Foggy Morning at Bromo
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After we had our breakfast, we prepared to go to the top of Bromo travel guide">Mount Bromo. I decided not to watch the sunrise because we had to wake up at 4 o'clock. It was almost impossible for the children. Besides that we were tired and the weather was not good. It was cold and showering. Since the children didn't prepared for the cold weather, so I asked them to wear 3 plies of cloths. Ito and Ayako rented coats for Rp 15.000,- each. We bought hats and mittens offered by the vendors in front of the hotel. We rented a jeep (Toyota hardtop) to bring us to the mountain. The hotel staff said that we couldn't use our own car.
So we went to the mountain by a jeep. When we arrived, I saw nothing besides wet sands. It was kind of desert. Actually, I was afraid of the situation but I didn't tell anybody. I was doubt whether we would go to the top or back to the hotel. There was nobody besides us in not friendly weather. I was fully in charge that time, brought 4 children and 2 expatriates. I asked Ayako and Ito whether they wanted to continue or not. They said yes, so we rented 6 horses.
O... I had imagined that I would see the beauty of Bromo. But, now I was on a horse back with Raya in a bad weather. I just could see about 2 or 3 meters around. All I saw was wet sand. The horse climbed the mountain and I was afraid to fall down. I felt water on my face. For me it was showering, but not for the guide. He said that it was only fog that blown by the wind. I didn't care, as I knew was I was wet! The journey was not easy and scary. I didn't know what was in front of or besides us. We just followed the guide and the horse.
At last, we arrived at the bottom of the steps to the top of the mountain. We met some people there. I felt relief, because we were not alone.
At last, we arrived on the top. What could we see? Again, fog, fog, and fog. We couldn't see the caldera. I smelled the sulfur and my eyes were sore because of the wind that contained with it. So, we only took pictures up there and went down again. The journey to the jeep was even scarier. I didn't imagine that going down was harder than going up on the horse back. I could see the temple of Hinduism that I planned to visit.
When we arrived back at the hotel, we changed our cloths. I wondered why I still smelled horse in our bedroom. When I checked our cloths, I found that our cloths smelled like horse. Because they touched the horse bodies. Ha..ha..ha..ha.. we were not only wet but also smelled like horses.
At last we were cleaned and dry. We couldn't take a bath because it was cold and no water!!! How come? What kind of hotel is this? We continued our travel. We went to east to go to Jember. On the way down, I could see that the scary view last night was beautiful during the day. At the right and the left sight of the road was vegetables plantation. The land was steep. I wondered how the farmers plant them.
When we leaved the area, I promised myself that I have to come back again to Bromo, in dry season!