July 24th, 2008

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Mongolia Pics 3: Horses And Arrows.




Our first night in Mongolia was pretty cold, so we had to use the wood-burning stove to stay warm. I was pretty exhausted - and the last thing I wanted to do was get up in the middle of the night just to put more wood in the fire. So my dumb ass stuffed a ton of wood into the stove, hoping it'd last through most of the night. But the wood was so dry that the entire stack burned all at once, turning our ger into a felt supernova. It got so hot that Ted actually had to go outside repeatedly to cool down and prevent what he thought was an imminent heat stroke. I didn't realize how hot it was until the morning ...



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The heat inside our ger was so intense, it actually melted our candles until they resembled an erectile dysfunction ad.



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We got up at dawn to look for endangered Argali wild sheep. On the way there, we came across a couple of Mongolian herdsmen with their goats and sheep. Outside the city and towns, most of the Mongolians you come across are nomadic herdsmen and lonely dentists.



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We spent an hour or two learning that Mongolian bows are very difficult to use, and which friends were still angry about that time another friend puked in their car.



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Later that day, we got to Hustai National Park. And jumped.



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I miss the emptiness of this place.



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You are now looking at a picture of us looking at a picture. Most likely we were checking out the most disgusting photos taken on this trip.



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