Sunday, May 31, 2020

Baikal - Part Two

With no hurry to leave the area yet we drove south along the coast of lake Baikal for some more relaxing days and nights. At least that was our plan, didn't work out entirely πŸ˜†

Some scouting along the beach and we had our spot for ourself. Not as easy as it sounds as camping is quite popular in Russia!

The place looked like it was somewhere in the Mediterranean, sand and pine trees as far as you could see.

We setup camp and took in the view. Just to realise that a big black storm front was racing over the lake, directly at us πŸ™ˆ

One minute all was peaceful and the next it took the four of us to hold on to the awning to prevent it to be snapped like a twig. The wind storm was blasting so hard that everything not tied down securely was blown away!

With combined efforts we managed to pack everything into the cars and relocate into a nearby copse.
On a little clearing under pouring rain we setup camp again and had a laugh at our clumsiness πŸ˜Š

The next day was all about pizza πŸ•
A great salesman had the boys convinced that what they needed for their Coleman petrol stove was, wait for it, an oven! πŸ˜‚

Yearning for some Italian style dough with toppings we set ourself to the task. After burning through quite some fuel to battle the windy conditions we did it!

Another perfect sunset over lake Baikal and it was time to bring the Vodka, as Tobias birthday was due!

The next morning was rather hard to get up πŸ˜΅πŸ˜΄ Nevertheless the boys wanted to keep going, their shipping date in Vladivostok approaching.

So we had another day and night all for ourself!

Catching that Insta moment

Then it was already time to drive to the southern bank of the lake to meet with Andi & Toni whom we knew from back in ZΓΌrich.
They had left at the same time but took the little detour over Scotland before heading to Russia. Their plans were to drive the southern route home: Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan etc. and spending the winter in one of the Stans to go ski mountaineering!

Was great to meet them and swap stories and tales! 

Incredible what they packed in and on their little Mitsubishi