When you think of Mongolia, you think of horses, and even taking off from Ulaan Bator on the very first day we ran into plenty of horses and their keepers. In a country with such wide open landscapes, harsh winters, and very few cities, Mongolian horseman are still a common sight driving their herds over rocky hills and valleys.
…or somebody’s got to do it!
Here’s Devon and me getting ready to go experience a 2,000 year old bath in northern Tunisia.
I’m turning 50 years old today. Wow! 50! It seems old, but I don’t feel old. It has given me time to think about my life…a little reflection, I guess. I wouldn’t trade my life with anyone. I’m so grateful for the decisions I’ve made, the opportunities I’ve taken, the experiences I’ve had. There’s no way I could categorize my experiences into the “Top 10″ or “the Best Of”. Do I think I’m lucky? Not really. [...]
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What’s amazing about Mongolia, is there are very few roads, only dirt tracks for miles and miles and miles. You drive along these fields or dirt tracks and out in the middle of nowhere there are people. There are people going about their everyday life as they have been for centuries. It’s awe-inspiring.
This was one of the largest camel herds we came across while traversing Mongolia, and this man loved showing off his camels, especially the babies.
I didn’t think it was too hot of a day but apparently with all that weight and hair and fur, yaks can begin to get heat exhaustion from temperatures over 59 degrees, so yes, he was hot! Taking a nice cool bath was a good idea. There actually was an entire herd in the water a little further up the creek, but he was so handsome with his black and white features.
This photo represents one of the coolest things we did while in Mongolia. Here we were not far from the middle of nothing, and our hostess asks us if we would like to hear a throat singer. Well, yes, but where? No worries, he’ll come to your ger and he’ll bring his nieces who are studying to be acrobats as well. We couldn’t wait. Later that evening, in traipsed the musician (who was multi-talented) and his nieces. They put on an amazing show for the six of us. It was a private show and it was up close and [...]
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What a harsh, rough and tumble place Mongolia is. I think you can see all the hardship of living off the land in this man’s face. From the wind and sun wrinkles, to the length and thickness of his wool garb, you can just tell you have to come from hardy stock to make it here. Another wonderful place to visit; take my advice and go into the backlands of Mongolia. That’s where the real people are.
I can’t see Santa making it to some of these out of the way stops, but believe me when I tell [...]
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