New Year’s adventure, trekking and down the Seruni beach #3

From Poktunggal beach we trekking to Seruni beach, walk along the beach to the east.  Passing through the rocks and down the coral wall, directly adjacent to the sea, is really exciting. We made it to the first beach safely, passed through the rocks, up and down the reef then along the rocky shore. Then we get to the 2nd beach. The beach is quite spacious and beautiful with white sand. Once satisfied take pictures, we continue the journey to Seruni beach.

And this is where the challenge begins. The track is not easy because it must climb the rocks. Friends are quite difficult in this place. After one by one climb the rocks, only Hanung and Eki, suddenly a big wave came and threw them both. Wow, really tense. Clothes and backpacks are all wet with sea water. Finally, all managed to climb to the reef and prepared to continue the journey. But seeing the big waves, we do not want to take risks. We did not go to the beach and ended up resting on this beach. Once pulled over, Eki and Hanung issued their belongings in a backpack that is all wet. Even Eki had to give up his BB damaged by sea water … 🙁

While drying Hanung & Eki’s wet clothes and trying to make a fire to make instant noodles, we rested long enough here. But many times tried, it was hard to make fire, finally gave up not to make instant noodles. Although it had been a heart sport, my friends can still joke around by saying we like the movie ‘Castaway’, stranded on this beach. Hehehe…

After enough rest and watch the clock was only 9 o’clock in the morning and we continue to Seruni Beach with trekking through the hills. By simply following the path, we continue our journey by trekking to Seruni beach. The view from the top of the hill as we were trekking was really nice. We are trekking on the hills bordering the sea. Friends said extreme but I think fun …. 🙂

After climbing down the hill, and asked the father who was in the field, finally, Seruni beach was visible. But unfortunately little bit dirty because the wood trash is carried by the waves. After a walk around the Seruni beach and take pictures, we take shelter in a hut there. The hut is usually used by locals to rest.

In this hut, we helped light a fire by fathers who happened to be there. It is unbelievable that we ourselves light a fire, whether it will work …: p

Finally, we cook instant noodles here. Because freshwater supplies have run out, I and Fajri taking fresh water on the east coast Seruni beach. Actually, there is a source of fresh water on top of the cave on the Seruni beach but has been piped by local villagers. So I took water through a leaking pipe.

Caves on the beach are just a short, so a kind of overdraft on the reef. Once satisfied to rest and spend a lunch of instant noodles, we decided to return to Poktunggal by trekking through the hills.

And after arriving in Poktunggal, do not forget the photo on the tree icon Poktunggal beach … 🙂

New Year’s adventure, trekking and down the Seruni beach #2

Accompanied by rain along the way, I caught up with them. And finally, meet them at Piyungan junction. Eventually, we were eight of us (me, Hanung, Eki, Fajri, Widya, Reni, Wuri & Wilson) went to the Seruni beach. And along the way it is still raining, even in Wonosari city, the rain is getting heavier.

Because of that we finally decided to stop eating dinner first. We eat at the ‘penyet’ stall near Wonosari square. We have long sheltered here hoping the rain to stop. But there were no signs of rain would subside.

Due to uncomfortable owners of stalls, we moved to take shelter at the mosque gas station near the square Wonosari. And here we are all night, spending New Year’s Eve at mosque gas station near the square Wonosari gas station in Wonosari town, sleeping …. hahaha …. 🙂

After midnight, the rain began to subside and there were fireworks on the Wonosari square. I woke up but slept again because nobody was interested to see the fireworks.

And in the late morning, welcome to the year 2013.

As the morning approaches, we continue our journey. But earlier stopped by to buy breakfast ‘nasi uduk’ and chicken porridge in Wonosari market. Finally, around 7 am on January 1, 2013, we arrive at Poktunggal beach. It turns out very crowded, many are camping here. After wondering with one of the stall owners, he said at this time the sea is receding, so it can walk along the coast to Seruni beach. We are getting ready to walk along the beach. All the necessities in check, unimportant goods left in the motor. After the check, we bring nesting, instant noodles but no lighter. Want to buy a match in the stall there was not one who sold matches. Finally, I borrow a gas lighter with one of the mothers of the stall, saying it will return the afternoon because we want to Seruni beach. And the mother is very kind to allow.

And the adventure begins …. 🙂

New Year’s adventure, trekking and down the Seruni beach #1

This is not the first time I am trekking and sidling Seruni beach. But this time it’s special because we plan to camp there at New Year’s Eve and welcome the dawn of 2013 at Seruni beach 🙂 Monday morning on 31 Dec’2012, I was getting ready. Departed to the office with a backpack and mountain slippers. Plan to work half a day, already permit the boss, so can go to Seruni at 2 noon as planned. But it turns out, at 2-noon work is not finished and finally finished at 5 pm. Although from noon to evening it was raining, I was determined to catch up to Seruni. Being prepared from the morning, it would be a shame to fail to Seruni just because of the rain.

I think that other friends had left at 2 this afternoon. So the 5 o’clock after work I contacted other friends who also want to catch up because they can not leave at 2 pm. While waiting for news from friends who will follow, I went to Amplaz. Because I have a 50,000 Carrefour voucher whose validity period expires on this date of 31 Dec’2012. Unfortunately if not used 🙂

After finished shopping, it was still raining so eat first while waiting for news from friends. It turned out that all canceled plans to catch up to Seruni. Oh, no, been disappointed but did not dare to follow by my self to Seruni if rain like this.

