|Mark and Dave and the glorious leader|
|First night's campsite|
it's only advantage was closeness to the nearest
|Yup, truck got stuck|
|Even in the desert if you look carefully|
you will find delicate flowers
|Not all deserts are the same - from Azerbaijan to China|
we developed an appreciation for deserts
and for water
|Ashgabat at night. The one that looks like eyes|
is the official marriage pavilion
|The poet for whom we had to wait for visas|
|The statues were of important folks going back through the ages|
Interestingly, they all looked very European of facial features.
|Of course we had to have a photo|
|typical housing if you did not live in the capital city|
|deserts have interesting life forms|
|Playing with fire (actually, practicing with headlamps to|
create the "Odyssey" photo that Nico took.
|Dealing with erosion the Turkmenistan way. Reeds are hand|
woven then hand planted in huge diamond shapes to stop the sand blowing away.
Then plants have a place to put roots.
|Nico getting ready to do some on the road repairs|
for our fellow travellers
|Checking for world cup soccer (footy) scores|
|it's amazing what little grass a sheep needs to survive|
|Sunsets over the desert are glorious|
|Students walking home past our group as we waited for permission|
to move on. (Thanks, Mark, for the photo)
|These little girls were running around and playing in long dresses and|
thongs. They came to smile at us and check us out. Later they brought
their little brothers and then their mothers.