Islay Joy 43 🌎
📍Bali > USA > Pakistan > Kazakhstan > Mongolia > Iran > somewhere
This island was full of surprises. After doing some google maps exploring we found this gem and spontaneously booked a flight from the west side of the island to the furthest point east. We landed at the airport that morning, rented a pos bike from someone working at the baggage claim, checked into a pretty suspect hotel, and got on the road. We drove two hours into the mountains and eventually made it here. We were probably one of twenty people who visited the site that day and the only westerners which was somewhat surprising. There were three large puddles of hot water. The third was uninteresting so I kind of forgot about it. But basically we were free to walk all over the place especially in places we definitely shouldn’t have. The only guy working here was dressed up like he wanted to be starred in a Indonesian western movie and I was a big fan. But anyways... super cool, super untouristy spot. 5377 ft. Last eruption was 1968. And also neat... the colors of each lake have changed up to 6 times a year alternating from green, blue, and brown.
1641417 July, 2019
The hidden gems of Lombok
While staying in Lombok for four days we decided to finally take time to get away from the south to drive north to the less explored parts of the island. We rented a dirt bike for the day and got on the road as soon as we could. We drove north through busy towns, fishing villages, rice fields, and markets... without seeing a single foreigner ...and after three hours started our ascent into the mountain region. We watched a sunny day turn into thick fog and warm wind turn into cold condensation on our faces until we found ourselves changing into sweaters to stay warm at around 3000ft. When we reached the top this is what we found. An untouched landscape. A place I had never heard of, never seen in pictures. Just the kind of place I’m always looking for.
2001916 July, 2019
Up there in best beaches I’ve seen in indo but after this visit I think I’ve realized that not all water is for swimming in unfortunately. Long story short, @artshestakov and I got down to the bottom after taking some shots and found the beach here completely empty... which is a very very rare sight nowadays. We decided to hop on in and by the time we were just waist deep in water we got swept right out to the waves in a riptide. Memory is still foggy but I just remember being hit over and over again until I was probably just minutes away from drowning and somehow my feet found some sand to push off of and I surfed in. I was basically left on the beach semi conscious thinking.... am I about to watch someone die. Artem was still out there getting pushed further out into the bigger waves and there wasn’t anybody around to help... and I wasn’t able to go back into the water. But somehow.... I don’t know how....he made it back to the beach and literally went facedown into the sand and was coughing up salt water for the next hour. His hands and face were purple... his body was blue... not the best I’ve seen him let’s just say that. Had he been hit by another wave I think that would have been it for the adventures of Artem and Islay. So that’s my story behind this video. Kind of grim but I can’t say it wasn’t pretty.
If you put them in a chokehold they are less likely to get away ladies. #youminenow
436563 July, 2019
It’s been a dream Artem. Safe travels.
229828 June, 2019
My man candy ft cotton candy skies.
2332021 June, 2019
@seanonfilm told me to add random bird noises. Next video I’m recording myself making bird noises.
2192512 June, 2019
Art of Escape by Hein Cooper. .
People often ask me why I prefer aerial videography over everything else lately and it’s days like this that it seems more and more clear. Yes there’s the different perspective course, but in places like this it’s being able to escape from the crowds. Being able to fly so high above that everyone disappears and become nothing but tiny specs below. No more selfie sticks, no more girlfriends yelling at their crouching boyfriend to get their better side (do they really have one?), no more people walking over the newly planted flowers, no more people queuing in line I KID YOU NOT to take a picture in the one spot, and using sacred temples as tripods. At five hundred meters I can finally imagine this place as it once was. Before it became one of the most instargrammed beaches in Indonesia. Before it was spoiled by people who only came to take one photo in front of it and leave and probably never even looked at it with their own eyes. If you want to see what I mean... click on the tagged location above.
Here is Artem taking it in with the round things we call eyes which are used to see stuff. Good job 👏🏻