After the camel trek, we arrived at our camping site. The desert stretched as far as the eye could see in any direction; a backdrop of bright blue, cloudless sky accented the huge sand dunes. For an even better view (not to mention lower body workout), we climbed to the top of the dunes and sat, breathless, atop a mountain of sand. I don’t think I’ve ever been someplace with such awe-inspiring beauty. After feasting on cup noodle as the sun set in the distance, we sat around our bonfire and sung songs, told ghost stories, and watched hundreds of stars appear in the darkened sky. Though sleeping in desert sand is wretchedly uncomfortable and having to dig your own toilet in sand is a bit challenging, I won’t be regretting my 24 hours in the Gobi anytime soon.