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November 26, 2011

Star Trek

Filed under: Indonesia,visits — scotsabroad @ 8:57 pm

We have had a wonderful morning trekking in the hills, villages and farms to the East behind Sentul. Shona and a colleague were doing a recce for the International award using the local ID Guides ( http://www.idguides.org/index.html) but both accompanying families had a great experience. An early morning drive out of Jakarta of about an hour and a half and a meeting with our guides at the Petronas petrol station in Sentul City at 7:30 am.

We drive East for about another half hour and park. Instantly we are hit with the sheer beauty of the landscape and how green everything is. The rainy season has provided a very muddy path and fast flowing water but at all times we feel comfortable and safe. A rather rickety old bridge provides a good challenge. We walk through banana plantations, wild coffee, pineapples and cassava. We see clouds of dragonflies, a couple of eagles, butterflies, enormous grasshoppers and spiders. We stopped to guddle in some gorge water.

The highlight was a walk through some padi-fields. Beautiful scenery, simple but breathtaking engineering. We come across tapioca drying in the sun. Before getting too close there is that recognisable smell of the yellow custard powder my mum used when I was young. The guides are brilliant with the children almost too protective. We stopped at the camp site and find a praying mantis. The lemon grass we have collected becomes a kettle of sweetened tea. All of us disappointed as we return to reality and pick up the cars that  have been driven down the hill for us. Even the two and a half hour (30km) journey back to Jakarta fails to dampen our spirit of adventure. The boys loved it.

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5 Comments »

  1. Lovely to share your trip

    Comment by Judy Inglis — November 26, 2011 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

  2. what a trek – real rice growing country – make me almost wish I was there
    Dad

    Comment by Ian and Linda — November 27, 2011 @ 3:15 am | Reply

  3. Looks great and now can’t wait to visit and share the real experience.

    Comment by Forbes — November 28, 2011 @ 2:31 am | Reply

  4. that sounds great , paddy fields, dragonflies, what an amazing experience… gordon

    Comment by ian — December 8, 2011 @ 12:28 am | Reply

  5. Love this story , read it twice … So jealous , so so jealous …. Boys are getting such fantastic memories …. Wish my Jessica could be with you, when she’s older obviously lol

    Comment by Gordon — December 16, 2011 @ 1:27 am | Reply


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