Walking Hwaseong Fortress
Suwon from the high point
Perched on the walls watching sunset
A day in the walled city to walk off all the food consumed earlier so that room could be made for even more.
Dorasan Train Station, now unfortunately the northern most stop
The Joint Security Area
A peek into the scenery North Korea
An educational trip out to the Korean Demilitarized Zone where life is quite different.
Cheonggyecheon Stream early in the morning
Grand entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace
Not so secret garden of Changgyeonggung Palace
Train tracks into Seoul Station
Bukchon Hanok Village
Up on Namsan Mountain
Hot and humid weather paired with spicy food and large crowds! Seoul was an expansive city with all sorts of unique sights to see.
Sukhbaatar Square, unexpectedly modern
Statue in Gandantegchinlen Monastery
Nights in Ulaanbaatar are apparently always festive
Recovering in a capital that felt almost foreign to the rest of the country.
A monk in the Erdene Zuu Monastery
Puppy guarding the temple, but mostly sleeping
Horseback in Khugnu Tarna
Above Erdene Khamba Monastery
Wrapping up our time in nomadic Mongolia in the boundless steppes by the ancient capital. Eight glorious days of no internet and no shower was therapeutic.
One of two rainbows
Sunrise at the Flaming Cliffs
River by the ruins of Ongi Monastery
We were well accustomed by this point to sleeping in gers, driving long distances on bumpy unpaved roads, and the heavy mutton diet. However, the dynamic landscapes continued to surprise us day after day.
At the opening of Yol Valley
Pikas, always with a mouthful of food
A curious camel
Soviet vans all built like tanks
Made our way into the Gobi Desert where the sunsets, sunrises, and most of all the stargazing were unrivaled to any seen before.
The gigantic Chinggis Khan Statue
Turtle Rock, soon to be climbed through a small crack
Telerj down from the Ariyapala Meditation Center
White Stupa is more than white
Sunrise among the camels
Goats guarding the outhouse
A wet and muddy start to the trip, but the sun came out when we needed it most. Got our first look at the steppes and deserts of this spacious country.