After finally arriving in Legaspi, Nick and I high-tailed it to the ATV company that we had been so excited about. They specialize in ATV tours along the Mt. Mayon 2006 lava flow. Let me just say, it did not disappoint.
After some indecision on my part, Nick finally convinced me to drive my own ATV, and I am so glad I did! We did a quick practice session to familiarize ourselves with the ATVs, and then we were off!!! Since we were off-roading, we went over some really rough terrain, and through a little river, which added to the excitement even more! (If you notice the excessive use of exclamation points, you should realize that this was really exciting). Our guide was really great and would stop periodically to take our picture, which was awesome because it’s hard to drive and take pictures at the same time (oh and stay on the path).
Along the way, we passed workers who were moving volcanic rock to use for building and other things. They were always so excited to see us and would wave and yell “Hello!” I was always eager to wave back, but it’s hard to drive an ATV over rocks one-handed. If you haven’t tried it, take my word for it. 😉 After about 45 minutes of driving, we stopped to take a hike up on top of the lava flow and to get a view of the volcano itself. Unfortunately it was cloudy the day we went, so we didn’t get a great view of the volcano, but it was still nice to take the hike and see God’s creation.
Once we got back from our hike, we took a short break, then got back on the ATVs for our ride back to the base camp. We went a different way back which took us through some of the village around the volcano. It was really interesting to see how the locals lived (not to mention a smoother ride for my bum bum).
If you ever go to Legaspi, Phillipines, check out Your Brother ATVs, it’ll be a blast! (get it?)