Wednesday, October 2, 2013

an adventure continued

Mark bartered with three motorcycle drivers to negotiate a fare 
to hire them for the morning.
Once agreed on a price, we jumped on and zipped off down the road.
After a quick stop for enough gas to last the day ($2.50 per bike)
we headed to the highest point on Samal Island,
Mount Puting Bato (Mount White Rock).

These photos cannot do the 30-minute trip justice.
After all, good photos are only obtainable when you aren't bouncing along rutted dirt roads 
at a 45 degree angle.

After what seemed like hours of fervent prayer and holding on for dear life,
I found myself whole-heartedly agreeing with Mr. Baggins:

“Why O why did I ever leave my hobbit-hole?" 
said poor Mr. Baggins, bumping up and down on Bombur's back.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
 At long last we reached the Tayapok Trail, a 25-minute hike to the top of the mountain.
(Notice our drivers outpaced us by driving up the trail)

A brave heart and a courteous tongue.   
They shall carry thee far through the jungle. 
– Rudyard Kipling

But success was denied us;
the top of the mountain was off-limits that day.

Mark tried to rouse a keeper for the padlocked entrance gate; 
(that's him on the bottom left, peeking into the gatekeeper's lodge)
we would have been more than happy to pay the 15 cent entrance fee!
All to no avail.  
I guess they hadn't got the memo that we were on our way.

So Michael pulled out his R/C plane instead.
 What a great place for a flight!  
Our drivers were fascinated by the mini air show.

In the name of God, stop a moment, 
cease your work, 
look around you. 
 - Leo Tolstoy

- Stay tuned for one more post to complete our birthday adventure!

1 comment:

Rosalie said...

You seem to have survived okay! Glad you were able to get away for awhile.