When in Baguio: A Trip To The Mountains4:01 AM
This isn't a beginner's guide on how to climb mountains. Nor will this be about steps on how to reach the summit of Mt.Jumbo because, quite honestly, you don't need that. Even our young boy scouts can make it to the top with less challenge. Thus the name Mt. Jumbo, a play from the word "jamboree", since the mountain has been a favorite venue for a lot of boy scout events.
What we have here is a gallery of photos to give you more options for activities to do while in Baguio. There is always something new to do and see in the Summer Capital, I believe in that. But sometimes we get too comfortable with where we usually go and what we usually do that we stop exploring. Baguio, being an artist and foodie haven and a melting pot of rich Igorot culture, doesn't deserve that.
Since we are halfway thought the clouds, why not go farther up? We have to forget our very comfortable beds in Azalea to hike up early and chase the sunrise. The cozy beds maybe the reason why we were behind schedule but we were up there just on time to welcome another sunny day.
We will be talking more about Azalea Hotel and Residences on the next blog. For now, here are some photos that should inspire you to go out there and see more of this city.
The first 10 minutes of climb is the most challenging, you guys know that. We rode a van from Azalea in Leonard Wood Loop or near Botanical Gardens, to La Trinidad, the next city from Baguio. After 20 minutes, we got off the van and started walking to the summit. You'll pass by few residential houses on your way up.
This day's sunrise forecast is 5:45 AM. Since we were behind schedule, we kind of expected to not reach the summit before sunrise. I'm still thankful though that halfway through our almost-an-hour climb, I got the shot above.
Our two super blogger achievers who made it on top first.
I was told that Mt. Jumbo isn't part of the Sierra Madre mountain system. It is actually in the middle of the Cordillera Central, a massive mountain range where the whole of Baguio City and the provinces of Benguet and neighboring Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, Ifugao and Mountain Province are located.
I have climbed only two mountains in my life. I shouldn't be penalized for a selfie.
The sun is about to cover the whole place with light. Across from where we stand is Baguio and the town of Tuba where the popular Sitio La Presa was built for the ABS-CBN romance soap "Forevermore".
And we are back in Azalea to sleep for the rest of the day. I will be blogging about the hotel in detail next time but if you are excited to know more about the place, you can visit their website by clicking here.
Saw this on my bed upon reaching our room. This note is being sent daily to guests with weather and temperature updates. And not to be missed are the chocolate-coated strawberries. How can you resist?
Let's call it a day or night or whatever. :)