Monday, April 12, 2010

Trek Date

My Tito Boy's been inviting me to visit Mt. Pinatubo for a few years now. The first time, I really couldn't as I was pregnant with Lucas. Chissa was able to trek to the crater back in 2008 and only had raves about the experience. With a less-than-a-year old baby, we also weren't able to find time for it in 2009.

Fast forward to 2010. While discussing the summer holidays, JJ asked me what I wanted to do. I thought of Pinatubo and told him I'd want to see the crater but never really made concrete plans for it to push through. But I thought of either going there during the Holy Week or the weekend after. Then my sister-in-law, Eunice, went on a day trip and I saw her pictures. The next thing, I was on the phone with my uncle making plans for our day trip :-)
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APRIL 9, 2010
A little past 3:00AM - JJ and I left home (takas is really more like it. we decided not to take Lucas with us and I was afraid that he'd wake up while we're leaving the house and throw a fit. good thing he was in deep slumber and didn't even budge while we were dressing up).
A little before 4:00AM - We stopped by Shell in NLEX to have breakfast. Yup, that fast :-)

A little before 6AM, we were already at my Tito Boy and Tita Susan's house. They live in Barangay O'Donnell, one of the barangays that tourists will pass by from Capas town proper. We had coffee, I pumped milk and then we're good to go.

We initially passed by lahar beds and it wasn't that bumpy a ride. Then we headed off to the mountain and the adventure began.

 
The lahar bed we passed by. According to my Tito, this is the original trail going to the crater. You would have to follow the river. It used to take hours.

After more than an hour aboard the 4x4 vehicle and about 25 minutes of easy trek, we finally saw the beautiful crater.

Wow.
Of course, we couldn't resist taking one tourist shot after another.

This boat will take you to the other side of the crater where the ground is hot, making parts of the lake warm.

We loved swimming here. The mix of warm and cool water felt really nice.
Thank you Tito Boy being our official photographer and sponsor :-)
Yihee!!

With my Tito Boy :-)

All packed up
The wonderful crater. Taken while going up the viewdeck area (going up the stairs from the actual crater is honestly the most difficult part of the trip).
Nature

The municipality charges for trips to the crater.  If I heard right, they extended the roads and made them passable (via 4x4 vehicles) to shorten the actual hike/ trek and in effect, make it accessible to more tourists (specially those who aren't regular mountaineers).

Taken near the Aeta settlement. Bilib ako sa nakatira in this village. Imagine the long walk whenever they have to go to town.

The road on the right side is the start of the bumpy ride :-)
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Overall, it was a great, great day. We had fun and it was also a chance to visit my Tito Boy and Tita San who I haven't seen in months. We missed Lucas, yes, but it would have been a difficult trip for all of us if we brought him along. Babawi na lang kami sa kanya this June :-)

To Tito Boy and Tita Susan, thank thank you for the wonderful day.

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We capped our trek date by having merienda at Razon's in NLEX.

Pansit

Hubby enjoying the P60 Razon's halohalo. Here in Manila, P85 na ata ito.

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For those interested to take a day trip, check out this website: http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/
Or you can call / text Roland de Jesus at 0916-5981684 for inquiries.

2 comments:

Alma said...

galing naman, na capture mo with your pictures and story ang adventure nyo. We actually live near the place (Capas), and we've been planning for a long time now, kaso di natutuloy. Tapos ngayon preggy pa so di talaga pwede this year.

Joanne MV said...

the crater looks peaceful...can't imagine that it caused a lot of damages during the 90's