Right after I disembarked my last vessel assignment, I was already thinking of the picturesque landscape of our town. I couldn’t help but imagine myself visiting hidden paradises, swimming on the tranquil waters on some of our beaches and even scaling the highest peak in our place, Mt. Maraot na Banwa. Luckily, when I arrived home, one of my old friends invited me to go hiking on that very mountain. It took us almost an hour to reach our destination, since we stopped and took a series of rests on our way to the top. I stumbled for several times because I didn’t expect our way to be that steep. Nevertheless, despite the exhausting journey, we enjoyed the view on top, overlooking San Bernandino Strait, some portion of Samar island, the Pacific Ocean and other coastal baranggays of the town adjacent to us, Matnog, Sorsogon.