Five in the morning is still dark these days. But I went out of our cottage, when I saw Kuya Dodong and Manong Osting preparing for breakfast already. It’s too early , I know. But I’m waiting for the sunrise. 🙂
I’m glad I did. Because, when it came out, the colorful hues of its rays with Turtle Island in the background , was simply breath taking. It was worth waiting and standing on top of the water slide ledge, after all.
Our itinerary of the day includes a visit to the Enchanted River and Tinuy-An Falls. I haven’t been to the Enchanted River yet, so I am so excited about it. I’ve been to Tinuy-An Falls last year but it rained almost the whole time we were there. So today would be a better experience, I believe. 🙂
After breakfast, we left for Enchanted River. From Barobo, the trip took more than an hour, mostly on a concrete road. When we finally reached the entrance, the sign said 12 kms to the river. That’s far when you’re on a rough road. hehe.. So be sure that your vehicle can stand it. 🙂
The first 4 kms are okey. But the remaining 8 kms, specially the road going up , needs more work. You just need to take it slowly because other than being rough, the road is about 6.5 meter only and there’s a ridge beside it. No one wants to fall off the ravine, right? So the keyword is to drive slowly and safely.
As John continued driving, the beautiful scenery entertained all of us.
Before reaching the river, we stopped at the row of stores to buy softdrinks and bottles of orange juice. This is where you buy crabs and other seafood for lunch. The stores there will cook them for you. In our case, we had baon. Kuya Dodong is really a good cook. 🙂 So we were spoiled.
When we reached Enchanted River, hundreds of people were already there! It was so crowded, it was difficult to move. I forgot that it was still holiday today. We looked for a shady spot to put our things. But we all decided to have our lunch at Tinuy-an Falls, instead.
At exactly 12:00nn, the bell rang. That was the sign for people to leave the river so the incharge can feed the fishes. Yes, these fishes come to visit every day during noontime. It’s as if they know that they will be fed. Amazing huh?
A lot of people complained though because there were this group of teen-agers who never left the water. Most fishes would not come out if the river is disturbed. So we were limited to a few fishes then. Some people are just so inconsiderate huh? 😦
I took a video and you can hear people grumbling. lol. One girl said that they’re hard headed. The other guy beside me probably knew them so he told them that people are complaining already. But of course, they didn’t care…
After the fish feeding, we proceeded to Tinuy-an Falls. From there, it was an hour trip to the Falls. So we stopped in between. We saw this huge lake with nipa huts beside the road. We decided to have our lunch there. That way, we can swim at our heart’s delight when we reach the waterfalls. 🙂
We left Tinuy-An past 4pm already. By the time we reached Barobo, it was already past 6pm. You know, we hear of bad things about Mindanao always right? But never , in our travels, have we felt unsafe. At all.
Before we left, the family has offered a rosary for protection, good weather and that all of us will go home happy. 🙂
This is only the 2nd day. The best is yet to come… So please visit my blog again! 🙂
Lea C. Walker