Many families would like to enjoy an outdoors weekend, but end up just going to the mall or some familiar resort. I think I can name some reasons why nature-encounter experiences for families are rare.
One, people have safety concerns. Fear of danger of whatever kind needs to be eased with reassurance and information.
Two, working people don’t have a lot of free time; thus, they look for short trips only. Time is precious – it has to be enjoyed and, hopefully, out of the vehicle.
Three, people want some adventure, but most are not physically prepared to contend with difficult feats at once. No long hikes, steep climbs, punishing tracks, grueling hurdles --- only extreme fun, maximum enjoyment, and ultimate bonding experience.
Four, families want every member to be able to participate and enjoy. There should be something for everybody.
Five, people still want some level of comfort and convenience. Not many want to carry big backpacks with a tent, clothes, supplies, sleeping and cooking gear, etc. Many can’t be without their comfort rooms. After, some arduous activities, most would just want good food served them.
Six, expenses should be within budget. If one will take the entire family and some friends, a trip that will require flying would be quite costly. The costs should be within reasonable levels.
Seven, most popular nearby outdoor venues are not so scenic. People want to escape the concrete jungle. People want less of manmade structures and more of the God-made spectacles.
Eight, newbie adventurers need guidance and help. They need maps, markings and signages, some education and trained facilitators.
Aside from directional and safety precaution signs, it helps to have these informative posts. Not a few aren't aware of how our tree species look like. Many are city-bred, nature education for most is via the Discovery Channel or the National Geographic.
I think I can recommend a place to go to. I’ll explore other venues and review them later in this blog, but I’ll start with something very familiar to me. Firstly, I’ve enjoyed using the venue many times already with family and friends, and secondly, I used to work in the firm who maintains it. I recommend the place as one who’s excited to tell about a good discovery; but I need to disclose, in all fairness, that I asked my previous employers if I could help promote the place. For Pinoy Green Academy to be sustainable, I need to work on some commercial undertakings related to my green advocacy.
Next post will be photo blogs on the Ambon-Ambon trek, Pugad Lawin Adventure Camp, and the Amansinaya Water Mountain Resort (all part of Las Haciendas).
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The "fun team activities", "adobo lovers", "spa" and Las Haciendas slide photos are owned by the Phoenixland, Inc.
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2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.