Passed a remarkable group of isolated peaks and buttes, the highest about 4000 feet. July 26th Reached the large city Rostov, on the Don, 15 miles from its mouth on Sea of Asof at 5 A.M. From city, the first 10 or 15 miles marshy, pasture, then hay and grain, very fertile bottom land above floods. Our interpreter left us at Rostov. On no part of trip do I look back with greater pleasure than in our little excursion up Kasbek. It was so delightful to feel once more mountain air sifting through us and hear the distant roar of torrents and the near clash and gurgle of falling crystal water in bouldery, flowery banked channels.
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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