"The Great Sumaguing Adventure" Sagada Things to Do Tip by greensalad

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      We Did It! (Outside Sumaguing)
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After our hanging coffin adventure, Ivee and I were a little skeptic about the caving thing but Candice, whose energy was renewed, kept on urging us with her newly-formed mantra: "Energy team energy!"

So with our local tour guide Kuya Biag ("biag" is an Ilocano word for life), we started walking towards the caves. While walking, the rain started pouring in. We didn't have umbrellas so we just enjoyed the cool rain. Woohoo!

And there we were. At the top of the stairs leading to the mouth of Sumaguing cave. At first the steps were fairly easy. Just steps, which looked like a long, winding staircase... But it kept going down and deeper into the cave. The rocks were wet and if we weren't careful enough, we can slip and fall into the deep crevices of rocks below. Argh! Panic attack! But no time for that. We need to mind our own steps. It was a matter of balancing your hands and your feet. Coordination, people! And everytime we reach very steep paths, we need to use all of our body parts to glide our way downward. (Kasehodang wa poise at maputikan. Kiber!)

Anyway, we reached the sandstone where water flows generously. The sandstone kept our feet firmly planted on its surface. We crossed several ankle-deep waters. We saw several formations inside... the hiding turtle head, the pregnant belly, the alligator head on the pool of water, and the most grandeur of all... the king's curtains/palace...

The trek up was still hard but it was much easier than going down. There were still the usual slipping and sudden shouts of "Ouch" and "Ay" and of course cursing along the way. Hehe! But we reached the cave's opening! Hooray! We did it! But we were joking each other that just in case we're team members taking part on the Amazing Race, we could have heard the sentence, "Team -insert name here-, you are the last team to arrive. I'm sorry to tell you that you've been eliminated from the race." Haha!

Nevertheless, we were still damn proud of ourselves. We conquered Sumaguing Cave! So you guys can do it too! Go ahead!

Directions: Your guide will help you every step of the way!

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 25, 2006
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