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Tipikal perkampungan Muara Badak, rumah Panggung di atas rawa-rawa
Tugu Simpang Enam
Rubus reflexus ker. or popularly called forest berry, is a family of raspberry. It grew in mountainous environment with the altitude approx. 2600 asl. The fruit tastes sweet and a bit sour and effective for the cure of thirsty. But as the mountaineer's rule : don't take it excessively, because it is indeed natural food for birds and monkeys in the forest
|Rubus reflexus ker. I found in Ijen
|Rubus reflexus ker. I found in Semeru
I always took a few of them every hiking. It did that because I love how it tastes. I found them in almost every mounts I have hiked. In Mt. Semeru, this plant can be found between second post (Watu Rejeng, I recalled) to Ranu Kumbolo lake. In Mt. Ijen, this plant can be found in almost all the way up to the crater. In Mt. Rinjani, this plant can be found between the third post from Senaru, up until Plawangan Senaru
|Rubus reflexus ker. I found in Rinjani
This plant is classified as bush, a hairy branches and equipped with thorns on its axillary buds. Rather of its sour taste, who knows that the lost Mt. Semeru hiker from Brawijaya University in 2012, survived by eating these fruits.
|Spesies lain arbei hutan yang lebih manis namun meninggalkan kesan gatal di tenggorokan // Other species of forest berries that is more sweet but leave itchy sensation in the throat
Hotel receptionist felt peculiar because a group of dusty hikers carrying big backpack entering the lobby. I said 'Sir, we have called you for Hotel Reservation for tonight', then he understood. We were just going back from Mt. Semeru for reunion. Some of my colleague were taking tonight additional Matarmaja train to Jakarta, and the rest of us will spend the night at Malang, before going back to Jakarta via train, airlines, and bus
The funny thing was my friend's behavior. Some of them were just following me bought a bundle of a bright red colored fruit, Gendot pepper or internationally called Habanero pepper. They were interested for the bright red color of those fruits and they thought they were indeed edible fruit. Yes, they were edible, but not for direct consumption, because it tastes hot, even hotter than regular pepper. It has capcaicin content higher than regular pepper, even rawit pepper
|Cabai gendot yang dijual masyarakat Tengger // Gendot pepper that offered by Tengger people
Capcaicin or hot component from pepper that is contained within this fruit has 100k-350k score of SHU (Scoville Heat Unit). This value means it is three times hotter than rawit pepper (thai-chili pepper/ceyenne) that only valued 50k-100k SHU, even its heat taste is famous in tabasco sauce. A few years ago, this fruit was awarded as the hottest pepper in the world, until now it has been beaten with genetically developed red savina pepper and bhut jolokia pepper. Red Savina is Californian trans-genetic between hottest habanero varieties, meanwhile Bhut Jolokia is Indian trans-genetic between the hottest habanero (Capsicum chinense) and ceyenne (Capsicum frutesences)
I already know these hot tastes fruits because I have met them before in Dieng. Because of curiosity, one of my friend took a huge bite of this fruit like eating an apple, then suffered by the heat. We laughed so hard of him. Well I too have my own curiosity. I wonder which will be hotter, habanero planted here in Semeru or habanero I had at home from Dieng. Even though I was surprised Tengger people cultivated this fruit that originally came from Yucatan Peninsula in Southern America
|Cabai Gendot dan Carica dari dataran tinggi Dieng // Gendot pepper and Carica from Dieng Plateau
The clear blue sky and sunny day accompanied our journey that time. It was already drought season here, that I realized from the last hiking trip to Mt. Rinjani two months earlier. But my friends invitation for spending the holiday by camping at Ranu Kumbolo, is very attractive, because it also celebrating 5 years after our graduation from beloved university. The last visit to Oro-oro Ombo was 2 years ago, but I unfortunately didn't met with the famous lavender field because they were burned to ash during wildfire. I realized that it was very little chance to meet them in drought season
|Bunga verbena yang sudah kering karena kemarau // Dried verbena during drought season
The lavender in this place actually was not the real lavender (lavandula sp.) instead it is the purple bush verbena flower (Verbena brasiliensis vell.). From the scientific name, we can conclude that it came from Brazil, Southern America. This plant has purple flowers, which in large group, it will produce a purple flower field that looked similar with Lavender field in European countries. It was not native plantation, instead it was invasive species that carried by colonialist a long time ago. Internet research for this matter, it said there was a suspicion that Dutch etno-botanist who was lived in Nongkojajar, Pasuruan, who had collection of flowers around the world, who purposely spread the plantation in Oro-oro Ombo. But until now, there still no evidences
This plantation is blooming in rainy season, and when it comes to drought season, the flowers will fall. The most source said that the blooming period is January to August every year. Because the hiking track is closed during rainy season, the opportunity to meet this flower is when the hiking track is opened at the first time, usually June to August. My friend from social media upload a photo of their flag ceremony for Independence day in August in purple field, Oro-oro Ombo. The field is spread out 0.2 sq. km. or one fifth of whole Oro-oro Ombo savana. This field is a special attribute for Oro-oro Ombo savana, because there are few regular savana around this National Park, lets called it Ayek-Ayek tracking route, Jemplang junction, and Bromo Savana that popularly called Teletubbies hills
At last, as expected, I didn't met with the famous purple field in Oro-oro Ombo. Drought season dried out all flowers and plants into dark browns field surrounded by dry savana. The green zone was up ahead to Cemoro Kandang. Well, at least I met this plant intact, not like my previous trip where I met them as black ashes
|Padang ungu Oro-oro Ombo sudah menjadi kecoklatan // Oro-oro Ombo's Purple field has already become brownish
About Oro-oro OmboOro-oro Ombo is a large savana that is also a hiking route to Mt. Semeru, exactly between Ranu Kumbolo and Cemoro Kandang. After climb up fenomenal slope route Tanjakan Cinta, walking down the hill then we will arrive in here.
