Have you ever done something crazy in your entire life? (Aside from being crazy in love ||||,joke lang)
Yes for me, when I gave my skeptic YES to friends to hike Mt. Daraitan- that was CRAZY YES. By the way, that's me, the one who tried to be brave-looking, raised both hands and looking super comfy sitting on the rocks.
I say it's a crazy decision I made when I've decided to join my churchmates on their hike (crazy in a good way ). They call their group "Akyateros" which is translated in english as "Climbers" haha. They are group of hikers - Manilenos, Visayans and Mindanaoans, who aim to explore God's beautiful creation and make hiking so fun by cracking jokes, effortlessly climbing on rocks and going through muds (feels like they've been doing this for so long). By the way, my brother is a member of the group.
It was weird, my heart beat faster, my knees shook, my hands sweated in an airconditioned room because truth is, I have great fear of heights (I look gigantic but I fear "heights", how ironic), & that is one thing I am ashamed of myself.
Iba talaga ung pakiramdam.
It is so weird just thinking of the trail and of the big rocks. I already imagined the scenario and the place by looking it up using Mr. Google. My body got numbed at that moment, I thought my wandering wandering feet will face a challenge, out of my comfort zone, out of the things I love to do.
"Itapon mo na ako sa dagat, wag lang matataas na lugar." (Kidding aside)
Funny how it seems like it is a matter of life and death for me, but this is the feeling of having "fear" or phobias to others. They are silent killers. We allow them to haunt us, to live in us, to define us and to hold us.
But here's the thing, God made me realized, fear is not part of my being. He didn't create fear but rather he created "Faith". Then Faith becomes power, power from the Lord, that we can do everything.
2 Timothy 1:7New King James Version (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
So here I am courageously dwelling on his words. Let's start the adventure!
For the expenses:
Environmental Tour Guide is Php 500 (max 5 pax)/ 100 per head. Since we were 11 in the group, we have 2 guides: Kuya Marlon and Kuya Anton.
Environmental fee: Php 125 per head. (Includes Tinipak River and Tinipak Cave)
Basic Environmental guide:
Whatever we brought going up, we will bring it with us as we go down. Love Mother Earth! Maintain cleanliness.
Be a responsible hiker! Hindi puro aura!
For this adventure, I didn't bring my camera. I just want to focus on this suffering, joke lang. Big thanks to (koya), my brother for taking photos using his #OPPOF1S.
On this photo, we were heading to Station 1. Take Note, there were 8 stations to reach summit! Ganbatte Ne! Hahahahaha
We almost kissed the ground, on our first 15 to 20 minutes. Kamusta naman yun??
These guys are amazing! They will make any trips lively and fun. Ung tipong manghihina ka kakatawa. Hahahaha.
This is not a beginner's hike, I am telling you! Hahahahaha Mapapakanta na ko ng ""Oceans" by Hillsong.
Really photos can deceive us. Hahaha. eto ung smile ate pakatapos "huhuhu malapit na po ba
Kuya ung summit?"
Sea of clouds it is! Truly God is good! Who would have thought we will be able to see this cotton candy on top! Parang abot na namin ang langit!
This is such an overwhelming experience to see these clouds, next to my first airplane ride experience going to Iloilo Youth convention last 2014.
Sa wakas, malapit na kami! Mapapatanong ka ng "are we there yet?"
Kuyaaaaaaaaa! 30 minutes na lang daw! After 30 minutes, parang sa dulo ng walang hanggan ang ganap namin.
But still I Believed! Malapit na! Sana siya rin.
And finally, we've reached the summit! Fulfilling the feeling! Hahaha. #bustarhymes
And these men were ready to play!
WAG AKO! Haha (ivy ng wildflower)
While they were playing, we were acting. Hahaha. Enjoying the view, the spots, the fresh air, the beauty of my Father's creation. AweAwesome! Thank you Lord!
Nakita mo? Ang daming tao?
While looking at her, I've realized that I have conquered my fear. I've reached the top without looking behind. Just have to take a leap of faith and I will overcome!
It took us 2 hours to reach the summit. The question is:
May zipline po ba pababa? Hahahaha
Nakababa naman kami ng matiwasay. Galit galit na! Hahaha. Around 1pm, we've reached the goal, makatapak sa patag. Konting pahinga at panibagong adventure naman.
Tinipak River was so refreshing to see. Water was raging but there's a sense of tranquility.
Tinipak cave was amazing. If you have fear in the dark and want to overcome that, you must visit this mysterious beauty. Take a plunge into this freezing river? (Not so sure if this is a river, basta anyong tubig sya, Annyeong hahaha).
It was a tiring day. Felt like my spirit was left on top! But I thank the Lord for his protection, for his glory shown through his creation and for his wonderful people who invited me to this adventure. This would be my first and last hike? Still a mind-bugging question. Hahaha
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God bless guys!