[Mongolia | Part II: Entering the Gobi🐫]: How was Mongolia? Beautiful beyond pictures and words. Is it worth a trip? Maybe. The “maybe” isn’t so much about whether Mongolia is worth the trip or not as it is about what kind of traveler you are. If your preferred vacation is usually designed for R&R, Mongolia might not be the most ideal destination for you. At some point along the road that led us away from Ulaanbaatar, our Russian van took a turn off the road and into the Mongolian wilderness. We wouldn’t see a paved road again for a very long time. The sheer vastness of the country could be felt in the amount of time we had to spend in transit (average of three hours from site to site) and in the growing monotony of the landscape which sometimes didn't seem to change for hours. I felt it in the form of motion sickness. Motion sickness had never been a problem for me on road trips, but it began hitting me in intense waves less than an hour into starting up again on the mercilessly rugged terrain. The seemingly slow passage of time magnified by my exhausting struggle to contain my nausea created the illusion of a monotonous landscape ㅡ one which was immediately broken by the magnificence of reality in moments like this. The silhouette of a train of wild camels on the horizon seemed like a mirage before I stepped out of the van to approach it by foot. #mongolia#desert#gobidesert#travelersnotebook#natgeo#nationalgeographic#modernnomad#asia#travelasia#travelogue#picnicsociety#몽골여행#몽골#여행#사막#고비사막
Leading the first ever expedition of its kind across the Gobi Desert in temperatures that plummeted below -40c on camels was a dream come true for me this year. That and getting to be the first person in the world to snowboard behind a camel. It was everything I hoped for and more. The challenge, the cold, the camels and of course being able to have some fun along the way was to me, the perfect type of adventure. Not only coming up with the concept but planning and pulling it off successfully was a huge achievement. I remember everyone doubting it was possible, but deep in my heart I knew it was. To make it happen was the product of many years of adventure and expeditions. I can’t wait to go back and do it all again in January next year with some exciting new additions to the trip that should test us in all new ways. #gobicoldcamel#gobicoldcamelexpedition#committedtoadventure#mongolia#adventure#snowboarding#discover#whateveryouradventure#shareyournature#camel#winter#winterwonderland#mountains#gobi#gobidesert
Now, this is still Day 5, but—we saw this every night. We stayed in a ger every night with a host family, and the host families are herdsman for a living. This night we got to see them round up the sheep and goats and separate the males from the females so the females could be milked. The children of these herdsman grow up close to all kinds of animals. This little boy is about a year old.