The next day we headed out to go halfway around the lake. Early in the drive we pulled over in a canyon and had a great time exploring and climbing. Of course it wasn't any of the several canyons mentioned in the tourist guides, but it was everything we were looking for. We headed back to the car around the time the raindrops started falling.
We also saw on our GPS the landmark of "Lenin Cutout" and decided it deserved a visit. Alex and I scrambled most of the way up the hill while Zoltan stayed in the car and Terry took photos.
Unfortunately for us by the time we hit some of the "major" sights - only about an hour out of Karakol - we were drained, weary of sitting in the car, needing the bathroom and not wanting to potty behind a bush in the rain so we drove right by. Sorry "fairytale canyon" and "7 bulls rocks," i am sure we will forever regret not checking you out.
On the other hand, it was a great relief to pull into the hotel and stretch out again.