Island Hopping

Sleeping in one place for more than two nights is strange for me while I am in the Philippines. There is much to see and work to be done that often I feel as if I am hopping between the 7,107 islands that make up this nation consistently.

This morning I woke up in Butuan on the island of Mindanao. We spent 3 days trekking around the country side visiting goat raisers and encouraging friends that are struggling through tough times. While on the island, we had ostrich for supper and popsicle made from caribou milk. The food is always unique to say the least.

After lunch we caught our 30 minute flight back to the Cebu/Mactan area. The island of Mactan serves as home base and the only place where I have reliable internet. Our stay in Mactan will be short-lived as we leave for the island of Bohol in just under 6 hours.

Bohol is known world-wide for the Chocolate Hills and white sand beaches. Another claim to fame is the worlds smallest monkey, the Tarsier, calls Bohol home.

While the tourist attractions are great, our main purpose in visiting the island is to scout out and meet with potential goat raisers. Right now our presence on the island is small, but we hope to increase the number of goats in this region if we can find capable people who show the desire and commitment needed to be successful raising goats.

After a quick trip to Bohol, we will take a brief rest then venture off to Negros and finally Luzon for the rest of the trip.

 

Bryan Clifton

Oklahoma City, OK