Yesterday I forgot to mention that I held an eagle on my arm at one of our stops. What a majestic bird, but if it turned on me it would have torn me apart.
Today was another day we were on the move. We left Ulaanbaatar and headed north. Our first stop was the Gokturk Inscriptions. The pillars memorialize the Gokturk Empires reach into Asia between 552-745. The monuments were erected to leave their history and culture for following generations. It just reminds me that every worldly empire eventually falls.
Following that we went and saw the world's biggest statue of Genghis Khan which also is the worlds largest statue with a horse. It is over 100 feet tall.
|World's largest statue of Genghis Khan.|
Lastly we went to Tereljh National Park which is situated in a mountain valley. To get there we passed Ovoo. This is a pile of stones built as a landmark for worship near the mountain pass. We are spending the night at a camp in the park. Our accommodations are a simple yurt. OK...it's a little more than just basic...we have a concrete floor, a light bulb, and a single outlet.
I got to try my had at archery with a typical Mongolian bow. I was also able to go horse back riding on a Mongolian horse. They are smaller than European horses, but they are more hardy because they are used for everything.
|Little Mongolian girl.|
Today's excursion into exotic culinary samplings was Kumis. Kumis is fermented horse milk. It had a sour, bubbly, gamie, yogurt like taste. It was worth trying but I'll stick to kefir. I still hope to try horse meat.
Well good night from the middle of nowhere. God bless!