August 2012, Shaun and I went south to another one of our spur-of-the-moment road trips and ended up in Badian. Shaun has been missing this place which was an oft visited seminar venue in college. As always, “kinowboy” or rugged was the order of the trip. We checked into La Playa and after a good night’s rest, went for an early walk to Kawasan Falls.
We stopped for breakfast by a roadside eatery and found nicely prepared native pickled fish “inun-unan”. Fish slow-cooked in vinegar and salt in a claypot with ginger and tomatoes. We were told that the governor had shut down operations and had not allowed people in to the waterfalls area. The governor was said to have been worried about buildings and commercial structures sprouting along the trail towards and around the waterfalls. We were surprised to learn this as we have always assumed it was open. At the same time we were secretly pleased that the government cared enough to want to leave nature be.
We were told not to worry and to just take the trail on the other side of the river. So off we went and like always, the trek alone already made me feel refreshed from all the busy days at work. Shaun hadn’t been here for 12 years and myself, even longer. It felt good to be back and trekking along fresh air and green foliage, not to mention the occasional dip into very cool waters. And since operations had been shut down, did I mention we had the place all to ourselves, on a weekend!