Walking on the Moon
Trip Start Apr 16, 2008
55Trip End Apr 15, 2009
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Although I knew I was somewhere special I did not know what to expect to see by the light of day
Always looking to bite off more than I can chew I elected to attempt the hike from the crater floor up to the viewpoint and still get back to town in time for my bus departure at 9am. So I left the other 20 or so crater walkers and set off across the Sea of Sand again. It was tough work and in total I was walking for almost 5hrs before 9am that morning but not only did I have the views totally to myself (most of the tourists take the buggies and visit the viewpoint first and the crater after) but I also had an amazing and unforgetable hike. I honestly could not stop taking photos and so I have had to cut out quite a few for this entry. Definately one of the most amazing moments in my trip so far as I stood by myself on the trek looking out across the early morning crater through whispy dawn clouds. Certainly an image and a feeling I can remember easily without any photo.
After arriving at the viewpoint a bit behind my intended schedule, I only had 10mins to catch my breath and grab some last snaps before my battery (camera) died before beginning the hour scramble back down to the town. I was absolutely spent by the time I arrived back late to my hotel. Two fried eggs on toast and a quick shower and we were off to the Ijen Plateau for a totally different volcano experience.