Goodnight HavebeenYouhere Friends. May we be healthy and such a beautiful day accompany us today.
2016 year, A week on vacation in Saribudolok, my mother's house was very busy with visits from relatives. A lot of food is prepared, along with the side dishes: salted fish, fried anchovies, fried chicken, cassava leaf vegetables, sold out in the afternoon. It feels good to be able to stay in touch with the big family who can gather in Saribudolok.
When the second day of vacation, I invited my wife and my family to go on vacation to Lake Toba. It's cool, because since last year we have taken a vacation to Lake Toba. Just accomplished now.
The morning of June 12, we got ready to go by car. Then get in touch with my wife's sister's sister's place at Merek raya. Then continue to Simalem Resort, through Merek situnggaling. We only drive 1 car.
We decided to go through Dolok Simarjarunjung because we wanted to stop first at Panatapan Simarjarunjung to see a very beautiful view of the mountains and the expanse of Lake Toba. You can see Tanjung Unta and Sipolha Forest, located in Simalungun Regency. The road from Sipolha can pass to Haranggaol which was once a tourist spot and currently there are a lot of fish cage businesses.
Since the Sinabung eruption, Tanah Karo has been deserted due to exposure to the Sinabung volcanic ash. However, the intensity of the Sinabung eruptions has decreased considerably. The refugees have returned to their homes.
It turned out that our decision through Simarjarungjung was not quite right. Because it was still on school holiday, Simarjarunjung was very busy. Heavy traffic jam. Where the road is narrow, winding and uphill sharply.
The road has not changed much since I was little on vacation here. Even some roads have holes in them, they are ugly. Here again I see, even if the asphalt road is repaired, there is almost no drain on the side of the road. So that if the rain inundates the asphalt, the roads must be quickly damaged.
We didn't stop by either. Moreover, the scenery was covered in fog. So we continued our journey to Simalem Resort. Here we just go around without staying overnight.
If you look at the map, the distance between Simarjarunjung-Simalem Resort is about 100 km, it can be reached in about 3 hours 30 minutes. But because we were stuck in traffic and the road was damaged with holes, we traveled more than 4 hours. Around 1.00 pm we arrived at Simalem Resort, which is on the road of Merek-Sidikalang, km.9, Karo district.
After passing the Merek Situnggaling, most of the scenic treats were orange and coffee plantations. This area is indeed the famous producer of Medan oranges and Sidikalang coffee.