Finding Waterfalls & Chasing Deer
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May 22nd, 2006 – by: Isabetlog
Anyway, the boat ride back was also much more pleasant and lasted only an hour. We were once again met at the port by the governor's pick up service and had lunch back at the Capitol Complex. Our bus to Manila wasn't departing until 9pm so my friend made arrangements for us to spend the rest of the day at Mt. Isarog, a protected forest reserve and national park to check out the waterfalls and the deer farm nearby.
C and I were driven off once again. We arrived at the top of the mountain and had to trek our way down. The trail was easy (at least at first) as it's paved AND tiled, proving that this has been host to many a tourist in the past. The first one we went to, Tumaguitti Falls, was all the way and straight down.
After some time, we retraced our steps halfway to the entrace where there were steps leading down to the other waterfalls.
Halfway through was a clearing. There was a resthouse on one side and a treehouse whose steps spiraled around the trunk on one of the larger trees on the other. C and I wanted to climb up just to check out the view from the top, but again, we didn't have much time and so proceeded down to Kawa-Kawa Falls at the very bottom of the steps. Access to it from here was a bit of a hassle (from what I can remember now), you'd have to swim the rest of the way.
Once out, we hit the sari-sari (variety) store and sunk a bottle of water in just a few seconds before making our way to our last stop, the Deer Farm in Ocampo. Little did I know about this unique farm, and much less about the kind of deer it stocked. It had local deer as well as imported ones like blackbuck antelope, fallow deer, chital deer, red deer and elk. Of course, ask me to identify them for you and I wouldn't have the foggiest. But there were so many of them, right here in the Philippines, I couldn't believe my eyes!
Now for the tricky part - photograping the buggers. There were so many of them you'd think it'd be a cinch capturing them. Wrong! Everytime, and i mean EVERYtime we'd hold up the cameras to our faces to take a snap when they were looking, they would always, ALWAYS turn away right when we'd hit the button. What's up with that? It was as if they knew exactly what we were up to, and it was as if they were playing this game with us, teasing. WTF?! So we tried a different approach - by running up to them and trying for a close-up shot. They needn't be looking, as long as we could get near enough for a well-composed photo. That didn't work and we only ended up chasing the deer all the way to the other end of the farm. Grrrrr... Again, we tried to get closer, but this time, and like the idiot that I am, tried to make these moronic animal noises in hopes of catching their attention. I failed once more, as the deer would just give us a glance and get back to their business. Great, I think I may have just validated the fact to them that they were indeed in the presence of fools - C, too, since he joined in with my "meeehhhh, meeeehhh!" Ah but despite all the tomfoolery, our efforts were not in vain. I think we managed at least 1 decent shot! We made our way back satisfied and feeling triumphant.
We had our final dinner at the Capitol Complex and managed a quick, refreshing shower before hitting the road again back to Manila. The entire journey may have been exhausting and extensive, but experiencing Caramoan has permanently changed my attitude towards beaches forever.
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