Quite Possibly The Coolest Day of My Life
Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
11Trip End Feb 17, 2010
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We road a bangka (part motorboat/sailboat/catamaran) through a lush, tropical, lake-filled CRATER to not only hike an active volcano all the way to very top, but then down INSIDE to the lip of the opening where water boiled and bubbled and steam and sulphur abounded. This was truly an experience so remarkable that I have chills as I write about it.
These views of Taal volcano were so breathtaking that photos do no justice
The hike itself started easy but grew harder and slippery as we made our way into the volcano, but our patient guides (who climbed effortlessly in flip-flops) patiently held our hands and kept an eye on us.
At the top we were treated to freshly cut and ice cold Buko (coconut) to drink the very filling juice. I would safely say that Robyn and I easily scorched a good 2000 calories on this three hour expedition. Robyn and I started this trip not knowing each other too well and we're both thrilled that we have similar energy levels and interests.
The lake was filled with milkfish farms and huts on the water. The farmers live there to protect their crops and we saw them standing on their tiny docs tossing feed to their crops.
We rewarded our tough hike with heaps of classic Filipino food (yay!) that was delicious and satisfying and we also stopped by a local stand for yummy buko pie. I heart Topsy for taking us to this amazing place and shame on any guidebook who doesn't wholeheartedly recommend this incredible location.
I'm feeling hugely blessed today and a party of a gigantic world with SO much to see.