a-wandering wednesday: mount pinatubo, philippines

 

heading back to the philippines after cambodia was bittersweet - it meant our trip was coming to a close, but also meant that we would get to be spoiled with homecooking for another couple days before winging our way home halfway across the world.  we had one last adventure in store before returning to real life, however - hiking to the volcanic crater of mt. pinatubo!  mt. pinatubo's eruption in 1991 was the 2nd largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century!  today, the crater is filled with water, creating a gorgeous sunken lake, but the riverbed flowing out of the mountains is still covered in ash and lahar from the eruption.

to get to the trailhead, we took the dustiest, most bone-jarring, and most death-defying jeep ride at sunrise out into the moon landscape left over from the eruption.

mt. pinatubo philippines travel photographer hike lissa ryan photography
mt. pinatubo philippines travel photographer hike lissa ryan photography

we even passed some brave souls doing their wedding portraits!

mt. pinatubo philippines travel photographer hike lissa ryan photography

eventually, the jeeps couldn't go any further, and from there, we hiked.  luckily we had a guide...

mt. pinatubo philippines travel photographer hike lissa ryan photography

after awhile, we started to hike up.

mt. pinatubo philippines travel photographer hike lissa ryan photography

and finally reached the crater!

mt. pinatubo crater lake volcano philippines travel photographer hike lissa ryan photography
mt. pinatubo crater lake volcano philippines travel photographer hike lissa ryan photography
mt. pinatubo crater lake volcano philippines travel photographer hike lissa ryan photography
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we were left with tired legs and lots of dust in our hair!

mt. pinatubo crater lake volcano philippines travel photographer hike lissa ryan photography
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i can't believe it, but this wraps our asia trip!  catch up on the previous stops in our trip here: batangas, palawan, boracay, bangkok, chiang mai, the white temple, our first couple days in laos, luang prabang, the road to vang viengvang vieng, cambodia, pt. 1, and cambodia, pt. 2.  i loved every second of our time in asia, and cannot wait to go back and explore more of this beautiful part of the world!