|eating some cacao fruits (my childhood favorite) at the start of the hike|
i settled for a short guided hike to Montaneza waterfalls, organized by Blue Orchid Resort manager, Melissa Watkins, together with Wolfgang from Cyan Adventures.
|up and down we go into the canyons|
i told them, i feel really funny being toured around Cebu with a couple of foreigners, as if i'm not local. :)
|i feel like a troglodyte|
it was a very short walk from Mainit hot spring, going to Montaneza waterfalls. i was a bit disappointed because i really felt like walking some more. LOL.
although, climbing in and out of the canyon was quite tiring. and you only really feel it a day or so after.
|isn't this just beautiful?|
and it was even more challenging going against the cascades to climb up to go behind the waterfall... i should do wall climbing again. i'm so out of shape.
|going against the powerful cascades|
just to be able to have a gorgeous capture like this:
|taking a rest behind the cascades|
the pool of water right below is quite shallow. although, there are areas deep enough to allow you to jump into it from a certain height.
|that big rock in front of the cascades fell there during a recent earthquake|
|pausing for a pose|
on the way down, i was unceremoniously told that we are going to do a couple of jumps from the cascades. say what, now?! i wasn't really expecting to do some jumping. for one, i'm not a very good swimmer; two, we were not wearing life vests; and three, i didn't have a helmet and i could just as easily and clumsily bump my head on a piece of protruding rock. but i held my panic in check.
|Melissa was very much prepared for the jump|
i jumped anyway because i didn't want to look so lame and be such a total killjoy. especially since there were small kids queuing behind me on the first jump. the second jump though, was too high for kids.
but as a result of the three worrying items i have mentioned above, echoing inside my head, my jump shots looked really weird, like most pictures of people looking shocked and bewildered for being caught unprepared. i didn't post the pics here so as not to embarrass us all. :D
|soaking in the heat at Mainit Hot Spring|
dipping into the hot spring after all the climbing and jumping was such a welcomed treat!
this pool of hot spring water is tolerably hot. there is another pool, a few meters away, where it's 40+ degrees Celsius. it reminded me so much of the Onsen in Japan. you'd get cooked in a few minutes in there.
|relaxing and just about the right amount of warmth|
it was really a fun trip. it made me feel like a kid all over again. given the chance to do it all over again, i would try to remember more about the kid i was, who liked to jump into the waters and had fun climbing rocks and trees. and also, will do my best not to look so fearful and crazy scared during the jump shots for the sake of better-looking pictures to post here.
the best part about this trip is not the pictures, though. it was the experience and having a day of fun that calls to mind long-gone carefree days back in my old province -- frolicking amongst endless rice fields, climbing trees and enjoying the view of the mountainous silhouette against beautiful sunsets... and what's more, i didn't even have to pay for this hiking trip because i was treated by a very generous soul. ;)
that's all for now!.. til the next adventure! have a great weekend and thanks for reading. :)