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After nearly 5 miles of climbing up a mountain (see the roofs of little houses in the background of the photo below? That’s where we started) with 2 backpacks weighing over 50lbs and a DSLR in one hand. . . .

 

 

A lot of people have been e-mailing me asking how this trip was first conceived, so I modified the About page on how and why we’re doing this.

Perhaps it’s too early to quote Roy from Blade Runner in the blog title, and I don’t think I can top “attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion” or “C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate” (if you have no idea what I’m quoting, do yourself a favor: give in to your inner nerd and rent a copy of Blade Runner) but the rice terraces of Banaue/Batad come pretty close.

 

Apparently this guy shows up in every photo for anyone who manages to get to Batad

Trekking through Batad

 

Speaking of giving into my inner nerd, I felt like I was playing a game of Myst the entire time I was trekking through Batad’s village.

 

Village in Myst 2: Riven

Village in Batad for Comparison…ok I’m a nerd.

 

Seriously…if you have no idea what I’m referencing, then forget it. After another 7 mile trek, climb, descent, climb, and descent a few mountains, I reached the gorgeous Tappiya Waterfalls, a 30m-high deluge that is unbelievable to witness in person, or let alone, swim in…which is exactly what I did when I got there.

 

Tappiya Waterfalls

 

Unfortunately the internet connection in the mountain town of Banaue is a tad slow, not to mention that there have been a few power outages already…so I’ll save the “how-the-hell-did-we-get-there” instructional manual for tomorrow when I have a more secure internet access.

In the meantime, enjoy the pictures.

The Batad Rice Terraces just got served

 

Total Distance Walked: 15 miles yesterday + 5 miles today = 20 miles

 

– At time of posting in Banaue, Philippines, it was 91.4 °F
Humidity: 66% | Wind Speed: 3km/hr | Cloud Cover: partly cloudy