Location: Resonant Sand Gorge
On July 5th we went to the Resonant Sand Gorge and the Genghis Khan Mausoleum. At the Gorge, we were able to go zip-lining, ride camels, ride quads, and go on a sand slide. The dunes started out as a very sketchy and fast off-road bus ride. A mechanic’s dream, peeling paint, no seat cushions or suspensions, just bumps that rattle your bones and a screaming engine. The bus slides to a stop at the base of this tremendous sand dune. Being able to climb to the top of a sand mountain to then look out onto the miles and miles of sand was mesmerizing. The golden sands shimmered like crystals, its fine grains sticking to our colorful boots and hands. The sands rolling hills a quickly familiar sight to our eyes squinting against the cool calming breeze. Being on top of a camel with the rolling mountains around me truly set the scene for a perfect morning. In the afternoon, we visited the Genghis Khan Mausoleum. By far the coolest thing there was the 206-meter painting which depicted the Mongols from the early ages to the rule of Genghis Khan to the final breaths of the Khan’s empire and their eventual demise and retreat. Overall, a 10/10 day.