A cute little Mongolia girl.
Clothing and fabric selections.
Mongolian traditional hats.
Susan in a fox fur hat at the Zax.
These pictures are from the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar.
Llamas at work in the monastery. They were chanting things over and over. Sometimes they struck a gong.
Some women at the monastery in their traditional clothes.
At the Mongolian costume museum they had costumes from many ethnic groups.
We visited "13th Century Theme Park" which features various camps constructed to be like they were in the days of Chinggis Khaan. He had many camps to teach different things: education camp, military training camp, religion camp, craftsman camp, the King's camp, the guard station, sporting camp, etc. At the different camps we could try on clothes, eat a meal, ride their animals, etc. Here is Susan in her warrior outfit.
These wolf fur coats were very warm.
Bactrian camels have two humps.
Above is a large rock called "turtle rock" (because it like a turtle).
Below: We are climbing inside the "turtle."
Susan in Terelj
We climbed up a mountainside to a "Meditation Temple." Buddhists come here to get healed. The picture below shows a view from part way up the mountain.
This is the view from the Monastery. I thought it was beautiful!
We visited the "100 Lama Cave" where 100 lamas hid when Choilbasan tried to carry out Stalin's orders to kill all the lamas and educated people.
The Tuul River in Terelj was frozen.
The countryside in Terelj.
Clair, Susan, Annette and Lena in Terelj
Lena took an extra day and went to see the "Takhi horses." These wre nearly extinct but are now being preserved and helped to come back. They have a different number of chromosomes than normal horses.
Bayanzurkh Branch held a farewell party for us.
Our wonderful friends from our family home evening group.
The English teachers at the Health Sciences University where we teach English gave us some going-away gifts.
Clair baptized Ankhtuya, Khuder's girlfriend. This was a perfect ending to our mission.
Our friends Bayankhuu, Naraa, and Nyama took us hiking the Saturday before we left. Their friend guided us through Nairamdal park. He brought his little dog. Below are scenes from the hike.