“One man’s backyard
is another man’s
~ Author Unknown
I flew from my hometown some years ago and moved to the capital. I still remember that day, even the clothes I wore and what happened on the plane. It was the first time I flew out of my hometown without my parents’ companies. Instead, I went here with a second cousin who was on his way back after spending his school holiday back home. Ever since then, I’ve been flying back home at least twice a year to visit my parents. Flying back home is always a nice thing to do, most especially in the summer. We usually visit my uncle’s cottage on our favorite island, Bunaken. Every time we go to that island, we always see this mountain on our way there.
However, never once have I been there.
This mountain is a part of Bunaken National Park, one of the best places for diving in the country.
This park lies about 30 minutes by boat from the center of my home town – Manado – the capital city of North Sulawesi province. It consists of several islands surrounded by the sea garden underneath. The centerpiece of the national park is Bunaken island but there are also beautiful diving spots on the other islands.
Yes, it is a volcanic island, located right in the middle of the sea.
Because my hometown is located by the sea, this mountain is visible from the main boulevard.Given the right angle, the view of this mountain from the plane is gorgeous! I simply can’t have enough of it! I’m glad for one thing, that it is dormant. I think several active volcanoes inland around my hometown are already more than enough.
I’ve taken so many pictures of this mountain, both from my hometown and from Bunaken island so I’ve been admiring it from afar. Countless of moments were spent looking at how the sun set behind this mountain and I treasure all of them. Stories were told from one generation to another about people living on this island and what happened over the years yet I’ve never been there.
I’m saving the best for last.
Source of the map is HERE.