A Surprising Travel Day: August 22nd/24th (but no 23rd!!)


For starting our trip, we thought it made sense to fly to Los Angeles, spend a day there at Disneyland, get exhausted, and then fly that night to Sydney.  Well, the plan worked!  We had a great time at Disneyland, followed by a fun, and what quick, flight to Sydney.


One ride that was a must at Disneyland was “Small World.”  We wanted to see how many “small world” countries would be on our trip.  I wish I could give you a definitive answer, but can’t!  For sure, the “small world” ride includes Turkey, Australia, Egypt, Argentina, India, Thailand, China, and New Zealand.  It seemed to include Antarctica.  And then — oddly —  it included a generic Africa.  Apart from Egypt, no single country of this vast continent seems to have enough to distinguish itself as a single country for Disney’s “Small World.”  Well, we’ll see about that when we get there.

One IMG_1665unexpected upside of our day at Disney was to be there in a sea of New York Yankees’ fans — on the day after they lost to the Angels, 18-9!  I’ve never seen so many long faces wearing Yankee hats.  We had a great guide, did lots of fun rides, ended with a swim in the hotel pool, and were off to LAX.  All of us had gotten up early (still on east coast time), ran all over the park, and then were ready to sleep when we got on the plane.


It was a bit baffling to be flying at night from Los Angeles to Sydney.  We took off at 11:00 p.m., and stayed in darkness for the entire 7,509 mile, 13 1/2 hour flight.  And we slept for most of the flight.  At one point in the middle of the flight, Gibson asked me, “Daddy, what time is it?”  Well, I paused, and realized that the question was REALLY complicated.  I had no idea what time zone we were in, nor really cared.  And we were in the process of losing August 23rd from our collective lives as we passed the international date line.  There was no normal sunrise/sunset pattern to key on, or tell us when to eat.  And all I could think about was flying every June 14th for the rest of my life from Los Angeles to Sydney, arriving every June 16th, and never again having a birthday — forever preserving me at my current age.  I made a mental note to myself to follow up on that through Google to see if it actually would work, and went back to sleep!

We arrived in Sydney to daybreak, clouds and showers, and some of the nicest people I’ve ever met (other than some guy at the baggage carousel at the airport, in a Yankees cap, who picked up one of our suitcases and started to leave with it!).  We got to our hotel around 7:15 a.m., got a temporary room, and our kids got right to work on school work.  IMG_1688

So we now are into the first day of this adventure, and we’re more excited than ever.  Australia looks to be incredibly interesting, and we had no early travel glitches.  We’re in Sydney for the next four days, and have lots of fun things to do.  For years, when asked where I’d live if I could go anywhere not in the U.S., my answer was always Sydney, qualified by the fact that I’d never been there.  Well, now we’re here!

4 Responses to “A Surprising Travel Day: August 22nd/24th (but no 23rd!!)”

  1. Bronx Bomber Says:

    Great summary of the start of your trip. Keep it up. Don’t forget that we Yankee fans are everywhere!….

  2. Garet Family Says:

    Hi Everyone
    What a great kick to read your blog. We will try to keep up. Australia is at the top of our list of places to visit also. Have you ever read A Town Called Alice by Nevil Shute? He is one of our favorite authors and the book talks about Australia and Thailand. A great read!

  3. Ray Says:

    Congratulations on a successful departure!

    We will enjoy reading your posts on the experience of a lifetime.

    Be safe & enjoy!


  4. Caroline Says:

    Love the postings! I am emailing them to mom as you produce them. You guys are awesome!
    Caroline and Jim

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