The road to Gobi

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the shedding cammel

Just as I thought the landscape couldn't get any barren, I entered the Gobi zone. We tried to find some hills or some trees to get out of sun but we couldn't. So we waited until in the afternoon to have lunch to take advantage of the little shade provided by our van. We have our small lunch in the middle of nowhere. I have no idea where we are. Everywhere was flat. Going to the restroom was a challenge. I have to walk really far so that when I sit down it would not be visible. In this barren land, I saw a tiny fat bellied lizzard. Catching him wasn't so bad. he didn't expect a human to chase after him. I got to examine him. He was beautiful. If he was in vn, I was pretty sure he would end up in some alcohol bottle. Then, I noticed the rocks around me.

it's chives everywhere!
The rocks were tiny but it was shiny. Some of them resemble jades and precious stones. So, I went for little rocks hunting. I found enough to make a bracelet, which I still haven't woven yet.

After lunch, we drove southward. We passed by a chalky hill. Our driver said that there were some oovos in there we should pay respect before crossing the muddy area ahead of us. As we get close to the hill, I noticed there were 3 trees, and water! Yes, water!!!! We saw a cave. Our tour guide didn't know about it. So, we just entered and go in the cave. It was muddy. It seems the water run through the cave when it rained. Half way through the cave, we saw a little bat with some giant ears. I guest the ears would help it to cool down faster in the desert.

captured a lizard
At first, he was frighten and then fled us. We got to a narrow bit. We thought it would end. But I was able to squeeze through a turn and I saw some light ahead. So, I told everyone to follow through. We got out at the other end in, on top of the hill from where we started. It was my first through cave. But I was cover in white mud.

The rain was approaching from the east.  I could see in on the horizon. We have to cross the muddy flat. Our driver was confident that we wouldn't get stuck in mud. He just drove on and didn't change to 4w. Halfway through the mud, we were stuck! We have to get out and push our van. Walking barefeet on the red slimy mud of the Gobi reminded me of my raining school day in Vietnam. The cold mud passed through my feet was just sensational.

I didn't help in pushing the car, since 4 others were much more able than me already help. I took pictures of the process.

We arrived at Tsagaan survaga. I know it is a marine sediment area. I was so hoping to dig up some trilobites fossils. So, I was digging and digging and found nothing. Not so far way, the rain was moving in. I could saw the veil of black cloud covered a perfectly square window. Every now and then, the lighting would strike to the floor. It was a sight to see.

I have been keeping track of the animals on the way to see the biodiversity of each area. It was during today, I saw some big animals. I saw 1 brown eagle, 1 fox, 6 vultures, 6 gazelles, 2 cranes, and a lot of little mice!

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the shedding cammel
the shedding cammel
its chives everywhere!
it's chives everywhere!
captured a lizard
captured a lizard
i didnt eat it. but was close to …
i didn't eat it. but was close to…
still trying to find the name of t…
still trying to find the name of …
a herd of camels running away from…
a herd of camels running away fro…
the only trees after hours of driv…
the only trees after hours of dri…
a limestone cave
a limestone cave
entering the unknown
entering the unknown
crawl and squeeze through the dark…
crawl and squeeze through the dar…
gobis grasshopper. true adaptatio…
gobi's grasshopper. true adaptati…
the muddy road, no road, just mudd…
the muddy road, no road, just mud…
decided to change into 4W after we…
decided to change into 4W after w…
i was too weak to join force
i was too weak to join force
walking through the red mudd. quit…
walking through the red mudd. qui…
we finally crossed it!
we finally crossed it!
white stupors
white stupors
George!
George!
storm from the distance
storm from the distance
sedimentary layers
sedimentary layers
father and daughter
father and daughter
fail to find marine fossils
fail to find marine fossils
lean on me.
lean on me.
another bug, different color
another bug, different color
chicken dance
chicken dance
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset
dusk
dusk
sunset
sunset
our window to the sky
our window to the sky
another lizard, different size and…
another lizard, different size an…
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