steamer to Batoum. Thence by rail to Borjom, a grand forested mountain region in the Ante Caucasus, thence by rail to Tiflis a very famous, very queer, very dirty & very interesting [Georgian?] town. Thence by [illegible] with 4 hours [armed?] Cossack conductor etc through the great pass of Dariel across the Caucasus to Vlad[illegible]. past the base of Mt Kazbeck over 16000 ft high loaded with the loveliest Alpine flowers & ice & snow. We climbed the most charming wild gardens to height of 9500 feet & had grand views of the glaciers etc. Thence by rail back to Moscow. A few hrs after leaving Vlad[illegible] had a glorious view of Mt Elbrouse over 18000 feet high over vast grainfields & foothills & white rolling clouds. We mean to start on our long trip to Vladvastock Saturday evening. By stopping off here & there will probably be more than a month on the way. Ever affectionately John Muir[in margin: Love to [Maggie?] Sarah & the rest]
1903 Jul 30
Original letter dimensions: 22 x 27.5 cm.
Reel 13, Image 0738
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