This morning we watched the sunrise over Bali from the top of Mount Batur, one of two active volcanoes on the island. Our morning started at 2am as we drove toward the trailhead 1.5 hours from our villa. Next we put on our rain gear and headlamps to prepare for our 2 hour, rocky, wet climb to the summit. Once we reached the top, we nestled in against a dirt bank and waited for the sun to rise over the lake, highlighting the now famous Mount Agung volcano that is ready to erupt at any moment. Staring at Mount Agung this morning, however beautiful and peaceful that particular moment was, certainly came with a sobering effect. We had heard a lot about the Balinese volcano on the brink of eruption in the news. We had heard that the surrounding communities had already evacuated. But it wasn't until early this morning that we heard first hand from residents just how devastating this natural disaster is likely to be. For most in the area, the imminent eruption will mean living in refugee communities for an indefinite period of time. It will mean the loss of crops and homes, turning once fertile fields into hard, rocky terrain. This will also shut down the tourism economy in these regions. All told, this will completely wreck the livelihoods of thousands. .
Frosty Fall morning hikes. The mountains are ablaze with autumn reds, oranges, and yellows while the air is tinged with smoke from the distant California wildfires. Savor these good moments and time with friends.