After 12 very long hours of travel time via bus, we arrived in Sagada around 11 A.M. which was an hour ahead of the schedule I prepared. We had lunch at the famous Yogurt House before checking in to George House Inn.
Sagada wasn’t as cold as it was when I last visited 4 years ago. Back then, I didn’t expect the extreme cold weather so I mostly brought sandos and shorts (and a long skirt) during the trip. This time around, I prepared clothes for cold weather but, as it turned out, it wasn’t as cold as before. It was a little warmer during lunch time, so even though the air was easy-breezy, you’d still need sunblock to protect your skin from the sun.
The food in Sagada is amazing. The price is almost the same as restaurants in Manila (P100 – P200 per meal), but the servings are humongous. There were times when I couldn’t even finish what’s on my plate so I always end up giving it to Pope. The vegetables and fruits are served fresh, the rice is healthy, and the sauces are flavorful, so choosing what to eat was always difficult for us.
Afterwards, we headed to Sumaguing cave for some bump and grind exploring, guano-touching, and ass-wetting experience. One important piece of advice I can give to first time spelunkers: Wear underwear. Before we left the inn, I was contemplating whether I should wear some undies under the loose boxer shorts, but in the end I opted for a free experience in the caves. Wrong move!
Climbing up and down rocks that are covered in bat shit became more awkward knowing little Wobbie could peek out any moment. I actually feel sorry for anybody who might have accidentally seen the family jewels. But I couldn’t do anything more about it, I had to focus all my effort in to making sure I can maneuver properly inside the cave, so I had to just let little Wobbie do whatever he wants.
The overall experience inside the cave was fulfilling. I believe I pretty much rocked it better than I thought I would. To be honest, I was expecting I’d chicken out and not finish the entire thing, but by the end of it I felt one with the rocks and the guanos. I survived Sumaguing cave with flying colors, pixie dusts, unicorns and all that shebang.
After about 4 hours of trekking to the cave and exploring inside, we were pretty beaten up so we just decided to have a healthy dinner and rest for the rest of the night. But of course, we probably took the longest bath we’ve ever had to remove all traces of bat shit off our bodies. By 10 P.M, everyone was fast asleep knowing that the moment we wake up the next day, our bodies would be in intense pain.
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