Being the morning person that I am, I woke up ﬁrst, did my usual morning ritual of washing my face and then drinking a cup of coffee. One by one the other campers woke up. We, then asked the caretakers to cook us some rice as Fredda started to prepare some salad. Beach camping is a great way to meet new friends – no pretentions and only the essentials.
We planned to see the small waterfalls and the river. The walk took us less than an hour under scorching heat. We passed by dry, tall grasses and rocky path along the riverbed until we reached a small spring that created a natural pool deep and big enough for a group to have a dip. I jumped from one of the rocks to get some adrenaline rush. I always feel free whenever I jump into the water. After checking out the waterfalls, we went to the river, which was big and shallow. John told me that it was very relaxing. I ﬁnd this as a common comment among people who live and work in the city. Nature has its own way of teaching us the beauty in simplicity. The ﬂow of the water was steady and calm. It was surrounded by Agoho trees and Iron woods, these are the pine trees that thrive in sandy and lowland areas. I went to my knees so I could feel the murky water and sand. I’m glad I have an unlimited access to feel the vibrations of the earth for the coming months.
We went back to Pundaquit Bay by lunch time and asked the tricycle driver that we rented to bring us to a food stall which offers good food for our ravenous stomachs. After late lunch we bid each other good bye. This is how my journey goes, sometimes I walk solo but at times people join. People come, people go, as in life, but I have to continue and move on. Aggy, Lauvee, and John took the road back to Manila while me and Fredda continued up north. Fredda got off at Masinloc while I continued to Sta. Maria. I needed to sleep at the bus terminal in Sta. Maria as I missed the last trip to Alaminos. There I lay on the passenger’s waiting area. I had barely lied down straight when big mosquitoes started feasting on my fresh blood already. Damn!
Slumber Challenge: Bus station
This is the ﬁrst time I will be spending the night on a bus station. I used my bag as a pillow and brought out my sarong to keep the bugs off. I can’t sleep properly because I was checking if I was safe every once in a while add to this the loud horns of the buses that come in and out of the terminal. I did save a lot on accommodation expenses but I have to battle mosquito bites.
Route: Nagsasa Cove, San Antonio Zambales – Iba, Zambales – Sta. Cruz, Zambales
Expenses for today:
440- boat rental (P2,200/5pax)
30- tricycle fare
82- bus fare to iba, zambales
109- iba to sta.cruz