Great White Lake (Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur)
Apart from the flies, it was peaceful sitting by the lake writing postcards. It was cool under clouds, with rainclouds looming, but very warm in the ger with the fire.
After dinner I talked to Patti about her Silk Road and China trips and got advice on what to see and where to eat in Beijing. We chatted to two backpackers (British and Dutch) who were doing "ger-to-ger" hiking — they had camped along the shore and had just come to our ger camp for dinner.
|ENGLISH||PLEASE DO NOT THROW PAPER IN THE TOILET, USE BIN PROVIDED|
|FRENCH||NE METTEZ PAS DES PAPIERS DANS LES TOILETTES, S.V.P|
|AUSSIE||HEY GALLAH! DON'T BE A DRONGO! THROW THE PAPER IN THE BIN NOT THE SHITTER! CHEERS!|
Wednesday 29th June
With my sleeping bag on top of the provided quilt, it was warm overnight. And I was woken at 7.30am by the person lighting the fire. After breakfast I washed all my dirty clothes.
On the way back we looked at the lava tubes and caves that were the result of a recent lava flow.
We then walked back to the ger camp along the lake shore, passing a peninsula with hundreds of rock cairns/pagodas, new ger camps under construction, and an interesting "grandfather" rock (which Mike climbed).
At lunch I tried the coffee everyone else had been drinking, consisting of instant with milk powder. Ugh. We sat around talking about WWII and the stories of our parents and grandparents.
Having a lazy afternoon, I walked up the little hill again — the flies weren't too bad with a bit of a breeze. I sat watching the cormorants and gulls above a fish school in the lake, trying to photograph terns and choughs, and reading.