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Published: June 21st 2017
Geo: -8.16799, 115.027
Traveling from Ubud on the south side of the big volcano in Bali to Lovina Beach on the north side of the island means going up and over the biggest volcano on the island. On a road barely wide enough for two cars to pass each other, with no line down the middle, no guard rails and a wing and a prayer. On the way down the other side, even though I was sitting in the front seat, I had to open the window and breathe deeply. My driver had just a little English, and I managed to communicate "many turns" to him, to which he replied, "yes, 175 I counted once". So, just a few switchbacks to get up and then down the other side. Good thing I had the good fortune to have a light breakfast and packed a Fanta for the ride. That little bottle of orange soda saved my life.
On a happier note, the views from the top of the mountain are simply fantastic. I suggested a couple of stops I wanted to make along the way and my driver, wait for it -- Wyan (of course!) said no problem. So we stopped at Pura
b - Lake Bratan, Puru Ulun Danu Temple 2
This temple has two small buildings, both built just off the coast of Lake Bratan. Looks a little bit like the Loche Ness in this weather! LOL, same overcast rainy day as that day!
Ulun Danu which is this fantastic little temple situated high up on a lake inside the volcano, and then at Gitgit waterfalls. Which is this cool "twin' waterfall where two streams of water come down into the same little pool. It wouldn't be so fantastic if it were just that, but to make it even cooler one of the water sources is a surface stream from higher up on the volcano and the other waterfall source is a natural spring. My guide apologized for the fact that one of the waterfalls was all muddy because of the "big rain' we had that morning, but I thought that was the coolest part, because you could see that the two waterfalls were different colors - the surface one all muddy from the rain and the spring falls were pristine. And there they were right next to one another in the same spot.
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