If I died today...

Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
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Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Saturday, January 9, 2010

I would die happy and count today as one of the coolest adventures I've ever had on the planet.

After reading a brief blurb in our guide book about a volcano, we decided to check it out. We drove thorough a green lush, tropical paradise where coconuts are called bukos and they are made into the loveliest pies, which we ate in the car on the ride home. Pineapples grew on farms on the side of the roads and we could see fish farms in the water on the horizon. We drove for an hour and a half and commenced to negotiate with men holding signs that said "boat ride" on them. When we found one with an agreeable price, the tee-shirt, short and flip flop clad salesman jumped in the front seat of the car and guided us down a twisty turny road to the water. We all then scrambled onto a boat called a bangka and skimmed over the lake, which was the water filled crater of a huge, extinct volcano. After about 30 minutes, we reached the shore of a second volcano (it was a strange phenomina of a volcano within a volcano) and commenced to start a heart racing vertical climb up to the lip of the mini volcano. Boys on horses followed us up the lip and taunted us with how far it was, trying to convince us to hire and ride their horses instead. We past through a tiny village complete with bulls, chickens, dogs and a pig with the biggest balls I've ever seen. 

Just when I thought my heart would leap out of my chest, we pulled ourselves to the top of Taal volcano and rejuvinated ourselves by sipping a cold coconut and enjoying the view of the water filled crater and steaming gysers. Next we slipped and slid down the backside of the crater, edging towards the water and getting thoroughly dusty. When we reached the edge of the small lake inside the crater, we dipped our hands in and were surprised to feel that the water was hot! Steam rose from ground, heating the bottom of our feet. The smell of sulphur swirled around us and a group of boys bathed in the hot lake. We trotted over to a gurgling geyser, and warily watched the boiling mud swirl around, trying not to think about our certain death if one of us slipped and fell in. 

The scene looked like it was from a movie and was definitely one of the coolest places I've ever visited. I was waiting for someone to hand me three D glasses and strange creatures to start popping out of the ground.

We then had another heart pounding climb back up the side of the volcano and then down again, to our boat. We finished off the afternoon with some tasty local seafood at a popular local joint and headed back to town and a shower, to rinse off the dirt that covered us from head to foot. If fun was measured by dirt, I think we hit the jackpot.

We still were suffering from jet lag, so decided to stay up as long as possible to make ourselves so tired, we were bound to sleep. We figured after a grueling hike and night out on the town, we would be zombies. No more popping out of bed at 5:30 AM! Dinner was with some of Topsy's friends and then we were turned away at the nightclub because of our inappropriate footwear (we had on flip flops, the national shoe). Andrea tried to convince them how good we looked from the ankles up, but they weren't impressed. She even showed them her shiney necklace and blond hair, but they only scowled.  At 2:30 AM we finally called is a night, er, morning and headed to bed.  Hope we can sleep!

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nunz on

hey ladies,

let me know if you are going to Cavite anytime soon. i can tour you there with topsy. Corregidor is accessible from there. have fun!


Linnea on

Wow! It looks absolutely beautiful there! As I sit here at my desk, in my paded cube-cell, I am truly inspired by your journey. I wish I had just a tiny bit of your adventurous spirit and courage! Travel on lady!!!! I'll be living vicariously through you!

Alicia on

Flip-flops are completely appropriate for dancing on an island! :) Love to see you are doing so well. Hugs!

Michelle Fulcher on

The pictures are beautiful Robyn. Thanks for sharing. It's the next best thing to hiking along side you!

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