|Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park|
|Sunrise watchers wrapped up for the Arctic!!|
|Horses & riders in the sand!|
The scenery was truly stunning as we descended. It was so green and lush, but then it levelled out and became more lunar-like as we drove across a lake of sand that seemed to move like water as the wind picked up the top layer. Then, out of the swirling sand, came riders on horseback. Not having read the guidebook properly first, I was surprised by this surreal sight! As we discovered, these were local Tengger people offering to take tourists on horseback across the plain and two-thirds of the way up Bromo to the base of the final 250-step ascent to the crater. Neither of us being confident with horses, we refused the offer and, instead, made the ascent on foot. It was a hot, hard walk and climb, made worse by the ever-increasing amount of sand being blown up by the wind and the horses hooves as they passed us. We stopped halfway so that I could have a fortifying glass of hot, sweet coffee made by one of the enterprising ladies who had set up a table offering refreshments.
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