I was once assigned in Mindanao and I did a lot of driving from one place to another. For some seven years in 2001 to 2007, I often drove from Davao City to Cagayan de Oro City and back through the Bukidnon Davao Road or more popularly known as BUDA. There was a time back in 1985 that BUDA was really a dangerous dirt and gravel road with potholes here and there. I was able to experience that kind of rough ride decades ago in a 4-wheel drive Suzuki Beaver which was really not designed for a comfortable ride. It’s an off-the-road type of vehicle. BUDA was eventually paved all the way from Davao to Bukidnon and all the way to Cagayan de Oro reducing travel time and making the trip more enjoyable. At minimum speed, it usually took me about 5 to 6 hours of driving one way.
One thing that my wife and I really enjoyed each time we traveled through BUDA was our stopover at Seagull Mountain Resort. We enjoyed the serene, quiet and cool atmosphere out there. It’s like being transported to Baguio City for half an hour or so every time we stopped there to rest. People who are unaware of the place would be surprised to know that it’s actually a cool place with pine trees all over the area. It’s a mountain resort where weddings, banquets, seminars and retreats are held. A great place to rest after a long drive and maybe grab a bite or sip coffee quietly in a cool and quiet environment. The place is high up in the mountainous area of the Marilog District in Davao City. Next time you happen to pass by BUDA, try dropping by at this mountain resort. It’s a nice place to just rest and relax from a long drive and maybe meditate and think about life if you are alone.