September 6-8, 2013
Freshly bitten by a travel bug and a willing victim of it, there I was going with the flow; drowning into my pounding heartbeat and giving in into the mystical sensation of wanderlust thing.
We were invited by our friend/officemate Pamela to her hometown. We presented our self to go with our friend/officemate Pamela in her hometown to spend our weekend. With no hesitation, together with Pam, Ria and my grandfather, we rode a bus going to Daet at 8:00 pm last September 6, 2013. For about 8 hours road travel, we arrived in Daet at around 4:00 am the next day. We were happily met by Ate Lore and Kuya Wengie at the bus terminal in Daet and drove us to a certain Inn in Bagasbas Beach. There, we met Kuya Glenn who arranged the accommodation for us. Feeling VIP lang, very kapwa ang “peg” and hayahay ang buhay. 🙂
Day 1 “Trek to Nacale Falls”
Being a “kapwa” (fellow) in Daet means everything is set, no more worries on where to eat, where to go and what to do. After a quick nap, we had a superb breakfast at Ate Lorie’s eatery, “solb ang agahan.” 🙂 We then headed to San Lorenzo for our first activity in our Daet escapade, “the trek to Nacale Falls”. With us were Pam and friends namely Mark Dan, Toby, Mobby and Neneng, Ate Lore, Kuya Wengie and Kuya Glenn. After the registration at the jump off point in San Lorenzo Barangay Hall, we then started our adventure. We passed through several households and to our surprise, we saw a cable car in the area, the locals used it as a means of transportation so they can reach to the opposite edge conveniently. They also used it to transport charcoal, firewood and other agricultural products to be traded in the market. And well obviously, as newbie trekker we did not waste the opportunity to experience riding a cable car and at the same time save our energy for the trek. Some of us are hesitant, however, we paid the operator P10.00/head and just put our ass off, closed our eyes and hold our breath (si Lord na ang Bahala :)). Mark Dan, Toby and Mobby just walked their way to the other edge since they were faster than the cable car (the cable car would only fit 4 person in one trip).
After the exhilarating cable car ride, we then began the serious hike. Along the way, we see Pineapple plantations, Coconut trees and other plants and trees. There are also some Sunkist and guava fruits that we managed to pick (sorry sa may-ari, wala namang tao eh, at walang bahay heheh). The Sunkist was refreshing anyways. It was evident on the trail that Nacale Falls is not yet popular to hikers and mountaineers. Only few have discovered and experienced its beauty and the thrill it offers along the journey. Grass and reeds are too high and there are parts of the way that is not so visible due to some vegetation. Before reaching the campground, you need first to go through a very steep and a bit dangerous path where you have to hold a rope to be able to descend. Extra careful is needed. There we set up our camp and had our delicious lunch, with authentic Bicol express, adobo and some santol recipe. We thank you to our Daet friends that they did not let us suffer hunger (buchog much :)).
We then headed to our final destination after a quick rest. The path was very challenging, thrilling and dangerous (not suitable for very young audience parental guidance is advised :)) especially for first timers; you need be extra careful as you stride into some slippery rocks and running water. There are parts that you need to swim, as the water is deep. It is very dangerous to walk on rocks, however if you have the guts and insurance you may do so. 🙂
Upon reaching the falls, we did not waste our time. We immediately dipped into the water, and enjoyed the place, we swam, we jumped, we shouted as Mark Dan did some exhibition. If I were just a good swimmer I can do a lot of things there, unfortunately I’m not (Sorry nalang ako :)).
We were mesmerized by Nacale’s own unique beauty and charm, the adventure it gives along the journey that quenched every thirsty adventurous soul. It was indeed an amazing experience.
After the trek, Daet friends prepared a bonfire along Bagasbas beach where we also had our sumptuous dinner. While we were eating and the Kuya’s were preparing the fish for grilling it suddenly drizzle, so we quickly bought our things and the food to the inn. After eating, unfortunately, I was too tired from the activity that I was not able to join the inuman (drinking session) and kwentuhan (chit chat) and I just willingly submitted my self into a dreamless sleep. Sorry guys, next time nalang.
On Anniversary Celebration, Surfing and Skim Boarding
We just rested all morning and walked barefoot in Bagasbas beach. At around 11:30 am we were fetched by Ate Lorie and Kuya Wengie at the Inn and brought us to Leo’s restaurant along Bagasbas where we had our lunch. The food was delicious, definitely a proud Bicolano style of cooking. Together with us was Kuya Glenn and his wife which luckily celebrating their wedding anniversary at that time.
We did not also miss to try some surfing and skim boarding as these sport is quite famous in Daet , to hopefully experience what stoked is. Unfortunately, I was not able to stand up in the surfboard, and Ria got injured in skim boarding. However it was still rare and awesome and we were happy for our friend Pam for all the first time she experienced. It was her first time to trek, to ride in a cable car, to walk in a hanging bridge and though being born and raised in Daet, it was her first time to try surfing which luckily she was able to stand up in the surf board. You rock Pam, we’re so proud of you! (With matching, Oo naman tol!)
After the surfing and skim boarding attempts, we had our dinner at Catherine’s courtesy of Ate Agnes. (Iba na talaga ang maging “kapwa” sa Daet [ Me singing in the background: Sana maulit muli :)])
Special Thanks to:
Pam, Ate Lorie, Kuya Wengie, Kuya Glenn, Ate Agnes, Mark Dan, Toby, Mobby, Neneng and to all who made this trip more memorable. Thank you for assisting Gen Logico during the trek, thank you for feeding us. Thank you so much for your hospitability and generosity. God bless you more.
To sum it up, it was a weekend well spent, where life was breath and love was felt. Thank you friends!
More Photo Ops. 🙂
If you are planning to include in your itinerary a trek to Nacale Falls during your visit in Cam Norte, I can refer to you a guide. Just send me a message at email@example.com 🙂