|Tambon(?) Lake is a mere 20-30min 4x4 'Jeep' ride from the jump-off. Heavy presence of shellfish and snails (their pink eggs in this picture) and fish - make it challenging for a relaxing swim (but possible).|
Went to Mt Pinatubo to once again visit the crater lake, but as fate would have it - the crater area was suddenly (and indefinitely) closed due to some 'territorial fee issue' between two towns... Politics or greed do affect adventure tourism, or someone's semi-planned vacation trip.
But living the motto of 'make the best of whatever is there', my small team went around the area anyway and still had a great time. Sans the crater view.
GoPro-ing around Mt Pinatubo
Capas World WarII Memorial Shrine is around 18km before Sta Juliana Pinatubo jump-off (on the same road). A quick trip is easy before or after Pinatubo tour depending on your time of arrival / or departure (entrance is 20php per head plus 40php for cars).
|40,000 soldiers (whose names were etched in the memorial's wall) were imprisoned (mostly died) in this long-ago concentration camp, i.e. POWs who survived the infamous Death March (100+km from Mariveles Bataan)|
|the tower, seemingly looking up the sky for hope and salvation|
|'looking up' from tower's interior/ground|
An Aeta village may also be visited; unplanned - we just bought little kiddie snacks as giveaways.
|A very short hike going up the small village of 100 families|
|the only well-built structure is this chapel, houses in typical kubo-style|
|kids posing for picture|
|A good 'next visit project' is something like this solar light (installation), they'll need more|
|Kids lining up for our mini snack rationing|
|Curious piglets checking out my GoPro|
|simple life, no traffic jams, sudden brown-outs, social media, consumerism, etc.|
|40+C is too hot for me, others don't seem to mind|
|Short hike reveals the source, a small river - sulfuric and hot|
|on rainy days, no one hikes here... too dangerous and no escape if there's a sudden rush|
|A small grotto was built in the interior|
|(on the way out of the hot spring area and to lake Tambon(?)) How cows survive this desert-like condition is a wow... they don't seem to mind the heat|
|Pretty big lake, which somehow eludes tourists visiting the main (crater) lake. Clams/ shells and fish thrive here providing some food to the local inhabitants|
The trip was not as expected but not bad at all. In fact, in some ways - I'm glad to have seen and visited these 'minor' places that I've been over-looking for the past decades. :)