ONE MORE MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB.......
Jan 24, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
Where I stayed
Or more precisely, one more volcano. Woke up at 4:25 AM and had a chilly motorcycle ride for 17 kms to close to the top of Mt. Kelimutu. Fortunately I carried some warmer clothing with me and a headband light to see the trail in the darkness of the early morning. After a 30 minute walk from the parking area on a darkened trail, I arrived in time to get some great shots of the three lakes---two dark blue and the other aqua green. Had some black coffee at the top and chatted with the other crazy tourists. Then I walked back to the parking area to find my motorcycle driver had gone back to Moni. Soooo I started the long walk back going downhill all the way. After about 8 kms I bargained a motorcycle driver to take me the remaining 9 kms for 50 cents! I am so glad he accepted because it was still a long way back and walking in Indonesian heat and humidity is "an entirely different animal". I then briefly rested and took a minivan back into Ende where I booked a flight back to Labuanbajo. I have accomplished most of what I had hoped to do and now it is a slow and easy glide back to my eventual point of departure, Denpasar.