- Palaces of Michael, Nicholas and Serge Michailovitch (the former is the father of the 2 latter) (Alexander N. Kov regin our guild). The park is a charming place, almost purely wild with fine forests and open wild gardens amid the woods and groves, and fine views of surrounding mountain slopes, exceedingly steep and densely though not heavily wooded. Some look like parts of Allegheny, others like South Sierra, all glacial sculptures - rock clay slates mostly. In the P.M. drove up the river and went afoot up ravine shady and cool and mossy like Canada or New England. Saw several rafts of P. sylvestris and spruce. July 19th. Drove down the river this morning few miles Charming views. The side of one of the mountains less steep and is extensively cultivated. Wheat and barley now ripe. At 3:10 P.M. we start for Tiflis to arrive about 10 o’clock. Am surprised to find ante-Caucasus so rich in mountains and forests, so wild, though inhabitants of various nationalities met on road are so numerous. The main trees on higher mountains up to, say 5, or 6000 feet are Pinus sylvestris and Picea
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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