Surprises

I surprised my husband with a trip to ... he didn’t know where.

I surprised my husband with a trip to  … he didn’t know where.

I harboured the surprise for more th

an a year. As the time of departure arrived I had to be extra careful not to let it slip during the last-minute preparations. Oops,— I told my friend not to call on the phone to our destination because “the calling costs are high there “in Hawaii,” I said.  Guess who was standing behind me?

He didn’t learn where until the pilot came on the intercom to tell us the weather there.  He told us because of El Nina the weather patterns on our little island paradise had switched and our side was now having all the rain and thunder/lightning storms. So, we went over to the other side of the island where there was clear weather.

Our week’s stay in the resort was to start the day after we arrived so we had to spend one night in a … well, the rating was 7.5 out of 10 so I thought it would be OK. There were three police cars barring the entranceway of the hotel and two people that were being detained. Surprise — not what it looked like on the ads.

It was midnight and kind of quiet but, in the lobby, a friendly “lady-of-the-night” chatted us up as we registered.  Surprise — not the entertainment I ordered. The resort was great, we toured around the island and even went zip-lining. I have to admit that, except for the truly horrifying spectacle I knew I made in the harness, zipping was really fun — everything you wanted to do as a kid. The last of the eight different lines were half a mile long so we were zipping, alright. However, the biggest surprise of all was yet to come.

I realized on the way home, driving through the canyon and then into the Cariboo, that we have everything in B.C. In Hawaii they were so proud of their huge ranch but we have one that can be seen from space. They told me they have “11 out of a possible 13” climates on their island — we have all 13 and I think I drove through at least four on my way home. There is thick foliage, waterfalls, gorges, rivers, real-looking mountains and lushness in Hawaii and, as I looked around, I saw all of that and more.

We have scenery as spectacular and dramatic as anywhere in the world — more so, in many places. So, the best surprise of all was realizing that every vacation environment is right here.

Colleen Crossley is a freelance columnist with the Tribune/Weekend Advisor.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes shared this photo of the binders and binders of letters and paperwork she’s received on area roads in the past few years. (Submitted photo)
Cariboo MLAs call on province to fix region’s roads

Minister Rob Fleming said more resources were on the way to the region

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
RANCH MUSINGS: Drier weather good for calving season

My partner and I team up to look for any newborns and note them for later in the day

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 president David Brideau salutes the Cenotaph at city hall during a past Remembrance Day services in Williams Lake Monday, Nov. 11. Brideau, who served three years with the Canadian military in Edmonton, was the parade commander during the Legion’s Remembrance Day service. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake legion looks to upgrade lounge, patio, to be COVID compliant

Upgrades will require significant financial investment, Branch 139 president David Brideau said

Williams Lake’s Daine Dubois (left) and 150 Mile House’s Isaac Bedford have been named as recipients of the 2020 Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport. (Tribune file photos)
Two Cariboo athletes honoured with Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport

“You have honoured the province, your nations, and your families.”

A worker at Gibraltar Mine north of Williams Lake. (Taseko Mines Ltd. photo)
B.C. Mining Month celebrates innovation

Mining has long been important to the Williams Lake economy

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his 100th point this season with Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, May 8, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton superstar McDavid hits 100-point mark as Oilers edge Canucks 4-3

NHL scoring leader needs just 53 games to reach century mark

Nuns of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, carry some of her relics during a vigil of prayer in preparation for the canonization of Mother Teresa in the St. John in Latheran Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. In which city did she do much of her charitable work? (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
QUIZ: How much do you know about these motherhood issues?

In honour of Mother’s Day, take this 10-question quiz

A map showing where the most number of cases were recorded from April 23 to 29. This map, revealing a breakdown of infections by neighborhood, was pulled from a data package leaked to the Vancouver Sun last week (and independently verified).
36 Abbotsford schools flagged for COVID-19 exposures in the last 2 weeks, shattering record

Clearbrook Elementary recorded an ‘exposure’ on all 11 school days

Canada’s chief public health officer is reminding Canadians even those who are fully vaccinated are not immune from transmitting the COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

Post-inoculation, Theresa Tam says the risk of asymptomatic infection and transmission is far lower but not obsolete

The dash cam footage, taken May 7 at 8:18 a.m. belonged to the driver of a southbound vehicle that recently travelled out of the tunnel. (Reddit/Screen grab)
VIDEO: Dash cam captures dramatic rollover crash on Highway 99

Only one person sustained injuries from the collision, says B.C. Ambulance Services

Chevy stranded on a ledge above a rocky canyon at Mimi Falls near Logan Lake, April 28, 2021. (Photo credit: Margot Wikjord)
Police officer and fire chief team up in risky rescue of stranded dog near Logan Lake

Chevy, a rescue dog, needed rescuing again after getting stuck on a ledge above rocky canyon

Most Read