I want to tell my experience about my trip to East Java especially to Mount Bromo when I was still at the secondary school, 12 years ago. I went with my parents, uncle, my friend and a driver. Our family started the tour from Bogor to Tegal, Central Java. We stayed one night in the hotel.
The next day, we started our trip from Tegal to Surabaya, East Java. We stayed the night in Garden Hotel at Jl. Pemuda Surabaya. The next day we concluded the trip. We chose the route from Surabaya, Sidoarjo, Pasuruan, and stopped in Gending, a small town, about 12 km at the east of Probolinggo to meet an old friend.
In the afternoon we went to Mount Bromo through Probolinggo. When we arrived in Probolinggo, our car turned to the south. During our trip, we crossed jati forests and fresh air. At last we came at the hotel. At this moment we couldn’t see the beautiful scenery from the hotel because of the darkness. The weather became cold and we had to wear thick clothes. We had dinner in a small restaurant near the hotel. After dinner, we slept.
When I was still asleep, at two o’clock in the morning my parents wake up me. I didn’t know what happened. There was an earthquake. Something funny happened, my friend directly brushed his teeth when he was awakened. He thought that we wanted to start to see the scenery. In fact it was only an earthquake. After that we slept again.
At 4 o’clock in the morning, the hotel attendant wake us up to be prepared to go to Pananjakan by jeep, a strategic place to watch the beautiful scenery of Mount Bromo, Mount Batok and Mount Semeru.
Time passed by. It was a pity that we couldn’t see the rising sun because of the cloudy sky. We were still lucky because of the good weather we could see the beautiful scenery. The three mountains are located in a National Park. Mount Semeru is the highest mountain in Java island. My father took photos of the beautiful scenery at the National Park.
When it was clear, we went back to the hotel. From the hotel, we went by horse through the sea sand which is going towards the crater. We climb by stairs towards the top. At the top we could see the Mount Bromo’s crater clearly which is still smokey.
After that we came back to the hotel and our trip to the mountain is finished. After that we went to Malang, a cold town at the south of Surabaya. After we visited a recreation park near Malang, we rested in the hotel. The next day we went back to Bogor and our trip to East Java was ended.