the TRAIL


Anawangin Part 5 of 5

Anawangin Cove, San Antonio

Zambales, Philippines

Sunday, 07 August 2011

The afternoon ended with a game by the shore while the rain was pouring hard and the waves still crashing us down. As the night started to fold, we took a bath in the nearby toilet facilities, while other started to prepare dinner and the tents. As the sky turns into black, we opened our handy flashlights preparing for the nightfall to overcome into us, since there is no light in the cove. The night ended with some beer and drinks by the hut, and of course bonding time with friends.

The night is flooded by the sound of the rain, added by the waves breaking into the shore, it’s definitely very peaceful. But the coldness of the weather is certainly overpowering. My body is shivering due to the strong rain and the wind. Not to mention that our tent was already damp and flooded after midnight, people have no choice but to sleep in the open nipa hut, experiencing the coldness and the dampness of the weather.

I woke up around 6 am, it was already bright though heavy clouds are still up on the sky. My body was still shaking due to the coldness, and my mind is still grievous due to the hangover last night. While others are preparing food for our breakfast, other started to get ready for our trip back to Manila. We were eating when the news arrived that instead of taking a boat ride back to Pundaquit we were about to trek, since the waves are too high and the open sea would be too risky. So we prepared emotionally and psychologically of what are we about to do. 3 hours of trek can we do it?

Its past 9 am, when we started. Numerous lakes, streams with or without strong current, knee high, stone or sand bottom were passed. Different flora and fauna and sceneries were seen. The trek became harder when the landscape started to slope tremendously. From flat area to almost 80 degrees clinging on to anything we can hold on to for support, considering that the ground is slippery. Since no one is prepared for this, numerous minor accidents happened, like being slipped, collision with our foot with a rock, and friction with some sharp plants. Random rain occurred especially when we were near the summit. As soon as the altitude became higher, the view is definitely beautiful. You can see the cove from afar. With these, plus the gush of the wind, the coolness of the air, the fogginess of the atmosphere, and of course with our tiresome back and feet, it’s definitely worth it to just rest for a few minutes, and just enjoy everything that surrounded me. It was definitely a piece of heaven.

When we reached the summit, we rest for a while and took group pictures, and for the first time opened our cell phones and took advantage of the signal available (warning: there is no phone signal in Anawangin!). We descended, never got any clue on how long more would it take us to get back to civilization, but after almost 6 hours we reached Pundaquit safe, wet, tired, but definitely happy for the experience!

Anawangin is definitely something worth it to experience: the beach, the Marsh, the green foliage, the Agoho forest, the Rock formations, the trail. It’s a place where one can be simple and basic: no electricity, no phone signal, no posh accommodations, it’s just you and the nature.

I did not regret going there with such bad weather. It’s a different take on a beach where people would only go to during the summer. Though it is the height of the monsoon weather, the experience is definitely way to different and extreme.

Sadly we weren’t able to take side trip to the nearby Capones Island were an old lighthouse can be located. Well at least there is a reason to go back, plus experiencing it for summer where the sun shines in its majestic glory would be totally a different take on the island. Browner pastures I think?! Then definitely its worth it to come back.

***FOR THE ULTIMATE ANAWANGIN EXPERIENCE CONTACT KUYA JHERWYN 09065032211…..He would gladly accommodate you!
      

       





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