Our first two months in the Philippines were spent in Manila, and I will always be grateful I had that time to get to know the city. That being said, I’m a country girl by heart. Give me fields and mountains over sky rise apartment buildings any day. That’s why I was thrilled when it was time to hit the open road and head north to Baguio.
We loaded into our rental car in the morning and left the city while the mist was still hanging over the fields.
We found a station on the radio that played classic American rock, and there were times, passing corn fields and listening to Bon Jovi, that felt like we were driving through Oregon again.
But then I’d look a bit closer and remember that there are a lot more rice fields than corn, and that most of those trees are banana trees.
But whether it resembled Oregon or not, it sure was beautiful.
After a couple of hours we hit the mountains and I saw a whole new side of the Philippines.
Far from the hustle and bustle of Manila people here build their homes right into the mountainside.
We passed a lot of roadside stands, mostly selling food, but some selling hand made items. My favorite was this menagerie of statues. I’m not even sure if they were for sale, or just for decoration.
As we neared Baguio, we saw more statues. The ten commandments is actually a pretty common one in theNorthern Philippines. I never did get the story on the giant lion head statue, even though we visited it during our stay.
Just after the lion’s head we pulled into our final destination: Baguio City.