Our little hut where we ate our lunch. We had a great view of the lake and the volcano while we ate.
Truman and Henry enjoyed playing while we waited for our food. This is the boat we took across the lake to a dead volcano that was adjacent to Taal Volcano.
Here we all are on the boat! I am very happy we didn't have to put those life vests to the test, as they were little more than crushed styrofoam cups sewn in orange fabric. I'm not certain they would actually float.
If you can tear your eyes away from Henry's sweet little face you can make out Taal Volcano in the background.
You can't tell from the picture, but getting drenched while riding the boat was probably the highlight of the day for Truman.
Henry riding up the volcano with one of the guides from the place where you rent the horses. Most of the horses seem like they are in fairly good shape. The horse Henry was riding was so small and skinny, it made me sad. The people on this island are either horse jockeys or fishermen, so the horses are one of the primary ways they earn their living. They live without electricity and the children have no schools. We were by no means the only tourists on the mountain, and the horses were very busy. I figured Henry riding this little one was better than anyone else. These women could not understand why I wouldn't ride this skinny little horse up the steep narrow path! After our ride the horse was done for the day.
Enjoying ice cold coconut milk at the top. Here you can see the volcano's own crater lake featuring an island within a lake within an island within a lake....
The steep ride down.
The houses at the base of the trail.
Scooters are a good way for the locals to get through traffic. This one is much nicer than most. Sometimes there are entire families on one bike. I need to try and get a picture, because it really is unbelievable.