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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.

Research Team
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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Previous Dispatch

From: Eleanor O'Hanlon
Location: Lagodekhi, Georgia
Date: April 25, 2000

An Image of Eden

The green breath of spring. Mountain air, cool and weightless. And the ceaseless sound of rushing water pouring in my ears. I walk a path dappled with morning light, filtered through the branches and young green leaves of the great beech trees which rise high above my head.

Soon the trail gets steeper and sharper. I slide over exposed roots still slick from last night's rain, grasp at rocks soaked in spray. I am glad not to be a photographer — Pat O'Hara and Russell Sparkman are carrying heavy packs of photo equipment over fallen trees and wet leaves. Vazha walks easily ahead. He is the director of this nature reserve of Lagodekhi and seems to know every inch of the climb. Sometimes he stops and hauls me over huge boulders. Once he stamps footholds into soil and wet leaves so that we can cross a steep exposed slope. I look down at the cold gray water coursing below, take a deep breath to steady my legs and follow him.

I can't turn back - the trail is taking us to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Lagodekhi.

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