Taal Volcano Trekking
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Leaving Manila at around 9 PM via South Luzon Expressway was quite a breeze. We were able to reach Starbucks at Petron SLEX Station within half an hour from Paranque City. I figured a Venti of hot cappucino would do the trick in keeping me awake until we reach Tagaytay City, so it would really be a great idea to grab one.
Less than two hours of driving in a not so well-lit highway of Sta. Rosa, Laguna later, we finally arrived in the City of Tagaytay. The cool breeze, which is what the city is famous for, greeted me as I switched off the car air-con and opened my windows. It was then that I realized that I really missed driving in the Philippines so much.
We almost got lost trying to find our way to my friend's house, where we've planned to spend the night. But because it was already late, the guys suggested that we should just get a room since we won't be doing anything else but to sleep. Although there's plenty of guesthouses and inns along the ridge of the Taal Lake, we checked in at the first guesthouse that we spotted because it was already drizzling and I was just so damn tired to even drive to the next guesthouse! I never actually cared if the rent was a little expensive than those of the other guesthouses. I just really wanted to have a hot shower and get some sleep!
At around 8:30 the next morning, we packed up and headed to Taal Yacht Club in the nearby town of Talisay to do the volcano trekking.
Elaine rented a horse for P500 and the the rest of us did it on foot. It took us almost an hour to finally reach the volcano's summit and be amazed by the wonderful scenery. It was really awesome. The placid lake within the crater made it look more serene. We almost forgot that we're on top of a volcano, until Elaine's guide led us to the small ridge where we can literally feel the hot sulphuric fumes emanating from the tiny holes within the edge of the crater.
On the other side of the crater, Adam and Juan were persuaded by some policemen fire four bullets of .45 caliber pistol for P500. It was both their first time to fire a gun so they were really very excited to try it, even if I told them that it shouldn't cost that much to fire a gun in the Philippines.
We spent about an hour on the crater taking photos and videos and admiring the beautiful crater of Taal Volcano. It was already lunchtime when we left the crater and traveresed the trail back to the boat station.
Elaine quickly changed her dress. Adam, Juan and I hurriedly put some dry shorts on and hung our shirts at the back of the truck to let it dry as we head off to search for a nice place to have our lunch. Unfortunately, there was no restaurant or cafeteria nearby. But before we took the exit at Star Toll Expressway, Juan saw a Jollibee sign and asked me what that was. When they learned that it's the Filipino version of Mc Donald's, they got very curious and they all wanted to try it. So that was just another random thing that happened on the trip. I stopped at Jollibee Calamba, Laguna to get our lunch. And guess what?! The American said it's 'way better than McDonald's.' Hehehe.
It was already 2:30 in the afternoon and I was afraid we would not be able to reach our next destination before sunset. But because I was driving really fast, we arrived at exactly 3 pm in Pagsanjan, Laguna.