Saturday, September 8, 2007

Friday, September 7, 2007

Mommy's girl and Daddy's boy


FAMILY PICS - Sept 1st, 2007 - 1


A photo of us all. I never realized how hard it was to get a whole family to sit together without someone crying or squirming (including myself)...

Above the clouds at Papandayan and the surrounding woods

Hiking out of the crater - Papandayan volcano

Beautiful, if not a little intimidating....

Inside the volcano crater

Smelly like rotten eggs! And HOT too!

Locals traversing Papandayan on their way back home from farming

Wow...what a commute to work!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Papandayan by motorbike

Don't try this at home - unless your home is next to a volcano.

Papandayan Volcano Camping - I

What's better fun than camping out on the edge of an active volcano?

Finding out that the alert level was raised to dangerous during the night.

...Don't worry we were high on the upper lip and would have merely got a scenic view had Mother Nature threw a tantrum.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Mount Burangrang - the peak from below...and on top

Climbing Burangrang - our mountain adventure - 1

Well, climbing up was easy....getting down was a little harder.

Four hours up...very tiring....but not too mentally difficult.

What we thought was 1 hour back down turned into an overnight trip.

The trails branch off into several directions and we went down the wrong side of the slope after veering too far right and getting too close to a sheer cliff.

We ended up in the dark with failing flashlight batteries.

So, we called it a night.

We found a farmer's field and slept for the night. Banana leaves under and above as covers. At one point, an animal approached and we chased it off. It looked like an ape (the nearly extinct Javanese gibbon having its home here in this area).

Then, getting up in the early morning, we crossed about 5-6 ridges perpindicularly (i.e. straight up and straight down the other side) until we found our motorbike again. Yikes, talk about a burn in the legs!

All good adventures must come to an end...

Saturday, September 1, 2007

On the Sea of Sand, below Bromo - I

A Lunar landscape of volcanic sand and dust, with heavy clouds swirling around the steep valley walls.