October 24, 2018
Out west, in the Mangystau Region, a herd of camels in the desert is a common sight, especially for my driver. But I insist we stop at a watering station.
I introduce myself to the camel herder and his sons. They are most welcoming and certainly curious about me. I watch in fascination as their tall and thirsty animals slurp, shake and swallow big gulps. (Camels can drink 30 gallons of water or 113 liters in just 13 minutes.)
My driver Vladimir suggests we visit one of his secret places. Of course, I agree. Our “secret place” is a long, white, crenelated valley that can easily be missed from the road. We are alone above the valley as we observe the blindingly bright white, deeply gouged formation.