Since my purpose for this blog is not just to post sentimental thoughts and life reflections, I'll try my best to veer away from that (since I am usually a very reflective person), but to really document by great adventures and discoveries. I'll just share some adventure highlights for 2014. Actually, for adventure I can really come up with 1 during the second half of the year, most I had were food trips but I wasn't able to document it properly.. So I'll just share with you my PICO DE LORO adventure.
PICO DE LORO is a very popular hiking spot located in Maragondon Cavite. It was my first time to climb it and was happy with the whole experience I'd definitely try it again! Don't get me wrong, this is my second time to hike but the first one was on Mt. Palay Palay which is about 1-2 hours climb only. Comparing the two spots, Pico de Loro has many things to offer that the former doesn't have.
When my bf told us that it's going to be a 3 hours hike, I suddenly imagined the difficulty of the climb but I was surprised with what I encountered in our trail. One of the good things I like in Pico De Loro, is after about an hour hike, there is a camp site where you can buy food, go the the restroom and refill your water. This stop somehow gave a sense of community in a different world. I was also encouraged by the number of people I encountered in the trail, they were all friendly and always saying "Good morning" even if its in the afternoon already and just being nice. One of the most unforgettable was the man going down with his bicycle! After the camp, the difficult trail and what seemed to be an endless path will start, this really pushed me to my limitations. Overall, it took us a total of 4 hours on our way up (with breaks and getting lost) to reach our goal. We started at around 8 am and arrived at 12:30 pm.
The view up there was amazing, you can also sleep at the top if you want, many of them do that.
But what really surprised me was seeing STORES! They are selling Mais Con Yelo, Halo Halo, Chips and drinks, water refill, you can even ask them to cook Pancit Canton or open a canned good. What great reward especially after that tedious hike up! They are a bit costly but still, I thought I will be welcomed by plain scenery but these stores up there...just PERFECT! No wonder lots of people hike this place, surely you will not have a hard time surviving because you'll be able to recharge before you go down.
On our way down, since it was still early, we visited the Waterfalls. It's just small but still nice.
Here are some of our pictures from the hike:
At the top, we saw another peak, it was waaaayyy higher than where we're at, it looks a lot more dangerous and challenging, but looks more fulfilling once reached. I think it will take 7 hours of trekking...So double the amount of pain I experienced! haha! But maybe someday, I'll put that on my bucket list. :D
Sorry if this isn't that informative, there are many details to share but since this is a spur in a moment post, I'll make it up for it on my future posts. So that's it for one of my great adventure and looking forward for many many more this year!
Happy 2015 to all!