Monthly Archives: October 2015

September 2015 The Flaming Cliffs, also known as Bayanzag  (Баянзаг) – Dinosaur fossils – Roy Chapman Andrews had been one of my heroes since childhood. A fantasy incarnate – our exploration of the Flaming Cliffs. READ MORE…

September 2015 Petroglyphs – this form of rock art is found all over Central Asia. On a recent expedition to Spiti, in Northern India, the archaeologist John Vincent Bellezza focused on documenting 24 rock art sites, and I highly recommend reading his detailed explanations of the meaning of various types of rock carvings. READ MORE…

September 2015 The dark clouds were beginning to clear the next morning as we left our campsite and set out for our journey to the Khongoryn Els or Singing Sands, the largest dunes in the Gobi. Usually when someone thinks of the Gobi Desert they envision rolling sand dunes like the Sahara, but this is a fallacious assumption. The vast majority of the Gobi is gravel, with numerous exotic rock formations as… Read More

September 2015 When we finally left the White Stupa rock formations it was late afternoon and time to find a place to stay for the night. Hishka knew of a family that lived not far away who had a few extra gers to provide for travelers. It was but a short drive to their camp, and we stopped in at their main ger for some tea with camel’s milk before settling down… Read More

September 2015 After the spectacular sunrise over the astonishing granitic formations of Baga Gazariin Chuluu, ”stone of the little place”, we had breakfast and then returned to the Delgeriin Choiriin Khiid monastery. This time we were able to find one of the few local monks and have him open the Ger [yurt] Temple. The inside was fantastically colorful, and reminiscent of numerous Tibetan temples I have visited. The really odd part, of course, was that it was… Read More