John Muir


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[illegible]. Few ferns in rock. Got back at 9:30. Started for Vladikavkas at 11 A.M. Following the river - a dirty roaring boulder rolling torrent all the way until out of the mountains, the “Gorge of Dariel” walls like Yosemite in some parts, both in height and mossiness. Road blasted in rock nearly all way. Saw remains of very ancient road cut in rock. Thin growth of P. silvestris, and juniper. Many fine flowers in crevices of rock where no foot may touch them. About 5 or 6 miles below Kasbek had good view of the mountain (Kasbek) and its largest, lowest descending glacier, about 7000 feet or 7500 feet. Where the canon opens at base of range, meadows gradually widen and improve in soil, forming wide flat bottom with bluff sides, dotted with trees and groves. Soon we are out in broad level plain very fertile. Arrived at Vladiver about 5 P.M. in pouring rain. Had good meal after the unspeakable tables and accommodations of the station houses on the Pass. July 25th. Start at 5:30 for station and at 6 o’clock for Moscow. Ride until 12 noon, through a very rich country, great corn and wheat fields and pastures. At station for Mineral Springs which we reached at noon. Change cars

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