Day 5 - Friday
Day 6 - Saturday
Saturday. A new day. No work today. We get permission from the Mongolian border guards to enter a region along the Chinese border. The path is rougher than ever. When we arrive the site is magnificent. It soon begins to rain. It is cold but bearable. We start a fire with what branches are laying on the ground. There is little wood in this region. I learn that the fire is for cooking not to keep warm. I try to add wood but am told to stop. Wood is a scarcity, and they only use what is absolutely necessary. I think about home, and how if I were there I would have a huge fire. It is a contrast at so many levels...waste, necessity, availability of resources. What we take for granted, to them is the necessity of life...giving consideration to future years and others that use this area either for liesure or nomadic herders that may call this place home for a few months a year.
After lunch we climb a nearby mountain.
We leave late, around 7 pm. Everyone is exhausted. We return to town to sleep just after midnight. The next day it is back to work.