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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: Peter Nasmyth
Location: Tusheti Province
Date: April 26, 2000

Fly Tusheti Air

"I think God likes you." Kote Daviditidze of Tusheti Airways smiles. After a night of thunderstorms the sky is crystal blue, with a few photographically perfect white clouds. We are at the airport with our digital equipment, anxiously awaiting Tusheti Airways' sole helicopter to be readied for flight.

Everyone knows today's journey could be quite unforgettable. A helicopter trip to one of Georgia's most remote, most coveted areas — Tusheti National Park, far to the north on the Chechen/Daghestan border. But we all know that cancellation is the hallmark of the Caucasus.

Within half an hour our two Byronic looking pilots, Zaur and Dato, have the rotors spinning. A mysterious cargo is piled up in the aft compartments. As the Soviet helicopter chassis vibrates up through our bones Michael Zilber shouts 'I'm glad I didn't tell my mother.'


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Field Team in Helicopter
 

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First Stop: Diklo
 
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