|The Mongolian steppe with our ger camp in the background|
On the Mongolian steppe you feel like you can see forever!
We spent a couple of nights out on the steppe in a ger. Ger are the traditional round tents that Mongolian nomads live in as they herd livestock across the grassland. Did I mention that there are 41 million head of livestock in Mongolia versus only 3 million people? The horse-to-human ration is 13 to 1!
|Outside our ger|
|Inside our ger|
|Playing with anklebones!|
During the day we took long walks, tried our hand at Mongolian archery, and even threw around a baseball and football that one of the guides brought back from the U.S. last summer. The highlight was a horseback ride from our camp to a Genghis Khan memorial about 5 miles away. Mongolian horses are half-wild, but mine was particularly crazy, and had to be on a short leash the entire time! The memorial is only a few years old and is absolutely huge. We had some great views from the top.