We are on our way to Australia by way of Hawaii. We are spending a couple of days celebrating the 90th birthday of Kenny Omoto, a good friend of Lance’s for over 40 years. Once we arrive in Sydney we are taking a couple of days acclimating to the time change and going to Featherdale Wildlife Park to see the Koalas and other animals indigenous to Australia. The main reason for our trip to Australia is to meet and visit with several cousins that Pam has, that until a year ago, she had no idea they existed. It’s a long story but the short version is, her maternal grandfather came to the US from Australia in the early part of the 1900s with his mother and siblings except one that was left behind. The one left behind, Cecil, was only 12 years old at the time but eventually had a family and somehow late last year visibility of their existence surfaced. Pam’s mother and Aunt have a first cousin still living outside of Sydney, the son of the boy left behind. His name is Gordon Moore and he has two daughters Cherry and Wendy that are Pam’s age. Another cousin Len Cram is the world’s foremost authority on Black Opals. We will be visiting Lightning Ridge where the Black Opals originate and where Len makes his home. Len is a cousin from Pam’s great grandmother Beatrice Cram side of the family. Len is going to take us down into an Opal mine to look for the Opal bug. Len has several siblings that we are going to also spend some time getting to know. Len’s sister Trish and her husband Colin and his brother Ron are on our itinerary.