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Days Four and Five

Day four was to be Lake Baikal day. I had been looking forward to seeing the largest lake in the world with its crystal clear waters. However, Mother nature made that difficult. When I woke up in the morning of October 9th, I was greeted by a freezing rain storm that made viewing the lake very difficult and even more difficult to photograph. Nevertheless, I shot a bunch of photos there, but only a handful were useable.
Enjoy days four and five of the Siberian Express.

~Day Four~


Sludyanka Station

A village outside Sludyanka

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal is to Russia what the Grand Canyon is to the United States: a magnificent natural resource that instills national pride and awe. Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake on Earth containing 23,000 cubic kilometers of water, or roughly 20 percent of the world's total surface fresh water. It contains as much fresh water as the Great Lakes of North America combined. At over 1,600 meters (5250 feet), it is the deepest lake in the world, and at perhaps more than 25 million years old, the oldest as well.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Lake Baikal is thought to be the oldest lake of the world (about 30 million years old) and it is fed by over three hundred rivers and more importantly by hot springs, which shielded Baikal from glaciations. It was an oasis for various life forms during the Ice Ages.

Normally clear and blue, Lake Baikal had nothing to reflect but grey skies this day. The mountains in the background of the first three photos are the Primorskiy Range.

Ulan Ude

Ulan Ude Station

Satellite is the only way to get Fear Factor out here.

Another of Siberia's wide valleys

And night fell on Day Four

And the light sinks slowly behind the mountains.

~Day Five~

We trained a long with the Khamar-Daban Mountain Range in sight for quite a while.



There were many villages along the way, and, of course, more satellite dishes.



We passed countless villages and rivers and these nests. They were huge! I estimated that they were up to three feet in diameter. There is a large bird of some sort landing in the nest.

I'm not sure what this monument is all about

But this one is for The Great Patriotic War

Another village by a river

A "not too effective" dam

More mountains as Day Five slips away, and that means one more day.

Music is "Romance in A flat Major for Piano"

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