Monday, November 2, 2015

Waterfalls at the Rockshelter

"At the sari-sari store where we asked how to get to the waterfalls, the owner said "mayat ti agitugot ti gin ediay" (it's good to take  a gin with you there)"

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-my pagnapagna-

We started our trek along the river. It was way down below the Rockshelter.
Actually, my companion was looking for washed-away pinewoods to use for easily lighting up firewood for cooking. That's why he agreed to go with me down the river.
Along the river we've seen lots of corrugated g.i. sheets stuck between rocks which might have been washed away by the recent typhoon "Lando" but no pinewood.
at the river below the rockshelter

We reached the area where the waterfalls from the Rockshelter merges with that of the river and still no pinewood was found.

at the foot of the rockshelter waterfall where it merges with the river

We started going upstream and out of the blue, he found what he was looking for. Chipping it with his machete revealed the light orange color and its pine scent. Confirmed to be a pinewood, it was just a small piece of about 10 inches long and a wrist thick. still a great find.
We reached the old road near the Badiwan viaduct and went for a snack at a store nearby.
While having a snack, we asked the store owner about the waterfalls nearby. He doesn't know about the waterfalls at the Alabanza's (where the sayote plantation) particularly what its name, then we asked about the waterfalls at the rockshelter if we can go on top of it.
"Wen, isu ti pappapanan dagitoy babbaro idiay" (Yes, it is usually where the young men here go), he replied and he added "Mayat ti agitugot ti gin ediay" (it's good to take a gin with you there).
We smiled and laughed at it a little.
We then went to see the first waterfalls at the Alabanza's area.

(for our pagnapagna at the first waterfall which i called it as "Sayote-an" Falls)

After coming from the "Sayote-an" falls, we walked towards the rockshelter and walked our way to the top of it.
Although I am usually afraid of heights and being at the edge will give me butterfly stomach, I said, WOW!

sitting on top of the rockshelter

It's a wide open space on top of it. It looked like were on the rooftop of a multi-storey building wherein instead of a rooftop swimming pool, there is a waterfall backdrop. Now I know why the store owner told us that it's nice to take a gin with us.

The feeling that vehicles are moving underneath felt exciting. Moving much further towards the end of the rockshelter, we can see the house-ridden Baguio mountains peeking through the much nearer mountain at a far distance.
The waterfall cascades down in great height. I think the waterfall can also be reached by walking along the edge of the mountain where it separates from the rockshelter.

Taken at a distance, the waterfall above the rockshelter.
 Photo taken at another day.

The cemented roof was sloped, seen some rocks- two or more boulders on it. Evidently that the rockshelter was constructed to protect the commuters from the constant falling of rocks on this steep side of the mountain. Well will never know when rocks gonna fall but it's just waiting to happen.

-end of pagnapagna-

The rockshelter and Badiwan Viaduct

The waterfalls at the Rockshelter

Subject : Waterfalls at the "Rockshelter"
Location:  Municipality of Tuba
                 Province of Benguet

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