To see or not to see-ok
August 23, 2012 5 Comments
Siok Falls is the biggest waterfall in Koronadal City, South Cotabato and sits atop a mountain in Barangay Mabini, eleven kilometers from the city proper. The trek to Siok Falls starts with a 15-minute easy walk across rice paddies, small brooks and established foot paths.
As you reach the foot of the mountain in Brgy. Mabini, the foot path drastically morphs into a slippery 45-degree killer trail with thick foliage. In some areas, the trail disappears into the river, prompting you to make quick riverine crossings through moss-covered, and sometimes sharp rocks.
In one section of the river, you have to do this:
… to reach this:
After about an hour and a half of slipping and sliding, you will reach Kawa Falls, a small cascade thus named because of the ‘catch basin’ below the stream, which resembles a kawa or a huge shallow cauldron.
… another 30 minutes or so of walking, climbing, crawling through rocks, shrubs, brooks:
You hear it first — the thundering sound of rustling water hitting the bottom — before your breath is taken away by its beauty — soft, silky cascades! EUREKA!!!
Seeing Siok Falls for the first time will make you forget all the sores, aches, blisters, scratches — even hunger — you’re suffering from, and make you want to embrace the enchanting body of water. It had that effect on me. I ran toward her and started to climb…
Ahhhhhhhhh…. BLISS!!! Pure satisfaction!
Now… how do I get down from here?