Wednesday, July 23, 2008

highway walk - upper tomay

if you say that going to the strawberry field and the capitol is the only thing that you can do in La Trinidad, think again. i highly recommend you to do something that i discovered after roaming around its town for a day.if you have enough time, ride a jeep along the La Trinidad main road that has the sign "Upper Tomay". you can also take the same jeepney in Baguio. go to Baguio Centermall along Magsaysay road, and take a jeep with the sign "Upper Tomay".just tell the driver to drop you at the Upper Tomay jeepney station which is about 4kilometers from La Trinidad and around 9kiloneters from Baguio. you'll be going way up the Halsema highway. the same highway that'll bring you to Bontoc and other towns of Benguet.
from there, just walk your way back until you reach the Benguet provincial capitol. you'll be walking 4kilometers down. you might think that you can't make it. maybe but not until you get to see the view from there.while going down, make sure that you keep yourself safe by keeping yourself away from the road. the view on your left most of the time will be houses and green hills while on your right, you'll have a view of the mountain range covered with fog.as you continue your way down the highway, you'll see flower gardens covered to protect it from heavy rain and typhoons. La Trinidad and Baguio is known to produce the best flowers in the country.you'll see jeepneys and buses going to Bontoc, Kibungan, Kabayan and Naguey. Halsema highway leads you to other municipalities of Benguet and the Mountain province.you'll love the "A" houses built on the side of the hills. some areas are already crowded while some houses are still surrounded by pine trees. half way down, you'll pass by St. Therese chapel. a small chapel with a ground large enough for park your car. i like the simplicity of this chapel that's made up of woods.
you'll notice that there are now more and more houses as you go down. this will surely continue to expand as years come. this i hope the local officials will be able to gain control as it does not only cause crowd but it also leads to the destruction of the the trees in this area.
after some time, you'll reach the bridge of the poblacion which tells you that you're approaching the Benguet Provincial Capitol. you'll notice that it was worth the walk as the fog continues to touch the hills around you.
the walk only took about an hour and fifteen minutes since it's going down. it was just enough me to be prepared for the hike set the next day.

41 comments:

Pietro said...

What nice views and interesting trip! I like in particular the houses on the hills, that area looks very fine.

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eye in the sky said...

i love those photos of low hanging clouds... the dramatic effect it gives to the whole picture. hindi ba medyo rough ang travels dyan sa la trinidad. i was in benguet a few years back pero it was associated with work kaya everything was pre-arranged: transportation and lodging; pero we didn't have time to roam. sayang. great pics.

the donG said...

>pietro, thanks! it looks quite fine now, but you can see how it damages the environment. i hope there'll be enough control on this.

>eye, thanks! hindi na rough yung daan kasi maayos na sya at sementado na. maybe sa bandang palayo papunta sa ibang municipality medyo rough na. that'll be on my next post.

next time, sa pagbisita mo sana maka ikot ka din dyan.

wanderingcommuter said...

aaaawwww... i miss the winding and uneven road...

jan napraktis ng malupit ang legs ko.hahaha

Sandy B and Dick said...

I have just enjoyed catching up on your latest travels. Again, great pics! Almost as good as being there.

Luke said...

love the fog above the mountains very nice!

Bienthoughts [a.ride.to.life] said...

The best naman mga shots nyo! kakaaliw!

pensucks said...

ganda ng pictures. amazing. sana makapunta rin ako jan. haaayyy. kyuryos lang talaga ako kung ano trabaho mo, o bakasyonista ka lang tala.

SandyCarlson said...

Those are amazing views! Thanks for the very beautiful tour.

the donG said...

>wandering commuter, ayos ah! hehehe... maganda nga talaga magpractice dito.

>hi sandy, thank you very much.

>luke, thanks!

>bien, maraming maraming salamat.

>pensucks, makakapunta ka rin dyan sigurado yan. i serve in a coommunity tapos yung ibang mga lakad sideline na lang.

>hi sandy, my pleasure. thanks!

Rio said...

ayos to kuya dong, thanks for the tip!

meron palang natatagong ganda ang La trinidad! ang alam ko lang kasi dyan ay ang strawberry plantation nila..

ang gaganda din ng mga houses kaso lang parang nakakatakot naman tumira dun dahil nasa paanan sila ng bundok..

@pensucks
pareho tayong nacucurious! ahaha..

Richard the Adventurer said...

Nice Kuya Dong... I love it! Hehe :)

Well, ingat sa pag aadventure!

Aracir said...

wow COOL place. hehehe

kegler747 said...

Wow! I love to touch the clouds, hehehe :)

Lawstude said...

i laud you for avoiding tourists traps and going to non-familiar places in benguet. great job dom, parang wala ka kapaguran maglakad ah.

The Islander said...

ang layo ng nilakad.. hehe.

ganun pa man, hiking is the best means of transportation. di ka pagpapawisan. sarap pang damhin nung hangin.. whew! i miss it.

Joshua said...

very nostalgic! tsk tsk! whew

the donG said...

>hi doc rio, meron pa talaga at marami ka pang pwedeng gawin dun pag nag explore ka pa.

kakatakot nga talaga yung mga bahay kasi hindi imposible na magkaka earthquake ulit o di kaya'y landslide.

baka related kayo nina pensucks. hehehe...

>richard, salamat!

>hi aracir, literally cool!

>kegler, me too. hahaha...

>lawstude, wala talagang kapaguran. bisyo ko ang paglalakad. hehehe...

