Like I mentioned in my previous post, after the few days of harvesting, we took the afternoon off and headed to a nearby hot springs. It was about a 45 minute drive over the countryside on a path like the picture below. Sometimes it was smooth and other times it was not so smooth! With all of us in the mini van plus an extra couple, it was a very full van and we kept each other from hitting the sides of the van too hard. 😀
Now this was taken through the van window, so it’s not the best picture. 😉 This was a smooth part of the ride and you can see it’s just a path and not even like the gravel roads we have here in North America. I told hubby that I’d never complain about our gravel road that we live on. LOL
One of the deeper rivers we had to drive through… Reminded me of Little House on The Prairie! 😀
A body was water we passed on route to the hot springs
Many Mongolians live in Gers/Yurts, you can see a couple here in the picture.
When we left home it was sunny and warm, but as we drove towards the hot springs, I could see that the sky was darkening and it looked like a storm was coming. Sure enough we just get parked and the wind picks up, the sky is dark and it starts to snow! We were all afraid, that we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the hot springs, but after a few minutes we saw that blue sky was coming our way and by the time we found an open spring and changed, the sun came out. The air was still cool, but the water was lovely. Joel at first wasn’t sure what to think, but when he realized he could stand, he relaxed and enjoyed playing with our friends children. One pool was a bit cooler then the others so the children claimed that one, while we adults enjoyed the hot pool. That one you could sit in for a while, but then you had to stand up and cool off a bit before returning back to the water. It was so relaxing for our tired muscles.
You may have noticed the cows just roaming free in the pictures. In Mongolia, all the farm animals roam free, when driving you often have to stop for cows, sheep, goats or horses as the cross the path. Such a different experience and when I saw the flocks of goats and sheep, I thought back to how this is what it must have looked in Bible times.
Part 4 will be about our trip back to UB and the sight seeing were did there in the days remaining until our return trip home. We were gone a total of two weeks and they just flew by!