Saturday, July 28, 2018

WATERFALLS "X"



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"I planned to go to a waterfall but other new waterfalls
where there as if saying , come look at me
and so I went"
-pagnapagna
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Please, let us practice the "LEAVE NO TRACE" (LNT) outdoor ethics.
Let us not vandalize, etch or write on its natural surfaces such as rocks and bark of trees.
Manage our waste products properly. Do not leave your garbage behind, bring it with you
when there is no proper disposal in the area. Do not litter!
Respect wildlife, "nature" and the local culture.
Minimize our impact!
Safety should be our priority!


-my pagnapagna-
July 26, 2018 a Thursday

It was some few minutes before 6 o'clock in the morning when I arrived at the junction along the highway and had some coffee at a nearby store.
It was still too early and there were no passenger tricycles around so, I started walking along the secondary road. Sometimes I like it like that so I can really walk and yes minus the spending.
Thirty minutes later, I arrived at the Barangay Hall (6:30 am) and went inside to let my purpose in visiting be known. It is a must when visiting areas that are far-flung or not into mainstream tourism.
I logged-in and the Barangay chairman offered me some coffee but I should be going since it was still a long walk and I was avoiding the heavy rains that usually comes in the afternoon.
After some 45 minutes, while walking along the downhill road, I saw a distant cascade that was partially hidden by trees. It really caught my attention and there was a trail where I was standing along the side of the road. I just stood there trying figure things out.
There was a lone motorcycle rider along the road and it slowed down as it reaches where I was to do a turn on that winding road.
I smiled, and asked what needed to be asked as he stopped.
"Datuy ba dyay mapan dita waterfalls nga didiay? (Is this the trail that goes to that waterfalls over there?)", I asked him as I pointed towards the waterfalls.
"Ay diyak ammo ta haannak talaga nga taga ditoy (Oh, I don't know, for I am not really from here)", he answered smiling.
I thank him and he went on his way.
Nobody was around. It was just me, the road, the trail and the distant waterfalls.
I decided to try the trail (7:14 am). Along the trail, I noticed the black pipes. The black pipes are used to transport water for drinking, domestic use and/or irrigating gardens. So there must be a water source and hopefully that is the waterfalls.
The trail passed through some tiger grass gardens, the mountainsides with eroding soils, a short two bamboo poles foot bridge and a short decaying log bridge with no handrail.
Nearing the waterfalls, I noticed two men tailing behind and they walked easily along the trail.
I stopped to wait for them as they approaches. I smiled and let them know my "being there".
They told me, "Agikabil kami man ti hose nga pangdanum (We will install this irrigation hose)" as they were pulling a black pipe of maybe 15 meters in length.
As we arrived at the waterfalls (7:42 am), they went farther above while I stayed behind.

The Waterfalls
It has two visible main cascades and a small main natural pool area. Few meters downstream is another high cascade.




I lingered at the waterfalls taking photographs and videos. It was just hard to do those because of the constant misting and spraying of water from the waterfalls itself.
I had my time and went back to the trail (9:00 am).
I arrived at the roadside at 9:25 am, saw a parked motorcycle which must be used by the two men and while taking some time to write down in my booklet and take note of the time for my blog stories, the two men arrived and asked, "Naka adu ka met lang? (Did you get many?).
I just smiled and answered "wen (yes)".
"Nu kayat mu idianay ta adda ti tallo nga nangangato (If you want, there are higher waterfalls there), they added as they pointed where those waterfalls were located.
"Makapan ka dyay ngatu na. Adda met ti pagnaan nga mapan dyay baba na ngem baka nasamek tatta (You can go on top. There is a trail going down but as of the moment it might be covered with overgrowth of vegetation)", they said.
They told me the "how to get there", I thanked them as they left riding on a motorcycle.
As for me, I braced myself and started walking again to see the waterfalls the two men told me.

-to be continued
pagnapagna-



For the second part CLICK HERE

Note:
As of now the waterfall in this blog is being used by the locals (residents) to irrigate their gardens and even source of their everyday water use in the farms/gardens. The trail is riddled with black pipes used for irrigation and much care should be done when walking along the trail as to avoid damages to these pipes and the fragile trail. Maybe, it can only handle few visitors at a time.
Thank you for understanding!






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Subject: Waterfalls x
Location: (Withheld)
How to get there:
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