We left the hotel bright and early on Friday morning and watched the sunrise on our way to the airport. The first of my three flights was from Maui to Oahu, and thankfully Hawaiian Airlines checked my bags through to Sydney. In Honolulu, my flight was the first one to leave so my parents waited with me at the gate until it was time to go into the boarding area. It was so nice to be able to spend time with them this week. We said our goodbyes and they headed to their gate for the flight back to San Francisco.
Thankfully on my flight to Sydney I had no one sitting next to me so I was able to stretch out. After landing I got through customs pretty quickly and in fact spent longer waiting for the bus to get to the domestic terminal. I checked in at the Virgin Blue counter and then headed to the gate, but not before getting swabbed for explosives once again. This time I actually had a false positive, but they let me through after a second swabbing. The flight to Melbourne was non-eventful and after picking up my bag at baggage claim I was in a taxi and heading for home. It's been a very long day of flying, but at least I have tomorrow to recover before heading back to work on Monday.