The past few days have been filled with a lot of physical activity.
It all started out with a camping trip with white water rafting. We got to the base camp at Pesawahan which was to be the start of our 11.5km rafting down the Pekalen River. This is apparently one of the top extreme sporting things to do in Indonesia. It is quite popular with the 20somethings. It was great, I have been rafting before but this was different cause instead of being cold and getting colder when the water hit you it cooled when the water hit you cause it was humid that day. Also most of the rapids are rated as category 3 and even some 4's The rafting finished at Condong Songa Base Camp where we camped for another day before heading to Ngadisari.
In order to get to Ngadisari we had to fly into Surabaya and then take a 'Damri' shuttle bus from the airport to the Bungasih bus terminal, and then take an express Patas bus (which was air-conditioned unlike the others) for about 3 hours to Probolinggo all this travelling had tired us out so we spent the night in Probolinggo.
The next day we took an hour bus ride up to Ngadisari where we spent the day relaxing before catching yet another bus at 2:30am to Cemoro Lawang, the park entrance where we were to begin our climb up to the top of Mount Bromo to see the sun rise.
Once at the park entrance we were given our horses and told a little bit about what to expect on the ride to the mount and the 250 steps up to the top to see the sunrise; the route to the mount is call Sand Sea because of the grey sand that covers the ground. The mount is the only active volcano in Tengger Caldera national park. The mount was created when an eruption of massive proportions blew the top of the mountain off creating Mount Bromo the active volcano and Moint Batok. When we reached the top it was beautiful amazing experience, to watch the sun rise. We could see the smoke coming out of the volcano and feel the ground shake slightly, but it was kind of scary standing on something that may exploded at anytime.
Once we were our mountain climb we head back to Surabaya to catch a ferry to Bali.