Well, it wasn’t exactly just a mommy picnic, because we most of us had kids in tow. (Mine were in full attendance!) Since it has been raining for several days prior to the picnic, I was worried we might be rained out. But I woke up that Friday morning to a beautiful sunny day! It was going to be a beautiful day out at the La Mesa Ecopark!
Thanks, Cess, for this photo. Your big camera rocks! (Aww, look at Nate! He got those scratches on his nose from a fall 2 days before the picnic. 🙁 )
The kids had so much fun playing in the wide-open spaces. This log-turned-rocket ship provided them much amusement (and the mommies more free time to talk!).
The photos above were shot from the Shell Flower Terraces at the top of the La Mesa Ecopark. To get there, we had to get past those steps on the left. The breath-taking view, however, is worth the thousand steps! (I’m just exaggerating – there are about 100 steps. I forgot to count because we were chatting and taking photos while climbing.) See those dark clouds in the bottom-right photo? They decided to burst wide open later in the afternoon. Good thing we raided Wenchie’s home just in time, which happened to be just right outside the Park. There the mommies continued the talkathon and the kids their playathon.
The La Mesa Ecopark is located at the La Mesa Watershed, Metro Manila’s main source of drinking water. In recent years, much efforts have been initiated for the protection of the La Mesa Watershed. Its website says that by just visiting the park, we already contribute to its conservation.
It’s a wonder that such a densely forested, beautiful place still exists within the Metro. And it is just a 20-minute drive from my home! The Park has facilities for picnics, swimming, paint-balling, fishing, boating, biking, camping and hiking. There is also an Orchidarium and a Butterfly Hatchery (which I have not seen yet). Pavillions are also available for events and parties.
Visit the La Mesa Ecopark and contribute to your drinking water’s conservation. Park hours: 8 AM to 5 PM daily. See the entrance rates here.
The other mommies’ take on the picnic:
Julie’s Bonding Beyond Blogging
Lynn’s Picnic Fun
Cookie’s Ecopark Adventure