Around 7AM, we were already on our way from Sitio Baogo to the Budlaan River. It started just fine and we kept talking with each other until we had to take off our footwear because it was easier to hike barefoot. But we had to be extra careful not to step on anything especially any pointed objects.
Within 30mins of following the trail, we saw a residential area and took advantage of the chance to ask them which way to take. Everytime we tell them we’re on our way to Sirao Peak, they always gave us the surprised look. But we shrugged it off, thinking maybe because we’re ladies and they didn’t think we can actually pull it off.
It took us another 30mins maybe to finally hear the sounds of the water stream. And I was getting more excited as the sound got louder. We finally saw the first mini falls and decided to stay and get some rest. I was already feeling hot that I took off my clothes,
took a dip in the cool water and closed my eyes listening to the sounds of nature. It was definitely soothing!
After an hour or so, Jammy and I decided to keep going and we saw 2 more mini falls along the way until we met a young woodsman and asked him if he could actually bring us to Budlaan Falls and show us the trail to Sirao Peak. Again, we surprised him when we told him our plan of climbing up to the peak. But he was more than willing to give us a little help.
He watched over us while Jammy was climbing from one big rock to another and I was busy plunging into the falling water of Budlaan river. Beautiful, peaceful away from the bustling city. We took our time making love with nature. We were in trance, a good kind of ecstasy.
The woodsman had to go back to what he was doing so he told us where we needed to pass. And this was the hardest… see my post about this most tricky part.
After an almost endless hike, we are already out of water to drink until we saw a basketball court. We were finally in another residential area. We immediately bought water to refill out empty bottles. Alas, I saw a lady selling barbecue so we asked her to cook some for us. We were too happy to be eating and get to talk with these people as if we’ve never seen people for a long time.
We took an hour of rest and even got to have a power nap. Around 1PM, we got ourselves ready again and said goodbye to our new friends following the way they told us to take. They told us, it might take another hour to get on the peak. Along the way, we also got to see cows, goats and carabaos. They were actually good signs that there were houses nearby. This part of the hike was the time we got exposed the most to the sunlight. We were already sweating so much and I could feel the heat of the sun into my skin. It was scorching hot!
We got confused which trail to take and we had to get under a tree to rest and lie down. We were starting to lose hope as our energy was going down. But we were also determined to get home as early as we could so we could get the much needed rest. Finally, after a seemingly endless hike, we finally got on the peak. As soon as we got there, we immediately lay down on the ground, trying to catch some breath! It was definitely a sweet hike after all what we’ve been through without a real guide and not actually knowing where to go.
Then we had to hike again going to the highway so we could get a motorcycle to ride going down JY Square. Good thing we didn’t have to wait a lot longer and after a few minutes of waiting, we were already on our way to the city. It felt so good to be just going home after a mountain of experience that day. It was exactly an 8-hour hike to the mountain of Sirao! Definitely another unforgettable experience!