16.05.2009 - 17.05.2009
We took off that morning for a 10-hour drive to our accommodation near Mount Bromo. At a higher altitude, the weather was a bit chillier, which was a nice relief. Mt. Bromo is extremely famous in Indonesia and probably one of it’s biggest tourist attractions. While it gets packed with people desperately awaiting the sunrise, it’s still a magnificent sight and can’t be missed on anyone’s itinerary. We woke up at 3:30am the next morning for our jeep ride to the viewpoint. As predicted, it was teeming with people and almost to the point of completely ruining the experience. However, we found a spot with a nice view unobstructed by other people with cameras, so we were able to spend the hour taking some great pictures and soaking in the views to what was truly a great sight. I won’t try to describe the lay-out of the multiple volcanoes, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but the early morning cloud cover and mist surrounding the volcanoes really made the scene. After our time at the viewpoint we drove to the base of the Bromo volcano for the climb to the rim. It was really fuming from inside which was cool, and while there were lots of people and horses there as well, the entire rim is walk able so it didn’t take long to find a place just for ourselves to sit and enjoy ourselves. We took a van back to Probolingo, the main jumping off town to Bromo and are currently on a bus heading to Denpasar which should be getting us in around 7:30pm.
We met a kid traveling around from Canada in Yogyakarta, and he was just recently in Bali with a group of friends. Renting a car had been on our minds since it’s a small island with tons of places to visit, so having that kind of liberty to come and go as pleased, was definitely appealing. The Canadian and his friends rented a car, and for less than 10 dollars a day said it was the perfect option, and the views between the destinations were just as impressive as the places themselves. So with that kind of backing, we decided that’s what we’re going to do. It’ll be a first for me, which is what this experience is all about, and we’re both really excited to partake in this type of travel. Next entry - BALI!