As we look back on twenty years of geocaching history, we’ve decided to revisit some of our favorite Geocache of the Week candidates from years past. This week we’re looking all the way back to November 2015, when we featured Yangshuo – GE9 (GC32N82). Nine years after it was placed, this EarthCache is still educating adventurous cachers about erosion and the complexity of our ever-changing world.
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Away from the busy streets, this EarthCache is placed on the hill in the center of Yangshuo with a phenomenal view. Striking limestone formations are surrounded by sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns. All thanks to erosion! This is wide-spread in the region, creating numerous natural scenic spots.
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Do you remember being a little kid and drawing mountains? You would squiggle up and down again and again until your page was full of tall, rounded doodles. The view from this EarthCache reminds us of that childhood wonder. These isolated, steep-sided formations are called mogotes. Each mogote is unique, independent, and truly something out of your wildest imagination. GC32N82 reignites the knowledge that this world will always continue to surprise you with its elements.
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To log this smiley, explorers must hike to the top of the hill. There, you can see several large stones from the same material as the hills around. Read the cache page for some questions to test your geologic genius. Scrolling through the logs, you can read retellings of many travellers’ tales. The sentiment is clear — Although the climb was taxing and sometimes even a little sweaty, the cache is without a doubt “well worth the climb to see the fantastic views (log by the cacher A Squirrel).” When you reach the top, be sure to catch your breath. You did it. Absorb all of the natural beauty. Take in the moment. Learn a thing or two about limestone erosion. Log that find and pat yourself on the back! You just found our Geocache of the Week Throwback.