I couldn't imagine what I'd feel and do if I had experienced that. Simply hearing their story gave me goosebumps that lasted throughout the day. But still, we had our itinerary to pursue.
It was freezing cold when we started the day. When we got to our first destination, the temperature did not get better. Kiltepan Tower is Sagada's highest point and is the perfect spot for sunrise viewing. This is also where they hold the annual Sagada Grand Bonfire, so last year, we did not go here for the sunrise viewing but for the Sagada Grand Bonfire. Unfortunately, we did not see any sunrise but only clouds and fog. Even the overlooking view was obstructed by the fog. We consoled ourselves by taking photos in the woods.
Though it might be ironic because our companions were horrified by the previous night's experience in Lemon Pie House, the craving for lemon pie and lemon tea overpowered their fear thus we had our breakfast there. Finally, I was able to try the much talked about lemon pie. It was really delicious but we failed to bring some home because the owner said that you must inform her the previous day because she only prepares it in bulk if there were orders. While here, the tour coordinator asked us for P 20 each for the certificate from SAGGAS.
|Snowing? At Kiltepan.|
|mouth-watering lemon pie|
We proceeded to Rock Inn Farm's orange orchard. We were charged an additional P 50/pax to experience orange picking in their orchard. The self-picked oranges were free of charge if you eat it right away (inside the premises) but they charge P 50/kilogram if you would take it with you. Because I was such a spendthrift, I ate to my heart's content, and did not bring anything with me.
The travel went on. We had stops for photo shoots at Mt. Kalawitan and Philippine Pali (highest point in the Philippine Highway System). It was already noontime and we were still far from La Trinidad, so the driver dropped us at a gas station to have our lunch there.
|orange-picking: a new experience|
|at Mt. Kalawitan|
|The signage says it all.|
|Even the gas station has an overlooking view.|
|because I love strawberries...|
|Our dinner...good thing we finished eating before our companion told us about the dark figure|
From there, it was still a long journey home. And the story went on haunting me.
You might be interested on my other posts about our December 2011 Sagada trip:
My Second Time in Sagada: EchoValley, Hanging Coffins, St. Mary’s Church, Lake Danum,Pottery House, Ganduyan Museum, Yoghurt House