All The Way With Magayon... Finally!

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Taken from Lignon Hill
I woke up when the bus was already in Albay, where the famous Mt Mayon is. As we traversed the base of the volcano, the sky was clear, the full perfectness of its cone was visible. We didn't stop and take shots of the volcano. Instead, we went for a quick breakfast in Legaspi City. After breakfast, clouds started to cover the volcano, but the peak was still visible. I was in panic that time, I wanted to have atleast one picture of the perfect cone of Magayon. I had an interrupted encounter with her few months back. See my previous blog. This time, I wanted to capture her finally. Knowing that she is a hit or a miss phenomena, I was more convinced that it was going to be a miss for me.
Taken from Cagsaus Ruins
. again.. for the second time.

Since I was with a tour with a set itinerary, our first stop was Ligñon hill. It is an alternative vantage point to see her rather than in Cagsaua ruins (See my previous blog about this). My only issue that day was that, we had to climb the hill. I was not well rested and had no patience to do such activity. There were some locals offering a ride to the top for 25 pesos. I declined knowing that the whole group would do it on foot. It was a short 800 meters uphill walk. Then again, I was not ready for such activity under the summer blazing sun. I should have taken the 25 pesos ride instead.

As we reached the top, I immediately took picture of the volcano when her peak was slightly visible. It was my best shot because as the whole group gathered at the top, the whole upper cone of her was heavily covered with clouds.
Taken from Daraga Church
Dismayed, we only stayed at the top of the hill for few minutes, but as we went down, we never forgot to stop and had fresh coconut to freshen us up. The park was actually offering some interesting activities such as..... hmmm I forgot already hahaha. The PHIVOCS or the authority monitoring the volcanic activities has a permanent base on this hill. Don't get deceived by the calm exterior and beautiful cone of the volcano, Mt Mayon is one of the most active volcano in the country, so there must be an agency to monitor it.

After the hill, we went to the Cagsaua ruins, I was not so excited to visit the place. I did stay there for 5 hours on my visit visit only to be frustated since I was not able to see the peak and this time, it happened again. Yadayadayada, we waited for few minutes then the group decided to drop by our last stop in Legaspi, the Daraga church.
Finally!!!
The volcano was still covered with clouds that time, and I was losing hope of seeing the fullness of her. Daraga chuch as I gathered is actually an exact replica of the ill-fated church of Cagsaua. Not wanting to suffer the same fate, this church is seating on top of the hill now. The church is actually another good spot to enjoy the volcano sans the clouds.

I was really frustrated that time. We decided to just continue our trip to Donsol (where our main purpose of travel is.. to see Butanding, the gentle whale shark). Luckily, as we went on, the clouds started to clear up and the volcano was again displaying it's full glory. Our driver knew a good stop where we can catch a good look of the volcano. We stop by the road, climbed a hill full of cow's dung, took her picture and just enjoyed the beautiful sight of Mt Mayon. Finally, I captured her. My experience with Mt Mayon was a story of long interrupted intercourse, such a tease but once I had her, all frustrations were gone. She is my most beautiful mountain I ever saw.

Satisfied with what just happened, I slept through more than hour of travel to Donsol.
JeAr says:
yay featured!!! :D
Posted on: Apr 02, 2009
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Taken from Lignon Hill
Taken from Lignon Hill
Taken from Cagsaus Ruins
Taken from Cagsaus Ruins
Taken from Daraga Church
Taken from Daraga Church
Finally!!!
Finally!!!
Our ride
Our ride
Inday Dede travelling to Cagsaua
Inday Dede travelling to Cagsaua
Abaca Bags in Cagsaua
Abaca Bags in Cagsaua
The Belfry, the only thing left of…
The Belfry, the only thing left o…
Jump shot
Jump shot
My cuz, leader of the trip
My cuz, leader of the trip
Daraga Church
Daraga Church
Uphill climb to see Mt Mayon
Uphill climb to see Mt Mayon
Me and Magayon...
Me and Magayon...
Legaspi
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