Sunday, January 19, 2003

Heringer's in the Philippines, Day 7

I got up early and ran for 30 minutes on the beach. The hotel offered a free breakfast. We made the mistake of taking the hotel up on the offer. It was not very good and included rice and some very odd looking meat. After breakfast, Sharon, Jack and I walked up and down the broadwalk exploring. Ryan, Briana and Jack swam in the hotel pool.

Mid-morning, Pat, Sharon and I took a tricycle over to the other side of the island to check out kite surfing. Pat was interested in checking out the cost and availability of lessons. We wandered around for a while and talked to a few people about lessons. Eventually, we found a little shack called the Surf Kite Bar serving lunch and beer. After lunch, we sat and watched the kite surfing. Kite surfing is pretty amazing. Essentially, they were a wake board, a climbing harness and a cut down kite.

We walked several miles down the beach checking out a couple of different resorts. Unlike the other side of the island where we were staying, this side of the island was not very developed. We caught a tricycle and went to check out the horse back riding and a couple of possible places to eat on Sharon's birthday.

We picked up the kids and went back to the horseback riding. It took an hour ride up to the top of Mount Luho. It had an amazing panarama view of the island.

On the horseback ride, we passed one village which looked extremely poor. The house had dirt floors and there appeared to be no running water. It was definitely poorer than anything I have seen thus far in Mexico.

Sharon, Jack and I had dinner at Mango Ra's. Of the places we ate on Boracay, this is not one that we would recommend. We had Shrimp Tempura and Barbacue Chicken. This was the first of several nights in a row that Jack crashed during dinner and did not wake up until the next morning.

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