Just the Pictures (Mongolia) View from my room in Ulaanbaatar. Traditional Mongolian pasta with mutton and a Chinggis Khan beer. Slummy looking area of Ulaanbaatar on the way to Janraising Temple. Janraisig Temple in the Gandantegchinlen Monastery compound. 26.5 meter statue of Migjid Janraisig inside the temple. Golden Temple at Gandan Monastery. One of the many gers in the city of Ulaanbaatar. The National Museum of Mongolia. Standing in Sükhbaatar Square looking at the Government Palace. Ulaanbaatar’s ballet dancers perform in front of the opera house during the Vienna and Ulaanbaatar dance ball ceremony. The entrance to the Chojiln Monastery. Inside the main temple in the monastery. Artwork adorning the ceiling inside the main temple. Masks and costumes of ‘deities’ for Buddhist religious ceremonies. The Temple of Yadam in the Chojin Lama Monastery. Hike up to Zaisan monument. Soviet propaganda and children playing in the wind on the Zaisan monument. Panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar from the monument. American restaurant in Ulaanbaatar with Coke statue. One of the many detour signs due to “road construction” leading us on to a dirt trail. Typical outhouse found in rural Mongolia. An ovoo (Buddhist rock mound) in Mongolia. One of the horse racers we saw in the countryside. Bactrian camels resting in the sand. Statue of phallus in Kharkhorum. One of the Turtle statues which once marked the boundaries of ancient Kharkhorum. Sketch of a Mongolian ger. Dalai Lama Süm in the Erdene Zuu Khiid monastery. Golden Prayer Stupa. Lavrin Süm (a Tibetan-styled temple). Inside a nomadic family’s ger with large bowls of tsagaan idee (dairy produce). Shölte khool. From here we continue on foot. Tuvkhen Monastery. The top of Shiveet-Ulaan; the man in white t-shirt is entering the ‘Mother’s Womb Cave’. Heading back down the muddy trails to our vehicles. Surveying the land outside of where we had slept. The ger camp we stayed in last night. The waterfalls. Trekking across wooden bridges and herds of goats and sheep. Mongolian countryside. The Orkhon River, further down stream. Süütei tea. Town we stopped at for lunch. The ger we stayed in. Car batteries are used by nomads to power the light bulbs inside their gers. Camel tracks in the “Mini Gobi”. Herd of goats and sheep I had ridden through while on horseback. Watching the sunset from the nomadic family’s ger. Watching two camel calves outside the ger we stayed in the night previous. The drab green van’s flat tire. Our caravan of four vehicles (all operated by tour companies). Horses bathing in the river. Sketch of a Mongolian cowboy catching a calf with an uurga (a long pole with a rope looped at the end). The Government Palace decked out with flags on this public holiday. Lone kid trying to comprehend all the activities going on around him. Young kid driving his sports car around the Square. The Wrestling Palace – shaped like a ger. The Bogd Khaan’s Winter Palace. Beatles monument in Ulaanbaatar; the State Department store is in the background. Mongolian Merlot. Predator statue found in the entrance to a building. Ger lodging at the guesthouse in Khatgal. Lake Khuvsgul. Roofs in Khatgal. Yaks grazing in the forest outside of Khatgal. Mongolian wildflower. Hillside view of Lake Khuvsgul. Shaman structure on top of a hill. Lake Khuvsgul with Khatgal in the distance. My guide with the horse I used. Yakety-yak. Our horses drinking from the lake. Yogurt made from yak milk. “Big Sky” country. A yak feeding in the valley. The nomadic family’s ger. Carts parked behind the goat pen. Symphony of ice in Lake Khuvsgul. Shamanistic structure on top of the hill. Mongolian red wine gussied up to look French. Looking south toward Khatgal. Teepee and reindeer owned by the ‘reindeer herdsmen’. Me feeding salt to one of the reindeer. The reindeer resting near the teepee. Shaman ritual area. Inside the Shaman ritual structure. Shaman mask. Gers being constructed inside a tourist camp. Shamanic spiritual totem poles. Shamanic totem poles. Ice along Lake Khuvsgul. Fresh hail littered on the grounds of Khatgal. Example of one of the many dusty streets in Murun. Deer stone outside of Murun depicting reindeer. Deer stone with a face carved at the top. Another deer stone with multiple reindeer carvings. Circular rock mound burial. Glass of Seabuckthorn alcohol with emptied bottle.