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Camels with baby
We are now well into the travel routine.  About 6:30 or 7am someone comes into the ger and lights the fire before we get up.  Breakfast is at 8am and by 9am we are on he road. 

After about 30Km we come to a small town Tsogt-Ovoo where we fill up with petrol.  The normal petrol here seems to be 80 Octane which is low by western standards, but the van seems to run fine on it.  The road from here improves as the country flattens out again and we have a easy and fast run 150Km south to Dalanzadgad.  This is the capital of the south Gobi and a relatively large town.  On the way we pass many herds of camels; one has a young baby - only 2 or 3 days old Bayaraa reckons.

In Dalanzadgad we stop for some more shopping.
Lunch with mts behind
  Moogii wants to buys some camel meat for our dinner, Phil and I pleased at the OJ experiment buy a can of beer that we can share at dinner.  The town is pleasant enough by Mongolian town standards though not a huge amount to see.  There are plenty of school girls hanging around the market area; we can tell they are at school as they have a distinctive school uniform that looks a lot like a maid's outfit.  We haven't noticed what the boys wear maybe they are too embarrassed to be seen on the streets.

Moogii cooks some camel dumplings for lunch and then we head up into the hills.  For the last hour or so we have been slowly closing in on a mountain range that crosses this part of the desert.  These mountains rise up to almost 2500m and are a continuation of the Altai mts from Western Mongolia.
Ice canyon entry
  We stop at the mouth of a small canyon and hike up to the end.  Its not far and takes us only 20 minutes or so.  Along the sides of the canyon there are distinctive rock shapes with names; one is a lizard, another looks like a camel, another an eagle and one is a man climbing.  The canyon becomes narrower and where it is sheltered from the sun here there is still snow.  At the very end there is a frozen waterfall and there is enough snow for us to throw snowballs and make a small snowman.  

From the canyon we have a short but rough drive further into the mountains to Yolyn Am where we will stay the night.  Yolyn Am is a National park and there is a small museum at the entrance and in theory an entrance fee to be paid, but out of the summer season all the park facilities are locked up though we can still go into the park which we will do tomorrow.
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Camels with baby
Camels with baby
Lunch with mts behind
Lunch with mts behind
Ice canyon entry
Ice canyon entry
Frozen waterfall
Frozen waterfall
View across mts
View across mts
Ice canyon
Ice canyon
Dalanzadgad
Dalanzadgad
Dalanzadgad
photo by: Biedjee