August ’08 – The Mighty Baikal

The deepest, baddest lake in the world.  The second adjective is somewhat subjective as I’m not clear as to what exactly makes a lake “bad”…although it would morph into a great name for an travel company…B3 (B-cubed) for Big Bad Baikal Adventures.

A great part of Russia.  In many ways I felt like I was back in Mongolia.  In 2006 I visited Lake Hovsgol in Northern Mongolia.  As it is only about 100km from Baikal and shares many geologic features and has apparently been branded as the ‘little-sister’ of Baikal.

Lake Hovsgol – Mongolia August 2006

Although Baikal easily dwarfs Hovsgol, the surrounding landscapes are virtually identical.  Baikal is evolving into a tourist haven, largely because of the easy access via Irkutsk, while Hovsgol remains a crazy 2 day drive from UB.

A great camping location, and I wish I had more time…or a motorbike.  The third set is easily the better of the photos, containing some interesting beached watercraft and abandoned forest autos.

Mainland – Olkhon Island

Around Olkhon Island I

Around Olkhon Island II

* the Mongolian photos can be viewed in fullscreen, just mouse over the first image – I don’t know why the Baikal ones don’t have this function.

4 Responses to August ’08 – The Mighty Baikal

  1. mayela says:

    Great job with the pictures Bryan!!! you have got awesome ones…and looks like they are all finally posted! I enjoyed them , your trips are amazing! (by the way, i didnt know there was such a thing as the Japanes Alps…cool)

    • Bryan says:

      Well, I would say one out of thirty is probably ok. Unfortunately, I didn’t have many good Japanese Alp shots as the weather wasn’t agreeable.

  2. Bryan says:

    Photos are now resized…so if you happened to be one of the few who ventured into the gallery and were greeted by massive images…it should be a little more screen friendly now.

  3. Baoru says:

    The horse picture is just so adorable! 🙂

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