Between the 22 years in the NAVY, living in Puerto Rico the Philippines and sailing around the world as a merchant seaman I thought my “Bucket List” was pretty much signed off. Where could I go? What could I see? And what was left to do that I’d not done before? Wandered the ruins of Pompeii, drinking wine at a wine festival in Athens Greece, standing in the middle of the street hung-over the next day during an Earthquake (My very first, but not my last) Sleeping on the ship in Guam when we were hit by another ship, wait that was another earthquake not a ship. But after living in California I was used to them.
How about Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons both on the dirt and at sea, by the way on the dirt is much better then at sea. Being anchored in Bergen Norway above the Arctic Circle in the month of January and actually enjoying it. Peeing off the side of the ship the next day and watching it freeze before it hit the water. (Hey we all did it, it’s a sailor thing.)
South America, Africa, the Caribbean, all of Asia, all of Europe, North Africa, India plus little islands in the Indian Ocean. Oh and North America! What could be left to do? I was sitting at a floating bar on Subic Bay watching this guy flying over the water in the air held up by a stream of high pressure water. It occurred to me that I’ve never done that, and it looked like fun. But then I was having cocktails at the time. But no, I really want to do that, and I’m jack jawed that they waited to invent it until I was in my sixties. But it’s on my “Bucket List” I still want to do it, and I want to visit the Temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
My “Bucket List” is a lot smaller now, but on Monday March 9th while talking with my 12 year old Granddaughter Heather Colleen, she showed me pictures of her on a Zip Line flying through the trees in the Subic Rainforest. That instantly was added to the “Bucket list”, but with the caveat that she and I do it together, I saw her smile and she said; “Lolo, (Tagalog for Grandpa) that’s a deal”. March 26th is her graduation so we are now set for our adventure on the 27th it’s a go. Note that these plans were made during breakfast. So there is no way I can blame cocktails for this decision.
As we approach the Zip-lining date it now becomes a typical Pinoy exercise in herding cats attempting to line up the schedule of my granddaughters parents, my other daughter and my grandson and my buddy Don and his wife. The Normandy invasion was easier to plan than any outing in the Philippines. It could have been just my granddaughter and me, but even you know that was never going to happen, did I fail to mention my niece Shey-Shey and her mother would also be joining us? That is a total of nine or ten human beings synchronised into one moving part. Break out the beer! Don and his wife can’t make it.
Wednesday I was in the hospital most of the day for an outpatient procedure, and then I was informed that I had a dental appointment on Friday. Let me think for a minute, cancel my time with my granddaughter, or the dentist? I’ll eat steak next week, because it’s not nice to spoil a 12 year old girl’s day after you’ve made a promise. There is a special place in hell for guys that do that.
It is Friday morning and my Granddaughter spent the night at our house; hmmm, did she think I’d bail out of the trip? When pigs fly, I’m in the mood for a new adventure.
Off to Subic to the Tree Top Adventure area, this is at the top of Cubi Point right behind the old Naval Hospital on base. There was in the two cars me and Mayang, Her sister Clara and my niece Shay-Shay.in my son-in-laws car Him (Chris) Our daughters Hanna and Yhen and the grand kids Jaden and Colleen I think that’s nine of us. Breakfast at Vasco’s on the water (It’s on the way) and then our adventure begins.
My report: priced right, well maintained, clean and ample parking and STRICT safety rules, which I was glad to see. Then the shock hit me; my bride Mayang decided that she wanted to ride through the tree tops and zip line too. With a grin from ear to ear I was pleased with that. Now there is a height requirement just like at Disney World but we met all the requirements except for my Grandson but then he’s only two and one half. Maybe next year he will?
Okay, my Bucket List is checked off for this item, I really enjoyed it and would do it again. The Tree Top Adventure has about seven different attractions enough to keep you busy most of a day. I provided the tickets for the rest of the family and after my Canopy Ride and Zip Line (Pictured here) I sought out a very large shade tree and commenced to nap. When I awoke close to me were a few other gentlemen about my age following my example.
My Bucket List has a few more items to be checked off before I shuffle off this mortal core. But I’ve been blessed with travelling all my life and saw more than anyone really needs to see, but there is always room for a little more. Because it was a family day, no adult beverages were consumed by this writer.