How to get there
The same route as told in Ranu Kumbolo story
|Abu tersisa Oro-Oro Ombu setelah kebakaran tahun 2011 // Oro-oro Ombo ashes remain after wildfire 2011
I had unusual feeling that morning. The frostbite even I had already wear balaclava, thick socks and gloves, and also two thick outdoor jacket inside a polar built sleeping bag, made me awake a few times. Yup, that morning I was in the mountain, in Ranu Kumbolo. I must admit that information of daily lowest temperature here from 23 to -4 deg Fahrenheit which was written on the information board, was true. The mountaineering tent with four persons capacity was only occupied by three persons feels spacier. I saw one of my friend had already leaving his sleeping bag and joined other group's camp fire, singing around using music that came from speaker built mp3 player. The other is still sleeping as there was no difference sleeping in outdoor here and his own bedroom. It was 5 am. shown by my outdoor wristwatch. I immediately prepared DSLR camera for acclimatization and did some stretching to warming up my body. I was not alone. Around the lakeside, a few tripod has been set while the owner still preparing the camera inside the tent. clever!. Some of them were drinking some hot tea or coffee and some of them is sitting next to their tripod waiting still until the sunrise. Yup, the sunrise view here is amazingly astonishing. Realized that the lakeside has already been occupied, me and some of my group decide to walk around to find better view. Thick mist was not our obstacle, but the cold water in the lake that covered by layer of fog made me avoid the path that has to put our feet inside the water
|Super Slow Speed Ranu Kumbolo
The sky became brighter, orange rays between two monumental hills was the sign that the sunrise will took place. The horizon is still covered by thick fog, the sign that the sunrise will not be successfully captured in my cropped sensor DSLR. I thought, the fallen log that partially drown inside the lake and the smokey lake will be a good composition. There were only five of us in here enjoying this amazing view and the surrounding is covered by thick fog. I set my tripod, adjust the height, position, and level and begin arrange composition. The 1-stop increments of 5-stops bracket setting is applied then manual focus of my wide angle lens to find the sharpest image. Then 2 sec delay shutter is pressed and voila...
|Matahari terbit di Ranu Kumbolo // Sunrise at Ranu Kumbolo
About Ranu KumboloRanu Kumbolo was a volcanic crater that transform into lake. The 0.14 sq. km. lake is located at Bromo, Tengger, Semeru National Park. This lake is located in mount Semeru hiking track. This lake administratively located between Lumajang district and Malang in East Java province. There is no lodging facility, food stalls, or houses around here, so physical preparadness, equipment and logistic shall be prepared. The journey is quite exhausting, but the view and freshness will be a memorable experience.
How to get there
To reach Ranu Kumbolo, we can start from Lumajang, Malang or Probolinggo, any of them to Ranu Pani. Generally, local hikers will take Malang as starting point because more convenient, more transportation alternatives, and more lodging and outdoor equipment provider/rent. Transportation alternatives are train to Malang Baru station, Buses to Arjosari Terminal, and Airplane to Abdur Rahman Saleh airport in Malang or Juanda Airport in Sidoarjo, continue by land transport to Malang. The road to Ranu Pane are damaged and have high slopes, so it will be better to rent 4WD car. The road upgrading project in October 2013 may improve the access to get there. The route will be Malang - Tumpang - Jemplang - Ranu Pani. From Ranu Pani, the journey to Ranu Kumbolo will be continued by walking hilly track of about 8 miles that is approximately 5-6 hours on foot, depend on our pace.
