Rice field walks and volcanic views

I’ve known Dave for years.  We were both in an adventure sports club called Social Pursuits – along with all the rest of you SP’ers!

It was based in London and we regularly went out into the countryside for unusual outdoor activities, but nothing quite like this…

Drinking from coconuts in the rice fields

Drinking from coconuts in the rice fields

Well, we don’t have coconut trees and rice terraces in the UK, so that might explain it.  (Okay, okay, drinking from coconuts while on a rice paddy walk is not adventurous – but it is cool!)

I’d never seen Dave in temple costume before either…

Outside temple gates

Outside temple gates

While we were at Tirta Empul temple he even drank some of the holy water – straight from the spout.

Don't fall in now

Don’t fall in now

on this occassion we didn’t join the Balinese people who were ‘taking the waters’, but here you can just see one of them waist deep in the water

By the lake with hundreds of giant koi carp

Here I’m holding my take-away holy water bottle

We headed up to the volcano for lunch.

Spectacular volcanic scenery

Spectacular volcanic scenery – no it is not a painting!

The lake at the base of the volcano, Mount Batur, is approx 16k long and it, and Mount Batur itself, are inside the super ancient volcanic caldera.

The restaurant we’d just stuffed our faces in, is on the rim of that very old caldera.

Dave inspecting the coffee process

Dave inspecting the coffee process

And then we sipped coffees and teas at a plantation, where they show you the coffee making process as well as cacao (chocolate), cinnamon, ginger, tobacco etc., etc.

Give 'em a good roastin'

Give ’em a good ole roastin’

Dave roasted the beans as if he had been born to it… I was even going to offer to buy him a colourful hat like the professional bean roaster by his side.

That's gonna hurt if it lands on your head

That’s gonna hurt if it lands on your head

We came back to Ubud via the scenic, picture-postcard, views of the sculptured rice terraces at Tegallalang.

Rice Terrace View

Rice Terrace View

And we popped into the Monkey Forest where my favourite Beringin tree lives.

The tree that grows on both sides of the path

The Beringin tree that grows on both sides of the path

From the smile on his face, I’m expecting to see Dave here again one of these days.

Dave in the rice paddies

Dave in the rice paddies

Maybe this will encourage other SP’ers to come and visit me here in Ubud, Bali – and if you are looking for real adventure, we have plenty of that too – gonna get Dave on the white water rafting, canyoning, cycling, elephant riding or mountain climbing trip next time around!

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