But the best part of our 3-day stay there was staying and sleeping in a 2-level concrete house standing right in the middle of the expansive rice field. Nothing around but palay, small ponds, bamboo plants, fruit trees, and the unending cool wind coming from the Sierra Madre mountain range.
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Here are some pictures:
The shadow is the one cast by the 2-level concrete house. Somewhere there I could hear ducks cheering, probably a hundred of them. All around were birds of different varieties, big and small.
Sometimes, mists would settle around us and wet us with showers of tiny droplets and then leave. The Sierra Madre mountains often have their tops covered by clouds.
Staring at the scenes and the distant mountains felt like some kind of emotional and mind therapy, plus the fresh air you fill your lungs with.
I had a lot of time meditating while hiking around, enjoying the simple but rich God-created nature.
Another area of the rice field.
The nearest shady tree.
When we hiked more around, especially when we passed by San Jose, we saw other interesting places. We were mesmerized by the hills and mountains we passed by near the road. We also saw other scenic places, like carabao center specializing in carabao dairy, cheese and other products popular in the locality.
Visitors can also drop by near Pantabangan Dam and the road to Baler, Aurora. These places are picturesque.
More pictures of where we stayed here:
The place at dusk with reflection
from the fish pond.
The concrete road from the gate to the house
with the fishpond beside.
That's Liela looking afar. She's
a playful but brave watch dog.
The makeshift bamboo bridge.
That's my hand when I was crossing
the bamboo bridge while hiking around.
When we hiked to the wet market
at the town center.
End of hiking story.