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I am getting up at a stupid hour this morning. I need to go for breakfast at 5.30 back home I am more likely to be going to bed this hour of the day than getting up. But if I want breakfast before the 6 departure for a full day hike this is the time. I also need to pick up a prepared lunch for the day. One great thing is the foresight from yesterday ordering lunch for the daytrip and asking if they would open the restaurant ½ hour early for us so we could actually get something to eat - which is very advisable if you want to go hiking I guess.
We start the hike following the main roads with our guide. You kind of need a guide because the roads are not clearly marked hence you will probably make a wrong turn at one stage even though there are not that many road. Hiking on an ordinary road is not really my kind of hiking.
We walk for what seem to be a couple of hours and then reach a tiny village where there is a trail up to a cave. The guide gets the key to the cave so we can go up there. We all travel with Lonely Planet - like you do - and the trail up the hill is described in Lonely Planet like a short steep climb from the road. I guess I can do that after travelling for a while I am not really in the shape of my life but I should still be ok to do short time physical exercise.
Hence we start walking up the hill - and it is steep. Actually it is really step with the earth regularly caving in under your feet as we make our way up the hill. As we walk up we start to loose our faith the Lonely Planet. This hike is a killer not so much because of the length because it is not that long. But it is steep as hell and the trail is a very tricky one.
What he was doing was actually talking to the mummies in the cave telling them they had visitors from foreign lands coming to see them. This is his standard procedure when it is foreigners visiting while if it is Pilipino he will tell them there is people from the
We get in to the dark narrow cave where there are some coffins and the guide opens two of them so we can have a look at these famous mummies and take pictures which apparently is not some sort of taboo or anything like that - so picture, picture and picture. Then we are ready to go and the guide says salamat when we leave the cave and he lucks the door hence some words here is common with the Tagalog being spoken in
Then it is time to get down the hill back to the road - and if we thought it was difficult to get up the walk down is a nightmare. We are all slipping and sliding down the hill even though we take the walk down easy. Only the guide does not fall. But at least he slips a few times HA. We keep walking down the hill and falling down on the semi muddy trail. That is if you can call this a proper trail.
After this stop we take a short break before we walk on. We walk along a lot of small path through rice fields and other farms to go to a burial rock. It takes another couple of hours to get there. On the way we pass a big high school and our guide did go to this school a few years ago. Amazingly 85 percent of the people in this remote rural area actually go to high school. This is a lot more than back home - hence once again I am amazed by this amount of education in the
We get to the entrance to the burial rock and then it is time for lunch.
After the short lunch break it is time to go to the burial rock where a lot of coffin is inside the rock where the old people have carved big holes in the rock to burry people. There is a lot of people buried inside the rock but nobody know how many but it is probably in the hundreds.
After the burial rock it is time to get back to the village and we walk along small trail which I would never have found without a guide. And then the trail is block by a Kalabow. Fortunately it is a peaceful Kalabow even though it is pretty big so it lets us all pass it. And we make it safely back to the Kabayan with out the rain starting to fall. That was really lucky considering how the sky had looked all day.
And when we get back to the hotel it is time to get a nice hot shower. Hence I walk into the first shower - it got everything you could want from a shower - you know taps to turn on the water and a showerhead to splash the water over your buddy. I try to turn on the tap - no result. Ok it is only this shower which got a bit of a problem with the tap - I just use the other shower instead no worries. I try the other shower - same result no water coming out of the showerhead.
I start to
wonder if the buckets inside the shower actually are there for a purpose. I
guess they are. I fill up the really big flat bucket and use the smaller one to
scoop up the water and pour it over myself. I soon realize one thing - there is
absolutely no hot water in this place.
I take the small scoop and pour the water over myself. And it is very unpleasant. I start to wonder if I really need a shower. But I soon realize after the hike my body is covered in sweat and dirt. There is no way out of this. I don't want to take a shower I need to take a shower. Hence I take the small bucket one more time and again and again - it is not getting more comfortable as I go along. Finally I call it quit - I am clean enough. Sure if there had been hot water I might have spend more time in the shower but I think I got all the dirt and sweat of my body by now.
Now there is not much more to do except await dinner. What should I have with my meal? Potatoes? French Fries? Pasta? No I think I go with rice.