The Secret Revealed

Trip Start Jul 13, 2006
Trip End Jul 20, 2006

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Early morning wake up and head to the airport in Atlanta. We arrive at gate E16 an hour before David and Arlette's flight arrives from New Orleans. The excitement was building as we waited for the two to arrive. We scoped out our hiding place to ensure we wouldn't be seen as they made their way to the gate. As we spotted them, our hearts raced. After a pit-stop at the restroom, they headed over to Mickey D's. As they sat at the gate munching on their breakfast, Jane made a call to them stating that she was stuck in traffic and was on her way. Should she not arrive on time, they were to board the plane without her and she would catch up with them later. She let them know that someone would meet them at their final destination.

Meanwhile, we were positioned at an adjacent gate monitoring their every move. Their expressions of confusion and worry were priceless. We felt kind of guilty watching them go through this last minute agony, however we knew that the secret would be revealed shortly. Last call for boarding, and they finally headed over to board the plan, all the while looking around for Jane. Once they boarded the plane, we contacted Jane to advise her to make the final call to them that they had just been "punked." As we walked up the aisle to our seats right across from theirs, they spotted us and broke out in laughter. The expressions on their faces were hilarious. We all enjoyed a big laugh as the plane took off.

During the 4 hour flight, David and Arletter told us of their experiences in preparing for this surprise trip and how it felt to finally discover the truth. They explained that not until they arrived in Atlanta did they know their final destination. Even the skycap in New Orleans helped play along, when as they check in their luggage, he asked, "What is your final destination?" David replied, "To be honest, we have no idea. My sister is sending us on a surprise trip for our 25th wedding anniversary and we don't know where we're going." At that, the skycap smiled broadly, and said, "I wish I had a sister like that, and I wish I was going where you're going for my anniversary." Despite David's pleas, the guy still didn't tell them where they were headed. He simply wished them fun on their trip and bade them farewell.

  Upon arrival in Bridgetown, Barbados, we did the usual customs routine, grabbed our luggage and met our driver. We joked with David and Arlette, asking, "So where's your driver and where will you be staying?" Arlette responded, "We're going wherever you're going!" The 45-minute ride to our villa - the Hotel Little Good Harbor -- was pleasant as we drove along the west coast of the island. Although we had discussed renting a car for a day, we quickly determined that that would not be a good idea, for three reasons:
1. The drivers are a bit aggressive
2. They drive on the opposite side of the road with the steering wheel on the right side
3. There are no traffic signals
Other than that the drive was pleasant and memorable.

What a surprise we had upon arrival at the Little Good Harbor. We were met by our host, Graham Dear, who greeted us and quickly ushered us to our second floor, ocean-front villa. Oh, my God! What a place. Not your typical hotel room, this villa sits right on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Graham gave us a quick tour of the cozy 2-bedroom suite, complete with a full kitchen, living area, and balcony overlooking the ocean. While we enjoyed our welcome drinks, Graham shared some local lore with us. We laughed and thanked him for his hospitality, and then toasted our arrival before going out to discover the rest of the facility of Little Good Harbor.

First stop was The Fish Pot Restaurant, where we met Juliette, a pleasant hostess, who allowed us to snoop around before the dinner crowed arrived, and told us about the very best table in the place -- table #7, near the window in the corner. But, if we wanted to dine outdoors on the patio, the corner table would be best.

Graham had graciously made dinner reservations for us at The Fish Pot restaurant, which happens to be just steps away from our villa. By candlelight, we enjoyed delicious meals and talked about the beginning of this wonderful experience. Our waitress, Andrea, was a pleasure, and gave us lots of suggestions about where to find the best local fish and shopping. With that, we were ready to really get to know Barbados.
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