My friend Smash and I traveled more than two hours from Cagayan de Oro to Bukidnon just to experience the zipline. We also got to taste the most expensive steak of all, priced at P1,300 for a large order (of course, we got the smaller version).
The zipline experience at the Dahilayan Adventure Park-
And the steak at the Del Monte Golf Club-
Aside from having Asia’s longest zipline at the Dahilayan Adventure Park, Bukidnon boasts of the largest pineapple plantation in the country as well.
We stayed at Traveler’s Pod in Cagayan de Oro for the night and left as early as 6:30am for Bukidnon.
we rented a private van for P3500 to bring us to Bukidnon’s beautiful tourist spots. We arrived at the Dahilayan Adventure Park at 8:30am and spent our time taking photos of us and anything we could see around. The park opened at 9am.
Thousands of pine trees adorned Dahilayan. Mountains around are perfect backdrop for any picture-taking. Cool breeze was indeed cool. I have learned from our rent-a-van guy that the Bukidnon wind can darken your skin. Was worried for a few seconds but after some time, I found myself enjoying even the cool breeze.
My friend and I registered for all the zipline rides – 150m and 320m and the longest 840m. – at P 600.00 only. The trek going to the 840m launch pad was indeed fun with all the sudden ups and downs, immediate turns, then climb, and drop of our military humvee. It was like riding a roller coaster.
The flight crew was kind enough to dress me up and even adjust my gear. Then it started to rain. We stayed for a while in the launch pad while kidding around with strangers who will be trying the zipline for the first time also. I got real scared when I found myself in a lying position already. I had flashbacks of my three lovely boys. I inhaled deeply then told myself that this position was safer than the sitting post. My whole body was in harness and I got a better view of Bukidnon’s lush greens and rugged landscape. I can also stretch my arms like Darna or Superman or imitate a bird flying.
Alas, the flight crew opened the gates and pushed me to the open sky. I screamed so hard to unburden myself of any fear, then spread my arms while filming myself from start to finish. I got to film the breathtaking view and even touched the tip of a pine tree. It was indeed a wonderful experience. And if given the chance to visit zip zones again, I will try it again and again. I will even encourage my boys to experience it.
That was me. And I had fun. It was fun because travelling itself is fun — you get to discover new places and also discover your inner self. But best because you get to have some good time with an old good friend.
* This Bukidnon trip was last 2012. Got our CDO ticket on sale and booked even before the typhoon Sendong which hit the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. We were suppose to try white water rafting but to no avail because the river was closed. Should my boys decide to visit the place, I hope they will find this useful — somehow.