So that last post was kind of a beast. This next one won’t be nearly as long. That’s mainly because we went through the rest of the tour at a more leisurely pace than those first two days. It’s also because I didn’t keep very good notes about what happened each day, so I’m having to do some forensic investigating of my pictures from the trip to remember what happened. No matter. It will still be fun!
I also want to make an embarrassing disclaimer. You may notice some of the pictures (alright, most of them) are very grainy. At the time, I had assumed, I’d gotten some sand in the image sensor of my shiny new camera and would have to take it in to a service center to get it cleaned. I’d written off being able to take good pictures and made do with what I had. Just a little over a week ago, I discovered what the problem was. My camera has a touchscreen feature that sometimes comes in handy and sometimes is a royal pain in the tuckus. This was one of the latter. Somehow, my ISO settings had been changed from AUTO to over 12000. Aaaand I’m an idiot. Anyways. While the issue is fixed now, the pictures from my Gobi adventure will be forever grainy. No matter, though, they’re still awesome memories.
We left off at the end of the second day of my six day trip into the Gobi. Combining Bayanzag and the Khongoryn Els into a single day resulted in one of the most memorable days of my trip, though I definitely wish I could’ve had a little more time to spend in each. I guess I have yet another reason to return to Mongolia some day!
The next day, day three, we took our time getting ready and walked along the dunes a bit more. I think someone got up for the sunrise, but it ended up being far less memorable than the sunset, so I didn’t feel too bad about sleeping in.
One last time…