First cache in Georgia placed by Latvians brings you to a point of magic view and uneasy history of relations between Georgia and Russia. If you stay in Gudauri for your skiing/boarding vacation enjoy a 2 hours walk to find the cache and return.
Getting there you will find Gudaur Abyss, a 600-meter drop offering spectacular views of the mountains. Peter Nasmyth in his book "Georgia: in the mountains of poetry" describes the place: "Soviet propagandists, not content with a majestic view of barren mountain-scape and moraine boulders - known locally as the "Stone Chaos" - had added a stone chaos of their own. Disguised as a viewing platform, they had constructed a giant semi-circular piece of "people's art" right on the edge of the Abyss: an enormous 50-meter-long mosaic replacing the view with a joyful proclamation on the fruits of the Russo-Georgian Treaty of 1783; a pact marking the formal beginnings of fraternity between the two nations. A treaty callously abandoned by the Russians a few years later with the abolition of the Georgian monarchy and then the Church. These facts were well known to every Georgian; yet in blithe obedience to that old slogan 'tell a lie enough times loudly enough and it becomes a truth,' this mural portrayed in candy colors a history of the inseparable 'friendship' between the Russian and Georgian peoples. In the illustrative style of child's coloring book it depicted a carnival of Georgian mythological figures, Russian and Georgian churches side by side, an enormous flowing red young man to signify the Revolution, a group of cheerful, obedient women workers, then a laughing soldier holding up a Kalashnikov and a bunch of flowers representing the Great Patriotic War. At the end of this sugar-coated version of the past came the future. It appeared to belong to a teenage boy or girl portrayed in rainbow colors, running beneath a firmament filled, not with angels but flying cosmonauts, their arms outstretched towards empty space. As a result of this monstrosity, none of the passing Georgian cars stopped here any more, preferring an uninterrupted view of nature's achievements further up."
The cache is hidden under the platform, please be careful as it is close to a 600-meters drop. It includes a log-book, pencil as well as a chocolate from Latvia and coins of Latvian currency.
Small note on cache maintenance: There is a local cache guardian. Name and contact info on file with geocaching.com.