As we arrived on land again, everyone was pretty happy, especially those who suffered from seasickness, and we were greeted by the most beautiful views, the sand was soft, but black as night, from the volcanic island and the eruptions over the years. From what we were told, it was one of the biggest! I took a video of our tour guide which can explain more. You can smell the smoke in the air as it is an active volcano.
Once everyone arrived, we took off for the first ridge of the volcano, we made it towards the top of the first section, but the smoke in the air was too much for me, and I could feel it in my lungs. I guess my lifelong bouts of bronchitis didn't help either. Bridget's back was hurting for some reason, so we let everyone go on ahead and we climbed back down to hang out at the beach for a little while exploring and taking in the sights. She even built a sandcastle and we found interesting pieces of lava rock, bamboo and driftwood. Once everyone arrived back, they served us a wonderfully delicious typical indonesian lunch of Nasi Goreng, which is a type of chicken and rice and then fresh watermelon for dessert . . . DELISH!
Once we had our fill, we boarded the boats again and took off around the back side of the volcano. The water there was even more blue than the other side, and we went to one of the four islands, and they dropped anchor and we snorkeled there. It took a little while for Bridget to get the hang of it with the mask and snorkel combo, but she finally did it and got to enjoy the surroundings. It's bascially like swimming in the largest tropical fish tank and there were corals, urchins, the entire cast of Nemo, as well as eels and some sort of neon rainbow fish. Absolutely breathtaking!
The weather was absolutely perfect, not a single drop of rain, and the boat ride back didn't seem as long, but all the girls conked out, even some of the mamas. It was a thrillling, but tiring day, then of course we had the long bus ride back which took almost 4 hours this time because of traffic. We got in around 9:00pm, but it was so worth it!! So thrilled and grateful to be going on this adventure with Bridget. It has truly been the experience of a lifetime that we will never forget! Thank you Lynn Marvin, one of our tour mamas, for making all the arrangements and our hosts were wonderful, it was everything and more than what we could have hoped for!
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