Monday, December 24, 2007

Eden Nature Park

October 28, 2007 – It was a planned getaway to celebrate the end of the semester (and secondarily to treat the jealousy of not being able to go with James to Baguio), Cary and I spent the whole Sunday at Eden Nature Park, Toril.

Adventure-seekers as we are, we went there by jeepney (to Mercury Drug, Crossing Bayabas, Toril, regular fare of P7.00 for the first four kilometers) and motorcycle (from jeepney stop going up to Eden, P80.00 for two). I really don’t recommend going there without a car. The motorcycle ride was okay but it’s not that safe (I got my calf burned from the muffler)…

The trip offers really great sights. But better sights await you at Eden Nature Park.

Reception Area –Eden offers various packages for clienteles, we chose Package 2 which is P230 per person and that’s good for entrance, one light snack, and horse-back riding. Visitors can choose for different packages, we opted for Package No. 2 mainly because of the horse-back riding, little did we know that we should’ve taken the Package with the Lunch Buffet on it (I guess it was for P400+) when we discovered the delectable menu they were serving at their restaurant…

Well anyway, we ventured, discovered, explored the place, and found out that we got lost. It was their busy season and we weren’t able to join in their Guided Tour because of the wave of people that reserved before us. So, another tip, it’s better to reserve your visit before going there…

So, as I was saying, we got lost, but getting lost in such a nice place is not that all distressing. Why? Just look at the pictures below and be awed of the wonders and beauty that Eden Nature Park offers:

When we got back to the reception area, we were very hungry. Since we didn’t avail of the lunch buffet, we instead ordered for sandwiches (which were really heavy and delicious) and iced coffee (unfortunately, the iced coffee wasn’t really that satisfying). Fog was thick at 12 noon. It was also raining that time, but it didn’t really stop us from trying on their Indiana Jones at the children’s playground.

We then proceeded to another area (it’s actually separate, just across the street from Eden Nature Park) for the horseback-riding. We ate our supposed to be ”light” snack (the one we get with the package), which we discovered to be a plate of spaghetti, garlic bread, and brownie, and it wasn’t just “snacks” for me, it was like I had my second lunch... And the place wasn’t just purely a stable for horses, it also had a mini children’s playground with my favorite Indiana Jones and an obstacle course that really got my attention as if it awaken the child in me. I tried the obstacle course. Unfortunately, because of my age and lack of practice, I failed to hurdle it and went away defeated, muddy and wet.

It was an experience to treasure. I love that day! I was tired but it was all worth it. It felt like I just had all the good stress that I need.

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