4/17/11 (Jimbaren, Bali) From our base in frenetic Ubud, we joined a mountain bike tour to visit the countryside. In the cool, early morning a minibus drove us high to the crater rim for breakfast overlooking Lake Batur. From the true summit across the crater dropped a tongue of black aa laval, but the vigorous vegetation were creeping their way into the desolation.
Joe punctuated the ride with interesting diversions - helping a farmer plant emerald rice shoots in the wet, oozing mud, visiting a family compound to see traditional rhythms of life, exploring the crevices of a mamoth Banyan tree, and trying our hands at harvesting rice alongside a group of elderly women. The trip ended with a fabulous Balinese feast - a perfect day.