The road to Gobi
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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.
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.
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.
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!