Baguio Day 2: Camp John Hay (Historical Core and Treetop Adventure)

After Panagbenga park, we took a taxi to Camp John Hay. We arrived there at around 7:30 AM and were too early - sarado pa lahat. We asked our driver to drop us off at Treetop Adventure but he didn't know where it was so we alighted the taxi near the gate thinking Camp John Hay is not that big but we were wrong, so wrong. 

Trade and Cultural Baguio
Facing this sign, we walked rightwards and we reached a call center building and restaurant complex, similar to that of Ayala Triangle Gardens or Technohub. It was obviously the wrong side of Camp John Hay so we asked the guard and he told us to continue walking (pa-leftwards pala dapat) until we reach Le Monet Hotel and turn right. We misheard him and we were looking for Lemerick Hotel. haha
Pine Trees Road
Although it's something that we're spending a beautiful morning walking in Baguio, it was still hard to walk in Camp John Hay since the landscape is mostly uphill and even harder when we see fast cars passing by us. Yan, morning exercise pala ah. 

Even if the guard told us that Treetop Adventure is on the right side, we got fooled upon seeing Paintball Republic which is on the left side. Siya pa mali sa isip namin tapos inakala namin 'yun na 'yun kasi may zipline din kaya tinigil na namin maghanap ng adventure. We continued walking to look for the Cemetery of Negativism para naman may mapala kami...
And we saw the sign. We saw the sign!! :))
This time following the guard's instruction, we walked rightwards reaching a mini-golf course (thinking that was the cemetery of Negativism) and Arabica Coffee Company/Plantation. Hindi namin alam kung ano na so we just went straight ahead hoping that we were near our destination only to find out that we have entered an "exclusive village" in Camp John Hay called Scout Hill. Houses in this area are American styled or what they call Forest Cabin Houses. Ang sossy!
After touring the entire Scout Hill, we finally reached the place that we've been looking for! Pagkatapos ng maraming pagod at maraming lakad. 
I was ecstatic upon seeing this view from Liberty Loop. Huhu. Nasa katapat lang namin 'yung ulap eh. I took a picture with a replica of the statue of liberty again and as far as I know, whenever I take pictures with a replica, napupunta ko dun sa lugar na 'yun pagkatapos ng ilang taon. Yan, yan. I don't know how and I don't know when but I'm claiming it. Someday, New York!! 
We arrived there around 45 minutes early before the opening time so the guard asked us to tour around the "free taste" of the Cemetery of Negativism first.

It wouldn't hurt to know the opening time of the attractions you're visiting kaya pumunta kayo rito ng 9 AM. hehehe.
We went back at the gate of Historical Core and even before the opening time, the guard (naawa siguro) told us to buy our tickets so we can enter already. I wasn't able to put watermarks in the pictures taken inside the cemetery so they're just for you to find out. Pero 'yung nakasulat sa tomb na 'to na message galing dun sa nakaisip, "- as you leave this hill remember that the rest of your life, be more positive." Sana natuto ako mula kina, Can't Be Done, Why Diden't I saka kay Won't Be Used!! Huhuhuhuhu. Ayoko maging kagaya nila at dahil dyan, positive nga ako na hindi ako magiging kagaya nilaaaaa. Ang galing lang nung nakaisip gawin 'to. Totoo naman na ang most limiting factor nating mga tao ay tuwing nagiging negative na tayo, diba? 
Uyyy, nagpaparamdam talaga sa'kin ang Panagbenga Festival 2015. I'll see you next year, Baguio!! 
This Library Museum was under renovation...
Already more than a hundred years old, this Bell House is named after General Franklin Bell and this served as the official vacation residence of the then Commanding General.

Nakakaloka si Kuya Guard nung nagpaalam kaming pumasok dito.

"Kuya, pwede po ba mag-picture?"
"Opo, wag niyo lang kukunan 'yung mga kasama naming multo."

Outside was this beautiful garden/amphitheater. This is still part of the Historical Core and you can rent this place for a Baguio Garden Wedding. Sige, sa 25th wedding anniversary ko, dito na lang. Sa 50th na lang 'yung sa Manila Cathedral. hahahaha. The garden, same with the bell house, is well-maintained and clean. 
We tried walking and learning from this history trail but it was too tiring. If this trail contains more than 100 year history of Baguio/ Camp John Hay, nakakahiya man pero sumuko na kami pagkatapos ng 20 years. Hahahaha. We learned a bit though and it's so amazing how the place transformed to the Baguio we now know - a home to many families, a place where you can commune with nature, and a place to learn history. ANO RAW!? Naguluhan din ako sa sinabi ko. Pero 'yang picture sa taas used to be the Kennon Road before the road was constructed. Hahahaha. K. K. Ang hirap ah. 
After learning from the historical core we checked if Treetop Adventure was already open and it was. :)))
Here is the current price list of the Treetop Adventure. We availed Package A which consists of Canopy, Funicular, Trekking and Skywalk. Pag bumalik kami rito, magbabaon na ko ng P 1,000.00 so I can try all the activities they have. 
Ito 'yung canopy. Para lang siyang combination ng duyan saka cable car na iba't ibang stages. Availing package A shall take you 30 minutes to an hour.
Treetop Adventure in Baguio
While riding the canopy, this is one of the views you can see. Kitang kita ang clouds saka 'yung Cordillera Central Mountain Range. Breathtaking, diba? Literally and figuratively. Saka san ka pa makakahanap ng lugar na maaapakan mo na 'yung pinaka-taas ng pine trees? Waley! Pag nakasakay ka lang sa canopy mo magagawa 'yon.
This is the skywalk. Medyo mataas 'yung location niyan.
And here's your view upon reaching the end of the skywalk. 
Pabalik na kami sa taas and we rode this Funicular. Minera feels. 
'Yung mga Kuya na umaalalay sa mga guests ng Treetop Adventure ay friendly lahat. Kailangan 'yun para dun sa mga natatakot.
This marks the end of our Historical Core Walking Tour and Tree Top Adventure.

There are more attractions in Camp John Hay aside from the ones that I have here 'cause we weren't able to explore the whole place. Madami naman iba't ibang klaseng restaurants na makakainan, maraming pwedeng gawin at malawak ang pwedeng lakaran at tamabayan so if ever you're going here, you may allot a whole day of touring and you still won't run out of things to do.

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