On the second day of our trip in Marilog District, we decided to go on a walk. Yep. Just a walk. No pressure.
But, urgh! I was actually deceived. It wasn’t just a simple highway stroll, but more or less a 6-mile stride. Uh-huh. We had all been deceived. Smh. Had I known, I would have taken the bus, or would have driven Dwight’s motorbike. As if. Well, what’s done is done.
Who would have thought that despite my slightly dysfunctional cardiac valve, I’d be able to actually finish a 10KM-walk? It’s not that I’m overreacting but 10 kilometers for me should have been too much. But I guess the distance didn’t matter at all since the final stop was worth all the sweat and the muscle cramps!
Plus, if I was walking alone in this chilly yet considerably blazing road, I would have not noticed anything but my weakening consciousness and almost worn-out physique. 10 kilometers is not a joke. I’m telling you. But gladly, I was with my ever motivated and eager friends. I bet that’s how I survived despite the fact that we were walking like gangsters then – that everytime we passed by something or someone, they’d just disappear. I mean, I was really wondering why the street was so quiet. There was even a time that I seriously thought that we were the only survivors of a worldwide epidemic. And that we needed to move forward and live on. But okay. That was some plot twist there.
Nevertheless, because of these happy thoughts, we were able to take a good look on the beautiful scenes appearing before us. Like these ones below:
Scorching heat of the sun and constant pull of gravity (and kidding) aside, we were pleased to see these towering breeds of pine trees! They still stood high and mighty above us, hoomans.
And because of these, we could have had another opportunity to strike some Twilight-inspired poses, but since we were (almost) tired, we just had a normal photo with the gigantic air-conditioners.
However, you could guess that time was not that of a big deal for these two (at least not by the moment the photo below was taken) since they still managed to sit and have their sweetness captured. Instant date spot!
We were also amazed by this abandoned house. It looked like one from the TV Series The Walking Dead, didn’t it? Upon remembering of the zombie apocalypse in the series, I personally thought of running past this house, worse, abandoning everyone and taking the bus. I am not a scaredy-cat. Nope.
And of course, since we were technically strolling the Bukidnon-Davao Boundary, the landmark shouldn’t be out of the picture. You’d be able to recognize right away the sculptures as the Philippine Eagle and the Lumads (Natives).
And the fruit that represents Davao City very well, durian!
Here’s a tip. No, it’s a warning actually. Never ever join this on-foot journey with an empty stomach or an empty pocket! Or else, you’ll end up like us who had no choice but to savor the P10-dirty ice cream for breakfast. That was fortunate enough of us to meet Kuya (the vendor) on the highway. Had we not, we could have starved and died then.
And the whole point of this walk is ta-da! The La Presa of the South, Bemwa Farm! Sugoi desu ne~
Strawberry-picking is allowed in the farm as long as you pay for the ones you pick. However, for some reasons we didn’t clearly hear, we weren’t allowed to do it on that day. So what we did was buy packed strawberries (P400/kilo) plus the jam (P100/jar).
Juices were also available but we did not have them. Instead, we bought tons of greenies. With DIY dressings, we were able to make the most out of our P150-worth of lettuce! Freshly-picked lettuce!
Since we were exhausted enough to even take a step for another 10 kilometers, we made a little tweak on the plan. We hired this habal-habal, a motorcycle with slabs of woods on each side to carry more than two passengers. It was scary as jumping off a cliff, because it was my first time. The walk forth took us almost 4 hours, and the ride back only took us for more or less 20 minutes. Wasn’t that amazing? Aaahhh! Kamehame-wave times two times two times two times two! But we enjoyed it, nonetheless.
By the time we were back at Alice Loghouse, we made sure to eat a whole lot of everything! We were like raging bulls while savaging the innocent dishes. Sorry about that, but we were just very, very, hungry!
We could have complained. We could have taken the detour and returned to our starting point. We could have taken the bus. We could have made better and favorable choices. But you see, if we had, we couldn’t have done one of the best walks of our life, could we? And so I say, it was indeed a walk worth remembering. 🙂
Credits to Mac Lester and Lee Jun for the photos.
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