Whilst in Ubud, we took an afternoon trip out of town to check out Goa Gajah, the Elephant Cave.
In front of the cave is one of Bali's many fountains/pools/bathing areas, complete with clothed statues pouring out water:
You enter the cave through a massive demon's mouth, carved directly into the hill in the 11th century:
Maggie contemplates entering the mouth of the demon:
Eileen captured these cute kids hanging out outside the temple... one happy to ham it up, one who was not impressed:
We got a chance to watch this woman preparing and delivering an offering into the belly of the beast, which is full of banten (offerings) and incense smoke:
Is this the elephant after which the temple is named? Not sure...
Next to the Elephant Cave itself is set of steep stairs leading down into a small, lush gorge that has several waterfalls and the ruins of an old temple:
There were also some pretty impressive trees down in the gorge:
We liked this dude's shirt... authentic diggitty.
We climbed out of the gorge, along some windy paths, ultimately leading to a bright green rice paddy and some trinket stands selling masks depicting the mildly threatening but a good god, Barong, but of course: