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October 24, 2019

Mongolia: The Final Frontier

first_img The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Editors’ Recommendations Bordered by Siberian steppes to the north and Gobi desert sands to the south, Mongolia might conjure images of a mysteriously forbidding land, but it has much to offer (cashmere!) and plenty yet to explore. It is in fact the most sparsely populated nation on earth, with many of its people still leading a nomadic way of life that has little changed since the time of Genghis Khan.Nomadic Expeditions is a pioneer in organized excursions to remote Asian destinations and has been running the Three Camel Lodge since 2003 – for many years the only tourist camp in the Gobi, but still today by far the most comfortable and well equipped.  Inexistent according to Google maps, the camp is in reality “only” a ninety minute drive from Dalanzadgad town, which in turn is a ninety minute flight from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, which is on the other side of the planet. But after all, doesn’t remoteness only amplify the emotion of genuine adventure?The lodge houses its guests in fifty traditional huts known as gers. Inside these huts are more like circus tents in terms of spaciousness – all are hand constructed from a latticed wood frame covered in layers of canvas and felt for maximum insulation. The Thirsty Camel Bar and Bulagtai Restaurant are both situated within the main lodge – a Buddhist temple-styled structure made solely from stone and wood. Some greens are on the menu here thanks to an on-site glasshouse, but Mongolian cuisine is principally based on two staples; meat and dairy. Lamb, mutton and horse meat are commonly boiled or cooked in stews, whereas the local drink airag, is made from fermented mares milk, and although only slightly alcoholic, it can give you a shocking hangover. The delicately stomached might be somewhat disadvantaged, as refusing any offer of food or drink is considered deeply offensive when it comes to Mongolian customs.The lodge successfully strives to give visitors an authentic taster of rural Mongolian life whilst simultaneously supporting local communities; perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences is spending a day with a nomadic family, where one can help with livestock ‘management’, ger building and cooking. Other excursions include hiking the Gobi Altai foothills, camel trekking through the dunes or exploring the Flaming Cliffs – a treasure trove of dinosaur fossils.Unless you’re thick-skinned and hot-blooded enough to brave a Mongolian winter, were lows of minus thirty five Fahrenheit are not uncommon, the brief summer season is a more popular time to visit; specifically the month of July, when the yearly Naadam festival takes place all across the country. These weeks bring together groups of local nomads to compete in wrestling, archery and horseback contests that date back centuries – a memorable display of courage, strength and national pride. 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now You Can Rent Jimmy Chin’s Personal Camper Vanlast_img read more

October 22, 2019

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late May or early June, for replacement. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Tuesday, May 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Saturday, April 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Bridge The northbound lane of MacLeod Bridge, on the Cabot Trail in Cape North, will be closed for repairs until further notice. A traffic control person will be on site until traffic signals are installed. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30- DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771last_img read more