This is for all the senior citizens out there. You can still have fun. You just have to go do it, guys!!! Remember, we only live this life once! 🙂
Life begins at 60, some would say! Haha! Yup, I guess that sounds good enough for me.
As a card-bearing senior citizen, I automatically looked for the senior citizens’ lane when we arrived at the Tour Center. No such thing. Not getting any senior citizen perks here. So I listed my name on the registry. And I noticed that all the rest of the guys there were younger – no, make that much younger – than me. Yup, there I was, getting myself all excited to try out the well-renowned Canyoneering experience in Badian, Cebu; and briefly, I felt like I was the odd man out there.
I then checked out the ages of the day’s canyoneers. What I saw made me smile a bit. I couldn’t find another guy older than 40 in the 4 pages I scanned. I found out that most of the guys who registered were ages 20 to 35. Matter of fact, I didn’t see anyone older than 50!!! Except for me and my wife. I was by far the oldest in the list, and I was beaming with pride at the thought that I was taking on this new adventure with such youthful demeanor and exuberance.
And then I remembered, having had a heart bypass a few years back, people have been warning me about taking extra-strenuous and extra-exciting activities such as taking long hard walks or jogs, or even watching horror movies! Hmmm, would throwing myself off a cliff count as one? So, should I proceed or not?
Hell, yes!!! Me and the wife, we must both be crazy. We put on our gear, and tried to make like 2 young giggling teenagers ready for some big-time fun and adventure.
And we didn’t regret it. Boy, we sure didn’t regret it! Not one bit!
After a short briefing, we were whisked away by motorbike to the starting point up the mountain. We were then provided with headgears, life vests, and the proper footwear for those who needed them.
After a brief inspection, I made a good old military note of the safety protocols: helmet ok, chinstrap ok, life-vest ok, ballstraps ok, shoes ok, all ok, suh!!! I was now ready to conquer the crazy canyon with its creepy creatures!!
And now, it was time for my sexagenarian legs to stretch and conquer this wild new frontier. Ha, I said to myself, if I had made it up Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, this should be a breeze. (But then again, that was a few years back.)
It was walk…
It was slip and shout…
It was wet and wild…
I felt like a shivering wet pussy, of the cat variety, you with the dirty mind!!!
But it was fun! God, did we have so much fun! You get to experience the cliffs, the falls, the wild rush. There were different jumps at a dizzying 80 feet, at 50 feet, 42, 30 and more. (The high dives are optional.) Then there was nature and the quiet serenity of the forest and the wildlife. And then you marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites. The cool, fresh waters. Communing with nature. Life is good. Thank God for the abundant blessings here.
At 60, I felt just like a young kid again, lining up patiently with the teeny-boppers for a chance at the high dives, eager to challenge myself, silently praying that I didn’t embarass myself.
Yup, those jumps were quite challenging too. But as my old master-sergeants used to say: “di bale nang mamatay, sir, wag lang mapahiya!!!” (Better to die than to live a life in disgrace!) Haha! And this old Ranger-Airborne trooper showed them a trick or two. Notwithstanding the grey hair, the creaking knees and the fragile heart.
Sure, there were anxious moments. A bit tiring at times too. But Wit and I trudged on. Or swam on. Backstroke was the best. On land, we lifted those knees higher. To walk the talk. To prove something to ourselves. But most of all, to rediscover and play with the child inside each one of us.
Yes. For once, I felt like a child once again. Laughing and loving every minute of it. There was that adrenalin rush. So that I could barely feel the aches and pains until we finally got home late that night. As I lay down to sleep.
For those seniors who are still young at heart, Canyoneering in Badian is definitely a blast. Just make sure you specify you want to take the downstream course, and not the upstream one which is really more strenuous and challenging. Once you’ve done it, it’s like you’ve taken the potion of youth. I kid you not. You’ll feel young again. And fresh. And full of boundless energy.
And you can also visit nearby Oslob to go whale-watching while you’re at it!!! So what are you waiting for? Come have some fun at Badian!
Ahhh, to be sexy at sixty…. 🙂
More pics of Canyoneering in Badian: (courtesy of carlo holganza, vertica outdoors, badian info, trip advisor, youtube.com, choosephilippines.com, captionthisadventureblogspot.com, turtlebaydiveresort.com).
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