It's day 3 of my Solo Northern Mindanao Adventure! And I'm going to try the zip lines at Dahilayan Adventure Park. Woohoo! I woke early to catch the first trip to Libona, Bukidnon. These jeepneys pass by Camp Phillips in the town of Manolo Fortich - the jump-off point for Dahilayan Adventure Park. From my hostel, I took a cab going to Gusa terminal (PHP 70) where jeepneys bound for Libona are stationed. I arrived an hour ahead of the first trip which is at 6:30 AM. So to kill some time, I had coffee and some biscuits for breakfast in a nearby eatery.
Tweet: I'm here at Gusa Terminal,waiting for the jeepney going to Camp Phillips in Bukidnon... 1st trip is at 6.30am... Good morning Adventuristas!!!
At 6:30 AM, the jeepney is only half full, but it went ahead anyway. I paid 50 pesos, told the driver that I will get off at Camp Phillips and quickly dozed off. After about 30 minutes, I woke up and got frustrated because the jeepney hasn't really gone far as I expected it. It stopped in a market and waited for so long to get full. Haizt! The driver didn't leave until he stuffed us inside the jeepney that seems to be a can of sardines.
This is one important thing you have to take into consideration when taking public transport in the provinces. The waiting time for a bus or jeepney to arrive and to get full will definitely take a toll on your time. So, better make some adjustments in your itinerary.
What can I do? I can't rent a van that would bring me directly to Dahilayan. Poor me, I had to go there the hard but cheaper way! Huhuhu!!!
About 2 hours later, I finally reached Camp Phillips. You would know that you're already there if you see this giant pineapple at the roundabout. I got off to take a photo and then walked towards the terminal where I found habal-habal drivers that will bring me to the adventure park.
I made a deal with the driver (Bibot Sanchez - 09162864637) for a roundtrip fare of 300 pesos. He's a good driver and guide as he would also give you some information about the place as you travel along the vast pineapple plantations on our way to Dahilayan. He even offered me to taste the pineapple, but I had to beg off as I just had biscuits for breakfast.
The trail to Dahilayan is rough, dusty and sometimes muddy, but the view is definitely stunning. Mountains, pineapple plantations and more! The weather is cold as we climb up the mountain. Despite the sunny day, the air was cool. Good thing I wore my jacket.
Navigating with a motorcycle through up and down slopes was fun, especially when you’re breathing fresh air and surrounded by breathtaking sceneries. The ride itself was truly an adventure!
After about 30 minutes, we reached Dahilayan Adventure Park. Yahoo!
Watch out for my adventures at Dahilayan's Zip Zone on my next post.
NOTE: I do not highly recommend taking the jeepney in going to Dahilayan. I later found out that there are vans that ply the CDO-Camp Phillips route in Agora Market Terminal. I believe it's faster compared to taking a jeepney.
This is part of my Solo Northern Mindanao Adventure that happened last August 6-8, 2011. Bukidnon is the 33rd province on my list and this Northern Mindanao adventure is my 7th solo trip.
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