Amid this disappointment, there is an incoming call. Friends who plan to leave at 2 this afternoon, just leaving and they just got in Jalan Wonosari. Delayed because they did not get a loan doom for camping. And tell me if I want to catch up will be awaited in 1 / 3an Piyungan. With the happy face, I will agree to catch up. When I asked, did they get a tent loan or not? they did not get a loan. then how will the camping? We’ll see there. Alright…

Trip to Solo #2 (Parang Ijo waterfall, Sukuh Temple & Jumog waterfall)

Get off from Cetho temple, we stop by Kemuning tea plantation just take pictures. Tea plantation area is just on the roadside towards the Parang Ijo waterfall & Sukuh temple. So unfortunately if you do not stop by.

After taking some photos, we continue the journey to the Parang Ijo waterfall, approximately 20 minutes from Cetho temple. After parking the motor, we walk towards the waterfall that is not too far away. This waterfall is not too big with a height of about 60m. Although the waterfall is not too big the scenery is quite beautiful supported by the cool air, suitable for family recreation.
Here we also just briefly, just take pictures.
Then we forward the next destination is Sukuh temple. Sukuh Temple is a relic of Majapahit kingdom and was built around the 15th century. The types of this temple are the building of a temple terraces similar to the Mayan temple in Mexico.

Once satisfied around & take pictures in the temple area, we continue the journey to the next destination.

The next destination is our last destination in Karanganyar namely Jumog waterfall. Toward the waterfall of Jumog, we walk through the river with clear water, very pleasant. On the edge of the river, many food vendors especially sate rabbit. Actually, we are hungry again, but we decide to play water in the waterfall first. Jumog waterfalls are quite beautiful with clear water.

But because the time is getting late, we decided just to take pictures and then directly message satay rabbit in a warung near the waterfall. Yeah, we eat rabbit satay again. Hehehe…While waiting for food to be served, we both play water in the river near where we eat. After the food came, because of the cold and the hungry stomach. We really enjoyed the rabbit satay and hot tea served.

After a short meal and rest, we decide to go home soon as the day is getting late. Approximately 1-hour drive we arrived in front of Purwosari station, make a deal with Ridho to return the bike. Do not forget we filled the tank full of gasoline. :)When returning the motor, we say goodbye and say a big thank you for the motorcycle loan.Then we buy 2 Prameks train tickets to go back to Jogja.Until the monument station, take the motor, take Nuning and finally go home. Time for a break. A very enjoyable day adventure 🙂


Trip to Solo #1 ( Candi Cetho)

Solo City is located in Central Java Province, Indonesia. From Jakarta or Bali can be reached for one hour through air travel. From Kuala Lumpur for two hours and from Singapore for one and a half hours.

Karanganyar is one of the regencies in Central Java Province. About 1 hour from Solo and 3 hours drive from Jogja my hometown.

The famous tourist attraction in Karanganyar is Tawangmangu with Grojogansewu waterfall. Supported by the cool air because it is located at the foot of Lawu mountain and beautiful natural scenery. But besides Grojogansewu, there are many waterfalls and temples there.
That’s why I and my friend Nuning want to go out there.
Without any plans, on Sunday morning, we leave for a motorbike to Tugu station and directly buy 2 Pramex train tickets.
After traveling for 1 hour finally arrived at Solo Purwosari station. After getting off the train I immediately contacted my friend Ridho to borrow the motor. Not until 30 minutes, Ridho has come bringing motorcycle and 2 helmets for me & Nuning. After that, me and Nuning directly to Karanganyar, although not sure the place, just armed with a map & the spirit of adventure 🙂
Without significant difficulties, as many guides to Tawangmangu and a smooth road.
Just a bit uphill after arriving at the foot of Mount Lawu. Our first goal is Cetho temple. Towards this Cetho temple, we pass a fairly steep road so be very careful to ride a motorcycle. Like the mountain area in general, along the way we are treated to the beautiful natural scenery.
Before arriving at Cetho temple, we have to go through a very steep uphill path. Because I was scared, then Nuning I ordered to get off the motorcycle and on foot. While I keep riding the motor zig-zag. After passing the steep incline finally arrived at the gate of Cetho temple.
After buying a ticket, we go to the temple and take a walk to enjoy the scenery around the temple.

According to historical records, Cetho temple was built in the 15th century during the Majapahit kingdom. What stands out from this temple is the existence of a stone structure that forms a giant tortoise that supposedly as a symbol of Majapahit. In front of the turtle’s head, there is a symbol of the phallus (male genitals) along the 2 meters is equipped with piercing type (amp; piercing) type ampallang. Turtles are symbols of the creation of the universe while the penis is a symbol of human creation.

Stone structure in Cetho temple

Once satisfied around in Cetho temple, we are interested in the signpost that read Kethek temple. out of curiosity, we follow the directions to the Kethek temple. Past the path that is beside the Cetho temple, past the edge of the cliff, finally, we arrived at Kethek Temple. Kethek temple is a staircase pyramid and has similarities with the main building of Cetho temple. Shortly up at the temple Khetek, fog down quite thick. Got climbed to the top of the temple, at the top there is a place of worship of Hindus. So the building of this temple is still used by Hindus to perform religious rituals.

Puri Saraswati

Because the fog is getting thicker and drizzle starts to fall, we do not linger here. We go back to Cetho temple all past Puri Saraswati and sendang(springs) that is around the temple.Fortunately, when we got to the Cetho temple the drizzle subsided and because we were hungry, we ate the rabbit satay at the warung near the entrance gate of Cetho temple. When finished we continue the trip to the next destination 🙂