Our family had our first trek and it was in the hot and challenging route to the crater of Mount Pinatubo.
As early as 2 o’clock in the morning, we were all up and about to experience the exciting activity. We arranged a tour which will pick us up from the corner of Quezon Avenue and Edsa in going to Capas, Tarlac. From there we will be transported to Crow Valley through 4×4 vehicle before we will start our trek.
We entered the Mt. Pinatubo area through a very rough and bumpy ride in the 4×4 assigned to us. We crossed several rivers, sand, rocks and soft ground. As we reached the Crow Valley, we took a short stop for photo ops. Then, we rode again until we reached our next stop which marked the start of our trek to the crater.
We took this long route as the “skyway” or the previous road was no longer accessible after being damaged by several typhoons which hit the country. We walked through lahar, river, rocks and slippery trails in the heat of the sun. It tested our strength, patience and perseverance. In other word, it tested our character. I am so proud of children as I never heard a single word of complaint. They all silently walked but in our pit stops they sometimes exchanged jokes.
My pictures below will definitely say it all. I need not elaborate but one thing I am sure, that God was with us, all the way. He guided us and gave us energy to complete this family adventure. He made us victorious and He allowed us again to feel how blessed we are, as a family and as God’s children. I never imagine we can conquer this one, but we did it.
I want to congratulate my friends, Romel, Roselle, Ernie, Myrgie and Al, for the courage to start and join us in this adventure and nature trip. I know they found the trails difficult and exhausting but I hope they gained something from the experience.
As we bid goodbye to this natural wonder of Mt. Pinatubo, I asked myself this question – will there be one organizer who will find courage to hold a trail run in this place?