Sagada Part 2

19 Aug 2013
Sagada Part 2

We woke up at around 2 or 3 am and drove to a dark and misty uphill road

At around 2 or 3am, we sped down a dark and misty uphill road to chase a beautiful sunrise view on top of a mountain. There were no street lights but the driver was able to navigate with ease.

Jeremie and I sat in the front seat and had a conversation with the driver. He seemed to have a distinctly American accent for someone who grew up in Sagada. He said that there used to be a lot of hippies from the US who traveled to Sagada in the 70s.

Things I learned from the driver:

Bonfire
Group shot and play with light Before sunrise

The place suddenly felt too crowded as soon as more vans arrived. It was getting really hard to move without bumping into people.

Disappointment number two came when we realized there was no sunrise. It was too cloudy. I bet we weren't the only ones disappointed.

Everyone's all smiles despite the disapppointment Grand mountains
House swallowed by plants
Restaurant lights Restaurant interior

Our next destination was in an orange farm known for orange-picking. Unfortunately for us, they ran out of oranges for people to pick. Great.

Nothing seems to be going our way, so we decided to drop by a restaurant for breakfast.

Restaurant interior Restaurant interior Restaurant interior
Woody cladding Woody cladding
Bacon that's too saggy and sad Scrambled eggs French toast?
Having fun with the natural light
Adrian the lumberjack Adrian the lumberjack
Tool shed

Afterward, it was time for a 2-hour morning hike

Mountain view

No sweat. We started like this and ended like fish-out-of-water

Before the hike
Information booth

We learned our lesson the other day and got a guide from the information booth.

Beginning of a long hike
Tiny humans in a vast ocean of grass.
Hiking through terrace fields Narrow trail

Wait for me guys! I think I might get an award for being the slowest trekker. I have this fear of heights and this theory that my clumsiness will eventually kill me. Seriously dumb ways to die

Boulders

We reached the waterfalls. We didn't swim though. We just looked at the crowd and headed back up

Waterfalls at the end of the road
Spirited away moment

It was exhausting and sweltering, but we survived the hike

Jeremie and I survived the long hike