I woke up at 4:30AM to get to the airport in Bangkok, First Class check-in for Thai Air is first class, as they meet you at the entrance and take your suitcase. The lady greeting me knew my name. Amazing. Then they led me into a lounge into a cushy chair. I passed on my passport, and two minutes later, my ticket and baggage tag came.
On the flight, Eggs Benedict, White Sturgeon Caviar and Truffles Lasagna, with a Vintage 2006 Dom Perigean:
Logistically, I was in Sydney for the Hawaii versus University of California football kickoff to the NCAA schedule. The game was played at the ANZ Stadium in Olympic Park, where Australia hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics.
The following day I walked to the Opera House, then on to their Royal Botanic Garden, where I dropped off Pearl's Ashes #39:
The park was celebrating its 200th year.
The following day I caught the United Dreamliner to San Francisco. We passed over the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, here in sepia...
Then, to my surprise, right over the Hawaiian Islands:
summary of this Circle Pacific Adventure.
My Wednesday e-book on Pearl's Ashes still has a few chapters left, but yesterday I learned that I had to be in Japan this Fall...so what about My Absolutely Final Around the World Odyssey (MAFAWO--got to come up with a better acronym) to culminate this tribute?
Tropical Storm Franklin in the Gulf of Mexico, after storming over the Yucatan Peninsula, will strengthen into a hurricane and make landfall over Mexico between Tampico and Vera Cruz: