Sam flew to Mongolia where I was anxiously waiting and doodling to keep from pacing.
We spent a week at my site in Choir so she could see how I am living and ease into preparing for our 90 mile trek and horseback riding experience in the Arkhangai province.
It was great to be with Samantha in the outdoors and for the both of us one of the longest treks we’ve ever done. Where we were hiking was in a long, flat valley split by weaving river and crowded by mountains on both sides.
The river meandered through a beautiful valley that was teeming with many different species of birds such as vultures, hawks, cranes, and swans who flew above the wandering herds of yaks, sheep, goats, and horses.
We were fortunate to meet a wonderful German couple, Nino and Louise, to do the trek with us. They were great travel partners and friends. Throughout our hike we met Mongolian herder families. Some were as enthusiastic about fishing as I was (but not as much as the fly-fisherman Nino) and would join us at the riversides.
This was my first fish of the trip! A little Greyling.
This was my trophy Lenok Trout.
It was so much fun learning how to do a fishing trek with Sam. We were rookies at the beginning, but we got the hang of tying our lures, catching fish, cleaning them on the riverbank, and frying ‘em up for dinner.
It was sad to watch Sam go and end our trip, but there are more good things coming! She is a beautiful woman and we share a remarkable relationship that makes me full of love and appreciation every moment!
After she left I took the train back to Choir sans mustache.
This man waved my train off with stoic salutation.
To get fully cleaned up I went to Grace’s Salon in Choir for a high and tight.
Last night, I woke up at three a.m. and couldn’t go back to bed. I’ve been reading and admiring Shel Silverstein’s work and doodled up my own whimsical ideas in his style based on the first rough lines of poems that bubbled up in my mind.