This is a shot from one of our campsites. I set up the camera with the intervelometer to automatically take a shot every 30 seconds as we set up camp and did our best to stay warm.
Here is the cast of characters from left to right. Sitting on a bump on a log on the left is Yuri. He is in the process of getting a jackboot to the face. I tease Yuri, but he is actually a very nice guy and I like him. That doesn’t mean you want to room with him or share a tent, mind you.
Second from the left is me. Don’t you like my hat? I got it on Etsy.
Third is Irina. I hope I spelled that right. She was our chef and handled most of the cooking, keeping me well fed and warm. She also came out on a few photography adventures too and was always there to lighten the mood by making Russian animal sounds. For example, did you know that Russian frogs don’t say “ribbit ribbit” and Russian dogs don’t say “ruff ruff”? This is only a small sampling of the campfire discussions. You can try to guess down in the comments what they say…
Fourth/Fifth is Yana and Dima. They had no trouble keeping warm. Their sleeping bags could be zipped together. Dima tried to be helpful and suggested that perhaps I could do the same thing with Yuri. After saying that, he reared back, laughing like Brezhnev, and then drinking like Yeltsin.
On the far right is Vulva. Again, I can’t quite say his name properly, but it’s very close, within the delicate region of “Vulva”. He was a very cool dude, richly festooned with silver Buddhist paraphernalia from his various expeditions to Tibet and Nepal.
They are all great people and I enjoy my time with them tremendously.