After the toads and mouse sightings, we slept tight in our frigid ger and woke to day 3! The landscape often changes in Mongolia and soon enough we found ourselves out of the flat lands and in the middle of rocky mountains. We stopped by a monastery that is tucked between peaks. We continue on until we reach our ger for the night. This nomadic family has the largest amount of livestock we've encountered. Horses, goats, sheep. They are rolling in livestock. We notice their brand new car (the new generation of nomads) and guess they are doing pretty well for themselves. Remember how I said we tried fermented mare's milk? How do you even milk a horse I wondered? Well here's how... After the mare's milking, we were in for a real treat.
Rick and I went horseback riding. Or should I say, horseback riding/sheep herding. Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera with me because not falling off the horse was more important to me than getting a good shot. Rick has experience with horses, while I had little to no experience at this point.
We hop on and we are led by the herdsman. We think we are just riding around the beautiful landscape but he leads us to his goats and sheep. He puts us to work! We end up herding the animals! What a treat! Here we are in the middle of Mongolia, herding sheep and goats. We are feeling quite nomadic at this point.
Rick's horse goes a little wild at one point but he holds his own. I don't fall off. Everyone wins.
We head back and freeze our rumps off for the rest of the night. The view however, is quite nice.
This is our view from our ger in the evening.When we wake the next morning (day 4!), this is our view as we open our door. Hello heaven. We leave a bit earlier on the last day to head to Hustai National Park where a rare breed of wild horses, (Przewalski's Horse) reside.
All Przewalski horses in the world are descended from nine of the 31 horses in captivity in 1945.