|flowering vine at the Phillips home|
|These always entertain Janet's inner child.|
We could see the ocean from the road, but many private neighborhoods prevented access. We checked out one place with a tiny public beach, but decided on Munting Buhangin (“tiny sand”) Beach Camp, which had a line of cars waiting to get in, a group of people traveling together to spend the day. The process turned out to be: fill out a form for the guard, drive dowwwnnnn a bumpy road to a parking area. Park and walk down lots of concrete steps to the beach area – registration building and “cabins” to stay in, restaurant, canopy-coverd picnic tables for groups to rent, a shower building, and quite a few nipa huts for eating or staying in, including a couple of tree houses for groups to camp in! We paid our 170 pesos each for the day to swim and enjoy the beach.
We enjoyed the water for a while, then went to the restaurant, complete with wood booths and dirt floor, for our lunch – shared some pancit (rice noodles with vegetables and meat) and Cokes – delicious! Dan decided to rest on his beach towel while I searched for pretty shells. A couple asked me to take their photo on the beach, as did a group of 5 young people. It was a popular place! But not crowded at all.
After 22 km of the “ride” we did arrive at the lake! From that level, we could see any rustic raftlike building – SO unique!
We did get a sunset photo as we climbed the old crater rim wall (by car), but the lake view itself was still too hazy for photos. Dinner was a shared meal at Teriyaki Boy, before the 90 minute drive back to Manila. We were home by 9:30 and enjoyed a slice of buko (young coconut) pie purchased on the way back before going to bed. What a full day!