Sunday, May 25, 2008

An Outdoor Adventure At Anawangin, Zambales

We're back from Anawangin. It's been a really tiresome and draining trip. But it was worth it. Anwangin is just as it has been described on the net... the water is pristine, the place is enchanting and appears peaceful but has some dreadful secrets at the same time.

Our trip started from the McDonald's Eastwood where we met with our trip organizers. There were about 40 or 50 persons in our group so I could imagine that herding all those was a challenge. We left the place at 12:45, 45 minutes later than scheduled. But that's the advantage of meeting at Eastwood - you can go around the place so you don't get bored.

It took about 4 hours to get to Pundaquit beach where the boats we were to take were docked. Dhang, our organizer, had pre-arranged for the boatmen to meet us. The man assigned to us was Mang Amando who is maybe in his late 50's, a Cebuano, I was told. He brought us from Anawangin to Capones Island too. But I'll tell you about it later.

Mang Amando's boat, named Leonel, is a small and sits 4 people. If you don't mind not breathing well for a whole 40 minutes, you can squeeze 6 people in. Although it had rained the day before, the sea was rather calm and the weather was fine when we got to our destination. A beautiful fir-lined beach wowed us there. It was just 6 am and there were about 4 tents pitched already. It seemed like they had been there the night before.

We were all hungry already when we arrived. However, my family and I took our nap in our tent because I didn't want them to go for a swim without having breakfast yet. The meal was served at about 10 am. It was late but the food was good. After breakfast, we changed clothes and went for a swim at the river at the back of our campsite. The water was clear, got murky when we walked but quickly became clear again a few seconds after.

- continued on Part 2

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