...tour around Yogya #2.

Trip Start Mar 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Indonesia  , Central Java,
Sunday, April 22, 2012

From Borobudur we hopped back on our scooter and tried to find our way to the Merapi Volcano viewpoint. Still active, the volcano is considered to be very dangerous. We wanted to trek up the mountain but the logistics of the operation were too complicated, time consuming, and expensive. We opted for a viewpoint across from the volcano.
Trips through farmland and mountains necessitate maps with good detail, correct city names, and accurate scale. Ours lacked all 3 of these things. Nevertheless, knowing the name of the final destination is usually sufficient to get you headed in the right general direction. When you start heading up a hill and your ears begin to pop due to elevation, its a good bet that you are on the right track. If nothing else, the abrupt drop in temperature is a welcome change from the heat, humidity, and smog of the surrounding lowlands.

After some steep ascents, an unwanted detour to a volcano museum, and a lost pair of Cody-sunglasses (retrieved), we made it to the park entrance for the viewpoint. The park was open till 5. The parking closed at 3. We didn't ask why, but we were now short on time. It was only an "easy, 1km hike to the viewpoint". At the half-way mark a sign read "500m". By now the trail had deteriorated to loose dirt and mud. After 20 minutes we came across another sign that read "500m". This was not the first time that distance had been inaccurately signed on Java (trip to the beach, trip back from the beach, trip to the viewpoint). Furthermore, the visibility had deteriorated to the point that we could barely see the base of the volcano, which we were able to see at the beginning of the 'short' hike. 10 minutes later we were running out of time and we still had to make it to the final destination. We decided to turn around. I took one picture while I cursed the park staff for letting us up without warning of the poor visibility or the poor trail signs.

Cody came up with a list, during our descent, of appropriate footwear for hiking from best to worst:
"Hiking boots, five-finger shoes, running shoes, sneakers, Teva sandals, crocs, barefeet, high heels, flip-flops."
We were wearing flip-flops.

Onto our final stop.
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themum on

Could have been worse I suppose, could have been raining. Always a treat to read this blog, your sense of humour and general love of life shines through every time.

And a few final words
" Hati, Hati, Jangan Mendinggal"

Love and miss you
Mum and Dad

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