There is so much in this blog about my travels to foreign places but I have yet to come up with one piece about the Cordilleras, where I’m from. In this place, the mountains kiss the sky and the clouds are their offspring.
So what better way to start off than with my hike to Mt. Ulap or Cloudy Mountain. It was a 6 hour hike for me and the gang. I’d say not bad for beginners.
So we started off at Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet where we had to register and get a guide. And then, we were off. The elements greeted us right away. We were among winds, skies and soil. Communing with nature really does something for the soul.
Just twenty minutes on the trail and we were already getting these views.
As we progressed, the views were getting more and more spectacular.
I couldn’t decide what view is better. It was spectacular- all 360 degrees of it.
The end of the trail was the hardest part for me, it was 2 hours of rock and loose sands and it was even a descent. I was bound to slip if I wasn’t careful. Luckily I made it alive. After the drudgery of that part, we encountered two hanging bridges. Balance was key. But it was more difficult when your knees are stuttering due to all the shock they absorbed on the descent.
All in all, it was a great experience. And a blissful day indeed.
Reminded me of Psalm 8 which goes like “when I look at the Heavens, the Sun and Stars which you ordained, I wonder what is man that You are mindful of him and the son of man that You visit him?”