I can’t remember the last time I went trekking. More than a year ago, I guess. This morning, I woke up with a deep longing for nature. I thought of hiking to the Tanap Watershed Forest Reserve, a place I’ve heard about, but have not had the time to visit. The sky was a bit gray, but I proceeded with my game plan. I’m happy I did, because the sun was up until it rained after we left the lovely forest in the rustic town of Burgos.
On February 1, 1971, through Proc. 803, Tanap-Avis was proclaimed a Watershed Forest Reserve under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau. It is one of the very important river systems in the North.
My two guides and I hiked for more than one kilometer. The trail was narrow, but manageable. In the middle of the hike, something was hurting the sole of my right foot. A thorn got stuck in my flip-flop. With just minor bleeding, I still could walk. I was overwhelmed by the so many butterflies fluttering through the air that I forgot about the little wound. I’ve never seen a butterfly sanctuary before. They came in all colors and sizes. It was a sacred sight!
I planned to go to the topmost level of the waterfall, which was like 300 meters more. Unfortunately, according to my guides, the wooden stairs got washed away during the heavy rains. I decided to forego seeing the best part. The boulders were so huge and slippery, and I was wearing the wrong footwear. I realized there would be something to be more excited about the next time I visit Tanap. I was delighted with what I had…
Life in the city is tough. A communion with nature is like batteries. In an instant, I feel alive again.
Thank you to Mayor Cresente Garcia, SPO2 Ronald Abian and SPO2 Juanito Abad.