“You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves.” –Lito Tejada-Flores
From the middle of the archipelago where the great white sand beaches abound, let’s go farther north. Going to a relatively small but famous town of Sagada in the Mt.Province.
Even before Chris and I became a couple (officially), it was always one of my plans to get to this specific place in the Cordilleras in Luzon. Oh well, if you can dream it…of course you can do it (and not even a Deutsch can stop me haha).
I live in a coastal city that’s literally just an inch above sea level, so.. well, this is something really exciting for me! But, it wasn’t as easy!
From Iloilo City, a 45-minute flight to Manila was the first step. And, oh, have I already mentioned a 3-hour delay of our flight? Anyway, so instead of going straight to Mt.Pinatubo, we were forced to stay in Manila for a day. (Not a very bad thing though.)
From Manila, we had to travel six hours by bus to Baguio City. To make it less painful (on the butt), we decided to make a stop over in Tarlac for a night. A well-deserved rest was great and of course, four hours left to get to the City of Pines then! Mandatory stroll around Baguio for a day again. 🙂
Until it was time to leave for Sagada. It was 2 weeks after the strong typhoon and the news of landslides in the Mt. Province had been on TV. Chris was worried about the risk we are taking. We talked about Halsema Highway and his desire to see Apo Wang-ud some weeks back (coz he was considering getting a tattoo, an idea which I resist every day haha) and he knew it was a risky trip.
We flew anyway. Quite wary though, we had to get some information from our hotel. Seemed like we wanted to just cancel the plan, until we get to Dangwa Station and talked to one of the bus operators to Sagada.
So off we go.
As the bus ascends, we don’t know what to expect. It would be a 6-hour ride up the Cordilleras. But behold! The view up there is magnificent!
One couldn’t help but admire the stunning contrasts of the elements of nature.
At one point, the reminders of the storm that had passed are still clear against the splendid background that makes one dreamy (and forget about how high on the mountain they are at the moment).
On one side, the trees that stood strong serve as frames for such a graceful mountain side over 7,000 ft above sea level. 🙂
The indication of the civilization in this remote area is admirable. The beautiful view of the mountain range is like a painting made realistic by the charming small villages and the vegetable farms they keep on the carved mountain sides.
Truly, the most beautiful sides of nature lie far beyond where the keep-safes are dwelling.
When was the last time you took a trip to a place people say you shouldn’t? 🙂
This is the fifth of seven posts in response to Christina of JustBlueDutch’s 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge Series.She blogs about a multitude of topics about her personal interests being a parent, traveler and a Pinay expat. It is always a pleasure exchanging thoughts with her.
The rule for 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge is simple. Just post your favorite nature photo and nominate another blogger every day, for 7 days.
For my Day 5 of this 7-Day Series, I nominate the1itinerary.com. If you are interested to know about travel experiences, you can head to this blog.
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