We finally got out on another adventure. At 7am on Sunday morning we met four friends and our guide, Tono, at a gas station off of SLEX. Only about 1.5-2 hours later we arrived at Taal Lake, a crater lake inside Taal Volcano. Tono gave a thorough overview of proper stand up paddling technique and we headed across the street to the launch site.
As you can see, I had Xena with me. Xena coupled with the fact that two people in the group had never done SUP, meant we were doing a short(er) beginner paddle. We spent about an hour and a half paddling around the lake. The view is amazing, a lush green forest, perfect glassy lake, and a volcano in the middle. The longer paddle, which we will do next time is a 12km paddle around the volcano. Also on the to-do list is to hike up Taal Volcano and see the inner crater lake (a like in a crater, in a lake, in a crater).
Paddling with Xena presented a whole new challenge. For starters, I forgot the peanut butter I had planned on giving her to make her happy to be on the board. So, she was not the happiest pup at the beginning. She fell in early on, thankfully she had a life vest on with a handle so I was able to easily pick her up and put her back on the board. It took her about an hour of pacing up and down the board to figure out the safest thing to do was lay down. She chose to do that directly below where I was standing, I think that was where she felt safest. All in all though, I think she got over her fear a little, we will keep trying – next time I won’t forget the peanut butter.
We finished the day with a delicious meal at Balay Dako in Tagaytay. This massive restaurant has amazing views of Taal and delicious food. We ordered a ridiculous amount of food, and all of it tasted great. Family style was definitely the way to go, that way we all got to try everything. To top it off, the bill was only 800php per person.
I can’t wait to head out and do the 12km paddle around the island! Here’s to more adventures in the coming weekends.