Last Sunday we went on a hike way up in the mountains. We hiked up the valley in the middle of this picture and then curved around left, out of sight. There were five of us and Serik had a car, so instead of taking the bus to Medeo and hiking, we drove up past Chymbulak and started from there. It was beautiful!
On and on the path goes.. we stopped for lunch on the dam on the right in this picture. Someday I want to start out early and hike and hike and hike and see where it leads. If you go far enough (1 or 2 days) you'll hit Kyrgystan.
Picnic lunch. A word to the wise (two words, actually): don't sit across from me, and Pepsi can be dangerous at high altitudes :D
I accidentally blasted Yerlan with 1,5l of Pepsi when it got too pressurized...
Nothing like a good card game after a filling lunch in the mountains with the sun shining and good company :)
:) There was still enough snow to slide! We found one slope and tested it out. It was a bit soft in some spots, but good for the most part. It was deep too! Rebekah fell in to her waist and had to do some digging to get out again...
We had a wonderful hike with amazing scenery. The only problem :D appeared afterwards. We didn't have sunscreen and the wide expanses of snow everywhere just reflected the sun right in our faces. Monday morning we woke up with blisters all over our faces :D It's pretty painful, and our faces are rather disfigured by all the swelling and red color and yellow blisters... But we had to laugh, because last week we have been praying that God would humble us and take away our pride! He certainly answered our prayer. So be careful what you pray for, God most certainly answers prayers, and beyond your expectations!