|The scenic Mt. Daguldol|
|Late lunch at Queen Grace Restaurant|
|Hiking in front of the tempting resorts!|
|BP King capturing the beach trek moments|
The first phase in a typical Mt. Daguldol climb is a hike along the "aplaya" (the beach) of Hugom. In this early phase, we had to battle with the sand and the stony shores. It was even more difficult to move your feet when it gets eaten by sand. And hopping from one rock to another may not be fun when you have your full packs on. But the ability to breathe the welcoming scent of sea water and its views were very much enjoyable and inspiring. We passed by several resorts in the area which was a real temptation especially to the beach lovers. BPs King, Marion and Ghei joked around altercations in our itinerary of spending the night at the beach instead of the campsite of Mt. Daguldol. We passed by several excursionists enjoying the beach and the resort facilities. As we walked with our backpacks, the curious eyes of these beach goers can not help but stare in fascination at our chosen adventure: mountain climbing rather than hitting the beautiful beach of San Juan. After forty minutes of 'beach hiking' we finally reached the base of the mountain trail at Sitio Biga in Brgy. Hugom. There we had our first 'Take Five' as we prepared for the real deal.
|A known beach lover, BP Marion did not give in to the temptation!|
|Kenji's first climb!|
|Rested after the first sight of houses in the village|
|BPs Mon, April, Clue and Resty munching green mangoes|
|BP Heinz and the locals of the village|
|Farewell, Tatay Lizardo|
|Our farmyard friend - the ovulating goat|
|In one of Mt. Daguldol's grassland peaks|
After some fifteen minutes of seemingly endless jumpshots, group shots and profile picture shots, we headed for the summit. We passed by the target campsite which also had nice view but since it was jampacked with hikers, we just headed for the grassland that offered the grandest and most scenic view in Mt. Daguldol. Treading by a muddy narrow trail, we were greeted by some hikers who were on their way down already. After a good ten minute walk, a vast crater like grassland appeared before our eyes! What caught our attention was the numerous huge crows flying and hopping from one tree to another. Our presence made them wary, hovering in the air to make sure we were aware that it was their territory.
|Mon and Kenji doing a 'Dawn Zulueta' in the crater like grassland|
We were supposed to be descending down the mountain by 10AM but because of the awesomeness of the summit of Mt. Daguldol, we were actually just going back to camp by that time. We immediately broke camp, cleaned the campsite and proceeded with the descent.
We stopped by Nanay Adeline's house to cook and eat lunch. After forty five minutes, we bade goodbye to Nanay Adeline and her grandson and continued the descent for the much awaited sidetrip - hitting the beach!
|Ready to hit the beach!|
|The Genew Forces|
|BPs April, Marion and Liz|
|Into the open sea|
|After the beach bumming|