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After which I rode on a passenger motorbike (backriding) and left Sudipen (7:12 am) to go to Alilem, Ilocos Sur. With some few pools of waters along the way, left by the rains that poured the other day, the road was generally good. Gentle cool breeze, early morning sunshine and nice roadside scenery, made traveling pleasantly good.
It was just unfair that while the driver has his helmet on, the passenger does not have a helmet to wear, who in that case was me. Anyway, I arrived in Alilem at 7:35 am. Sat for a while on a waiting shed near their plaza, i asked an old woman who happened to passed by, on how to get to the waterfalls. She did told me that i have to ride a passenger motorbike to take me to the falls, which i did.
I went to the waiting area (parking area) of the passenger motorbikes (located at the northern side of the town, just a few meters from the plaza and the Municipal Hall, fronting a sari-sari store) where i got a ride going to the drop-off point. We left downtown Alilem at 7:40 am, taking the road that goes eastward and arrived at the drop-off point at around 7:50 am.
The driver showed me the mouth of trail going to the falls (he said i can't get lost in there), paid him 50 pesos and i went on my way through the trail on my own. The trail leads down to the river. I got to cross the river to get to the other side. With no guide to show me the way, i followed the river upstream, hopping from one rock to the other, at times the river gets deep that i have to go the other side again, and it went on.
I finally arrived at what seems to be a flow control area of an irrigation canal at the left side of the river and that part of the river was very deep. I looked above and saw a concreted wall about half a meter wide.
I climbed up to the wall and walked on top of it which led me to the spillway area and into the waterfalls. My hike going to the falls took around an hour long because of me figuring out where the safest path to walk on, avoiding the deep areas of the river and also taking some pictures along the way slowed me down. Lots of insects mostly of butterflies and small dragonflies were flying around as i arrived at the waterfalls (8:57 am). I also saw some remnants of picnickers around.
The gushing of water flowing and falling is all that can be heard while mist of water blown away from the falls were spraying the surroundings, making most of the stones a little bit slippery. The sunshine was still at its early morning stage that when i videoed and took some photographs of the falls, it comes out a little bit dull and dark aggravated by the continues mist being sprayed on that wets the camera lens as i approached the falls. I decided to wait for the sunshine to hit the waterfalls to get a clearer photos.
While waiting, i took a dip on the shallow overflow pools of the waterfall and as the sun gets higher into the sky, the once slippery surfaces of the rocks around dried up becoming non-slippery.
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