Dog day afternoon

Lake Baikal Travel Blog

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One of the Siberian Huskies. They have the most gorgeous blue eyes.
After having a pretty restless sleep, I awoke to a magnificent breakfast. Not kidding there were tons of food on the breakfast table. The chalet we were staying in Lake Baikal was basically the best place we stayed at all tour. Comfy beds, hot showers, and an awesome breakfast to boot.

With a full belly, we headed for an afternoon of dog-sledding. You'd think that getting pulled by 7 siberian huskies would be average, but the sheer power they have going around the landscape makes it exhilirating. The best way to describe it is its like a mix between snowboarding and driving. There was this set course with hills and sharp turns and all that. I was initially a bit hesitant about doing it.
Post sauna roll in the snow. Yes I'm an idiot.
It just seemed cruel to make dogs cart you around. But once you see the dogs and how excited they get when people get there and how eager they are to take off, it changes your mind immediately. I guess running around the landscape beat being chained up and stuck in a kennel.

With our bodies tired from dog sledding, we headed to the sauna to relax and unwind. It was turning out to be a pretty good day out in Siberia. A bit of physical exertion and a lot of relaxing. There were 2 different baths/pools you could dip into in between saunas to cool off. One was about 20 degrees or so, and another was a tad bit colder at about 10 degrees. I've done the usual jump in the pool after a sauna in Australia. But jumping into the water which was 10 degrees was more of a shock to the system than I anticipated. It was very cold. But after a while I got used to it and was doing it like a pro. Up for more of a challenge, we asked the old russian lady managing the sauna if we would step outside and possibly roll around in the snow. She laughed it off and nodded. The things silly tourists do. With our core temperature well and truely raised from spending some time in the sauna. It actually wasn't that bad going outside into the sub zero temperature outside. I don't think I've got another chance in my lifetime to experience going from 70 degrees or more to minus 40ish temperatures. Or be that silly ever again.

After the sauna we had another walk across the lake.
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One of the Siberian Huskies. They …
One of the Siberian Huskies. They…
Post sauna roll in the snow. Yes I…
Post sauna roll in the snow. Yes …
My frozen lashes. It was that cold…
My frozen lashes. It was that col…
Where we ate most of the time. The…
Where we ate most of the time. Th…
Me going out for a dog-sledding se…
Me going out for a dog-sledding s…
Another sunset over Lake Baikal
Another sunset over Lake Baikal
frozen lake
frozen lake
Standing ontop of frozen Lake Baik…
Standing ontop of frozen Lake Bai…
A crack in the ice? Oh no.
A crack in the ice? Oh no.
Lake Baikal
photo by: dfoo