Waking up in the clouds

Trip Start Feb 18, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Sagada Homestay

Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Sunday, March 28, 2010

3/28-- We must be in the mountains because towards the end of our second 12 hour bus ride from Manila, we open our eyes early in the morning and are in the middle of a cloud.  Oh and it's freezing (for the Philippines).  As the clouds lift and we take a jeepney from Bontoc to Sagada, we are wide-eyed at the beautiful rice-terraces all around us.  The view is stunning and the air has warmed up to a cool mountain crisp.  We arrive in town and head to the very cute "Yoghurt House" for some homemade rich and creamy yogurt with granola, bananas and strawberry preserve.  We sit here almost all day just relaxing, drinking mountain tea, catching up on the journal and playing with Jon's new camera (oh we bought a Canon G11 in Manila woo-hoo!).

In the afternoon we take a short hike down to a burial cave to see the century old coffins stacked up inside the cave.  It's pretty creepy.

Mon. 3/29--  All day hiking today through Echo Valley to see the hanging coffins.  At the mouth of yet another cave we run into 3 grazing water buffalo.  We get our feet a bit wet in the underground river that flows through this cave that's filled with tiny black bats that we can really only hear chirpping from above or see swooshing by our headlamp.  On we go to walk across rice terraces to a small waterfall.

Tues 3/30--  We decide to stay another night in Sagada because it is such a quaint mountain town and we have met so many awesome people.. Among them is; Ana, a peaceful spirit and colorful painter and yoga teacher with two boys who are just adorable; a singer of American folk songs (and some originals) named June; also Lope, a potter who let us use his studio; and Christina an older woman who shows her collection of indigenous Igorot artifacts in the Gunduyan museum.

Wed 3/31--  Making pottery in Lope's studio with homemade Sagada clay!

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