Eleven springs to cross. One hour of trekking to endure. But it only takes a second to forget everything you’ve been through when you see the rippling ice-cold water from 10-foot high waterfalls. Breath-taking. Captivating. Priceless.
The Trip. For this experience, we invited some Trip barkadas to join us on the road. They just got their MBA degree so it’s a great way to celebrate their freedom from accounting and financial books! Hurray guys! Congratulations! You survived Dr. ______! Yey!!!! *wink wink wink*
We had our meet-up place at NE Crossing. (It’s quite popular there. You will see Shell Station and McDonald’s on the opposite side.)Because of the long ride and rough road, we decided to bring a 4×4 vehicle. You can also go by jeepney which will cost around 50 pesos from Cabanatuan terminal.
By the time we got to Gabaldon, the place became colder, so we decided to roll down our windows. There is nothing that can compare to the cold breeze gently touching our faces. We laughed and picked on each other on our way. It was the craziest trip ever! I guess that’s one of the perks of travelling with barkada. You can be at your worst perky face and yet they love you still. It’s not something like “behave or get your ass off the car!”
Finally! After almost an hour on the road, we reached our destination. Before you can get to the falls, you have to pass Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) compound. We were surprised when we saw how huge the campus is. They have an Olympic-sized swimming pool aside from two other pools.There are nipa huts everywhere where students can lounge around, do their assignments, have group meetings, etc. Oh, how I envy those students!
The Trek. Man, this is the challenge! We’ve been told that it would take an hour to reach the falls but we didn’t mind. In every spring (or small river or stream) that we had to cross, there’s something new to notice, so it didn’t feel like a challenge at all. We joked around, bullied each other, played with our cameras, and did different poses that are 2013 calendar worthy! LOL! (someone needs to wipe that memory card before it gets viral!!!)
The Wildlife Story. Our group suddenly went quiet when an amphibian welcomed us in one of the springs that we had to cross. No one wanted to move and take a single step! We were frozen in time! What if there was a giant snake mother lurking in the dark and watching her baby from behind? What if there was a pool of snakes and this was just one of them? What if this snake in front of us stung us so bad that in less than one minute we’re dead? Who would rescue us? Who would take care of my dog?Who wouldmanage my blog account? What if this was my last day on earth and I haven’t even told him that I love him?
After all my delusions, I just knew that we were already on the other side and started trekking again.
The Main Attraction. So this is it! The place is so beautiful; we were actually lost for words! Let the pictures speak on our behalf.
Photo by Maxie Geranta
Words by Jane Odulio