Summer Plans

*Originally posted in Multiply on 13 May 2007*

I was pondering on whether to get new sandals or not. No, I am not talking of the casual sandals you see or the familiar flip-flops that adorn most of the female variety’s feet. Well, some of the male species do, considering being fashionable when seen in a pair.

I am talking of hiking sandals.

Ha! Going camping? Trekking? Well, the latter is more appropriate. A bunch of us in the office decided to go to Banaue in Ifugao then Sagada, Mountain Province. It was actually a choice between Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines and this. Batanes is a home province so I was persistent for them to go there. The only thing stopping them was the plane fare, which was steep. Since I was decided to go there, I already had tickets. What can I say? I am getting on both trips, hehehe. I go to Banaue-Sagada on 19-23 April then to Batanes on 28 April-5 May.

After all the lodgings have been booked and the van finalized, I visited websites and blog entries on anything about Banaue and Sagada. All I could read was hike, trek, cave, rappel, insect repellant, light clothes, backpack, no ATMs, first aid kit, flashlight, and lots of water. And, of course, the perennial reminder of bringing your camera to capture all the beauty of the rice terraces and the mountains. Hmm, this looks like a challenge.

I am not a real fan of camping or hiking but love the outdoors. I am happy just staying put in one part of a clearing or the forest and just marvel at Mother Nature. Well, if walking up a hill to get there is must, I have no problem with that. It’s just not a regular thing, I guess.

Going back to the sandals, I finally choose a thong version. I am impatient with velcro strap-ons, especially something as complicated as those on most hiking sandals. It criss-crosses whichever way until you can’t figure out how to get it on or off.

Anyway, I packed all the necessary things as advised by the frequent visitors there. I was ready. Hmm, was I really ready?

First stop: Banaue, Ifugao. More on the next blog. 🙂

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