Out for a stroll on the beach...
Trip Start Sep 17, 2011
20Trip End Oct 07, 2011
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We started our day exploring the Jimbaran area on foot. This hotel is perched up in the hills above the bay, so we started out going downhill toward the water, following a narrow, rutted roadway with no sidewalks and quite a lot of construction and traffic. It was a hot and dry, dusty and dirty walk and we felt profound relief once we had cut away from the street and were actually out on the sand. Jimbaran Bay curves around for quite a distance, with the Denpasar airport at its terminus. Consequently, we could see planes landing and taking off periodically but couldn't hear them for the roar of the surf. The beach was also practically deserted and very pleasant to walk along, especially as compared to the busy roadway we'd just left. Along with bits of broken shells and coral scattered in the sand, we also saw dead baby sharks, numerous fish heads, as well as a dead snake. I guess that was the nature part of our walk. After about a mile, we slogged through hot sand up to a restaurant and ducked under an umbrella for a cold drink--it was sweltering out in the sun, despite the ocean breeze
Our walk back along the roadway was definitely not as relaxing as the beach walk, as we picked our way back toward the hotel over broken sidewalks punctuated periodically with open manholes, deep ditches, and other obstacles that necessitated our being very careful where we placed our feet. We were in the downtown area of Jimbaran, I guess, and passed numerous fish shacks and store fronts. We stopped at a DVD store and bought several cheap movies (all still playing in the theaters back home) before finally stopping for lunch at a local chain restaurant. From there we caught a cab back to the room because the rest of our way was uphill in hot sun, and we were pretty pooped. I think we probably walked about 3 miles total.
We spent the afternoon playing in the pools and relaxing on lounge chairs. As it grew later we decided to walk down the road in the other direction to a place called the Rock Bar, which Made had recommended to us as having a beautiful sunset view over the water
This was our last night in Jimbaran. Tomorrow we make the transition up to our accommodations in Ubud, about a 1-1/2 hour drive north of here. Mike will be joining us--he's being driven up from the airport by Made. It should be a good visit.