Volcanos and such

Trip Start Jan 12, 2007
Trip End Jul 11, 2007

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Sorry I've been falling behind a bit on the blog entries; I've covered a lot of miles in the last week or so, and the internet options have been a bit sketchier lately.  After Yogya I took a little 11 hour bus ride down to Mount Bromo, which is a national park full of volcanos and craters and fun things like that.  We got in fairly late (a bit after 9 pm), and then got up early (3:30 am) to wander up to one of the local peaks for sunrise... it was quite a view, overlooking the main crater, with mount semara (sp?) in the background.  Semara is supposedly the most active volcano in java (the land of extremely active volcanos), erupting every ten or fifteen minutes.  It did indeed spout out a bunch of ash and steam four or five times during the hour we were up there... kind of made me wonder about all of the advertisements for trekking adventures to mount semara.  I mean climbing up volcanos is cool and all, but it seems a bit silly to climb up the ones that erupt every ten minutes.  Maybe that's just me.

After watching sunrise (which was pretty spectacular - the crater below was filled with fog, erupting volcanos in the background, etc. etc. - pictures when I find a USB port) we went back down to the inner crater and climbed up to the rim.  Also very cool, I have to say.  Bromo isn't active the way that semara is active, but there was still a nice giant plume of steam pouring out of the inner crater, and the whole place stank of sulfur.  The floor of the outer crater was still covered in fog, which made it all seem pretty unreal... once again, I apologize for the lack of USB port, since I think some of my pictures actually turned out pretty well.  I spent a while just kicked back on the rim (the weather was quite pleasant, since bromo is up close to 10,000 feet - takes an edge off of the heat and humidity), before trekking back down to the bottom and jumping on yet another bus...
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