Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Leave the Mountains for St. Petersburg

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

It is tough to leave the Baksan Valley, what a gorgeous range of mountains. After another wholesome breakfast we loaded up the van and made the three-hour drive to Mineralnye Vody. Once there we said good bye to Jonny, our local guide, who shared the adventure on the mountain with us. He will be going back up the mountain very soon and we wish him all the best.

We arrived in St. Petersburg with all our bags and a van ready to take us to the center of town. We are all pretty good at packing and unpacking,so a quick stop at the hotel and we were off to start exploring this city of so many sights. After another very nice meal, we enjoyed wandering around the neighborhood. Since we are so far north, at this time of year we had a beautiful sunset over St. Isaac’s Cathedral at around 10 PM. This is a town surrounded by water with many canals running through it. There were many people taking boat rides late into the night. Tomorrow we will explore some of the historical sights topped off with an evening canal boat ride.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Canals throughout the city of St. Petersburg. Photo: Linden Mallory Night view of the Church on the Savior of the Spilled Blood. Photo: RMI Collection

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