Some Local Color
The further north we went, the greener it got. While the north is greener, the effect was enhanced by the fact that rainy
season had begun. Normally, this just meant an afternoon shower, but near the end we had a night of continuous rain.
The average rainfall for all of Mongolia is approximately seven inches of rain.
The further north we went, the more people we saw dressed in
the traditional
Del. The reasons are fairly obvious. In the warm
summer of the Gobi, they would be too warm. However, these
robes are still the common dress in rural Mongolia as it gets
colder, even if warn over western clothes. Made of wool, they
protect one from the cold. Moreover, most Mongolians have
several
Del of different thickness and wear the heaviest Del in
the winter.
Note goat on
motorcycle.
Selling mare's milk in the town.
Right, a contrast in the
dress of  generations
at the market.
Jackie on wagon at Ger Camp. While fences were generally absent in the country, there were fences around the camps
to keep out animals and automobiles.
There is a story to the pictures above. I had stopped to take a picture of a temple sitting out in the middle of nowhere.
There was a Ger in the area, and the boy came running up and started yelling at his brothers and sisters to come see
this crazy white guy. When the kids arrived, I started to take their pictures together in my favorite manner when the
driver commanded them to pose for the picture. What I noticed about Mongolian children is that if they posed for a
picture they immediately took on very serious expressions.