Sagada, Day 1
This is basically a continuation of my Sagada-bound! post, and it counts as day 1 as it is our first day in town.
So anyway, we had lunch at Yoghurt House; you can read about our meal here. Given that we only had the afternoon to roam around, we spent it walking around the southern part of Sagada. We passed by Sugong Hanging Coffins on our way to Lumiang Cave.
We passed by a kind of stone marker which we figured might be the path to Lumiang Cave, but we opted to keep going. We then passed by Kapay-Aw Rice Terraces and realized that we missed the spot when we passed by the entrance to the trail leading to Sumaging Cave.
So we walked back again and headed to the stone marker we’d passed. It’s not that discernible from the picture, but “Lumiang Cave” is actually scratched on the slab of stone.
The first part of the trail is easy as it’s paved. When you head further down towards the cave, however, the trail becomes a bit steep and rocky, nothing that you can’t maneuver if you’re wearing sturdy shoes. I’m very scared of walking downhill, so it helped that TJ brought his monopod which doubled as a walking stick.
We didn’t stay for too long nor did we take a lot of pictures of the cave that first day. After a few minutes, we headed back to town and bought dinner at a small, new place called Angelo’s Pastabella, Italian-made cuisine. Pretty solid primavera pizza, I highly recommend it. I just wish I’d taken a pic of it. I also grabbed a slice of lemon pie (P25) at The Lemon Pie House, where I briefly talked with a woman who’s a native of Sagada but has been living in the US for the past 30 years; this was her first time back and she was pleasantly surprised at the changes in and the popularity of her hometown. All in all, a good day, got to explore the area. We ended up sleeping at 9 p.m., which is weird for me. But we had to be up early the next day because we had plans to watch the famous sunrise at Kiltepan.
Next: Sagada, Day 2