Foggy Morning at Bromo

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In front of our room

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.

Ready to go...
I guessed it was because of 2 reasons. First, because of the tough field. The second, because renting jeeps was one of income sources for the local people. We paid Rp 150.000,- for the jeep (as I remember). If we wanted to watch sunrise, the rent fee was more expensive, it was about Rp 400.000,-.

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.

In the jeep 1
We paid Rp75.000,- for each horse. Each horse was guided by a man.

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.

In the jeep 2
Arin, Hana, and Ima arrived earlier than Raya and I. They felt very cold and decided to go back to the jeep. Ito, Ayako, Raya, and I continued to the top. We used the steps. It was very steep for me and I felt very old because lost my breath and climbed very slowly. I was left behind, even by Raya. I stopped seveeral times to manage my breath.

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.

In the jeep 3
But, the condition made me lose the interest. I really wanted to go back to the hotel and dry myself.

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!    

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In front of our room
In front of our room
Ready to go...
Ready to go...
In the jeep 1
In the jeep 1
In the jeep 2
In the jeep 2
In the jeep 3
In the jeep 3
Horse Riding to the top of Mount B…
Horse Riding to the top of Mount …
Horseback riding
Horseback riding
Wa... were cold!
Wa... we're cold!
Resting after climbing
Resting after climbing
On the top of Mount Bromo
On the top of Mount Bromo
The steps to the top
The steps to the top
Vegetable plantation 1
Vegetable plantation 1
Vegetable plantation 2
Vegetable plantation 2
Mount Bromo
photo by: Mezmerized