My little Westie is doing okay

Laura just sent these pics of Weston.

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These photos just make me smile.

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Lake Hovsgol – Northern Mongolia

After 3 days in the hot sand we flew north to Muron and were able to see the Deer stones that are over 3,000 years old.

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No one knows for sure why they are there.

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A group from Russia and Mongolia were digging at the site. They did not find any burial sites but did unearth a horse head.

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We then drove up to Lake Hovsgol which is also referred to as “the Blue Pearl of Mongolia.”

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It contains 70% of all the fresh water in Mongolia.

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When we arrived we were greeted by this ox that carried us and our luggage to our ger.

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This nice young man came to our ger every morning and evening to start a fire to keep us warm.

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The Eco friendly toilets were interesting.

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We learned to milk cows.

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We enjoyed hiking in the hills.

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We walked out to the wishing rock to make a wish.

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We had a wonderful time horseback riding, as we climbed up and down the hill.

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The water was beautiful

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But very cold, so I just got my feet wet.

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The highlight of the trip was meeting a reindeer family while going for a boat ride. They live in tepees and are nomadic.

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This male reindeer is 9 years old. Both males and females have antlers.

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These handsome men were great guides.

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We purchased a few things from the reindeer family. Earrings made from the antlers, along with the knife holder, and an ornament.

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A storm passed by after we got our bond fire started. Pretty fascinating.

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I did climb to the top of this mountain behind our ger.

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It was a great trip, but nice to be home and sleep on my soft bed, and enjoy hot water and indoor plumbing.

Gobi Desert in southern Mongolia

Last week Mark and I went to visit the Gobi Desert with 6 ladies from Thailand.

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It was fun to ride on a small plane.

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We stayed in a nice ger camp.

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First time I have seen a double bed in a ger.

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We hiked up a hill to view the petroglyphs which are dated back to 3,000 BC.

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We enjoyed climbing in the sand dunes.

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Mark and I did not climb to the top.

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Look at this friendly camel that I got to ride.

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I enjoyed the ride.

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We were able to visit a Mongolian family. Mark enjoyed playing with the family goat.

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We saw some cute kids selling rocks and bracelets.

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This baby loved the chocolate.

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We got to see lots of goats and sheep.

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The flaming cliffs reminded me of southern Utah.

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The sunsets were beautiful.

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Eating out in the desert was an experience.

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This ger camp was beautiful.

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This gal sprinkled us with milk for a safe journey.

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She also put some on the tires for a safe trip.

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I love this pic that Mark took.

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Weston is 3 months old

Yesterday Weston celebrated his 3 month birthday. Laura took some great pics.

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Look at those blue eyes.

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He loves his floor mat, and his alligator from Uncle Matt.

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I miss my little guy, so I am very thankful for his pictures.

Bowling day

This morning I went to my Mongolian class which was fun, as we learned some of the Mongolian alphabet. Going to take some memorization.
I had a nice lunch with Bev, and then on to do some bowling. It was fun.
Nice shoes

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Nice balls

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Good company

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New friends

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Luckily we played 2 games, as I really improved for the end of the second game.

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New plants for our apartment

Mark bought many plants while I was gone, as a neighbor was moving. We spent the weekend transplanting and deciding where they should go.

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We divided the aloe plant so I hope it does okay.

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This one was the most expensive and the owner’s favorite.

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A beautiful plant with flowers, so if anyone knows what it is.

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The tomato plants seem to be doing okay on the back porch.

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The geranium loves this sunny room.

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I like this one.

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These are also nice.

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I hope I can keep them all alive.

Going for a walk

Yesterday morning Mark and I went out for a walk up the mountain behind where we live.
Look what we saw.

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We have recently had some rain so the grass is pretty green.

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He didn’t seem to mind me taking some pics.

A few days in Tokyo

Mark and I spent a few days in Tokyo on our way back to Mongolia.
A view from our hotel room

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A beautiful night view

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We stayed in a different part of town from last time

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The food was great once again

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Mark enjoyed his Japanese noodles at Denny’s

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We had to do a little shopping. My name was engraved into these knives.

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Mark enjoyed picking them out.

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We also bought a fan from this gentleman who made them from straw and painted on them.

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We visited a temple so a mark learned how to wash his hands before entering.

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He also cleansed himself with the incense.

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I enjoyed some mango ice cream.

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We both enjoyed our $5.00 peach.

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We returned to Mongolia last night to 60*F and rain. What a change. Not sure if I am ready for cold weather yet.

Just skyped Weston

Just finished skyping Weston, and wondering when the tears will stop.

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I miss his sweet smile

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I miss his rat tail as the Canadian cousins call it.

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