Baikal reserved summer
On July 11, the two-week BBT volunteer project "Davshinsky Pillars" was completed. The project took place in the Barguzinsky Reserve - the oldest reserve in Russia - this year it turned 100 years old!
The project, which was led by Natalia Ivanova, one of the most experienced BBT team leaders, and whose team included girls with such beautiful and rare names as Vanessa, Anita and Magdalena, simply could not fail! So 14 BBTshnikov from different cities of Russia (Irkutsk, Yakutsk, Perm, Podolsk, Kemerovo) and other countries (USA, Germany, Korea) had a great time in the village of Davsha (at the field base of the reserve), worked hard and had a good rest.
The guys settled in a cozy place in the middle of a dandelion meadow. In the afternoon, the guys built a trail to the picturesque rocks, half an hour's walk from the camp (the arrangement of the Davshinsky Pillars ecological route was started last year by another team of BBT volunteers), and in the evenings rested in hot springs, basked around a fire with a cup of currant tea (it turns out Davsha - the coldest place on Lake Baikal and in the beginning of July it just ends spring!), tasted Korean dishes (thanks to Lee and Bjun for the innumerable treasures of national culture brought by them in their heavy backpacks!), shared life stories to each other and listen to conversations live nearby taiga inhabitants.
By the way, the project took place in a place so far from civilization and close to nature that in the morning on the way to work one could easily meet the traces of people walking along the path a little earlier than a brown bear or a white bear. The enthusiasm of the group knew no bounds.
Baikal did not get tired of delighting, every day it was different - either milky foggy, now bright bright turquoise, now menacingly dark with huge waves, then calmly blue with light ripples.
Volunteers who did not care at all did not cease to amaze - they were ready to work in the heat and in the incessant drizzling rain, and even attacked by the always hungry local mosquitoes. With equal enthusiasm, the guys were engaged in both clearing the trail and its construction itself.
As a result of the work of the volunteer team, 1200 meters of the path corridor were cleared, 803 meters of the new path were built, and 12 solid stone steps were installed. Great result, we think!
Many thanks to FSBI Reserved Podlemorye for the opportunity to carry out this wonderful project! Special thanks to his staff Natalya Luzhkova, Irina and Vera for their help in organizing the project, lectures on the need for ecological trails, stories about the history, flora and fauna of the reserve, as well as for the warm welcome! We hope to come to you again!