We landed in the capital of the southernmost province, Dalanzadgad and then it was an hour on the seven lane highway into the camp.
A view of Three Camel Lodge from the basalt lava flow nearby
An inside view of ger #2
First up was a wrestling match. This is the most popular sport in Mongolia, a country that always does well in the Olympic events.
There were four wrestlers and there are no weight or height limits, a tradition dating to times when you could not choose your opponent. There are few other rules.
There was also an incredible archery exhibition with women, who shoot from 50 meters out, and men who shoot from 100 meters.
We had lovely weather. The elevation at the camp is about 5,000 feet so it was not hot and the clouds were spectacular. The Lodge received snow just 12 days before our visit, a unique event for June.
There are nearby petroglyphs on the basalt rocks
Central Asiatic Expeditions in the 1920's, led by Roy Chapman Andrews of the American Museum of Natural History. These expeditions were widely reported on in the United States and are what brought the word "Mongolia" into the American lexicon. The expedition was undertaken to find evidence for early man, but of course, this could not be found in Asia. Instead, they discovered the world's first dinosaur egg nest, shown here in this photo from the Flaming Cliffs. I used this image in my second lecture while flying into Mongolia.