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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Monday, May 10, 2021

COME Cross the Tengger Sand Sea to Volcano Mount Bromo, Indonesia

COME, only 6 km (one way!) of walking through the Tengger Sand Sea...
The Sand Sea is some 10 km² in total surface!
It is an area scarred by magma from a believed stratovolcano explosion 250,000 years ago!
Mount Bromo is a stratovolcano 2,329 / 7,641 ft.
Part of Java's Ring of Fire
Our driver dropped us off near the entrance...
Both of us felt sorry for the paltry and poorly fed horses; so we walked!
Volcanic ash sands covering this ancient caldera.
We both embraced this Sunday challenge!
Feet still looking clean... but we were of course covered with volcanic ash upon completion of this trip.
Looks like you're walking on the moon...
Another of the Tengger mountains is Mount Batok, the inactive volcano and green. It is 2,440 m or 8,005 ft above sea level.
Me looking back...
Below you see the Pura Luhur Poten Hindi Temple
A tribe that still to today is bringing live offerings by throwing animals and birds into the active volcano... 😡
The walk up the 250 steps to the crater rim goes slow (yes, I counted them!). They're only wide enough for 2 people, one line going up, one coming down. But it was not crowded that Sunday.
Pieter is happy for having arrived at the top for viewing the crater...
The B from Bromo to my left is kind of faded away... But we sure got there!
It is an unreal feeling for waling along the crater's rim; on the videos below you get a better idea of that as we did not capture any photos from our act.
This was on May 26, 1996 and since then several eruptions have changed the size of this crater.

That was a nice thing for our Sunday and tomorrow back to work, high in the mountains of East Java where the mushroom farm was located.

Most people go there by 3:00 for sunrise, we have not done that... We were not in Indonesia as a tourist!

Previous visited craters:
Sikidang Crater Dieng Plateau Indonesia | from where we worked 6 days a week...

As an addition in reply to some comments about our Sandals.
Those are Loints of Holland and we still have those!
Comfort combined with supple leathers, flexible soles and springy footbeds, this ensures optimal walking comfort.
Create happiness in everyday walks and making you aware of your personal ecological footprints on the earth...

20 comments:

  1. I say it again, you were very brave to walk all the way to the crater. Thank you for these marvellous photos and sharing your experience.

    God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Just common sense and doing it. There is no immediate danger involved as long as you're stable on your legs.
      Glad you enjoyed the photos.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Indonesia,un paese che conoscerò solo in cartolina!Buona giornata!

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    1. Cara Olga,
      Sono contento che tu conosce un po 'di più della sua meravigliosa natura attraverso i miei post!
      Abbracci,
      Mariette

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  3. My first thought was that I can't believe you both walked up there in sandals, not proper hiking footwear. My second thought was that Pieter's socks and sandals very much reminded me of my dad when I was growing up -- having come from Germany, that's how he wore his sandals, and often still does, though with ankle socks now. :-)

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      Just for you and Grace, I've added some information about our very special Loints leather sandals from supple leather, flexible soles and springy footbeds for the optimal walking comfort. They were at the time we worked in The Netherlands (standing job mainly!) the # 1 and especially for hospitals as they did not make any noise and were most comfortable. We still have them! Read the addition to my post as I've added some eco friendly information about these sustainable sandals.
      Kudos to your Dad for carrying on the European tradition of more awareness of your personal ecological footprints on the earth. Pieter's socks are always cotton ones! Not the thin woolen dress socks in ankle length. These you can kind of scrunch down for a better and fuller look.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. I don't think I'd want to get near the edge of that crater, Mariette. You all were so brave to do so!
    Blessings!

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    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Well, as long as you're not balancing on the edge in the dark, there is nothing wrong about it. Not brave, just doers.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Oh my gosh I have to agree with Kea above, I was also thinking your footwear was not the usual walking/hiking shoes :) 6km is a nice walk, you are so right though it looks like you could have been walking across an alien planet. 250 steps, what a finish! Super photos again Mariette.

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    1. Dearest Grace,
      Just read my addition to this blog post and my reply to Kim.
      We both were wearing the best available ecological sandals from supple leather, flexible soles and springy footbeds for the optimal walking comfort.
      They last a lifetime!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      It sure was and so worthwhile the walk up!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Es una experiencia que siempre recordarás. Estuve en el parque de las Cañadas del Teide en las Islas Canarías en dos ocasiones, lo que nunca llegué a subir a la cima del Teide. con la visita del parque quedamos satisfechos de la excursión.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Sí, trabajar allí cerca, y no subir a la cima habría sido un desperdicio. Me alegro de que ambos lo hicimos y siempre podemos mirar hacia atrás en una vista espectacular.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  8. Hello Mariette, It must have been fascinating to walk in this bleak landscape. It is so different from the lush tropical scenes in your other photos. You really knew you were getting close to the crater of the volcano!
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Indeed, a very different landscape and knowing that West and Central Java also is quite different in vegetation from the East, which is very close to the Island of Bali.
      It was good for doing this once...!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      Yes, it absolutely looks very strange and so barren without anything growing.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Love Those Chop Sticks - Amazing Volcano Images There - Sending Love And Light

    Cheers

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    1. Dearest Travis,
      Thank you and both of us have seen quite some Volcanoes in our life, in Chile also.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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Mariette...

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