Orkhon Valley, Mongolia

For our fall break of 2011, Pepper, Jordan and I went with friends Grant and Leanne through many sites in the historic Orkhon valley. While I uploaded photos from the trip to Facebook, I didn’t do a blog post about it.

We spent our first night at Hustai National Park where the wild horses have been reintroduced. It snowed and when we opened our ger door in the morning there was a thin blanket of snow everywhere. We spent the following morning driving through the park seeking horses but enjoying the snowy landscape despite never seeing the horses.

For the next few days we usually drove a fair bit, saw sights and then slept at either very small guesthouses or in gers that were available for rent.  It was a good thing that we hired a car and driver because navigating the landscape, finding the next town and then locating the place to stay would not be easy unless you speak Mongolian.  Asking for directions is very frequent in Mongolia!

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Ryan "Zieak" McFarland dabbles. Beards. Making things. Travel. Genealogy. Frugality and excessiveness. Fitness and fatness. He's a PE teacher in India, usually calls Alaska home and is a happy father to two boys and the husband to a suddenly crafty wife.

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