Days 7: We took our tents down, as soon as the rain allowed, to return to the ranger station near the Middle Mul’tinskoe Lake. Tatiana went ahead and hired the rangers’ horses to help us carry the bags and tents back. That was how they had been brought on our way out, but for some reason, there had been no arrangement made to bring them back again, so we had to pay more money. Rebecca rode on a horse again on the way back.
This was a rest day for us and it was also Rebecca’s birthday. Alexei and one of the rangers rode the 30km in each direction to the nearest town to buy fizzy pear flavoured drink, chocolates, birthday cake and something for the adults.
In Alexei’s absence Tatiana had the task of cooking the meal for us. As she went to chop the vegetables, we joked that she should be careful with the knife. Moments later, she had cut her finger and needed another dressing.
At the Ranger Station on shore of Middle Mul’tinskoe lake on 31/08/04
Alexei, Jacqui, Alison, Alexander, Rebecca, Christina
That night we stayed in the ranger’s log cabin with the wood burning stove again.