Going back and climbing up the high school lane

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When you work in a city which is about 250 kilometers away from home, you will obviously miss a lot of happenings. The chances of visiting your relatives and friends are slim. You need to squeeze your time when you get home. This is what I did on this one fine afternoon. I had the chance to go back to, or at least pass through, my high school campus on my way to visiting a relative in a village behind the school.

I had my high school life at Benguet State University or BSU. Its elementary u Highway in the province of Benguet. It waspus is about one kilometer mostly still is untilfrom KM 5 to KM 6 along Halsema Highway. It was an agricultural school but mostly is until now even if it already offers STEM and NAT SCI courses.

I enmeters farther asthrough its gate at Km. 6 where there is a police outpost. A few hundred meters further as I crossed the campus proper is this bridge. It is connecting the campus proper and one of the agricultural areas that the school owns behind the campus. During our time, the bridge was just one - for people and vehicles. It wt there are separatn pathways for peoight of the photo. It is self assuring to see now that there is a separate pathway for people and vehicle (though that lady in red was in the wrong path).

I wonder why they did not demolish the old bridge but it is amusing to see it like it is. It reminds me of my junior year.

Under the bridge is the Balili River. I was surprised to see clear but lower water level flowing this time. That is because the water level was higher alled. Rather, itboth sides during our time. It was almost black back then. It smelled and worst of all, it stinked! But that did not stop me froith black grease as camoe citizen's army training or CAT.

During my junior year, with all the black greas as camouflage all over my face, I crossed the river and army-crawled a very low obstacle course along the bank that has pig I crawled inside lly scattered underneath. And how low was the obstacle? I could not fit as I crawl inside and all flat on the ground. Iremoved. Otherwise, I get my share of punishment from my officer. How ared shrink my body so that the "roof" of the obstacle do not get lifted and removed. How are the pig shits? My clothes wiped the ground! Yeah, imagine how I smelled afterwards.
![](https://img.travelfeed.io/macoolette%2F20200115T125058663Z-20191101_13113 is the Cordillera regionale bridge is BSU organic farm on the right and a little forward to the left is the regional Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources or BFAR Fish Farm.

During e and had been ways, my classmates and I had countless opportunities to come to this place and have been wanting to swim in the ponds. Yes, literally! And even if I do not know how to swim. That was how silly our thoughts were. There was, and still is, no notice that swimming is prohibited in the ponds but so far, none of us classmates had the courage to break the unwritten rule.

My destination is up there on the second mountain. Not this one in front. See that skeletal structure above the barb wire on the photo? Zoom if you must to find it. That is where I was going. It is a fairly steep climb and I am not yet at the foot of the mountain.

I don't know how wide the fisheries are but there are many ponds. During the old days, gold fishes (vivid and light orange, actually) were very visible from the pathway and from the dikes. I don't know what kind of fish they were but they were eye catchers that made us always stop and watch for a while every time we walk by. I can see only carps this time. No gold or orange creatures in the water. I wonder if they stopped hatching that breed.

Along the banks of some these ponds were where I and my future classmates had our ten-day trial as part of the entrance qualifications.

The school admits very limited number of students so they have entrance exams to screen their inco farm. What was that? We wchool, part of our qualifier was to pass the ten-day trial in the farm. What is tha we pulled weeds aen days in the farm with whatever we were told to do so. Most of the time, we pull weeds and the banks of these ponds were part of the work of our hands.

About two hundred meters away from that horse is the foot of the mountain that I need to climb. Finally!

The climb seem to be a 45° slope. I climbed this a few times over the decades but I do not remember what year was the last one. I think it was three years ago so this will be a refresher climb. Let's go!

I don't know how many meters I have climbed when I first stopped to take a rest. According to the time stamp of my previous photo and this next one, seven minutes and forty nine seconds have passed. I climbed that fast? How do I say so? Because I already covered about a third of the climb. How long is the climb anyway? I'll find out later...

The fisheries are not visible at this point. The whitish areas are strawberry fields covered with plastics to keep the fruits from touching the ground and getting rotten. These fields are also owned by the university.

I have to admit my breathing was getting heavier. My pace has significantly slowed down so I stopped to smell the flowers. 🙃

I did not know the nrve and it caught mer. It was just that it was exactly at my eye level when he web and got a ve and caught my attention. For my post's sake, I searched my photo on the web abd got a flower named Fuschia. Just the color of it is its name? Searching further, I gathered that it is also called Lady's eardrop.

By this time, I am now about half-way to my destination. Looking down, I smiled at my climb accomplishment. I was telling myself, "E-Z. You can make it..."

Now the fisheries are there. Those areas with blue cover to the right side of the roof are the fisheries. That side is where I came from.

