Wednesday July 28 – Cheget
For our first morning back in Cheget we had planned a late breakfast to allow for a sleep in. My body was not interested in the sleep however and I was wide awake at 6:30am. I took my netbook computer to the lobby to check email and then went for a walk into town.
Nothing was open in town, but the air was cool and fresh and the sun shining off the mountains was mesmerizing. After a short walk I went back to the hotel to join the rest of the team for breakfast. This day would be filled with wandering and exploring, eating and drinking.
After a late breakfast we walked to a location about 15 minutes away that we were told had a fishing pond and for 1000 Rubles (about $35) you could fish all day and they would cook what you caught for you to eat. This sounded like fun until we arrived. It was quite a beautiful location with the river running through the property and a combination or Swiss and Mongolian architecture. Then we saw the fishing pond. Someone had decided that the natural water colour was not very appealing so they had coloured the water a bright turquoise blue with some form of dye. We could see the fish swimming through the water, but the thought of catching them and eating them faded quickly.
We decided to leave the fishing pond for another time and continued our walk up the valley to the town of Terksol where we found a small café and had coffee, ice cream and beer. Terksol is a charming little town and I’m sure is quite lively in the winter months with the ski season in full swing.
We walked back to Cheget via a beautiful trail through the Pine forest at the side of the raging glacial fed river. Once back in Cheget we spent the rest of the day eating, drinking, resting and talking.