It’s still early in the morning when we left the house for another fun road trip to a place we’ve never been before: The Bucari Pine Forest at Leon, Iloilo. It’s 2 hours away from the city. It would be hard commuting considering the jeepneys are scarce. It’s better if you’ll have to rent a transportation if you don’t have a car. In my case, I’m glad one of my cousins has her own car.
The view on the way there was refreshing, full of blues and greens. Sometimes you’ll see an ocean, or a river, and of course, mountains. The weather was a little bit gloomy. It was drizzling but good thing, it stopped when we arrived.
It was sweater season at the time we went there, so it was a bit colder than the usual. Good thing I had my thermal jacket with me or else I’ll freeze to death. Now that’s an exaggeration. Lol. I kinda feel bad for my cousins who didn’t even brought scarves or jackets with them.
I was amazed by the amount of pine trees at the campsite. A man who works there told us people started planting pine tree there in the 70’s. There are many cottages there where you can stay, you can rent a tent or bring your own if you want to stay overnight. Just be careful of the bears and the monsters. (I’m kidding!)
We went to the viewing deck. It’s much much higher than the campsite. So we have to hike to go there and believe me, it wasn’t that easy. Well, at least for me, it is. First, I’m not really an active person. 2nd, I have asthma, I couldn’t count how many times I paused to take a break just to catch my breath. Lastly, it was slippery. It was worth it when you get to the top, though. Just look at that view! (See the first photo on this post)
We have to go back to the campsite after that hike. We didn’t bring any food for lunch so we just ate chips while we rested. There were waterfalls located in this area. We either take the easy way or go for an adventure and trek from the site to the waterfalls. We did the latter.
It was the longest and hardest walk of my life! I thought it was just a short trek but I was wrong! It took us more than an hour to get to the waterfalls. I was really having a hard time because my legs are turning into jelly. I’m not used to these kinds of physical activity. (I have such a sedentary lifestyle, ugh.) I slipped once or twice along the way. There were slopes, there were some high points you have to climb, there were rocks, streams, and even a wide field of rice and cabbages. The road wasn’t easy, even though my cousin already gave me a walking stick. lol. Well, even three of them slipped too. See? I wasn’t the only one who was struggling!
We finally get to where we’re supposed to be heading. I’ve seen three waterfalls. This is just one of them. It was hard for me to take photos while trekking. The camera might slip from my grasp, so I only got these photos while resting. Some of my cousins bathe at the waterfall. I didn’t, though. The water was too cold and I knew I would have a harder time trekking back if I have heavy, wet clothes inside my bag.
I thought my struggle was finished but we crossed three hanging bridges made of bamboo wood. I’m not afraid of heights, but I couldn’t help being scared cos the bridge is not stable, It was kind of rocking sideways, and that is not so easy to cross. My cousin took a video of me crossing it and it was so funny.
It was one heck of an adventure and all of those are so worth it. The journey was so fun, especially when you’re with people you want to be with the most. Amidst those slips and tiredness, we still find ways to laugh in between. The place was beautiful, so I went there again with my mom and aunts. I didn’t trek and hike to the viewing deck, though. I think once is enough.
I made a vlog about this adventure. Thanks for watching. Enjoy!