Barney: When we got to Mongolia we met the chief of his village and they put us into a Mongol Baugh, which is like a yurt, which they can fold up and put on horseback and carry from place to place. I think the ones we were in were pretty much stationary for a good while.
Loye: They were large and very heavily padded like felt that covered the top of them.
Barney: We were treated so well and invited for special dinners. We ate lamb and skull and the eyeballs and lots of special treats. At night they came in and we had a young man that had a beautiful airhoo with strings, and he played that and a beautiful young lady came in and she sang for us. I think for several hours they just entertained us.
Loye: We were there with six other people because we had come back from Uromuchi? and down back along and up into Inner Mongolia and we waited at a place to see if we could get on this van and go up there to spend a couple of days. We got to ride camels and horses and people performed. At this point people weren’t really tourists. A few Chinese from Hong Kong but very few, not any other westerners, in fact, the whole month that we were out in the Western part of China we saw maybe three people, a couple of Australians and a girl form New Zealand.
“We see incredible snow covered peaks singing with evening sun. Behind sand dunes. straight off of a Sahara postcard.” Of course by now no Han people, but many different minority groups.” -Loye
“Keeping straight faces as we watch the rural city scape. Lots of dogs here. We’ve seen sheep dogs doing their thing guarding sheep on hill sides. Country hotel. We walk in Sungjon. A delightful room, one of my favorite things about travel, surprises everywhere. Wash with tea water.” -Loye
“10th of July. I’ve been watching out the window for a few hours. But the people I could never tire of…” –Loye