16.01.2017 28 °C
We awoke to the sounds of Cicadas, followed by a refreshing cold shower out in the open air bathroom !
Shorty after breakfast we set off for a walk around the reserve to view the produce grown on the estate and
the natural species and odd wildlife, which were mainly large spiders (the size of your hand) dotted around the reserve.
We continued on and out of the the reserve and on to a nearby village were we met a 95yr old woman that
makes home ground coffee every day for the local workers, we went into her house and
watched her hand grinding the beans and then we sampled some coffee, quite nice but very strong.
Leaving the village we continued past rice terraces to a home made hydroelectric station that supplied the village just from a diverted stream.
We returned to the Eco centre just before midday, had yet another cold shower due to the humidity followed by lunch.
In the afternoon we drove to the base of Mount Bromo situated on the Tengger Massif about 3 hrs further east.
We were now entering the start of the rainy season in Indonesia and
during the past few days we'd had the "afternoon shower" a basic downpour for about 30 mins,
then sun and within another 30 mins everything had dried up (my kind of rain). however the showers were now getting longer and
today was no exception, a torrential storm broke out just as we stopped for a break,
it was so bad we had to wait in the gas station until it eased before getting back in to the minibus.
As we approached the Tengger valley the rain eased but as were halfway up the mountain, we were now in thick cloud - clag !
Our base for the night was a basic wooden chalet on the slope of the volcano as
we were going to make an early morning ascent to view the sunrise on the volcano.
Basic guesthouse was certainly an accurate description as all the walls were made out of bamboo, hence no sound proofing.
So after an early dinner we retired to bed at 9pm !