Day 172 – Nacnyn to Lake Teletskoe - Wed 14 Aug
Drippy morning with mist, more talk of making side walls to attach to annexe
and underskirt to ensure can still cook and sit outside in most weather
conditions. So novel to see crews upgrading bitumen road to Lake, following
white water river. We note the
"Russian scowl", people are not quick to smile, but can be voluble/
talkative once you initiate conversation.
Drove up side of lake to town (noting "the pig who would be a cow") and had
lunch at café before the 6 of us took a boat ride on Lake Teletskoe. Stopped at
tranquil rock pool created by meteorite falling on cliff above and
shattering/scattering boulders into rocks which fell along the shoreline.
Admired walls of stone marble, the protection from harvesting the reason much
of the Lake has now been UNESCO heritage listed. Our teenage speedboat driver
raced another boat to line us up for a view of a waterfall in a crevice, then
dropped us at a shingle beach for the 700metre walk to a larger waterfall which
shot out at an angle to the pool below. Impressive Pinus Sylvestri trees. Also had to admire the Russian fixation with camouflage clothing....
thunderstorm that had been following our passage up the lake finally opened up,
so we ate blueberry crepes and herb tea under cover of stalls. GirlRob chatted
to a young girl on a souvenir stall, who said she came out to the stalls at the
beginning of the tourist season, slept on a narrow cot in the rear of the stall
and only went home at the end of the season, constituting her total years
income. "No phone! No internet!" she said, proud of her achievement. Rode
the water corrugations (wakes of other boats) coming down hard with an oomph on
Once on dry (??) land, the Pardeys spotted a hotel with restaurant and
wifi, so given the continuing drizzle, and having come to the end of the road
around the part of the Lake that was open, we gladly retreated to their
facilities. The fellows plotted the rest of the trip - Ozzie and Bee through
Kazakhstan, and Roadie remaining in Marina’s home territory, reuniting before
entering the Ukraine. Ate a delicious and inexpensive meal including salmon,
quail and caviar before moving back to the neck of the Lake for a camp under
silver birch trees. GirlRob allergic to something outdoors, itchy eyes, runny
nose, facial swelling, headache, so went straight to bed to sleep it off.