Time to get out of the city and explore the Tian Shan mountains!
But first, a quick roadside stop for some delicious Xinjiang melons.
Then we must get to know our neighbors.
...And take a hike up the mountainside....frolicking in nature!
These girls are like goats bounding up the mountain.
Sydney was working on her bouldering skills, while mom & dad held their breath. She made it.
Asia finds beauty wherever she goes.
A little family photo by the tiny waterfall. Awww....precious.
...and Justin makes a friend. Even though he isn't smiling, he's very happy.
Kebabs & baked potatoes for dinner!
Staying warm inside the yurt by the tiny fire/stove.
It rained for about 12 hours straight!!
sleeping bag silliness
three girls in the rain
The next morning - after a cozy nights' sleep!
Sydney holding a worm for the first time ever.
Bless you Kazakh friends for your wonderful hospitality and the use of your humble abode.
we love yurts!