First Morning

First MorningAfter traveling 7,214 miles at an altitude of 40,000 feet, I could see the dawn catching up with us. Our flight left about 10:30 p.m. in the dark from San Francisco; we traveled through the night for almost 15 hours. In another 219 miles, we would arrive in Sydney, but for now I could see the last of the crescent moon and a planet receding into the first light. To the north, I could see the lights of a city and below, ocean waves lapping against a small island. We left on Monday, but we were landing on Wednesday. Tuesday disappeared from our lives as we crossed the international dateline.

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