After two weeks of visa waiting, we were on a plane almost overnight. We flew straight from Cedar City to Salt Lake City to Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 1 in almost perfect choreography. Then came the big overnight flight of 15 hours from LA to Sydney. Yes, it was long, but not as bad as it could have been. We were able to sleep a (very) little. They fed us 3 meals, and we tramped the aisles as much as possible when packed like sardines into a tube. Time zone-wise we lost all of Thursday, July 2nd and arrived in Sydney at about 6:30 a.m. on Friday morning July 3rd. Elder and Sister Smith, whom we were replacing, and the new mission presidents Max and Donna Checketts were waiting for us when we came down the ramp after checking in at customs. We were delighted to see them since our phones were now not working and we each had 120 pounds of luggage.
After loading us in, the Checketts and the Smiths hauled us off to this iconic Sydney site for a photo opp. It was a little cold, being the dead of winter in Sydney. And we were jetlagged. But we were sure glad to be here at last.