|Padang savana Ranu Kumbolo // Ranu Kumbolo's Savana
|Bersepeda menyambut hari batik nasional // Bike ride celebrating National Batik day
Invitations had been distributed via email. My birthday party that year will be held at Pantai Mutiara Restaurant, Pangempang. But it was not just ordinary birthday party, because the requirement to participate in this event was just by taking bike ride to the Restaurant from main field office. Nobody was allowed to brought a car, but some of them were still brought the car at the late afternoon. The distance is 13km one way, or about 45 minutes/1 hour ride for regular, and about 30 minutes for our field office's biker's club. At 05:00p.m. the first group went first then followed by biker's group 30 minutes later. We successfully get passed the first group at the first 5km, thed decided to ride in bigger group. I bid permission to ride ahead to coordinate with the restaurant owner. I reached the restaurant in 30 minutes and ensure all meals and drinks were perfectly served
|Acara ulang tahun saya ala pesepeda // My birthday bash party ala biker style
The party went well. It was late when the party is finished. For safety, bikers equipped with front light assisting the others. After a long dark bike trip, we managed to return to camp at 09:00 p.m. It was one of my story during bike at work. In my opinion, compared with static cycle, cycling outdoor has many advantages
|Acara perpisahan anggota klub sepeda // Farewell party of one club member
1. Reducing stressSome literature emphasized that cycling outdoor triggers endorfin hormone release which contribute to happiness and comfort sense, in contrary reducing serotonin hormone, the one contribute to stress/depression. Because of that, cycling has additional benefit, which is recreation.
2. Increasing lower body strength and staminaBike ride beside of regarded as cardiac exercise, is also benefit as low impact aerobic exercise that trains leg ligaments and the flexibility of spinal bone.
|Selain untuk olahraga, bersepada juga bersifat rekreasi dan meningkatkan silaturahmi // Despite of the advantage as sport, cycling also has recreation effect and develop good interpersonal relationship
3. Socialize with localsStay in 24 hours secured camp with full facilities, is not a reason to spend all time inside the perimeter. I like to stop by at locals food stall, tasting local food, visiting night market, local fruit stalls, or just buying the personal stuff or stationary from local shop.
4. Enjoy the native ecosystemThe ecosystem around my company camp is still pristine and unique, even the people begin to utilize lands for farmings and housings. The horde of white herons sighted on the sky every afternoon. The domestic birds that are often sighted is bulbuls, which is different from my hometown in Java, where the domestic birds are house sparrows. The price of bulbuls in Jakarta is relatively high in bird market, but here, bulbuls can be seen everywhere in the morning. If the weather and time is right, the proboscis monkeys can be sighted eating the leaves near the mangrove area. A mature monitor lizard are often sighted crossing the road.
|Bangau kuntul Muara Badak // Wild herons at Muara Badak
|Kebersamaan adalah tujuan utama, kesehatan dan kebugaran adalah bonus // Togetherness is the main purpose, health and fitness are the bonuses
5. SunlightFor the worker that mainly in the office, enjoying sunlight can be done during field break. The warm sunlight in the morning and afternoon brings nutritions vit.D and relaxation. The beauty of afternoon sunset is also refreshing the mind from one day working.
We can conclude that all benefits behind bike at work program will make us fit physically and mentally, which in turns it will increase creativity and productivity at work. But beware that behind these benefits, lies risk of traffic accident and crimes. Those risk can be minimized with proper protective bike wear (helmet, light colored jersey, safety glasses, shoes, etc). Don't forget buddy system to prevent crimes, where never bike outside alone
|Test ride Polygon Xtrada IV
|Para porter Rinjani
|Di tengah perjalanan melewati savana Sembalun, titik awal pendakian terlihat di bawah kaki bukit di latar belakang
|Turis asing menikmati paket full service dari operator pendakian
|Makan siang kami di Pos 2
|Makan malam kami di Pos 3
|Milky way Rinjani
|Jalur menuju Plawangan Sembalun
|Area camp Plawangan Sembalun, jalur ke puncak terlihat di belakang tertutup oleh awan
|Full team di Plawangan Sembalun
|Mengibarkan bendera merah-putih di puncak Rinjani
|Persiapan upacara bendera di Puncak Rinjani
|Foto bersama di Puncak Rinjani
|Narsis di Puncak Rinjani
|Bunga eidelweiss bermekaran
|Pohon eidelweiss yang ditemukan sepanjang perjalanan ke Puncak
|Sungai dekat camp Segara Anakan
|Ikan mas yang dibiarkan mati setelah dipancing, tapi tidak untuk dimakan
|Jalur menuju Plawangan Senaru
|Jalan menuju Plawangan Senaru, yang menempel di belakang carrier saya adalah hydrobag
|Menikmati sisa waktu di Lombok dengan pergi ke Pantai Selong Belanak