"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Friday, May 01, 2009

destination: sagada and the few hundred glimpses of it

april 9 to 11, 2009
another wow trip | this time, up north!

places hit: sabangan, bontoc, banga-an rice terraces, bomod-ok falls, lemon pie house, kiltepan viewpoint, sugong, lumiang to sumaguing cave connection, lake danum, yoghurt house, calvary hills, echo valley

super memorable adventures: 24-km hike to and fro bomod-ok falls (through banga-an rice terraces). topload riding (wet and rained on, as if the cold,cold temperature in sagada wasn't enough). 6.5 hours of death-defying spelunking. experiencing both sunrise and sunset of the same day. bonfire at the lake.


p.s. panis ang spelunking sa sagada kung sa sumaguing cave ka lang... go for the lumiang to sumaguing cave connection adventure and prove your worth. it's not for the faint-hearted. as a fellow adventurer in sagada puts it: sumaguing is for photo op. lumiang is for real spelunking ;-) i agree!

imagine scaling slimy huge, huge rocks without head gear, harness, carabines, and grips. safety officers would definitely give an "unsafe" callout. haha!

simply put, the difference between falling (and meeting a likely accident) and staying safe during the cave connection adventure is defined by this combo: trusting makeshift footholds will hold, reflexes, guide's know-how, following instructions, God's grace


photo sets related to this trip are posted here (click on the links):

i checked the map which i bought prior leaving sagada and i realized that there are still a lot of places there which i have yet to experience. hehe, i have reasons to go back!

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