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Follow Pat O'Hara's search for the perfect moment in the national parks of the Eastern Caucasus. Eleanor O'Hanlon reports, with photos by Russell Sparkman.

Georgia veteran Peter Nasmyth returns to guide us into the history and heritage of the region. Denise Rocco captures it all in digital images.

April 29:
In Ancient Groves

April 28:
Batumi and Beyond

April 26:
Fly Tusheti Air

April 25:
An Image of Eden

April 24:
The Road of Friendship

April 22:
Patriarch of the Forest

April 21:
Monastery in the Desert

April 20:
Vashlovani Reserve

April 19:
The Living Pillar

April 18:
Preparing for the Journey

April 17:
Georgian Table

April 12:
Tbilisi Overview

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"Oh, I've been bitten," he says simply, "but I lived. No problem!" He explains how he cut himself quickly and drained the venom.

I ask when snakes are the most active. "When they are getting married," he smiles. "Springtime." His grin widens as he glances at the nearby tree, its buds just bursting open. "Now don't worry, all will be fine."

As the car bumps and jostles down toward the Azeri border I curse, suddenly remembering I'd left my pen-knife at home. But gradually anxiety dissipates, absorbed by a new landscape – the luscious green plateau of rolling hills, with only the occasional wooly spread of sheep and their shepherds. With it comes thoughts of the Syrian monk, David Gareja, who took this route back in the 6th century to found his monastery at Lavra. The journey inspired many thousands of monks later to follow his footsteps. By the 12th century they had created a 50 square kilometer complex of cells, monasteries and chapels, where over 2,000 monks lived. "David Gareja is our Francis of Assisi," Zaza notes.

The car draws to a halt beside a valley of fabulously colored sandstone. Red, yellow, white, black ridges extend away southward.

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