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26 November 2011 / leggypeggy

Mount Bromo at sunrise—a good reason to get up at 3:30 (19 photos)

Sunrise at Mount Bromo in Indonesia.

Mount Bromo is an active volcano in East Java. A popular tourist destination in Indonesia, it is part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Bromo reaches 2329 metres (7641 feet) and is surrounded by what is referred to as a Sea of Sand. There a monastery located at the foot of the mount.

We visited Bromo last year in August and were pleased to have another chance to view it’s colourful and spectacular sunrise. That means getting up at 3:30 and piling into Jeep for a bumpy ride—and later an uphill walk—to a good viewing spot. Last year we were at the park’s commercial viewing platform, but this year’s perch was up another, less travelled, route. People who don’t have the energy to walk can hop on a horse, for a price.

You need to climb to the highest point possible to get the best pics. I dawdled a bit on the walk, so wasn’t able to fight my way through the crowd to the top.

On the drive in and even in the dark, it was obvious that Bromo had been causing some problems in the area. The most recent serious eruptions were throughout January 2011, and both Poor John and I were struck by the amount of ash and dead vegetation. The landscape had changed colour too, and we remember last year’s surface being much paler—almost golden. It will be interesting to revisit last year’s pics and, if the view is as different as I recall, I will post another blog from that visit.

It’s possible to climb Mount Bromo itself—when it’s behaving—and peer into the black crater that looks oh-so dormant. After sunrise and a drive down to the bottom, we crossed the Sea of Sand and climbed the 240+ stairs to the top. Once again, we were surprised by the amount of ash still lying on the steps and slope, compared to last year. In fact, the stairs were still quite sloppy and there was enough ash to make them a bit dangerous in spots.

Along the way and at the top, there are plenty of flower sellers who want you to buy a bouquet to throw into the crater as an offering to their god. Norm, who is such a character, asked one fellow to throw a bouquet to him if he fell into the abyss.

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  1. Louise M Oliver / Nov 27 2011 12:40 pm

    Great photos as always. Thank you Peggy.

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