Moving on after just about a minute, my eyes came across this tiny boquet of beautiful flowers. I also did not know the name of the flower and Google image search did not give exact look-alike result. However, the results that look like these cuties are scent, these ones di There are many varieties of jasmine though, even the colors. For the scent, this ones did not smell something. I thought they were odorless.

Just few meters next to the jasmines were sticks bearing bright blooms of this flower. I guess we all know what it is. Or, let me know if you don't. It is one of the common flowers and became a sign of Baguio City (which is just about six kilometers away) since it is like a weed that grow anywhere. In spite of its pungent smell, I would say this is still a good flower to behold because of its bright and enlivening color.

At this point, my destination was about a hundred meters in front of me. It is actually the next block but I can not keep going shoot!
I again looked down. The sky short distance. I had to take a break. Of course, every break is a photo shoot! The sky started to turn grey as the cloud started to descend. A rain is warning.

The rain started right when I started to finally approach my destination. Ah, God is so good. He waited for me to reach my destination before pouring the rain down.

I ran into the house and called out. It is my brother's house and I wonder who is with him because he is bed ridden. My niece, the last child, answered and came out to greet me.

We chatted and tried to catch up with as much as we can as I tried to talk to my brother. He can not talk much but he understands and reacts to what we are saying.

After about an hour, I excused myself and climbed the skeletal structure in front of the old house. Here is a cut panoramic view from the third floor.

I do not have fear oflab for the fourtnees trembled while I was taking photos from the third level. There is a slab for rhe fourth floor and I thought my nephew, the first child, plans to fully furnish up to that point. I went back to the old house and told my niece to tell her brother not to complete the fourth floor but just use it as open space. We don't ask for it but it is better to stay safer when we know that they are on top of the mountain and having a structure as high as that can have a consequence. I do not even want to think about it.

I waited for the rain to stop then excused myself to leave. The descend was certainly much faster. The cool wind brought by the rain has helped even if it was darker this time.

It was not even four in the afternoon but it looked like dusk when I reached the fisheries area again.

The bridge was wet but looked more serene when I got to it on my way back. What's with the rain? What has it brought? Serenity and peace of mind? I wish that is the case every time that it rains.

About a hundred meters after the bridge, I noticed this marker in a mini-park. Why haven't I noticed it earlier? It was, and I believe still is, the school's logo for their female high school students. It resembles woman holdingre this marker stood isome as female students were envisioned to be home makers. The mini-park where this stood is right beside the Home Economics building where I attempted to learn cooking. And never did. I wonder how I passe55658.jpg)

Google Map says that the whole walk was about 2.4 kilometers. About 40% of that is the climb so that is around one kilometer. Based on my photos time stamps, it took me sixteen minutes from the foot of the mountain up to that block before my destination. Add few minutes to that for my last stop and give or take, let's say twenty minutes in total. Do you think that was a fair pace for the distance?

After the matps://img.travelfeed.io/macoolette%2F20200115T111432853Z-20191101_1556and exited that gahe marker, in front of me is the gate where I first entered. Ah, I entered and exit that gate countless times in high school. It feels so good to do it again even if I was just passing by. This will not be the last...

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15.01.2020 16:20

What a cool walk you shared with us with a mix of pleasant and not so pleasant memories I bet you are glad you did not have to crawl through pig shit on this visit

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :)

15.01.2020 17:10

Yap, it was amusing to see clear water but it was also saddening that the water volume has significantly gone down. I hope the river does not eventually dry up.

Thanks too for hosting the challenge! 🌞

18.01.2020 01:57

That looks like a hard treck but the views are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for your article and these lovely photos, @macoolette!

15.01.2020 17:37

You're welcome and thanks too for dropping by @trincowski! Yap, the views were worth the climb. 😊

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22.01.2020 04:53

A nice walk and great climbing up to the top of the mountain! It seems that it's a good memory of your school days. The mountain view is wonderful and it looks very nice atmosphere. The flowers are beautiful. The first one has an amazing shape. The white ones are my most favorite. Thanks so much for sharing. ;)

20.01.2020 08:46

It made me sweat so yes, it was a good walk for an exercise too. The white flowers are cute. I just hope its name is really jasmine. 😊

Thanks too for dropping by my post. 😊

22.01.2020 03:18

You're welcome!

Ah! It's good exercise, I agree. And you were very lucky to be among nice nature like this. We also have these white flowers in Thailand, but I don't know the name either. ;)

22.01.2020 20:16

I am sure Thailand has charming natures too. Maybe you can also post about those. 😊

23.01.2020 13:48

Thanks so much for your nice words for Thailand. Yeah! Nature in Thailand is also charming and I love it, too. ;)

24.01.2020 10:49