Sunday, March 1, 2009

Scud's Travels: Mount Pinatubo

It started when I asked my college buddy Dong how to get to Mount Pinatubo (he had been there a few years ago) since I and another friend from my previous work were planning to trek to Pinatubo's crater lake.

Dong asked his contacts the logistics for the Pinatubo trip. Unknowingly he was slowly organizing a Pinatubo trip. He invited his blogger friends. I invited ex-officemates. His blogger friends and my ex-officemates invited their friends. And maybe their friend's friends. Parang pyramid scam!

There were 27 of us who trekked to Pinatubo. It was fun. Tiring. Dusty. It was hot. Then the sky darkened. Then it drizzled. Then it was hot again.
I lost count how many times I almost slipped from the rocks I stepped on which could have sprained (or twisted) my ankle.
But it was all worth it when we arrived at the crater. The crater is breathtakingly beautiful. Serene.
The lake, accumulated from all the rain since it erupted in 1992, was large. Blue. Cold. Deep.

We ate our lunch. We chatted. We took a swim in the lake. And we took pictures.
Here are some of the pictures I took in silent mode.



























25 comments:

Andy Briones said...

Wow! Gorgeous pictures! I like your shots of the lake. Parang mejo mystical yung dating ng lake na 'to; kakatakot maligo.

Kamusta yung tubig? Parang hot spring ba or is it cold?

The Gasoline Dude said...

Andanda! Meron akong kaibigang blogger na nag-imbayt dati pumunta diyan sa Mount Pinatubo. Meron kasi siyang binalak na gawing prenup shoot diyan. Kaso hindi ako nakasama. Hindi ko din sigurado kung natuloy 'yun.

Earvin said...

Woooooh ang saya! Wehehehehe! Next time magdadala na ako ng memory card tsaka ATM. Wehehehe.

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gillboard said...

naks, nakasama ka na kina Dong?! nice!!!

the donG said...

there goes the history! hehehe... i had a great time with the group and you taking a big part there too. sa uulitin.

Skron said...

Awesome pictures, Man. Now I wish I could go on vacation and visit Pinatubo.

REDLAN said...

Nauna ka sa pag post ha. Yung 6, naging 27. Galing. Thanks for sharing the pics. So far so Bry pa lang ang narecognize ko sa group pic kasi nagpost na siya sa friendster account niya. Saya-saya nyo. Kakainggit naman.

Lantaw said...

great pics bro! will post mine soon :)

Ely said...

ganda naman. pero teka lang, bat binubutasan ung bundok? hehe. pwede pala talaga maligo sa lake?

Christian Bryan said...

hello naman jan SCUD!

ansaya ng pinatubo trip naten! sana maulet...

tatambay nako lagi sa blog mo! :)

Earvin said...

Next time uli Kuya Scud! Wehehehehe!!! (Sinave ko rin yung ibang pics dito sa post niyo, iwa-watermark ko na lang. Hehe).

Curbside Puppet said...

wow, you put me on your blog roll. thanks!

and about pinatubo, pupunta rin ako dyan. kelangan lang ng isang matinding SUV. hahaha!

The Scud said...

andy > i don't remember but definitely not hot. di rin ako naligo. nag-tampisaw lang. hehe. ang lalim kasi. di pa ako marunong lumangoy.

gasdude > ayos ang prenup ah. sa pinatubo pa. siguro panahon yan when you had to trek for like 4 hours. ngayon an hour na lang. ginawan na kasi ng skyway ng mga koreano.

earvin > saya nga! hehe.

The Scud said...

gillboard > yep. ako may pakana ng lakad na yan. haha. sana sumama ka.

the dong > ayos nga ang adventure na yun. sulit ang pagod. next time!

skron > salamat. mag-bakasyon ka na at mag pinatubo. pwede daw overnight dun.

The Scud said...

redlan > dapat sumama ka. hehe.. anim lang ba? bilang ni dong 24 daw kami. not bad.

lantaw > thanks! aabangan ko pics mo. astig na naman mga yun.

ely > kagagawan ng mga koreano. mahirap kasi bumaba. inaayos lang nila ang way.

The Scud said...

bryan > saya nga ang trip. kapagod lang. hehe. aabangan ko blog updates mo. i'll add you to my blogroll.

earvin > nag-upload ako new pics sa facebook ko. check it out!

curbside prophet > you're welcome! punta ka na. kahit commute lang. saka na yang SUV. hehe...

Sidney said...

What a landscape !
Looks like fun !

Kevin said...

WOW. Simply breathtaking.

Raft3r said...

nyahaha
parang pyramid scma nga
nanganganak ng kusa
mukhang masaya ng todo trip nyo, ah

The Scud said...

sidney > it was one heck of an adventure. subukan mo!

kevin > it was. you should experience it too. :-D

raft3r > sabi nagsimula lang daw sa 6, tapos 12, tapos 27. 24 ang nag-trek. ang 3 di sumama. akyatin ka na rin ng pinatubo!

MeL said...

Hello KUYA SCUD!

Ang saya nung trek natin. Makikitambay na rin ako dito sa blog mo. :)

Lawstude said...

ganda naman ng mga kuha mo bro at halata na talagang nag-enjoy kayo. sorry i had to miss this event. dapat kasama ko jan kaso may lakad kasi sa baguio. hope to join your travels soon.

SONIA said...

Did you get new cam this time, C.? The pictures were great, as usual, but i reckon even more so, this time. Now, would you be able to go to the extent of saying that all that all this was way better than watching movies?:-p jk! :-)

i thought the crater shots were way cool!

The Scud said...

mel > welcome to my blog! sensya na i can't offer you food. hehe...

lawstude > thanks! one of these days pag nayaya ako ni dong.

sonya > i was able to do a dvd marathon this weekend. too busy. and i still use the same camera. i played around with the shooting mode. :-D