Me and You and a Dog Named Boo
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Today we have time for a little hiking. The Volcano is about 6km from camp so makes a good half day trip. We set off and are followed by the small white dog that beloing to the family where we are staying. Though I think the dog must be worried as we slowly walk further from the gers it seems happy to stay with us and follows us all the way to the volcano crater and back again - 12km or so not bad for such a small dog.
The walk is easy for the first hour but then we need to leave the track to reach the base of the volcano. Though we can see the path climbing up the cone we can't find a path from the track so are forced to break our own trail across the lava field but though this is hard going in places we avoid the worst areas and soon see a line of cairns up ahead and join a path.
The climb up the cone is steep but short and takes us to the edge of the crater. The views back to the lake and up into the hills are fantastic. It has taken a little longer than we planned and as we have promised to be back by 2pm we keep moving and head back down to the road , the little white dog leading the way.
After dinner we hear a nosie outside our ger. It is a baby yak that has been separated from its mother and is looking a little lost. The family hear the noise too and come to feed the yak some milk and take it back to its pen. The mother has not been able to feed the calf so has been sent back out into the hills to feed while the calf will be kept at the camp and hand fed for a day or so. I'm sure it will be for the best but the baby yak does seem to be missing its mother.