FBF: Baguio-Benguet-Bontoc Part 2

It’s my last post regarding my Flashback Friday series. :'(:'(๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ It’s so heartbreaking! Haha, now that’s a bit overboard. But like I promised, this would be a 5 part series. So brace yourselves for a loooooong post flooded with tons of pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

I ended the first part on the Sumaguing Cave trip. After the cave trip, our host suggested that we visit a lake on the top of a mountain. Which we gladly went to.

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The lake offers boat rowing activities and picnic grounds for the whole family. A big plus is the uber cool weather. A relaxing quiet place indeed. We were suppose to eat and cook there when the rain started drizzling. Not to mention, that my godson was burning with fever. :oops:๐Ÿ˜ท So we headed home instead and rested for the night in preparation of another strenuous activity.

Mountain Climbing/Hiking

My mum woke us up really early. We all had drag our tired bodies out of bed to dress up and eat breakfast. We were also informed that we should be wearing pants, a long-sleeved shirt & sneakers. To protect our skin from any itchy, poisonous plants or bugs (don’t forget wild snakes ๐Ÿtoo!). ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ

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See that mountain behind?? That’s where we are going to hike. We drove to the starting site and were given final instructions by our guide, who happen to be our host’s uncle. He is a trained mountaineer and has trekked numerous times. Our first starting point was at the base of a rice terraces. I never thought that climbing the terraces were so high. And passing through the bridges they made were death-defying. ๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ˜“

I’ve been through “pilapils” before in the rice fields. It’s the one where you walk onto if you don’t want to get all muddy. The “pilapils” are narrow paths and it takes a great deal of balancing skills to pass through. On the terraces, the paths were a bit wider. The catch? It’s height could scare acrophobics and a single misstep could lead you to hit the boulders below. Also, I wasn’t so good in balancing which added to my misery.

I think we were a bit slow as the sun began scorching us. Thankfully we were well covered. But since the fog is gone, there were no cooling winds to alleviate us. ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜ง Yet, we continued on and looked for a spot to eat our lunch. We were careful not to leave any mess behind and brought our own trash bag too.

In a few hours more of walking and chatting, we reached the summit. It was around 10am and the sun didn’t seemed so pleased. ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž. Nevertheless, it was worth the experience. After some more resting, we headed to the nearby road to wait in a shed for our car.

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If only the sun wasn’t burning hot. I would have stepped out. This poor shed has been vandalized and peed on. Tsk tsk!

After a tiring hike. We went home to nap and woke up to swim in a nearby river. It was also much first time to see a real, live blood-sucking leech. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Which is probably the reason why I opt to stay under our makeshift tent. We weren’t able to get much photos except for Dad’s underwater shot. Plus it rained hard that we had to back out and go home instead.
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That eve, my family and our friends headed to church as it was a Wednesday night. Our host who also happens to be a Pastor was invited. I sang on before he preached and the night is filled with a good message from the Bible.

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The next morning was our last day in Bontoc. It was kinda sad to leave such a cool place and return to Manila’s humid state. Back then, the temperatures in Manila were really high ๐Ÿ˜ฅ. But of course, we made sure to take lots of photos and our anti-nausea meds on our way back.

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Back story on this tunnel. After our shot my dad and three of our friends took another shot together. It was hilariously dangerous! By the time I suppose to take a shot, a passing by mini truck was coming. I warned them real quick as the truck wasn’t slowing down. I had a picture of them running real quick. We did have a good laugh after and finally took a decent photo of them.

Leaving Bontoc to Baguio took us a few more hours. We stopped by in a mini cafeteria along the road for lunch. In reaching Baguio, we first headed to the Market to buy our “pasalubongs” or souvenirs. In case you are looking for quality broomsticks or freshly ground coffee head over here in Baguio. They have tons here!

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Then we had another last minute trip to Camp John Hay for another photo op. Haha. Although, some activity areas require a fee.

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After Camp John Hay, we headed down to a local restaurant called 50’s Diner. It was a vintage looking place with old movie posters and other 80’s to 90’s Hollywood paraphernalia. Their meal, was of course burgers and fries. ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸ But it was indeed a heavy meal as their servings were in big portions.

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50’s Diner is located in Gen. Luna Rd, Baguio

We had a hearty talk and finally left for Manila. But not before passing by the famous Lion’s Head in Baguio.

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It was a short but jam-packed adventure to the Mountains. I really wish we could go back and experience the cold weather again. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

For the other 4 FBF blogposts:
1. Vigan-Pagudpod
2. Bantay Abot Cave-Bangui Windmills-Kapurpurawan
3. Atimonan’s Pinagbanderahan
4. Baguio-Benguet-Bontoc Part 1

Thank you guys for reading my FBF posts. Do leave a comment below on what you think about the places I’ve been to. Till my next adventure!

Merci beaucoup et รก bientot!

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