Throwback Thursday – Mt Pinatubo Trek

In 2008, I joined the Mt Pinatubo trek organized by one of my former co-workers. The planned activity started out with a few people that somehow quickly ballooned to a bigger group. It was a memorable trip with plenty of life lessons learned and rediscovered along the way.

4 x 4 vehicles that would take us to the jump off point
4 x 4 vehicles that would take us to the jump off point
at one of the
Stopped at this area for some reason I could no longer recall
Passed by soldiers who we reckoned were on some sort of training
Passed by soldiers who we reckoned were on some sort of training
4x4s in very rugged terrain
4x4s in very rugged terrain
At the jump-off point getting ready for the 2-hour trek
At the jump-off point getting ready for the trek
Hydrating and getting a few minutes' rest
Hydrating and getting a few minutes’ rest
Ready to move on
Ready to move on
Ttrekking can be desolate and difficult and joyfully sublime
Ttrekking can be desolate and difficult and joyfully sublime
View of the crater from campsite
View of the crater from the campsite

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Enjoying the frigid waters
Enjoying the frigid waters
Deep, cold, and beautiful
Deep, cold, and beautiful

Some remembered thought balloons on that trip:
~Being comfortable does not necessarily bring happiness. And truly, miles away from your comfort zone await the simple joys of life that you could miss out when you are busy not looking.
~There are moments in life that giving up is not an option unless you want to get stuck in terrains that could get dangerous for you at any given moment.
~There are some people, often strangers, that you just have to trust. And most times, they would not fail you.
~Nothing reveals character than an extremely challenging trek where you are stripped of all the comforts you are used to.
~Everything is really about the trek, the climb, or whatever personal hell you need to go through to reach your destination. The view from above is just icing on the cake.

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