I wanted to go to Mindanao primarily because of Cagayan de Oro’s Whitewater Rafting. I already contacted companies offering the activity, two already found us a group to join (because minimum persons for a trip to push through was six) and I had already set a schedule. I was ready to conquer the rapids but two days before, Dams backed out because of his father. Again, some other time (hello Jinkee! :] ). Instead, we went to Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Adventure Park at Tangub City in Misamis Occidental for what is claimed to be the longest and deepest Zipline in Asia.
Of course we signed the ever present waiver putting all the blame and responsibility on ourselves. Our weight and blood pressures weren’t taken though. According to the staff, their weight limit was 900 kilograms!!! yay!
The 600 peso package included a 1.5 km zipline from station 1 to 2, another 1.2 km zip from station 2 to 3 plus a horseback or 4X4 ride from Station 3 back to 1. Definitely worth it. From station 1 to 2, we opted for the superman ride. Good thing they didn’t have a weight limit! In fact, according to the very helpful lady at the front desk, the heaviest rider they’ve had was a 130 kg German! Look at the simplicity of their machine: ties and a pulley only, nothing fancy. Plus their breaking system (unlike that of Alindahaw’s) wasn’t painful at all.
What can I say? It felt surreal. At first there was only the whiteness of the clouds and then suddenly, just like in any other form of climax, the greens of the mountainside took my breath away. It wasn’t at all scary and I take back the curses I shouted while I was pulled backward before the push. I like having experiences like these because it reminds me of God’s greatness. For close to 2 minutes (which was long in terms of ziplines), all you have to do is take in the beauty of nature, inhale everything!
I was curious with the design of their Ziplines so I asked a staff. According to him, one strand of the yellow/orange tie can hold up to 2,000 kilograms. Yes, not 200 but 2,000 kilograms! He added that the ties were made from bullet proof materials and that they already tested the durability using a 4X4 truck! Yeah Science (imitating Jesse Pinkman)!
I wanted the 4X4 truck but the vehicle was not operational so I settled for the horse. It was another first for me. Didn’t know it was that hard. If not for kuya who assisted me, I would have fallen within the first minute. And I pity the horse because I was a heavy passenger. We passed by other parts of the park like the vermifarm and gardens but I was concentrating on adjusting my butt left and right on the animal so no pictures. Salute to equestrians!
It was a good thing that we were the first customers. After our turn, suddenly a line formed in the pre departure area of the Zipline. The fog/clouds were becoming thicker and thicker so we hurriedly took pictures.
I’m not sure if this was the stone chapel or a hotel. Either way, it looked like it was taken out of a horror movie. We wanted to explore the expanse of the park but the fog have hidden most sights from view.
I noticed the abundance of PNP checkpoints all throughout the highway. Despite the signs though, there weren’t any police officers in sight which only means that Mindanao is a pretty safe place contrary to what most of us think.
Night drive. Everyone was tired and asleep except Dams and me. That night I learned the proper etiquette of low lights in a highway especially when there’s a vehicle approaching on the opposite direction because high lights hurt the eyes!
Last day in Pagadian and I was feeling sad. I get easily attached to happy places and good people. But I know I’ll recover. hehe. Life after all, is a series of attachments and detachments. I don’t know, maybe coming back to Manila presented some sort of impending doom for me. My vacation was over. It was time for a reality check. No money. No job. No plans. No idea. Hayyyyyyyyyyyy!