Delightful sail of 4 hours. Take train at 10:30 P.M. on account of delay of 4 hours. August 10th Cool. Temperature 60° at 7:00 A.M. Elevation 1900 feet. At 5:00 A.M. were in sandy, comparatively barren region. Pure growth of silvestris Pinus. The same now at 8:00 A.M. Have been running up valley with mountain walls, say 2 to 3 thousand feet high, purely glacial in sculpture. The valley perhaps 50 miles wide, all sandy save meadowy stream bank. Some slight attempts at farming by Kirgis (?) Continuous growth of pines where not cut off. Mountains black with it; country seems dry, the poorest soil since Moscow and here for first time from Urals are out of sight of birch, except perhaps on mountains, or in small thickets, low bush species. Soon, however it
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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