Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cape Velikan

This was my first Summer in Sakhalin.  Last year, we went to Texas in August, but since we are all going there at Christmastime, we decided to stay in Sakhalin for the Summer.  The weather here in the Summer is fantastic!  I don't think it ever got above 85℉, and the sun was out most of the time.  Definitely not any where near the heat and humidity of Texas Summers.  

Since this may be our last Summer here, we decided to take a trip to Cape Velikan (meaning "giant" in Russian) in August.  It takes about 3 hours by car to get there, and it isn't an easy ride.  About 75% of it is off-road. There is a small beach, a river outlet (which had salmon spawning), and some interesting rock formations just off the coast.  The scenery and weather were beautiful, but the water was COLD!  

Here are some pictures from our day:

how to catch a salmon:  just reach down and grab it!

yes, the water is COLD!  

Shane trying to rock-climb with a certain monkey on his back :)

Adam watching our driver fish for salmon

Cape Velikan in the background

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