It’s true, I crossed the border! Just barely, but an adventure non-the-less! And a great new appreciation for our beautiful neighbors to the north.
I attended a conference on Vancouver Island and took a little expedition to Butchart Gardens while there too. Both days were an incredible experience, full of adventures both inside and out. I’ll tell you a little more in a moment because the truth is the adventure started way before I booked the actual trip!
It seemed like a simple trip on the surface but wow what comes up when you commit to new things. I’ve travelled before – been to Canada in my youth, typical Mexico trips, multiple islands in the Caribbean and over half the states in our beautiful home here in the USA. A short trip like this should not be a problem. Except……. Well you’re about to get a glimpse into my mental spin as every Negative Ancestral Pattern I have reared their ugly heads.
For those of you who do not know what Negative Ancestral Patterns are, just know everyone has them, they run in our families and there are a multitude of them. Each person has 6 to focus on this life and here are mine to help you get an idea – Anxiety, Scarcity, Apathy, Superiority, Addiction and Dependency.
So back to my trip - that immediately almost didn’t happen - because…We are building a house, we don’t have money for that… I shouldn’t take time off in the middle of the work week, there is too much to do… I’ve certainly travelled before but wait, always WITH someone, never alone… I need a passport, wait I have a passport, oh wait it expires in April and my trip is in June… oh my God, my trip is during my husband’s birthday… and I could go on and on.
I’m a grown adult, approaching 50 (48 to be exact 😊) this shouldn’t be a big deal and yet. There were clearly some things to push thru so I looked a little deeper. I could go back 30 years but that’s a story for another time. Truth be told, my youngest just crossed into adulthood and I’ve watched both my kids having to tackle their “big” trips – Kaitlyn off to college and Ryan recently spent a month traveling through England, Scotland and Ireland. Both had huge fears and both – with the support of their wonderful parents, family, and neighbors (did I mention Lynn and Lisa both live right down the street 😊) they managed to push through, conquer their fears and have an incredible experience.
Now it was my turn. When I went to book my conference, I hesitated, for a brief moment. My son just happened to be sitting next to me, so I asked him if I should really do this and, well, I got the “look”. You know the one that so lovingly says ‘you’re an idiot and just push the button, but I totally feel for you as I was just going through it myself and your support was invaluable’. Well, that was my interpretation of his look anyhow.
So, trip on!! Passport, Packing and Panic – check!! And then the moment of departure. I kiss my husband goodbye and I’m off. (Side note for those of you who were wondering, he gave me the same look as my son when I worried about missing his birthday. He was good.)
As I make my way thru the airport the overwhelm of all the people hits me. And then, oh dear God, I’m going to be trapped on airplanes for over 4 hours right next to people. Did I mention I’m an empath, and ummmmm, I hate crowds… and people… and well talking in general? Ok, I might be out of alignment.
The flights were actually great. There was that one moment when I looked out the window of our prop plane, while waiting for take off, and see a guy on a ladder with a big screwdriver screwing something onto the wing and thought, hmmmmm. But you know, I had worked my tools and was back in alignment. We’d be good.
Great conversation with the guy next to me. He even came back at baggage claim and said thanks again he enjoyed talking. Yeah, it wasn’t that bad LOL.
I arrived in Canada, happy, aligned and ready for the next piece of my adventure. Which happened to be to not think to pre-book a car, but not to worry. I walked right out, saw 2 shuttles and immediately knew to choose the one on the right. Gotta love intuition! The driver was wonderful. My car mate on this shuttle ride was from London, who was also going to the conference. She was a joy as well!
And so, continued my journey.
The next day was the Butchart Gardens. Beautiful backstory of it being a limestone quarry that was starting to run out. When the husband had decided they were going to shut it down and move on, his wife basically said they should leave the land more beautiful than they found it. She wanted to plant a garden - and they did. It is still in the family today and receives over a million visitors per year. It is truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever experienced.
The plants and trees themselves are incredible but the master planning behind it all, amazing! Even in a crowd you can find a path or a niche to disappear into the quiet beauty around you. Everything blends in a flurry of color and wonder, and you find yourself excited to see what’s around the next turn. And the sunken garden (aka old rock quarry) didn’t disappoint. As you curve out from the shadows of the giant redwoods, you turn around the bend and a natural window opens to the garden below and for just a moment you feel like you’ve discovered some lost paradise.