Here now and now here or nowhere

The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.

Monday, August 16, 2010

gobi travels

on the first day we stopped here for lunch,
the beginning of the gobi
entrance to a former buddhist temple that was destroyed by the communists
where the temple used to be
oovoo's on the rocks behind the temple
that white thing is our car. this is where we camped the first night
sunset, day 1
urban nomad
this was another temple destroyed by the communists. a small lake surrounds it but currently it was all marsh.
an old chinese style building. it was completely decrepit.
an old mining town in the distance
gers in the desert
a basketball court in some random gobi town
red dry dirt or maybe clay? walking on it sounded like walking on potato chips
i found this really pretty.
camping out, night 2
our public bath. an open water pipe. we washed here and got our drinking water as well. cows were also coming and going to drink here.

Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag.
cute little baby sheep

night 3 sleeping area

vultures in the distance
desert warrior
sand dunes and gers in the distance
and another flat tire (this was #4 i think)
camel crossing
me on a camel
on a camel with the sun setting
camels are one of my new favorite animals
walking sand dunes at sunset
my prints
lines in the sand. reminded me of waves coming in the shore
sunset, camel, me. done
there was a nice german couple with me who you can see in the distance on a dune peak
who doesn't love a camel toe? :P
night falls outside our ger. it felt like something out of star wars

the son at the ger where we slept day 4.
I love how they just pass the baby off to the odd foreign white guy. but it works.
delicious dinner. bread things, sheeps organs and a rice mutton gruel thing. washed down with salt milk tea

dead camel in the distance
this family fed us one day. very cute
they had three cute kittens. one of which reminded me of the great cat named stiles!

I do love buuz! lamp dumplings. also next to the plate is some camel cheese. 
kitten momma love
randomaly, in the middle of the desert was a lush and beautiful garden
camel walking in the distance. cliche but beautiful in person
dead horse. just bones
we stayed with this family for a night. i loved this carpet/mural
the empty sleeping bag is mine. so it was driver, me, grandpa, 3 grandkids, momma and then other side of the bed (not in picture) was grandma.  other kids slept in the gers next to us.
the kind grandma and grandpa who housed us for the night
breakfast. fresh cream, mutton gruel dish, and fresh cheese curds
they gave me a bag of their fresh curds since i liked them so much
local biker gang... not really, i just liked the look of the group.

a family who gave us directions and airag. they take pictures so serious in mongolia, notice the lack of smiles.
we picked up hitchhikers on the way home. they had fresh airag. the guy on the right also stole my shirt (i was riding topless). Jerk!

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