Trip to Arkaim

Trip to Arkaim

Finally, the second week of the trip is coming to an end, the work is completed – it’s time to go home! We returned from the mine by bus, let Zhenya go to rest, and went to hand over his overalls and get tickets. While we are choosing which bus to go on, I notice the word Arkaim in the announcement at the box office window. Interesting! Well, what is it? A two-day trip to Arkaim by bus, departure tomorrow, and costs only 400 rubles. Wow! Cool! I heard about this place many times, I wanted to go there for a long time, And then there is also a trip two times closer than from our house, and the money is inexpensive … the road … It’s somehow suspiciously cheap … Well, okay … A little more brainwashing, we decided to take two tickets. Zhenya, too, could not resist after our fascinating story about what was to come, and in the evening we walked to the bus station under the rain. True, this time, to our question about spending the night, we heard from the cashier something like: why sleep there at all, you need to walk there … Uh-uh … well, okay …

The morning turned out to be gray and rainy … The rain did not stop by lunchtime and by our departure … L Old Chavdar is almost full of people, and we are sitting at the end of the bus. Three hours – we leave. The road and the weather are pulling you to sleep. I wake up only in Magnitka, where we circle the city streets for a long time, going to the highway. Soon after Magnitka, the people asked for the bushes. Braked somewhere on the track. At the exit, we ask the driver: – How far is it to go, something else? – But I don’t know … I myself, like, I’m going for the first time … – O_o! Well, come on … we’ll come somewhere anyway … The road to the beloved Sibay on business trips has gone to the right, and further the road becomes completely unfamiliar. Lost along the dusty streets of Dogwood. And then all the steppes, steppes …

Once again we stopped near a bus stop in a village with a funny name Kondurovka – our driver asks the locals where to go … Then a little more and turn off the highway onto a narrow path to the right. Wiping the misted windows, we see some kind of original mound and a mill, and then we stop in front of the barrier, behind which we can see a whole bunch of various buses and cars. Soon they start us up, and after maneuvering a little among the piles of vehicles, our bus finds itself a refuge. The driver announces that we now have free time, and we must return home only tomorrow at three … and then leaves at the end of the bus with a couple of his comrades and a basket of food. And the rain continues to fall outside the window … Here we drove coolly! Our advanced bus neighbor, who had not only a cool mining flashlight, but also a raincoat and a bunch of bags, shared his wealth with us, that is, bags so that their feet would not get wet. Well, and there is nothing to do – since we are here – we go out from under a dry roof in search of something interesting …

Trip to ArkaimThere are many buses around us, then there are many tents mixed with cars, small wooden houses where a cafe, a museum and a wood storage are located, and crowds scurrying among all this people. All this is located between two small bald peas. A small river flows along the right, with the presence of some semblance of a birch copse. A little further on a hill, you can see cool tourist houses in which advanced tourists live, who agree on accommodation in advance, unlike some other comrades …

Looked at the shield map Arkaim… The excavations of the settlement are on the sidelines, on the territory of the reserve, you can go there only with a guide during the day. So it remains to look for amusements nearby. We looked at the bookshelves under the awning. We learn from our people that the right slide is the Mountain of Love. And the whole trick of this place is that you have to climb all the local slides – each of them has something special. Mountain of Love – this is interesting! This is not to be missed! We cross the rivulet along the wooden bridge, further the path up the hill, slippery from the rain. From the hill, a view of the surroundings and all this tourist get-together opens up. Between the two hills there is something like an unfinished dam. We took a picture with this panorama, wet, but happy.

