W.A.R.P. 1 - Sulphur Baths
W.A.R.P. stands for Whisky07, AsatruDD, Rico906090 and Predator1337. Between June 26 and July 2, 2017 we came to Georgia on a mission. We wanted to be the first ones to find GC61HGH and we wanted to hide some Geocaches in the area. Before us, there were 89 caches in Georgia - after our trip there will be more than 100. We want to show some interesting spots that we visited on our trip and we also want to make geocaching a bit more interesting. So you will not only find some easy magnetic film container but you will often have to do something more for a log.
Our first stop was Tbilisi.
The Sulphur Baths in Abanotubani, in the midst of the old town in Tbilisi are famed to be the source of the city’s existence. When the city was contained within walls, visiting merchants along the spice route were ordered to use one of the 64 baths before they were allowed to enter. The name Tbilisi comes from the Georgian word for warm ‘თბილი—tbili’ so the site of the city was probably dictated by the location of the hot, sulphurous springs. Legend has it that in the 5th century, King Vakhtang Gorgasali’s hunting falcon brought back a pheasant which had been poached in the warm water and ordered his capital moved there. There is evidence that the Romans, legendary bathers, settled here too. The number of baths have dwindled to a handful but are still a fascinating sight from outside with their brick domes rising up out of the ground. The water, full of natural therapeutic minerals, springs from the ground at about 40 C. Poets and writers have bathed away their days (and hangovers) there including Pushkin and Dumas. Join their rows, if you like.
The cache is a PET tube with magnets behind the sign. Make sure that you place it exactly where you found it and that noone watches you.