Photographer's Note

I know that this is "just" a record shot, but I think it gives a good picture of travelling in Kamchatka.

Last summer, I taught a class for a month in Vladivostok, in Far Eastern Russia. I wanted to visit Kamchatka afterwards, and, because independent travel is virtually impossible, I booked a tour. When I showed up, there was only one other person on the tour, and we had a guide, Valery, and an interpreter, Lydia. So, rather than seeming like a tour, it was like travelling with two really helpful (and really fun) Russian friends. Most of the time we got around in Valery's car, but when we went to the more remote areas, they hired this truck. We were very lucky with the weather when we were there, but the thaw had come late that year, and we had to drive through snow that was still several feet high. Even this vehicle couldn't get as far as we wanted and we had to walk about 5-6 miles from this spot to teh base of Mt. Mutnovsky.

The other aspect of Russian life that is shown here is the beginings of a preparation of a Russian picnic. The Russian picnic is a big part of Russian life, and the Russians don't go in for sandwiches, prepared food, burgers or the typical type of picnic fare we have in the US. Instead, the picnic is a full meal, made from scratch on site, usually involving soup and a main course, and always ending with tea.

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