Being a “yes girl” — it’s a philosophy I live by, and it’s also how I found myself on a three day expedition to hike Lombok’s sacred volcano, Gunung Rinjani, on less than forty eight hours notice. It’s been three days since we returned and I’m still walking like a robot thanks to stiff muscles.
We had a rough time upon arrival back to Gili Trawangan. Anders and I returned to a house that — surprise! — had no running water. Not really the most welcome discovery while caked in three days of dirt, sweat, and tears. After finally getting a shower around 10pm, I collapsed into bed only to wake up three hours later when the power went out. High altitude sunburns and a lack of a fan do not mix, and I spent the rest of the night rolling around in a feverish misery. With morning came the realization that my laptop charger was practically in two pieces and with the nearest Apple retailer over a day’s trav — oh wait, sorry, did you not come here to listen to me complain about a comically bad twenty four hour period culminating in me lying in the fetal position sobbing on the ground? You came here for travel photos instead? Mkay. Let’s move on then.
I’m still flicking through my photos and marveling that I was really looking at those sights with my own two eyes not so long ago. I’m itching to blog about this experience as soon as possible. For now, here’s a little preview in the form of Photo of the Week!
Anders and one of our Herculean porters high above the clouds
Inside the caldera
Ascending through the rainforest, and the view of Bali and the Gilis from the crater rim
A monkey hanging out at the base of the summit
Beautiful flowers welcoming us back down to sea level
Which photo is your favorite?