Science dictates that winter begins at the winter solstice – usually December 21st or 22nd. Bishkek’s municipal government, however, dictates that winter begins on October 27 – the day the city’s central heating system is switched on. To celebrate my last few days of autumn, I headed into the mountains once again. Here are a few more shots:
About halfway through the hike, I slipped on a wet stone, and suddenly found myself ankle-deep in a glacial river. This unanticipated wetting of the socks put a damper on the remainder of the hike, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless. It’s still quite amazing to me just how close these untamed mountains lie to Bishkek.