Kamchatka Land of 10,000 Bears, Part 15, Laid Back Look Around Day

by david on February 24, 2020

Julia and I spent the next few hours discussing anything and everything over several more cups of coffee. It pleased me no end that she wanted to take the time to get to know me. She explained the better she knew me, the easier it would be for her to express my thoughts to the rest of the crew. Sounded like going above and beyond to me and I really appreciated it. With my backside sore from sitting in one spot for a while, I decided to try and work out some of the soreness and aches inhabiting other parts of my body. Standing up forced a grimace across my face, but, once I was up and moving, the pain died down to a dull roar. No matter, I was determined to see camp before lunch. This place was nice. There was carpeting on the floor, with the walls and ceiling being solid wood. The windows were insulated and air tight. No wonder it was so warm in here. The building I was in was one of three. This one had four bedrooms two full bathrooms, a living and dining room combination with a solid wood farm style table, wide screen TV, and leather sectional sofa. The kitchen was small and well suited for the number of people the camp could support. There was another room with yet another sofa and TV, and a door to a sauna. This camp was truly top shelf. There were two more buildings. The first one belonging to the guides and someone I assume was the camp handyman. The second was a general purpose shop type building housing snowmobiles, tools, and so on. Whoever designed the camp had their homework. Mini tour completed, I caught up on my journal entries and waited for lunch, and lunch was really good. We started with borsch that was better than the fancy restaurant in Moscow. The next course was mushrooms in a cream sauce over rice and pan-fried venison. Belly full, body sore and still somewhat tired from yesterday, I made an executive decision and stretched out on my bed for a nap.

I dozed off for an hour or so and felt a little more rested. I spent the rest of the afternoon talking with Julia. Turns out she likes the same types of books I do and we spent some time comparing notes and swapping authors. Other than an email saying I had arrived, I had not contacted anyone at home. The camp has superb Wi-Fi and I wanted to text with the family. The 16 hours ahead proved problematic. It was still last night at home, or the next day where I was. They were mostly asleep when I was up. Anyway, there was a very narrow window of time I could text and I was having problems figuring out when that was. Once I did figure it out, I was having trouble remembering to text during said time frame. I guess the 16 hours was having a negative effect on my gray matter. I hoped that my cognitive ability would improve over the next week or so. Julia and I spent the rest of the afternoon watching “Pirates of the Caribbean” in Russian. Cool, a little weird but cool.

After the heavy midday meal, dinner was light. We had vegetable soup, salad and fish. We sat around the table eating and talking until about 9:00. A brandy and square of chocolate capped off the meal. A shower and bed followed shortly thereafter. My body was not convinced it was time to sleep and I tossed and turned until I decided to break out my tablet and read. I finally dozed off sometime around 11:00

View from the front door. View from the front door.

 

My room had a whole wall of hanging space. My room had a whole wall of hanging space.

 

A large comfortable bed to stretch out on. A large comfortable bed to stretch out on.

 

Living room and dining area Living room and dining area

 

Second sitting area and entrance to the sauna. Second sitting area and entrance to the sauna.

 

Wood heat for the sauna, hot water and the rest of the cabin. No matter how cold the temperature inside stayed in the mid to upper 70’s. Wood heat for the sauna, hot water and the rest of the cabin. No matter how cold the temperature inside stayed in the mid to upper 70’s.

 

The hottest sauna I have ever been in. The hottest sauna I have ever been in.

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