Saturday, May 17, 2014

FRIDAY, 16 MAY 2014


Supy and Sam were waiting for us this morning. They drove us to Mount Merapi, where we got into a jeep that took us over some pretty rough terrain to the base of Mount Merapi. Mount Merapi erupted in 2006 and killed 2 people, and again in 2010 and killed several hundred people. We waited for the sunrise, which was beautiful.

Notice the full moon

Mount Merapi

Constant steam from inside the volcano

It was actually nippy

Failed bunker-the 2 fatalities in 2006 hid in here, but were overcome by the heat

The ferns seemed to be the first plants to return

A riverbed that dried up after the 2006 eruption

Lots of stem vents in the riverbed

Cute little boutique motel destroyed in 2010 & never rebuilt

The ash remains in a school room

Fighting cock and hen

On the way down for the mountain Jim saw a group of people spreading manure on a field. 


A walk through the market

Supy had a lady make him an energy concoction to help him "be younger."
Twenty minutes later he was grabbing his heart, after which he started sweating like crazy!

Lastly was the floating palace.

Queen's pool

Children's pool

Sultan's pool

They brought us back to the hotel around 1400. We wandered around the main street amid the masses, had some lunch/dinner at KFC (teriyaki chicken rice box that didn’t taste like teriyaki, but was good), and tried some Nasi Goreng, Indonesian fried rice with chicken. We went to bed early since we have to get up early again tomorrow.

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