A labyrinth in the form of a spiral is laid out on the hill with stones. People walk on it back and forth, squatting in the center … It’s funny. Two aunts from our bus are calling us to join. Like, you have to go in a circle to the center, touch the ground, make a wish, then throw a coin over your shoulder, and go back in a circle … We laughed and went down, and for fun I moved into the labyrinth … I found ours taking pictures by the river: – Well , what? Did you find your love? – Well, right, I don’t know … But you, Zhen, now be more careful with me! We looked into a cafe, drank a cup of coffee and moved under the incessant rain to the bus. On the way, we met locals with an awning, a fire, barbecue and barbecue. – Can you warm up near your fire? – Of course … Take a barbecue! We have the most delicious! – We are here for a long time. Still have time … We got on the bus. All wet, nothing to change, nothing to do … well, and returned back to the fire. Almost the whole night went around him. They dried their clothes, ate shish kebab from the local lamb, drank tea from local salt water (they say that the drinking water here in the wells is salty in some places, but not in some places), talked …

Trip to ArkaimWhen it got dark, it became quite cozy around the fire. Sometimes some people would come up, warm up, talk, then again they would go into the darkness … What is interesting – with all the accumulation in this place of all sorts of absolutely motley people, and sometimes drunk shots came across, the people are very friendly and very contactful … Unusual for us , city dwellers … Either the place has it, or … The rain ended only at two o’clock in the morning. But what a beauty: clean air, pleasant night freshness, smoke from a fire, aromas of meadow grasses, steppe expanses around, and, it seems, even some stars loomed overhead among the clouds … Very soulful!

I went for a little walk and wandered onto the left hill. On the rise, the path bifurcates – one leads to a low cliff above the camp, and the other to the very top of the mountain. There are labyrinths in both places. Closer to the morning, a company of sleepless people from our bus, wishing to take one more walk along the local hills, crept up by the fire. And we got the whole ideological concept of these three little peasants from local comrades and our advanced neighbor. In short, since this long-standing superstition is associated with sun worship, then this rite must be performed on the day of the summer solstice, at the end of the shortest night, before sunrise. First you need to climb mountain of love (it’s to the right of the camp). Here you need to remember everyone you love, wish for them everything that you would like to wish, walk through the labyrinth, touching the ground in the center, and return. Then you have to climb mountain of Reason or Repentance (this is where the rock is). Here you need to remember all your loved ones who have already died, about all the good things that are connected with them. And also go through the maze. And then go to Mount Health (the main peak of the same mountain). Here you can wish health for your loved ones, for yourself, make a wish by going to the center of the labyrinth, and touching the ground, go back, and meet the sunrise on the eastern slope of the mountain. Someone throws a coin over their shoulder in the center of the labyrinth, someone ties a ribbon on the sparse vegetation present on these pebbles, someone takes a pebble from the mountain with them as an amulet. If you believe in something, then it will definitely make sense!

But actually these little peas in the area Arkaim much more. Each has its own meaning. And you can visit all of them. Only others are located a little further from the main tourist camp. Well, in general, with our whole company we walked alternately along these three slides. Dawn, as expected, was met at the last, among other things, by the people who flooded the slope in anticipation of the sun. Actually, the sun itself did not deign to appear to us, having risen above the horizon somewhere there, behind a dense veil of clouds hanging over the wet steppe distances. So the sunrise for us remained just a sunrise. Without stopping for a long time on the hill, for a very fresh breeze rose, we returned to warm ourselves to the fire. I found myself a company to walk to the historic buildings that we passed along the road. We looked outside at the mill, the Cossack’s house and the Bashkir mound. Ours stayed to fry sausages over the fire. And then the people asked to go home, and we set off on our way back.

Trip to ArkaimIn the warm bus, I slept well, the road home went completely unnoticed. By the evening I was already at home. This is how our unexpected visit ended. Arkaim… Well, what can I say about this place? I like it! I heard from many people who have been there that there is a certain special energy in this place, that some abilities suddenly open up … I would not say that I felt something special there, as I did not want it. But, the fact that we walked there all night, and did not want to sleep at all, and at the same time got wet in the rain, it was cool, and no one got sick, still says something. And I liked the very atmosphere of that place. Despite the huge crowd of people around, not the most pleasant weather and almost the absence of a normal roof over your head, no discomfort was felt at all. On the contrary, there was a feeling of some kind of peace and satisfaction. In general, I will say again that I liked it …

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