The rapids were roaring and so were we! :)
White Water Rafting Adventures with Kristel, Pam, Rico, and Alex.
I thank Joyce for lending me her shocking pink rash guard. She was right when she said people will be able to spot me even miles away without effort.
This experience started off with some basic orientation at the Crocodile Farm to make us realize that what we were about to go through was not entirely 100% safe. This was followed by a practice round. We all took turns jumping off the raft and trying to get back into it by pulling/carrying each other. We battled with the rapids (rocks) in the water and emerged victorious despite the never ending splashes against our faces. A stop over for some good lunch to revive our energy! Then more rapids kept coming our way after that along with an intentional capsize moment. :)
Day 1 started early for us. I was at the airport around 1am in the morning for the 4am flight. At times, the stress of travelling alone can get into you. Not having anyone to talk to especially at that time of the day. Not even being able to sleep a bit or else your belongings might just disappear out of thin air when you wake up or the potential of missing the flight. Anyway, I managed to keep myself awake and busy until the 4am flight. Though, I slept like a baby for two hours in the plane. Then I finally reached my destination and got to meet fellow No Borders travel mates. Outside the airport we were greeted by this huge durian which was Davao's specialty. As the journey began we were given official No Borders pamphlets which I found cute and informative. We had breakfast at McDonalds and then headed for the Philippine Eagle Center. (Check out my previous post for details)
We had quite a long ride to Eden Park but I didn't mind since it gave all of us time to catch up with sleep. Eden Park is a place for nature lovers. I was apparently the right target market. Wild unique flowers and animals we fortunately got to see. There were also mini versions of a zip line in several spots. It was quite a thrill but nothing of course will beat the real thing! We had lunch at a glass house in Eden and I want to highlight how fresh the vegetables were. So I had salad topped with sweet mangoes drizzled with mango vinaigrette. Exploration went on after lunch. We took some shots at the stadium place and simply appreciated the forest.
Next stop is Camp Sabros (yes, still Day 1), where the real zip line is but that's another story to tell. :)
Pictures I've included to give you a feel of Eden. Hope you enjoy!
This is the start of my Davao Journey. I must say this trip was significant because it officially puts a check to me being able to be in the island of Mindanao for the first time! Thanks to No Borders Tours for making it happen!
Davao is home to the all famous Philippine Eagle (Pag-Asa) which is currently in danger of getting extinct. I got to visit the Philippine Eagle Center last Friday with the wonderful company of the No Borders Tours Group. There I found variations of eagles of different types, shades, sizes, and colors. The tour guide talked about initiatives done to replicate these species of eagles, particularly those that are only few of their kind. It was cool how some of the birds were just a few inches away from you which gives you a real close up view. I must say we were blessed with deep blue skies during day one! Also, I love the lush greens that surrounded the place from trees, flowers, to plants. Let's exclude the pests of course flying around in circles.
Well, check out my photos to see for yourself!
That's a glimpse of the Philippine Eagle Center. More Davao adventures await in my succeeding entries!
- Camp Sabros for Zip Line Experience and the View of Mt. Apo
- Beautiful Eden Park which reunites you with nature
- White River Rafting through Davao River
All about the traveling Queen who wanted to share with the world the little and great discoveries that have brought her joy.