From the Archive: River Trip Reflections, Mongolia

On a river somewhere in Mongolia. Big Sky Camp © J

On a river somewhere in Mongolia. Big Sky Camp © J

River trips are always amazing. There is something about river travel and the way you slide through a landscape, which seems to bring you closer to everything around you. As days go by, you start to become part of the landscape. Animals seem more accepting of a person silently passing by on a raft. It is as if they are as curious about you, as you are of them.

I would have to say my favourite time on a river is the early morning. When you are up early on a river, you can hear and feel the entire river waking with you, from the dawn chorus to the wild animals having their first drink of the day.

When it is misty and cold - like in this photo - there is something comforting about getting a small fire going and hearing the crackle of burning wood and having the flames warm your hands. Making the first brew of the day is a time of meditative reflection on where you have been and what the day may bring.