Husband Pieter at the active Sikidang Crater on May 9, 1983, with our guide, the Dutchman who'd lived for years in Indonesia.
YES it was completely OPEN at that time... safety issues were not heard of over there!
Now they have fenced it in somewhat.
Me with the camera capturing some special heat resistant shrubs!
Seeds seem to be able to survive a volcanic eruption and germinate afterwards...
Amazing that there still is any vegetation!
Each morning when driving up to the Dieng Plateau for work, as we saw the smoke come up, I said: 'That is the Devil's Kitchen...'
Lots of active craters and a bubbling lava pit...
There have been many eruptions and at the end of the 18th century, an entire village of 450 people got wiped out by such a lava slide; all but one died!
The sulphur smell varies on certain days but most of the time, it is not harmful.
Imagine falling down into the hot bubbling lava pit!
One would easily dissolve in that 'Devil's Soup'!
Hot and bubbly...
Very thick too, the Devil is not concerned about over-cooking his lava soup...
After almost seven years, I'm back in March 1990, at the Devil's cooking pot... Pieter too, he was behind the camera.
On November 19, 1996 we were there together with a mushroom friend from Australia who was visiting for business, he took a photo from both of us.
Nature is full of mysterious riddles...
Once more both of us visited there with our best friends from Dublin Georgia, who tagged along with us May 24 of 2001, and from Java they flew to Bali and back home while we worked and were home by June 17.
And so the devil cooks on...
A Lake in Dieng: Sikidang Crater Gives Different Beauty for The Plateau: Indonesia Tourism Video 1:20 min.