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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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Previous Dispatch

Ten minutes later we're making an Apocalypse Now surge over the Tbilisi rooftops, then clipping tree-tops over emerald green woods beside Telavi. The pilots, smoke cigarettes casually, flick ash out the window, and invite Denise Rocco into the cockpit.

Rotor blades clipping urgently, we're soon lugging the MIL MI8 up to 3500 meters to clear the passes into the high Tusheti grass plateau. With heart in mouth we look down on huge valleys with tiny silver rivers far below, then suddenly vast snow fields, racing by only meters away from the open window. I can see why most Georgians have never been here, and why Paata Shanshishvili wants to include Tusheti into the Protected Areas Program. Traditional farming practices have changed little up here, and sustainable herding migration could easily be re-established — Tusheti is the summer range of the sheep herds that winter near Vashlovani, where our colleagues Eleanor O'Hanlon, Russell Sparkman and Pat O'Hara have been pursuing their own itinerary.

Then the helicopter banks sharply. Directly ahead a ragged collection of wood and stone houses perches on a hillside: the village of Diklo (2150 meters). We land to find ourselves inside a staggering panorama.  

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