Leaving Mongolia, we had a quick 50 minute flight to the south part of Eastern Siberia, over the south edge of Lake Baikal and into the city of Irkutsk, Russia. It's new territory for me on the next two stops, both in Russia. As usual any new stops tend to be highlights on any trip. The air quality was pretty bad on our day at Lake Baikal so not too many pictures are included. Still, it was athrill to visit Earth's deepest lake!
rift shoulder. Prior to rifting, the area uplifted into a broad dome and these mountains are the surface expression of that doming. The lake is barely visible beyond the mountain to the left.
Irkutsk is distinct from other parts of Russia and includes many wooden houses, even log cabins.