>islander, hehehe... tama ka dyan. mas magugustuhan mo ang mga nadadaanan mo kasi naglalakad ka. kaya lang mahirap gawin to sa manila kasi sobrang init ng araw at kung umulan naman ang lakas.

>joshua, gawin mo rin to kasama mga barkada mo.

R-yo said...

ok ang fogs a. parang me forest fire! hehe

Carver said...

What a great set of photographs from a very interesting walk. I love fog so the shots that showed a lot of fog were very appealing to me.

Major Tom said...

Wondrous sights here bro. The climate is so okay, as it evokes coolness and serenity. At saka they looks so clean. Makes me feel grateful that somehow, there is still beautiful places to go in our country, away from the pollution and disarray in urban centers.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

ang pangarap kong jackpot ay makabili ng lupa dyan,kahit sa gilid ng bundok siguro mas ok na...basta alam ko naman na magagawan mo ng paraan ang idedesign ko,o diba.the power of engineer and architect sa byaheng pinoy!

the donG said...

>r-yo, parang ganun nga. pero ayos kasi malamig talaga.

>hi carver, same with me. i really enjoy the presence of fogs.

>major tom, thanks! yes kahit papaano may pupuntahan pa rin tayong lugar tulad nito na malamig ang klima. sana nga hindi na masisira ang lugar na to.

>ever, astig yang inisip mo. hehehe... sige itayo natin yang bahay na yan. kaya lang kelan pa kaya yon? hehehe...

kingdaddyrich said...

ang baba ng ulap.

naalala ko dati, pangarap kong sumakay sa ulap. bata pa ako non at wild ang imagination. mas wild nga lang ngayon. he hehe..

Shawie said...

thanks for bringing us with this trip of yours:) really reminds me of my first (and hopefully not the last) trip to Baguio! It was such a fascinating feeling of travelling a different place where you see no coconuts but pines & on top of it were thick clouds:)

Harold said...

Love the mist and fog, grand view.

sho said...

hey dong
thanks for dropping by w comments. Have been fr one swell break of a holiday to a tsunami of work assignments the very day I returned.

I sure could use some mountain retreat like this. The weather must be cool? Fogs make very surreal environments which I dig too.

The Asian Traveler said...

I haven't been to Benguet, but hopefully I can visit the place soon.

Tink *~*~* said...

I love the jeeps - they are all so colorful and fun-looking! But I think I would be afraid to drive through all that mist.

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

the donG said...

>kingdaddyrich, wild nga. hehehe... alam ko panahon pa ng bakya rangers yon. naka sakay ka naman sa ulap once. kaya lang sa panaginip nga lang. hehehe...

>hi shawie, you're right about that. it's amazing that you see pine trees and fogs. beautiful landscape and a beautiful scenic view going there.

i hope that you'll be able to visit La Trinidad too.

>harold, thanks! i love the presence of fogs too. thanks for dropping by.

>stanley, really really cool up there. no problem. just feel free anytime you're vacant to visit my blog.

>the asian traveler, you should. watch out for the upcoming posts.

>tink, yes the jeepneys are indeed colorful. it matches this foggy place. driving while the fog is out is really dangerous because it causes zero visibility but fog lights will help a lot. i hope you'll be able to visit the philippines.

Heart of Rachel said...

Thanks for showing us more of your exciting trip. I understand why the "mushrooming" houses is a big concern because of its effect on the environment.

Raft3r said...

whoa
i love the fog

last time baguio ako (again, 4 work) di ko masyado nakagala at ang dami kong tambay

babalik ako dyan and will visit the places you mentioned

thanks, man
great job, as usual

equilibrium2008 said...

Lovely pics. Wish to go there again if time permits. Im so swamped with work right now :(

the donG said...

>hi rachel, yes. it's really disturbing. this reminds us of some of the possible disasters.

>raft3r, thanks! make sure that you'll visit this part of Luzon and i suggest to at least stay there for three days or more. watch out for the post on the town of labueg.

>hi equi, i'm sure you'll be able to go there too in time. a long weekend will do.

Selerines said...

Dong dong dong..... Really nice pictures.. It just depicted me the Kodaikanal, our tourist spot... Nice one Dong.... Hats off to you....

Dakilang Islander said...

yayyy...napi feel ko ang lamig dyan ah..pareho ata kayo ni lawstude ng destinasyon

the donG said...

>selerines, thanks a lot! i'll research about kodaikanal. sounds like a nice place.

>dakilang islander, lamig talaga. kahit may araw, hindi mainit doon nung pumunta ako.

kasama kami this weekend. joint byaherong bloggero outing to.

redlan said...

para kang tour guide @ Dom. Hindi talaga maligaw ang nagbabasa dito. may mga landmark ka kasi na binabanggit.

team kayo na pupunta sa bcd this september. Sana okay na ang iloilo pag punta nyo dito. maputik kasi at maso-snow ng dust after the flood.

do you know hiligaynon, btw? kasi nag-comment ka one time in hligaynon as I've remembered parang amu gid. lol then, naintindihan mo ang sabi ni KJ. hahaha

Ely said...

very familiar mga jeep. LOL, and the roads too. Kakamiss pero... :)

the donG said...

>redlan, hehehe... sana nga hindi sila maliligaw. nakakaintindi talaga ako ng ilonggo pero hindi ako masyadong marunong magsalita nito.

family visit yung pagpunta namin sa bacolod at iloilo. sana nga okay na yung lugar ulit.

>ely, familiar nga. ganda talaga ng lugar ninyo.

boyfrommanila said...

wow! i never thought that there is a rice terraces near baguio. I am planning to go up there this season. Great pictures!

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