|Braved the narrow walk to the edge for a contemplative one with nature snap. Thankfully, survived it!
We waited for the sun to rise over Bear mountain, the Sea of Sand, Mount Batok, Mount Bromo, and far behind, smoking puffs of smoke every so often, Gunung Semeru, the highest and most active volcano in Java. After one of the loveliest sunrises I've seen, we made our way down to the Sea of Sand to walk 3-4 kms to the base of Mount Bromo. There were horse handlers on the ready, but we chose to walk and enjoy the landscape at a slower pace. Having survived Ijen the day before, and fresh from a gorgeous sunrise, we were feeling fairly invincible. The steep climb up a flight of 253 steps was the trickiest part for me, with mud lining the steps, a flood of people jostling beside you, and narrow steps, requiring that much effort and care not to slip down. Once up the crater edge and looking into the whirling smoke inside the mouth of the volcano, hardship is forgotten and all is well again. Every effort, every struggle is rewarded with something worthwhile, stunning, and unforgettable.
Let the images tell the story...
|View from Bromo Crater Edge
|Stars from Gunung Penanjakan
|4x4s in the Dark
|Batok, Bromo and Semeru
|Sunrise over Bear Mountain
|Achievement unlocked! :)
|Driving to the Sand Sea
|Walking in the Sea of Sand
|Option to travel the Sea of Sand by horseback
|Up the steps to Bromo Crater, Above the Clouds
|Mouth of the Volcano
|Spot the bouquet! :)
|Smoke from deep inside the earth, like silky blankets atop the landscape
|Our trusty 4x4
|Fields in the clouds
|A wefie with an indulgent driver uncle, who obliged by requests to stop so I can snap up some images :)