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In contrast to yesterday’s wordy post, I decided to put together a little photo essay about our day having camel adventures in Mongolia.

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Our first viewing of Mongolian camels came at the semi-desert — an area west of Ulaan Bator that had a strip of sand dunes in the middle of otherwise green hills. Supposedly, this strip of desert moves constantly as the wind blows the sand across the country.

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You can ride camels here at the semi desert, but we decided to just watch…

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And to have a look around at the scenery.

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After a quick hang-out at the semi desert, we made our way to our remote ger home for the evening.

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The family at this location had a lot of animals… they are rich.

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You better believe they have camels.

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We felt a million miles away from anything else in Mongolia.

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This is the view of our ger camp from the rocky hills above.

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Finally, it was time to ride. these. camels!

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brooke and pat on camels
We look awesome!

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My camel decided to be stubborn. Ugh, animals!

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Camel power!

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This old man, the one that didn’t think Pat was quite manly enough, led us around on his tiny Mongolian horse, singing sporadically… and laughing at me not wanting to get snotted on by the camel behind me.

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Seriously, Paula’s camel had a bloody nose infection and it was sticking its face right on me.

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They’re not quite pretty are they?

Is there anything like riding a smelly camel in the middle of nowhere Mongolia as your old man guide sings to you, or just makes weird sucking faces at you while pointing at your camel’s hump. Yes, that did happen, and yes, I am still confused.

But not as confused as when we ended our ride and all the camels started to pee in unison, for several minutes, and the old man took it upon himself to pee right there, in front of us, with them, too.

Mongolia, you didn’t fail to deliver that’s for sure.

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4 Responses to Camel Adventures in Mongolia

  1. Rachel September 6, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    I LOVED this post! What a cool place to sleep for the night! You have just given me another place to add to my list 🙂

  2. Candice September 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Looks so peaceful out there, so far away from the rest of the world.

    • Brooke September 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      Very peaceful. Quite far away from even another ger.

  3. thepinaysolobackpacker September 11, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    love the 5th photo of the scenery! the desert looks beautiful plus your your cozy home for the night. 🙂

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