Mountain Roadtrip

Not really a mountain, only at the foot.

Bukan benar-benar gunung sih, di kakinya doang.

As I live in Bali for the first year, Mount Agung and Mount Batur are the only mountains that I can see easily, because both of them are pretty famous for the scenery and the active volcano mountain status.

Selama tahun pertama saya di Bali, Gunung Agung dan Gunung Batur adalah gunung yang bisa saya lihat dengan mudah karena keduanya cukup terkenal dengan pemandangan dan status gunung vulkanik aktif.

Before Mt. Agung issue, Willy had taken me to a road trip to Karangasem, a regency near Mt. Agung. It was a damn long road trip even from Ubud, but it was worth for its jungle view, village and, of course, the Mount Agung itself.

Sebelum berita Gn. Agung ramai, Willy pernah mengajak saya touring ke Karangasem, sebuah desa di dekat Gunung Agung. Perjalanannya beneran jauh banget dari Ubud, tapi sepadan lah dengan pemandangan hutan, desa, dan tentu saja, Gunung Agungnya.

Mount Agung
Mt. Agung before volcano (Aug 2017)

Due to volcano eruption of Mount Agung in 1963, Karangasem has become dry and kind of sweltering in the afternoon. Most tourists come to Karangasem for diving as you can see that many hotels/guest houses/cottages are offering diving package.

Berhubung Gunung Agung erupsi vulkanik di tahun 1963, Karangasem jadi kering dan terik banget pas siang hari. Kebanyakan wisatawan yang ke Karangasem datang untuk menyelam bawah laut, bisa dilihat dari banyaknya hotel/rumah hotel/pondok menawarkan jasa paket menyelam bawah laut.

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Found this hidden place while doing our road trip

Before we have a road trip to Karangasem to see the Mount Agung closely, we had a short road trip at the foot of Mount Batur. Usually, we come to Kintamani to enjoy the view of Lake Batur, but out of nowhere, Willy ask me to go around the foot of Mount Batur that turn out to be a global Geopark network, and we have no idea at all when we saw the black sands around the area.

Sebelum kami melakukan perjalanan ke Karangasem untuk melihat Gunung Agung dari dekat, kami pernah melakukan perjalanan juga ke kaki Gunung Batur. Biasanya kami ke Kintamani untuk menikmati pemandangan Danau Batur, tapi tiba-tiba saja, Willy mengajak saya untuk mengelilingi kaki Gunung Batur yang ternyata termasuk kawasan Geopark, dan kami sama sekali tidak tahu-menahu saat melihat pasir hitam di sekitar areanya.

Mount Batur
Before we decide to have a road trip
Batur Geopark
Batur Global Geopark

Batur Geopark2

 

Maybe some people like to have a research before they are going to a new place for a trip or vacation, but for both of us, getting lost and surprised are the best memorable part of our journey.

Mungkin bagi sebagian orang harus mencari tahu dulu sebelum pergi melakukan perjalanan atau liburan ke tempat baru, tapi bagi kami, jadi tersesat dan terkejut adalah bagian yang paling diingat dalam perjalanan kami. 

Happy traveling!

-junny-

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