Our early morning Sunday flight from SLC to Seattle went without a hitch. We then boarded our flight from Seattle to Seoul. We were told that our plane was 11th in line for take off due to one of two runways being closed for repairs. As we waited in the unusual heat (while I watched the first half of the new Ben Hur), our plane heated up to the point that a generator over heated (the above note about efficient cooling obviously didn't work) and rendered the plane unflyable. The generator could be replaced but it would not be until that evening. That meant we would miss our connecting flight in Seoul meaning we would have a day long layover there.
Thanks Delta. The food voucher was also nice. Now to get reimbursed for our missed first night hotel room in Bali.
Several flyers (including a couple from SLC--she the daughter of Loganite weatherman Bob Welti--who were also not fans of President Trump whom we talked about while drinking caffeine in Taipei) bound for Denpasar worked with Delta to arrange new flights that would get us to Bali a little sooner that sticking with our delayed regular flight plans.
We arrived in Seattle at 9:30 am and finally flew out at 11:00 pm bound for Vancouver Canada, Taipei and then Bali.
We got to Bali 16 hours later than planned which meant we missed our planned morning at the beach and then a visit to Tanah Lot. Instead we headed straight for Ubud.
We missed the Obama family by just a day.
Next morning we headed to Tulamben on the east coast for some snorkeling. We passed majestic and holy Mt. Agung along the way.
We chose this dive spot so we could snorkel above the sunken remains of the USAT Liberty--a cargo ship carrying rubber and railway parts that was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in WWII. It was very cool.
Marie and I visited this cave on part two of our honeymoon (1997). At the time the whole place was covered with bat guano. There also were lots of bats. Marie was not impressed.
This visit, the temple was much improved. Local farmers had removed all of the guano for field fertilizer.
Luwak (Asian palm civet) animals love to eat coffee beans, but can't digest the seeds. The seeds are excreted whole in its scat. The coffee seeds are then extracted from the scat and roasted to make what is a very expensive and unique tasting coffee.
We stopped for a visit in a traditional Balinese family compound.
Here is the ceremonial center of the family compound where birth, teeth filing, marriage and death ceremonies are held.
For our final day in Bali, the boys decided that white-water river rafting sounded funner that visiting more temples. Plus the Obamas did it. To get to the boat launch site required navigating steep steps down the steep slope of the Ayung River canyon.
End of the seven kilometer float.
I took great precautions to make sure there was nothing on my body for the monkeys to easily steal. Unfortunately this monkey saw the tiny corner of a plastic bag through a tiny opening in a zippered pouch of my back pack. While we were photo taking he quickly grabbed the bag (with about 8 pink vitamin B-12 pills in it).
He then proceeded to eat the vitamins (they may help any neuropathy he might have). Good thing he missed my Excedrin and Motrin bag. One man watching it all joked that it was better than if he had found Viagra!
Next morning we had an early morning flight to Jogjakarta. I thought I had booked a 7:30 am flight, but at the airport we learned is was for that evening at 7:30. Luckily the agent found three seats on a 7:10 am flight. This time the airport gods favored us.
Next morning with joined the tsunami research team for a visit to two schools to teach about tsunami awareness. At an elementary school in Tanjng Benoa we watched the children play a large tsunami related game of ladders and snakes (chutes and ladders). the boys and I then scouted out the two nearby hotels that were the evacuation places for the school kids.