Journeying James, one of the Philippines' most popular travel bloggers (he was once featured in GMA 7's Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho), arrived in Malaybalay City yesterday (April 3, 2012) as part of his epic 100 Days of Backpacking Around the Philippines journey. I fetched him at the bus terminal and took him to the Capitol Grounds and Kaamulan Park. We then went to D' Stable Eco Resort (Quadra) in Barangay Sumpong where we meet up with fellow Pinoy Travel Bloggers member (and my officemate) Bon of Contour Blog.
Making my way to the peak
Since James is also into running (visit his running blog HERE), I invited him for a trail run at the Provincial Tree Park so that he could view the whole Malaybalay Proper from the hill's peak. So this morning, off we went to the tree park more popularly known as the Two Trees.
Journeying James taking snapshots of the view
Though it was a relatively short trail, the steep uphill made me huff and puff less than halfway of the route. So we decided to just mostly hike our way to the top. We reached the peak in less than 30 minutes and James enjoyed the early morning view of pine trees, rice fields, the cloudless Mount Kitanglad and the city proper of Malaybalay.
Malaybalay City proper with Mount Kitanglad in the background
James descending from the Two Trees
After taking lots of photos, videos and savoring the awesome sight, we made our way down. Though it was just a short trail run/hike, it made me happy to show Journeying James the beauty of my hometown. I am also glad that Malaybalay became a part of his 100 Days Backpacking journey.