Friday, September 21, 2012

A Journey To Bromo : First Time and Unforgotten

A set of Mountains, I called Bromo and Friends
Dream come True! Yes, that's the first sentence that came out when a friend invited me to join the trip to Bromo. Although there is some changes of personnel that will join in the journey and accommodation arrangements are rather complicated we do not give up. Finally after all the affairs of accommodation deal, we're ready to go to Bromo for the first time. Yes! first time! Me, Dedot, Sayoga, Agung, Apel and Edi will meet for the first time with Bromo. On 1 August, at 6 am, we set off together from Denpasar towards the Gilimanuk Harbor with our dashing driver that we call the 'masbrow'. Eh, I'm haven't say that this driver has not been to Bromo, but thankfully there is help from the GPS .Just Hit The Road bro ...!

Trip from Denpasar to Bromo, takes about 12 hours. around 5 pm we had reached the Ngadisari village, where we were staying was a homestay owned Hotel Oetjik. The first impression when I got here is "COLD", even very cold because we were coming from the area where the air is hot. We were all very tired and rested because tomorrow morning will see Sunrise at Penananjakan Bromo.

Villager house among The Onions field.
Old man watering his Onion Field in the morning.

At 4 am Clock show, we hurried up and preparing. because according to the info today we will go to Penanjakan around 4:30 with Hard-Top car 4x4. It's almost 5 o'clock am car had not yet arrived, he said was still on the way. a few minutes later, a blue car coming, and apparently the driver was Mr. Gitar, he was living next-door neighbor. Was surprised and then we all laugh. In fact this morning we had met when he was went from home, it turned out he took the letter of assignment and do not know who is going to take him with. Without further ado Mr. Gitar take us to Penanjakan, through the sea of sand at the foot of Mount Bromo. He was adept at reading the road here even though there are no roads just sand.

At about 5:30 am we arrived at Penanjakan, still dark and very cold. It was not just us who came that morning, dozens of domestic and foreign tourists also come to see the sunrise at Bromo that morning. We immediately find a place to capture the sunrise at Bromo. The sky began to blush sign the sun will soon rise, and a set of mountain in sight. Finally I saw it for the first time Beautiful panorama of God's creation. Unsatisfied take a photo from the top, we had come down among the trees a bit steep. angles we took some photos. After the shooting was over (actually not satisfied) we agreed to go back to the car, certainly gitar Mr. is waiting. Arriving in the parking lot, tempting aromas coming from a coffee shop finally we decided to take a break over breakfast and coffee. Then coffee merchants serve a snack, which in turn makes us addicted, the boiled / fried potatoes. It was not clear it was boiled or fried, but it feels very very good!.

'What you can see from here?' stone carved sign at Penanjakan.
I don't know what's the name, but I see it Wonderful covered by fogs.
Poten Temple, view from Penanjakan.
The Land over The Skyline, this one I prefer B&W.
Horseman, They rent horse for trip arround Poten Temple also take you up to the crater
Breakfast is over, time to continue our journey. Mr. Gitar offer 2 favorite spots, 'Padang Savanna' (Savanna) and 'Lautan Pasir' (Sea of Sands) with additional charge 300 thousand rupiah, without any compromise we just take his offer. Savanna known as 'Teletubies Hill ' because there are rows of Hills just like the Teletubies movie. As usually we took some pictures and then went to the area of Lautan Pasir (Sea of Sands). Just like the name this place is filled with sand very widely, every where is sand and the wind makes these sands form a unique pattern, Being around the Padang savanna and Lautan Pasir, finally we get tired and back to the homestay. Because in next days we will photograph, Yadnya Kasada ceremony at Poten Temple, and Bromo crater.

The Home of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Lala, and Po'. (!)
Savanna, The grass are bit yellow cause of the season.
The villagers that pass the savanna and say hello to us, very friendly isn't it.
No Helmet, No Mask, No Sunglass, Balinese says 'Amah Debu' (eaten by dust).
Sea of Sands, with lil'bit savanna.
Batok Mountain seems like sinking in the sands.
Path of Life, It's never straight.
Mr. Gitar's Blue Jeep, Though!
Morning in foothill of Bromo, From this photo to bottom are  taken at the last day when we go to the crater.

I'am amaze when saw this, feels like paradise for me.
The stair is broken, people take other side.
Come and Go, To and From the Crater of Bromo.
And here are the squad, from left ; Me, Apel, Sayoga, Dedot, Agung, and the one hide behind is Edi. Thx to Mr.Gitar  help take this photo.
That's my Journey, Hope you like it and respect to our Homeland 'Indonesia' we have the 'paradise', why don't you 'explore' it. See ya on next journey.

*** Photos & Text by Haryadi Wijaya***

1 comment:

  1. juara banget ama foto no 4 dari bawah ..... Dahsyat mas bro