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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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Over to the west the Dagestan border is but a twenty minute walk; Chechnya lurks just over the adjoining northern mountain. The back of the helicopter opens to disgorge the mysterious cargo — two crates of live chickens and several sacks of flower for the villagers.

We want to see one of the traditional practices — the making of Tushetian Gudishkveli cheese, generally acknowledged to be Georgia's finest, and a good potential source of income for the villagers. Our host Guram, senior member of one of only four families that winter up here, shows us the process.

"Not long ago nobody lived in this village over the winter," he said "I came back five years ago. Life is better up here without electricity than down in the valleys without it." His voice is deep, resonant, his eyes kind. The cheese makers are inverting a sheep's hide, packing the sieved milk inside.

I ask him about the summer. "The village is full." Tushetians come up from the valleys to claim their old homes — and to bring friends, like tourists. A glance at the fabulous terrain makes it easy to understand how it could so easily become a walker's paradise, a significant part of Georgia's potential for eco-tourism.

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