after 6 o’clock mountains to southward or southeast came in sight at distance of 80 miles (?) Blue genuine mountains - soon we climbed to 800 feet and had extensive view of the mountains 5000 feet (/) high. The only mountains seen since leaving America. Some abrupt on north, owing to hard strata cleaving vertically. The highest house - like (Drawing). The 800 feet plateau was apparently wild, no signs of being pastured even, covered by the most varied and richest multitude of flowers have yet seen in Europe - mints, poppies, hollyhocks, etc., in glowing profusion. This plateau seemed most like a dry moor perhaps too barren for profitable cultivation. Then down we went with our 2 engines through the midst of the hills in grand curves and loops and through sever (4 or 5) short tunnels. Hills around the fine harbor nearly bare of trees and indeed of vegetation in general. White chalky looking conglomerate with finely polished quartz pebble size of small peas the largest. Drove out to St. George’s monastery P.M., having arrived at Sebastopol about 11 A.M. Distance to
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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