I’m back to write about our adventure trail run we had last Holy Thursday. June, Reggie, Reggie’s son, Raymund and myself headed off to Taal Volcano in Batangas, a 60 km stretch from Quezon City to witness, in close-up, one of the smallest active volcanos in the world. Reaching the Tagaytay City Rotunda, we made our way down to a long descent of zigzag roads to the town of Buso-Buso, Laurel.
However, instead of stopping in Talisay which is the usual jump-off point to the volcano, we headed further to Agoncillo, a typical fishing village at the shores of Lake Taal. Its banks is predominantly occupied by motorized bancas (fishing boats) and the middle portions of the lake are cluttered by fish pens, most of which are used to raise tilapia.
June’s friend, Reggie knew one of the fish pen owners, a certain Mr. Landicho and it was one of Mr. Landicho’s banca that we rode for our trip to Taal Volcano island. Before going straight to the island, Reggie decided that we make a stop over first on one of the owner’s fish pens and witness the harvesting of tilapias. I was delighted to see hundreds of these fishes being hauled into one big singlet net!
We then continued our boat ride to the island and as soon as we docked, we immediately changed to our running gears and headed to the trails going to the crater and were accompanied by two young boys who acted as our guides. Here in pictures is Part 1 of our trail run to the crater of Taal Volcano:
From our starting point in the island up to the high ridges and down to the crater, it took us some 6.5kms of continuous volcanic ash trails with some stagerring climbs, dusty terrain while the heat was piercing as we sweated profusely.
More pictures on Part 2.