While browsing Facebook, I saw a post of Vagabond Pinas offering a trek to Tinipak River with side trip at Pillilia Windmills. Bim and I saw the windmills but never had a chance to see it up close during our Rizal trip last October. So I invited Bim and Edward (friend from Qatar) to join this trip. We paid Php 1500 each as a fee for trip, inclusions are: roundtrip van transfer (Manila-Rizal-Manila), lunch and sidetrip to the windmills. This was originally scheduled on October 17 but due to typhoon it was re-scheduled on Oct 25.
We ate our breakfast at Chowking – Shangrila since this is also our meet up place with the Vagabond Tinipak River Trek participants.This tour consists of 3 vans plus 1 pick up including two dogs – Ash and Randy. Most of the participants are group of friends (girls & bekis) and couples. It’s a big group so each van have their own coordinators. We are on the second van and doing a convoy with the other vans. We actually passed the road going to Barangay Daraitan…not sure why since it’s not the first time of the group to visit Tinipak. They change the sequence and we became the first van and finally, we’re here. We left some of our stuff inside the van and bring the things needed for the trek only. Anyway, our drivers will not join the trek so we can leave our things inside the van.
You need to cross the Tinipak River to reach Barangay Daraitan. We need to wait for our turn since there are locals plus hikers who going to Daraitan. After crossing the river, we rode a tricycle to reach the Barangay Hall where we register and get our trek guide. We bought some water from the store and started with our orientation at the Barangay Hall. They told us the do’s and don’ts. After that, we started the trek…as usual, we are last again since I have to go to the toilet first.
My dry bag handle was broken at the start of the trek so I had to carry it like a handbag. But it doesn’t matter since we’re the last team in our group. Being last means lots of photos haha! Our coordinators and guide are always checking and keeping an eye on us.
We arrived at the campsite around 11ish…sorry I lost track of the time. We didn’t ate lunch yet since they still need to cook our food. So while waiting for our lunch, we continue our trek and did lots of swimming. The water is so cold…brrr! Shallow then suddenly it’s too deep plus the current/wave is too strong.
After a few hours, we went back to the campsite and eat our lunch. Most of the participants just stayed in the campsite and changed to their dry clothes. But the three of us with the other participants, we did a quick swim in the river again. Of course, we’re here to enjoy the cold and turquoise water of Tinipak.
The plan was to trek the Tinipak River and do some caving. But due to the damage caused by typhoon Lando, the bridge going to the cave was destroyed and it’s not yet fixed.
Then, after lots of swimming, time to go back! Again, we’re the last group to arrive at the wash up area. All of the other participants are already dry and eating but we’re still wet. So our Trip leader has no choice but to wait for us.
On our way back, the tricycle had some technical problem – the brake was stuck. We had to go down and wait for our driver to fix it. After a few minutes, we’re moving again.
Time to cross the river again…we had to wait for a small boat since the bigger boat is loaded with supplies (food, motorcycle) of the locals.
We had to hike and walk a few meters to reach our van. Our coordinators thought that all the participants are complete so we started our journey going to our next destination – the Pillilia Windmills.
But just after a few minutes, they found out that we are short of three (3) participants. The three (3) girls seated at the back of our van is missing. Of course, they can not leave those girls behind. They decided that one van should go back and look for the girls while the rest will continue to be able to see the sunset at the windmills.
We can’t miss it since the driver says “P********, ang ganda talaga ng sunset sa windmill” with feelings as told by Jenn (one of the participants). To see is to believe right?
Well, all sunsets and sunrise are beautiful… I’ll never get tried looking at this God’s wonderful creation.
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