This is officially the coldest I have ever been - setting new PB's every day! It got down to minus 38 overnight and was minus 34 for the 40 min walk to dog sledding! It has warmed up slightly to minus 30 now but the wind is howling so I think it feels worse than earlier!
Dog sledding was so much fun, did a 5km circuit in around 15 mins. I managed to only com off once as the sled went over a bump and i lost my balance on the landing. The guy who owns the dogs (47 of them) is the Russian champion and he knows every dog's name and takes really good care of them, you can feel his love for them as you walk into his house.
On the walk home from dog sledding, I stopped in at the bakery for some more Russian pastries (I had some yesterday too) and feel like I have had my week's fat intake in one sitting, but damn it was good! Am now sitting in the foyer of the posh hotel in town as it is warm, gets me out of the wind and has free wifi. Am tempted to stay here for the night as the walk back to the lakehouse is not so appealing with the howling wind outside...
I imagine Lake Baikal would be very pretty, but due to the fog if is hard to see more than 10 or 20 meters in front of you! And it's a bit too cold to take the camera out for photos anyway!
We arrived here yesterday and attempted the 1.5hr walk to the lookout but aborted half way when we realized how cold and foggy it was and that even if we reached the top we would not be able to see anything.
There is a beautiful cat at the lakehouse we are staying at and he loves jumping up on your lap while you're sitting by the fire. He's very smoochy, especially compared to the terrorist kitten at the dog sledding house that was trying to climb brick walls, our legs and generally just being a menace attacking everything!
Not a lot else to write from here as it has really been too cold to do much at all. Bought 1.5L of beer last night from the store for about $2.50. Tried some really nice nut infused vodka with breakfast this morning too which was so smooth and warming...
My already low tolerance for stupidity is also being pushed to the limit as we have combined two groups into one at this stop and for some bizarre reason with larger groups people get dumber. When the guide told us we were going to get our visa's registered, someone asked if we needed out passports as the had left theirs in their backpack which was in another vehicle... I think the answer is yes dips*** given your visa is in your passport.
If I survive this cold, you may get another post from me... And apologies for the lack of photos from here but I value my fingers too much to take them out of my gloves...