Breakfast on a Boat in the Bali Sea and Hiking

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Our boat for a sunrise cruise and breakfast on the Bali Sea

Our breakfast this morning was the usual fare, but in a very unusual place.   We took a boat from our hotel out on the Bali Sea right after sunrise for a nice cruise and some breakfast.  The Sea was quite calm and it was a great way to start the day.  The boat is operated by the hotel.  It has outriggers on both sides, and runs on a diesel engine.  Our breakfast just tasted better out on the boat!  We saw lot of fishing boats out that morning -- lots of folks at work trying to catch fish for the markets.

We landed the boat at a place where we started a hike into one of the very poor parts of Bali.  The northern part of Bali is much more arid than the south, and this part was particularly dry.

Breakfast on the Boat
  It was only a 5 mile hike, but it was quite steep and very dusty.  It started with a steep descent through a valley and back up the other side.  I walked along with Irika quite a bit, and had a great time learning about her life.  Just one of those bonding moments of new friends on a common trip.

Along the way we stopped at various huts and saw how different products are made here.  One hut had a still where Arak (a palm wine liquer) is made.  It was interesting to see the still -- and the operator asked for all of our empty plastic water bottles.  He uses them to collect the distilled liquor!  Jundre and I bought a bottle from him for a pittance.

The coconut palms are used for more than just Arak!  The coconuts are harvested here for the meat and the milk.

Courtney shows a cashew seed from the fruit
  We saw another place where palm/coconut oil being processed.  Another place was making palm sugar, and we got to taste the sugar and see how it is made into praline like candies.  Another place was making roasted casava root (from the tapioca plant).  It was quite tasty.  We saw a cashew grove -- and I was amazed to learn that each fruit on the tree only produces a couple of cashews.  It's no wonder they are so expensive!  We tasted the fruit -- it was very tart.   There were plots of pineapples growing, plots with flowers, jack fruit trees, frangipani trees, and lots of chickens.  All things that everyone here needs, but that don't bring in a lot of income.

At the end of the hike, we stopped at an open air restaurant for lunch.

Jo watches the liquor distill and become liquid again as it flows through the bamboo tube into one of our empty water bottles
  It was the typical lunch fare -- salads, beef and chicken satays, a curry, and fruit.  It was good after being out hiking in the sun.

Back at the hotel, I relaxed by the pool and did some journaling.  I had another one of those gin and bitter lemons with a lemongrass stalk too.  The drink is growing on me!  I decided to splurge for another massage, since they were so inexpensive here.  This time I had a masseur named Adie.  He gave me a great massage on a bale.  As we were talking, he told me he had a friend in Austin and described his friend.  It turns out that I knew the guy he was describing!  What a small world!

For dinner, I decided to do some carbo-loading, as I had a 48 mile ride to do the next day.  I had spaghetti carbonara and it was exactly what I needed!

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Our boat for a sunrise cruise and …
Our boat for a sunrise cruise and…
Breakfast on the Boat
Breakfast on the Boat
Courtney shows a cashew seed from …
Courtney shows a cashew seed from…
Jo watches the liquor distill and …
Jo watches the liquor distill and…
Cecilia and Jo at breakfast
Cecilia and Jo at breakfast
Fishermen on the Bali Sea
Fishermen on the Bali Sea
Boat Crew bids us Farewell
Boat Crew bids us Farewell
Canyon we hiked near Lovina
Canyon we hiked near Lovina
Cashew Tree and Fruit
Cashew Tree and Fruit
Still to make Arak Liquor
Still to make Arak Liquor
Pineapple Plant
Pineapple Plant
Irika enjoys fresh coconut milk
Irika enjoys fresh coconut milk
Some respite from the Sun
Some respite from the Sun
Making Palm Sugar
Making Palm Sugar
Palm Sugar
Palm Sugar
Jack Fruit Tree
Jack Fruit Tree
Frangipani Tree
Frangipani Tree
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photo by: yuness