June 15, 1904.
Dear Mr. Murdoch :
The trip you propose making is a good one. The Yellowstone Park is of itself well worth coming for. If you return from the West by way of the Santa Fe, you should, after seeing as much as possible of the Grand Arizona Canyon, visit the petrified forest, which lies about 150 miles to the East of the canyon near the railway, and is easily reached. It is one of the great wonders of the West though comparatively little known as yet.
I got home about two weeks ago from my long wanderings through Europe. From St. Petersburg to Moscow, thence to Sebastopol, along the Black Sea to Batoum [Batum] , thence to Tiflis, through the Caucasus by the Dariel Pass and back to Moscow. Thence across Siberia, through Manchuria to the Amour [Amur] -Vladivostock, etc. Thence to Japan, to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Egypt, Ceylon, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, back to Hong Kong, Japan, Honolulu, and home by San Francisco, rich and heavy laden with notes on geology, botanical specimens, etc., etc.
I look forward to your coming visit with pleasure, and as I am likely to be at home all summer we must surely meet. The Bass book must be of great interest to me, and I am ever
[The spelling of the Russian names Batum and Amur is taken from the New International Encyclopaedia and checked with a Cram atlas ]03380
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