inside the FOX Network studio by 6 am. I took a brief tour of the inside and was brought coffee, bagels, muffins and fruit. I was fit for a king, or so I thought!
Before the Next Generation team and I went on live, I was assisted to the "beauty room." I believe we all know what happens here…Makeup and hair…haha
I was dressed in full camouflage as were a few others of the team. We set up casting targets along the streets of midtown New York, and remember, I said I was dressed in my entire camo get-up!
Throughout the entire show we taught bystanders how to cast and explained the importance of conservation. Our backdrop was a massive semi-aquarium full of bass, crappie, musky and northern. Many people were so impressed that they hung around for over an hour.
After the show we took a tour of the city, which brought us to the solemn grounds of "Ground Zero." On a lighter note, we ventured to the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and experienced original New York-style pizza.
I absolutely loved New York. The fast-paced, immediate gratification style of life surely swept me away. Would I live there, no. Would I come back to visit, there’s no doubt about it. New York was truly incredible and has topped the list of cities I’ve been to by far.