Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sagada Day 2: Sunrise at Kiltepan Viewpoint

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I'm no fan of waking up early in the morning, let alone, wake up in the wee hours of the morning.  Add to that the sore muscles I have been suffering from the spelunking activity and the condusive cold weather of Sagada for sleeping, I would rather stay in bed!

So waking up at 4am is pure agony to me.  But it is a must if I would want to experience the famous Sunrise at the Kiltepan Viewpoint.
Together with my friends, we loaded our van during the said call time.  Good thing we took a warm bath the night before, we weren't queuing up at the CR of our residential inn.  Armored with our jackets, and all the body heaters we could find (scarfs, mittens and socks?!), we went to the Kiltepan Peak, which is at the east from the town center of Sagada and has the height of 1636 meters above sea level thus making it a good viewing point for everyday sunrise.

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Pinetrees all over

After a rocky uphill hike of the van, we got off in an area full of pine trees while the rest of the greenery is enveloped by heavy fog.  We trekked for another 10 minutes towards other groups who are waiting for the cinematic view.
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Clouds over the Kiltepan Rice Terraces

When we arrived, the sun wasn't there yet.  While waiting, you'd be left to appreciate the clouds hovering over the Kiltepan Rice Terraces, made by the locals, the Igorots, as a source of food and income.   Me and my friends didn't waste time on doing our personal photo ops.  With the cold weather, the scenic view and majestic backdrop, no pictures are surely gone to waste.
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Waiting for the Sun

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Pisturesque view at the back.  Even beautiful foreground. =)

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Our group!

And finally, there it was!  The dark blue skies was strickened with the golden rays.  A mixture of yellow and orange, the sun peeked through the mountains of Sagada. Surely it was worth all the sacrifice of waking up.  It was such a blessing to be able to experience it.

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The sun peeking through the mountains.

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Sun's rays, all golden yellow and orange.

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Now, it is peeking through the clouds.

And just before going back to the van, we did another fun photo.
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Playful and young = us!
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Kiltepan Viewpoint
Sagada, Mt. Province

Photo Credits: Duckx Elsisura and Reyma Santiago

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