A great trip to the black lava fields of Mount Batur

I enjoy travelling with Curly, our driver

I enjoy travelling with Curly, our driver

I could hardly wait when we got up this morning and got ready for another one of our tours. It had been quite a long time since our last trip across Bali. My joy was even bigger when I met our driver Curly. Remember? He had shown me a lot of cool plants last year. When we entered the car, my mom immediately fell in love with the cute plush toy that was dangling from Curly’s mirror. If you can’t spot it, point your cursor over the photo. 😉
She told us that it somehow reminded her of Furby (another hype of the past, I guess 😆 )

We arrived at the outer crater rim

We arrived at the outer crater rim

Luckily, there wasn’t too much traffic on this Saturday morning and so we arrived quite fast at the outer crater rim of Mount Batur.

Curly and I are harvesting wild growing Guava fruit

Curly and I are harvesting wild growing Guava fruit

While Mom and Dad were shooting photos, Curly told me to climb on his shoulders because he had spotted a tree with wild growing Guava on it. See, I knew that I would find cool new stuff when travelling with Curly. 🙂

I like exploring volcanoes

I like exploring volcanoes

Then we entered the outer crater rim and went up to the flanks of the volcano.

Doesn't Mount Batur look cool?

Doesn’t Mount Batur look cool?

Mom shot some pictures with her glass ball. Doesn’t the volcano look cool like this?

Ready to head into the lava field

Ready to head into the lava field

Our next stop was the border of the lava field. I could hardly wait to start exploring…

Amazing how far the lava got

Amazing how far the lava got

Isn’t it amazing how far the lava flew back when the eruption happened? Can you imagine that this all once was liquid?

Having fun with smoke bombs

Having fun with smoke bombs

Since everything in a lava field is usually already burnt and because of this there’s absolutely no risk that anything could get burnt by accident, Mom and Dad thought that this could be the perfect spot to ignite some of our smoke bombs. What do you think? The red smoke with the blue sky and the black lava looks cool, doesn’t it?

I'm meditating in the lava filed

I’m meditating in the lava filed

We took some quite funny pictures with the smoke bombs. I especially like this one where I was meditating. 😆

The lava hills are quite high!

The lava hills are quite high!

Walking through the lava field, we came across quite a few pretty high hills. One wouldn’t imagine that lava can build up to such a height when flowing…

What an amazing view!

What an amazing view!

The views from the lava field were amazing all the time. Just look at how far it is extended.

Can you spot the jeep?

Can you spot the jeep?

To have a sense of the extension of the lava field, Mom took a picture of a jeep that was driving through it. Can you spot the jeep? In case that you can’t, just hover your mouse cursor over the photo and it will become much easier… 😉

The volcano looks great!

The volcano looks great!

We really enjoyed our hike through the lava field and mom and dad were taking pictures all the time. The views were just so amazing.

Having fun in the lava!

Having fun in the lava!

I had a great time exploring the rocks and lava hills and making fun and jokes.

It's all quite a bit bigger than it seems

It’s all quite a bit bigger than it seems

To give you a feeling of how high some of the lava hills were, here am I on the rim of one… quite impressive, isn’t it?

There's even a forest in the middle of the lava field

There’s even a forest in the middle of the lava field

In the middle of the lava field, there was a very green and luscious forest. We weren’t sure if it had grown after the eruption or if it had grown in the only spot that wasn’t destroyed by the lava. It was full of birds of all kinds…

Some shrubs and small trees start to regrow

Some shrubs and small trees start to regrow

Inside the lava field, there was hardly any vegetation but you could see that the plants, scrubs and trees would soon start taking back the fertile land again.

I'm having fun

I’m having fun

It was really a great and special experience walking around in such surroundings. Sometimes it felt like walking on the moon… all so deserted.

Before walking back to the edge of the lava, we ignited our last smoke bombs.

(*** Note by mom: Of course we collected all our smoke bomb leftovers before leaving the lava field. The funny – or sadly not really funny – thing was that I had deposited the still hot bombs on rocks after having used them. I wanted to collect them on our way back to the car… strangely I ended up with many more smoke bomb leftover collected than we had brought… seems hot everybody who was using them collected them afterwards.. 🙁 ***)

Here you can see the end of the lava field's extension

Here you can see the end of the lava field’s extension

When we headed back to our car, mom showed me the place where you could see the end of the lava field. It’s still amazing to see how far this carpet of liquid rock was flowing…

We also made a little movie with the panorama in the lava field for you:

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