‘CAUSE AKYAT PINATUBO WAS AN AWE-INSPIRING EXPERIENCE!
Yay! Finally… after eons!!! Hahaha! Anyway, I’m excited to share my experiences about this journey. Like what I’ve said it was indeed worthwhile!
We arrived 6-ish AM in Tourism Office of Capas, Tarlac. When we got off the KISS tourist bus, although it’s just a three-hour travel going to Tarlac, I immediately ran to the bathroom. Sorry, I’m just high on vitamin pee! Chos. While waiting for our 4x4 registration, we stretched our legs and checked the Pinatubo Spa Town — especially, the Mud Spa. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to get muddy yet feel at ease. I [was the first one who] fell asleep after the wash-up! Boo me! It is a natural spa ideally after a long Pinatubo trekking. I was supposed to try it but that didn’t happened. No, I actually tried it in my dreams! :))
Pinatubo Spa Town is also the jump off point in climbing Mt. Pinatubo. One exciting thing in this trip is the 4x4 jeep ride. It was an hour-bumpy-ride to the trekking point. Caused by eruption, the road is filled in by lahars and bulky rocks. I experienced both the open and the secured truck. It was fun… we even stood up and shot the perfect moment. Chos. But you know what? We realized, eventually, it was drowsy though. Seemed like forever siesta! Haha! Usually, a 4x4 ride is almost one hour travel going to the crater. It is because of the Skyway Trail. But if you’re up for hiking or for normal trek, like us, it took two hours(one-way) of trekking. It also depends on your speed.
Upon entering the majestic crater of Mt. Pinatubo… W-O-W… I was in awe of how marvelous our God is! It is strikingly amazing! It’s really worth the money, the climb, and the time! It’s really beautiful! From the sun rays reflections on the lake’s surface? It’s breathtaking! It is a pristine fairyland, if I liken to. :)
I didn’t swim because 1) swimming is not allowed[wooden sign]; 2) sulfur can cause any health damage. I know it can be a treatment. I just wanted to come home safe. I’m satisfied wading the water, though! We enjoyed sightseeing while eating our packed lunch. Thanks to our sponsor, Jollibee! Yum! Haha. I’m really proud of my homeland, Philippines! God really blessed us with wonderful natures. I just pray that my fellow countrymen(and foreigners, too) will not ignore and destroy our natural resources. Please don’t be selfish. *peace*
No doubt, this adventure is listed in my unforgettable moments of my life! An eat-sleep person (chos), like me, made that almost six hours of walking? Me already! Haha! Naaah, it’s just my fondness for travel. And thanks to my 25 strangers-friends! We kept on uttering and laughing during our trekking time. Haha!
Jonel of BloggerManila
Dennis of MarcoAdventure
Alex of RecycledBinofaMiddleChild
Kyrstle of ILoveKits and Randolph
Photos(above and below): Alex
Again, thanks to our sponsors — SM, Jollibee, Havaianas, Unilab, Travel Factor, GeiserMaclang, Primer Group of Companies, Sledgers, Solid Hosting, R.O.X., Kiss Tourist Bus, Nufffnang Philippines, ChurpChurp Philippines, Orange Magazine TV, and Blogger Manila. And the person behind this climb for a cause, Jonel! Btw, I’m excited to visit Tahanang Walang Hagdanan! Let us know! ;)
I must say it was God’s will for us to be there on that day. We came to know that June 04 is the 20th anniversary of Mount Pinatubo. We’re blessed! And even if there was a short bout of rain, we still conquered the Pinatubo!
Thank You, Lord!