Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
Submitted by viravira on 10 October 2013 • Blog
It was easy to understand that we were to visit Baluran National Park as the next destination. By location, it’s smacked in the middle of our route. We did about 7 hours on the road and, again, we failed to meet a sunset on this lag of the trip.
Time management is a hard thing when touring like this. It’s essential to keep the cars in line and traveling together, not to mention the shooting process for the video features takes a lot of coordination and synchronization on the road. Let’s not forget the late meal services due to the amount of people eating. Hence, it takes us a longer time to get to a destination than an individual car would, and we always fail to get any sunset images. But, the hassle is worth it. Having the cars aligned and moving together, overtaking other cars smoothly like a chain, looks pretty cool.
There’s a saying how one drives is how they live, how they work is how they love. This might not apply to everyone, but there might be some general truth to it. During a road trip, drivers are under the spotlight. Hence, it’s one of the topics for our daily gossips. Who drives like what, which applies to how do they live their lives. It’s an interesting observation.
As for work and love, well, having all of us ‘working’ to meet deadlines and challenges of being exhausted showed us the sides of our work styles. On this, I can only assume how they are with their relationships. Khihihihi…
By this time, I’m starting to really like the Terios. It’s been in and out of tough fields and I’m still all-good sitting in them. My ass doesn’t burn as it usually does for the same amount of time on the road. It’s growing on me. Maybe because Boski is a great driver that really understands cars, or because I’ve groomed my own little home in the middle row; whatever it is, I’ve come accustomed to road tripping with the Terios.
Baluran National Park is any wildlife observer’s heaven. It’s said to be the Africa of Java because of its savanna and the sightings of the wild animals running around the park. It’s got so many ecosystems that support life of so many different animals. From tropical forests, evergreen forests, monsoon forests, mangrove, coral reefs, savanna, and all sorts of other ecosystem, it’s all here. It’s easy to love Baluran National Park especially when you see how African-like it is and how you can easily see wildlife in its nature. As a Biology student once upon a time, I consider it a paradise.
For some reason, my favorite sighting is the peacock. Their heavy rear end doesn’t seem to be stopping them from running around the place and showing off its metallic green feathers. If lucky, you can spot the male bird and see its long shiny tail swish as it runs across the savanna.
Another favorite of the park is the herd of deer that prance around the savanna. They’re so cute and they leap like they’re having fun. The male deer always catches my heart, as it stands very macho with antlers that reach the sky.
The bonus on this visit was the sight of black Langur jumping from one tree to another. They look like they’re having the time of their life. In the end, I’m always happy to visit this park as I feel rewarded after seeing the animals in their habitat and yet I get to see them too. It’s a priceless feeling for me.
For more info, you can read our story about Baluran here.*This post is in accordance to the Terios 7 Wonders trip but the opinions are my own
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