Wednesday, March 21, 2007

lahar lahar!!!

Mt. Pinatubo.
say what? according to wikipedia, Mt. Pinatubo is an active volcano (which is really quite ditzy of me cause I thought it went back to being dormant) (yes sometimes... i am a ditz).

Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located north of Manila. Before 1991, the mountain was inconspicuous and heavily eroded.
It was covered in dense forest which supported a population of several thousand indigenous people, the Aeta, who had fled to the mountains from the lowlands when the Spanish conquered the Philippines in 1565.

The volcano's eruption in June 1991 came after 635 years of dormancy, and produced the largest and most violent terrestrial eruption of the 20th century. Successful predictions of the onset of the climactic eruption led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from the surrounding areas, saving many lives, but as the surrounding areas were severely damaged by pyroclastic flows, ash deposits, and later, lahars caused by rainwater remobilising earlier volcanic deposits, thousands of houses were destroyed.
Thank you wikipedia.

I was 8 years old (I thought I was about 10) but I do remember that even though this volcano was miles and miles away... We still got ash deposits in our house in Metro Manila. We didn't have school for the longest time and we were constantly covering our furniture and cleaning cause of the ash deposits.

Saturday 4am we headed north. We drove for 2 hours and reached our destination and our mission in front of us.

Trekking Mt. Pinatubo after 17 years its erupted was half eerie. We rode a 4 x 4 for about 2 hours then trekked going to the crate for 2 hours. The fruit of our hard earned labor? Swimming at the crate!

The next day we went to our friend joyce's farm where she grows calamansi and one cool thing about it too.. she still had a historical place from world war 2. The kamikaze cave. On her land of calamansi, she has one of the last remaining still intact kamikaze cave sights used during the Japanese war. Also on her land were U.S. barricades that were used still intact we didn't even notice it at first of the camouflage. Intense!

A mix of history, a mix of devastation, and a mix of adventure. We couldn't ask for anything more.

Next up.. mountain biking down south! ;)

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Blogger Gracie said...

I figured it out! What strangeness this blogging. Hahaha this is actually such a late post cause I couldn't update my blog for a while for some reason.

Anyway yes katie I thought of you when I swam at the crater cause Jenna mentioned you love volcanoes. :)

and Jenna, hahahaha yeah we're giving the peace sign.. No war! It was a bit eerie too walking into that cave.

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