Saturday, July 7, 2018

Song Kul--Verse Three

We did not all squeeze into this little Niva.
 When I was growing up, our family went to the same place every year for vacation.  I'd go back to school in the fall and hear about other kids' adventures at Mt. Rushmore, Washington D.C. and the Grand Canyon.  And I'd seriously think every single time, "Those poor kids don't know what they're missing." 
Ponto Lake, Minnesota was and is the best place in the whole wide world.  Ask anyone in our family.
We slept in yurts made of felt.
 It's no surprise, then, that we would discover a go-to vacation spot in Kstan and wring it for all it's worth.
Really, we just like to take our guests there.  It's so very...Kyrgyz. 

I won't bore you with details again--those are all here
and also here

Just know that if you show up in Kstan in the summer, we probably will expect you to embrace Song Kul at some point.

Those are our kids.
 You'll need really long arms.

It hailed.  And snowed.  And rained.  And hailed again.
 And warm clothes.

 I had one goal while at Song Kul and that was to NOT get up in the middle of the night and go to the bathroom.  The bathroom was an outhouse-type number with a hole in the wooden floor.  After four years in Kyrgyzstan, that is not a problem for me.  The problem was the snowy distance between my warm, tushuky bed and the outhouse.  A country mile stretches forever in Song Kul.
Requisite mountain reflection photo.  Seen one, seen 'em all.
I'll have you know I succeeded.
There's such satisfaction in a goal well-met.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Wonderful that you found your Kyrgyz "Ponto Lake". It is beautiful! I remember the early days at Ponto Lake that did not include electricity or indoor plumbing. Maybe not quite as rustic at Song Kul, but it did feel like we were roughing it! We have so many sweet summertime memories of Ponto and are thankful to your family for welcoming us there year after year. Herman the Flea and the lake monster say hello. We must have a little lake water in our veins because my children are also in love with Ponto and are looking forward to our annual trek next week. I love seeing all your adventures and your lovely family!

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