As Mt. Merapi erupts I wanted to take a moment to flashback to this volcano's more peaceful days. My friends in Yogyakarta are evacuating because of the ash and pebbles raining down. My thoughts are with them.
Here are some photos from two years ago when I climbed Mount Merapi.
Sunrise from the top
Yes, my main picture is of Merapi
One of our guides. We had really great conversations.
Laura and me
Climbing back down
We started hiking around 11 pm armed with headlamps and snacks. Often needing to use our hands, we literally climbed for seven hours. We reached the top in perfect time to watch the sunrise. Our guides made us hot chocolate and nasi goreng (fried rice). Climbing down took even longer and was surprisingly more frightening. The darkness had made me blissfully ignorant of the drop offs that surrounded us.