That’s right! We hiked to the rim of an active volcano! Because we’re loco!
The last time Mount Batur erupted was in 2000, so we did kind of play with fire… Or lava…
Here’s the volcano from our hotel. Yes, this is our view.
We woke up at 2:45am to hike the volcano, in the dark, so we could watch the sunrise. It was a wonderful experience (except for the part where the guide tried to rip us off, but George whipped him into shape) and I’m really happy we made the trek up here.
The terrain went from forest, to rocks, to volcanic ash. The ash was crazy, it was like hiking up a sand dune… Going down was like surfing, probably not the safest to slide down a volcano but it was fun!
Here’s some shots from the top.
And a nice daylight panorama with everyone hiking back down.
After the hike, we took a taxi to the hot springs (more like warm springs) and pool hopped for the afternoon. It’s crazy what a little warm water can do for the body, we weren’t sore at all the next day.
Yesterday we arrived in Lovina, hoping to lay on a gorgeous black sand beach for a few days. Alas the Internet tricked us and we found a dirty beach with lots of pushy locals 😦 But we prevailed! And found amazing things to do today thanks to the motorbike. More on that soon, I’m sleepy.