Summer is still weeks away and it is already missed. The cold has been endured long enough and it is making bones and joints ache. I miss the warmth of the air and wearing less clothes. I miss being outside and sweating.
It was two years ago the last time that I was at Britania, Surigao del Sur. I did not even know it existed even though I grew up 6-hours drive away from it. The roads were not well-paved there way back when I was growing up. Six hours was a very long drive hence the hesitation to travel long distances. You must really have a purpose to go there to endure the discomfort of the travel.
Britania Group of Islands is composed of 24 islets scattered around Lianga Bay, locally famous for its pristine water and very fine, almost powdery sands – Fascinating Britania Islands of Surigao Del Sur
Davao City was the starting point of the road trip and it took us through rural roads and highways. The towns in between were close enough for a quick stop of food or rest, if needed, but the intervals becomes greater. I was impressed with the well-maintained roads except for a few stretches that had to be rebuilt due to road erosion or landslides. The traffic became sparse the farther we got and we drove beside or encountered more of the big 18 wheeler rigs. The travel speed was slow at around 40 mph but we still can’t avoid the occasional vehicle moving far in excess of the speed limit.
The summer destination point was a cluster of cottages by the seashore. The popularity of the place has increased that some have capitalized on it and built the cottages for overnight stay. The cottages were spartan in set up but clean and comfortable. There were beds, closets, and (most important) clean restrooms.
The summer breeze was gentle, warm, and smelled salty. The seashore sand was off-white in color, powdery, and soft on the feet. The afternoon surf lapped on the sand and surprisingly felt cool. The ambiance, a plastic lawn chair, a small wooden table, and a glass of cold drink made the moment memorable.
I wrote about Manly beach, NSW, Australia when I was there and I remembered my stay in Britania. Manly beach was well-maintained despite the presence of a lot of people and establishments. Britania was still pristine and unspoiled and I hope that the development of the place included its preservation. I recall the magnificent, unspoiled beaches of Davao City when I was growing up and how they all disappeared because of “development”.
Anyway, I look forward to the coming of the warmth of summer. I hope to be back in some warm, unspoiled beach somewhere enjoying my drink.