The Baler (pronounced Belair) Zone is the furthest area from the Mission Office. It is on the Pacific Coast and very remote. If this area were in the US, the coast would be developed with resorts and high rise hotels. There is only one really nice hotel there called the Costa Pacifica. We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights. It was really nice while we were there. In the summer, it is not so nice because it is really humid - very tropical. The Pacific Ocean is warm here and that is why the land temperature is so hot. No ocean breeze to cool things off. The weather was overcast while we were there which you think would make not good beach weather, but the lack of sun kept the temperature cooler. We were even able to sleep with the sliding glass door to our room open and no air conditioner on.
We visited with Elder and Sister Lund, who were leaving for home the next week. They had been the senior couple there for the past year. We had a wonderful time with them. We went because we needed to take a bed to Elder Gordon one of the Zone Leaders. He is way over 6 ft tall and could not find a bed up in this remote area that he could fit in. I hope we were able to solve his problem. Elder Weber put the foot board on the bed up upside down and we brought an extra mattress for the bed which made it higher than the foot board so his feet could hang over the bottom of the bed. Maybe Elder Weber is becoming part Filipino. Just like the natives here, he finds ways to solve his problem with what he has and uses everything he has. You know that old saying "use it up, wear it out, or do without". That's the way things are done here.
These are pictures we took on our trip:
|The road to Beler is through some mountains. In several places you have to cross ONE WAY bridges that drop way off on the edge. This is a picture of one of them.|
|Another view from the bridge.|
|Rice fields in the foreground and the mountains in the background.|
|Closer view of the rice fields. They flood the rice fields using well pumps during the dry season.|
|This was a beautiful lake. Don't know the name of it but it was really beautiful to see.|