I was dreaming of electric sheeps when my alarm flared. It was quickly followed by an explosion of knocks on the door, L of PinayTravelista was checking if we’re alive for the sunrise at the old pier in Baybay Galas in Dipolog City. My consciousness was almost floating to the surface of reality but my roommate’s, C of JuanderfulPinoy, was still at the deep end of the ocean.
Those who were able to fight off sleep met at the lobby and marched off into the crispy Dipolog dawn. A tricycle was hailed and we piled aboard for a connecting ride to Barangay Galas.
The first ride was alright, our transport timespacewarped into the cold morning air, sending freezing shivers down my whole lot. Our second ride however turned out to be a turtle rather than a tricycle. We moved at a snail’s pace along the highway, joggers moved faster than us and I lost count of the number of vehicles that overtook us.
I normally have don’t have problems with slow drivers but the sky was already showing signs of the breaking sun. I contemplated on just running to the pier which might just be a tad faster. But I didn’t know the way, so I suffered the sight of the orange light of the pre-morning sun above the trees.
After an eternity, we arrived at Galas Pier, a guy warned us to take care of our belongings as snatchers abound. It proved to be a baseless warning though as the dock is as friendly as docks can possibly go.
The old pier is made of huge stacked stones that stretches like a bent finger towards the calm horizon of Mindanao. We saw construction along the shore that would connect Dipolog’s Sunset Boulevard with the pier and I read about plans on reviving the dock for RORO ships.
The docking ports currently lay abandoned but the stone wharf itself is hardly forsaken. Throngs of people were milling about; joggers doing their morning routine, fisher folks swinging their hooks, local kids wading along the shallow waters and travel bloggers apparently just enjoying the beautiful color and the warmth of the rising sun.
The morning was quiet and the sky gave us a second chance.
A second burst of color lit the sky of Dipolog City, the sun king breaking through the running clouds and the heavy mountains along the horizon. Oranges, yellows and blues mixed together for an unforgettable morning palette. The sky was painted and I forgave the turtle driver of the old Galas Pier.
Old Galas Pier
Address: Brgy. Galas, Dipolog City
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates: 8.560387,123.32695
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