We stayed the night at the Lazy Lizard hostel, which prides itself in being the cheapest hostel in the United States. The hostel fully lives up to this expectation. Not to say it was a bad experience – we enjoyed our time and the company. We had appropriate expectations going in. We stayed here for the experience, and got our monies worth.
We woke relatively early, hoping to get ahead of the major crowds. We grabbed some McDonalds breakfast and coffee, and headed to Arches National Park for a full day of exploring. We beat the crowds to Delicate Arch, and walked through Devil’s Garden to trail to see Double O Arch.
This trip began when our flight landed in Salt Lake City around noon. Salt Lake City had the nearest large airport with a direct flight and cheap ticket prices. After landing at Salt Lake and collecting our rental car, we
We camped the night at Baikal, and were happy we did not need to walk in the morning. Our arranged transport from the park service was supposed to arrive at noon, but arrived closer to 9:30. We had to scramble
Everyone was somewhat broken down after the rugged walk on day 2. We woke up a little slower this day and took the opportunity to clean up in the river near camp. We didn’t stay too long, as we were
The first night at camp was an excellent experience. The sun low and the air was cooling when we began assembling our tents. Thankfully there was not much wind as we started a fire, cooked our meals, and enjoyed our
After spending the night in Ulan-Ude, we piled into Misha’s father’s car and drove 5 hours to Ust-Barguzin. Misha’s cousin Nina was arriving at Ust-Barguzin by bus, so we relaxed for a bit until she arrived. The first issue began
We met up with Misha, our host, guide, and friend, and got onto a flight from Moscow to Ulan-Ude. An overnight 8 hour of flight, and 5 time zones later, we landed in Ulan-Ude. Misha’s father was there to pick
Anthony and I flew into Moscow, and landed in the afternoon. We took the train out of the airport and into town. When the tram failed to arrive, we made our way by foot to our host’s apartment. After settling