Have you noticed that everyone is always in a hurry these days? They think that it saves them time in life. But the truth is, it doesn’t. Being in a hurry takes away your time to see life as it really is. It zooms you past the things that you’re supposed to take time. It detaches you from moments where you were supposed to feel something other than fear and distress.
Few days ago, my friends and I had this idea of suddenly having the need to get away from the rush. We decided to go on a road trip to chill at the farm and headed to another location take a dip in some fresh spring water at the town of Impasug-ong, 45 minutes north of Malaybalay City, where the Center for Ecological Development and Recreation (CEDAR) is located and approximately 720 meters walk to the first falls, which is the Gantungan Falls.
By paying 10 pesos each person, we got to enjoy the towering sight of mahogany tress, unmistakably fresh smell of the rain forest, and various flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and mosses.
Few meters away from the CEDAR Park was the spring poolside. We were so excited to jump in we didn’t expect freezing cold water haha! The place is really good for trekking though. After crossing the bamboo bridge near the pool, the real fun begins. Since it was unplanned that we’d go for a short trek to see the Gantungan falls, I just wore my pair of rubber slippers (which was a VERY BAD IDEA). I was caught off-guard with the trail because the path is narrow, slippery, and some roots and branches of the trees were on the way. Thank goodness my pair of havaianas made it back to the cottage haha! I highly suggest you wear comfortable outdoor shoes.
We took some few selfies and groufies before we headed back to our cottage at the poolside. I heard that Gantungan is the first of the three falls (the other two are Natigbasan and Dila falls) you’d encounter if you decide to go on a trek.
The place is so quiet and private and I’m the kind of person who likes being alone most of the time (but not at this place haha). My friends and I got chance to sit back and relax and just let our thoughts wander off. We enjoyed the time we spent together in middle of Mother Nature because we got to understand the world around us better. We got to notice and appreciate those little details about life.
CEDAR is truly one of the must-go-places when you’re in Bukidnon. One of our barkada told us that the Dila falls is the highlight of the area. Needless to say, we are definitely going back to see Dila falls!