Baguio Adventure Day 4: At Wright Park

I hereby present the last batch of pictures from our Baguio trip. I caught sight of these daisies as Lei & I walked through the length of the Pool of Pines. Beautiful flowers never fail to catch my attention, and these are no exception.

Daisies by israelv
Daisies, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Upon reaching a gateway of some sort, we turned and looked back at the Pool of Pines which now seemed to stretch up to The Mansion. In a word — breathtaking!

Gateway by israelv
Gateway, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Going past the gateway, we reached a rise in the land and we could see the whole of Baguio. From this vantage point, we had a feeling of serenity as we quietly take in the beautiful view. But just to the left, and in stark contrast to the scenery we’ve just witnessed, creepy-looking trees devoid of leaves create the impression of despair and gloom.

Creepy Tree by israelv
Creepy Tree, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

So as not to spoil the moment, we just ignored this ominous sight and continued our trek until we reached a very long flight of stone steps leading downwards toward the horseback-riding area. Although the thought of horseback-riding appealed to us, our bodies did not agree. Tired from the day’s activities, we longed to get back to SM City Baguio for a hot dinner and some quiet time at Starbucks before we finally take the Victory Liner bus that would take us back to Manila.

But before we proceeded I just had to take a shot of these fiery-looking flowers before we left.

Fiery Flowers by israelv
Fiery Flowers, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Baguio Adventure Day 4: At the Mansion and Wright Park

Lei and I finally reached our last stop on our fourth day in Baguio. These are the gates of The Mansion. The Mansion was built in 1908 to serve as the official summer residence of U.S. Governor-Generals at the instance of Governor-General William Cameron Forbes. It now serves as the holiday home and working office for each President of the Philippines during his or her visits to Baguio. (From Wikipedia)

The Mansion's Gates by israelv
The Mansion’s Gates, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

After posing in front of the gates, we were now posing inside the gates and with the actual Mansion on the background. We noticed immediately a new addition to the Mansion’s grounds and that is the huge yellow ribbon underneath The Mansion sign.

The Mansion by israelv
The Mansion, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Just across the street is Wright Park. Named after Luke Edward Wright, he served as Governor-General of the Philippines between 1904 and 1906 and also as U.S. Secretary of War from 1908 to 1909. Gov. Wright was also the architect of the shallow elongated rectangular man-made pool of water known as the “Pool of Pines”. (From Wikipedia)

Reflections by israelv
Reflections, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

While strolling hand in hand along the Pool of Pines, we caught sight of a horse feeding quietly beside a tree.

Caught in the Horse's Mouth by israelv
Caught in the Horse’s Mouth, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

There were quite a number of tall trees around the area and here was one of them. Or were these actually two trees?

A long way up! by israelv
A long way up!, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

More pictures of Wright Park in the next post!