Continuing the day in Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka..............
Back at the kennel we were introduced to the many Siberian, Alaskan and Kamchatka huskies.........
......these were the lightweight sleds they pulled - important for transportation in this area where snowfall is heavy in Winter.
Lunch was served outside, fortunately it warmed up so was decidedly pleasant in the sunshine.........
....and if you WERE cold there was plenty of the national drink available. Above, our jovial Russian lunch hostess.....who may have sampled the vodka ahead of time!
The salmon was so delicious...........thankfully the bears didn't catch and eat the entire supply, and I loved the freshly made slightly chewy buckwheat blinis.
Paula and our group - as you can see there was still snow underfoot, it was about 42F.
We stopped in here for a coffee..............you made your own with instant and it was not that good! The fire and fur throws were warming though.
Then it was song and dance time! What a fabulous show - the traditional folk dances by local young Koryak people in their native costumes, accompanied by drums fashioned from stretched reindeer skin - brilliant in the sunshine. To learn more about this interesting indigenous people from Kamachatka Peninsula go HERE.
The mens' boots made from reindeer hides.
We left the kennel and charming people, quite surprised that we were privileged to experience such a great time in the Russian countryside. Needless to say, Dr. Zhivago (one of my all time favorite stories/movies) came to mind when surrounded by this scenery.
Coming soon: More of the city, and stunning views of the volcanoes.
Today I am in Washington State looking across to Mt. Baker. Lately, besides water, I have been viewing and loving so many mountains. Could one ever become tired of mountain scenery? I doubt it.