John Muir


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and perfect pteris aquilina to 6 or 8 feet high in clumps and fields in glorious health and abundant. Wild persimmon, oak, etc., mossy banks, small corn fields. Country like New England hills as to vegetation. Horses small, feeble. Got back to station at 8 o’clock. More tea and off for Berjom. Hot in car P.M. Had long berth on which could lie at length on account of sickness, though train crowded. Our guide hinted I might have some dread contagious disease. The first 40 miles road runs along coast - grovy, brushy, ferny pastures with here and there a scrawny ragged edged patch of corn. Cattle all lean, also horses. Soon turning inland, the corn patches grow larger. A magnificent valley, fertile and level covered with miles and miles of corn fields. A large stream here and there. Thence we enter a range of hills or mountains by narrow valley, soon a gorge, picturesque - a hanging cornfield here and there, mostly purely wild. At length after passing through tunnel 2 miles b. descend into another broad beautiful fertile valley. Thence by narrow gauge railroad up the Krourn River to Berjom in a canon, a sort of summer resort, cool, shady at elevation of 2500 feet, in heart of ante-Caucasian. July 18th. Drove in good carriage up mountain through “The Park”, part of the extensive grounds of the Grand Duke

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