Mark Your Calendar!

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We hope everyone will mark their calendars because the fall event date is set!  Join us at Vint Hill Village Green’s shelter for our annual fall picnic and auction on October 11, 2014!   Stayed tuned for more details — the event page will be publishing soon — but meantime certainly save the date!  You won’t want to miss the fun!  :)

NoVAGO Wants to Hear from You!

As you might have already seen on our Facebook page, we in NoVAGO are curious:

What brings you to our seasonal events? 

Do you primarily come…

To seek new caches?
To see old friends?
Meet new people?
Sample the food?
Sit and socialize?
Hike?
Bike?
Ask caching questions?
Play games?
Or _____________?

eventWe currently have a poll thread in our forums and we encourage everyone to please let us know your opinion.  We look towards using your responses to help us plan our future events!

Ready for a Great Weekend??

We know many begin their work week today, but keep in mind that with Monday’s start, the countdown towards next weekend also officially starts! Look forward to a trip to the west and a wonderful weekend of caching, eventing and socializing with fellow cachers at NoVAGO’s annual summer event!

The fun kicks off Saturday morning where early birds can catch breakfast (GC58VZB) and fuel up for a great day.  From there it’s just down the road to Sherando Park, a great 330-scenic acres where many caches await.  Hike the trails or grab your bike and set off for some fun finds.

The Lions Club Shelter will be our main base for the day.  In addition to the large shaded pavilion, there’s a playground and the lake right near by.  Sit and socialize, meet caching friends new and old, and relax from the work week.  We’ll fire up the grills around 11 and then enjoy a picnic, potluck lunch.  

We’ll pause things briefly at 1 p.m. to take a NoVAGO group photo and then there will be more time free to cache, socialize and explore.  In addition to the already existing caches in Sherando Park, there will be some newly published ones as well, plus other activities to enjoy. Come 3 pm, if you need a chance to cool down, then head to Gelato Concessions (GC58JC8) and enjoy a sweet treat.

We encourage everyone to bring and share their caching to-do list and then join up with others for caching around the area.   There are many excellent, highly favorited caches and trails all around Frederick County and also in West Virginia just to the north.   For those who want to lend a hand and do a bit of hiking in true northern Virginia, DerekTiffany will also be hosting the Northern(most) Virginia CITO (GC57GJH) in the afternoon.

No matter which direction you choose to head though, definitely remember the caching fun doesn’t stop at sunset.  Certainly make plans to rejoin us at Sleepy Creek WMA that evening.  OBXGeek will lead us in Night Caching Safety (GC57ZRN) and then you won’t want to miss seeking the several great nearby night caches.  For those with plans to make it a weekend of it, Sleepy Creek does offer camping and all are welcome to join in camping the night at the event site afterwards.

Come Sunday, even though there are no official events, there are many enjoyable activities and caching all around the area.   We’ll keep a listing of proposed caches people are interested in pursuing and encourage all interested to form groups and seek some of the great hides around the area.   For instance, enjoy unique caches?  Try the Gadgets of Berkeley County Geotrail.  Enjoy hydrocaching?  Check out Lake Frederick.   Ever gone after a cache in a Cave?  Maybe you’re working on a challenge like VA’s Top Ten or perhaps just want to enjoy a geocaching Civil War tour?  Whatever you’re in most interested in, there is sure to be plenty to fill the day!

So even though we realize you might return to work next Monday a bit tired, what’s better fuel for work than a great summer weekend to look back on?  The memories should energize you, just like the excitement for what’s to come this Saturday will hopefully keep everyone going through this week.  We certainly look forward to seeing you on Saturday at NoVAGO’s Summer at Sherando!

Save the Date: A Super Summer Weekend Ahead!

Mark your calendars!   NoVAGO is heading west this July for a super summer weekend!  

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Make plans now to join us on July 26 for our annual summer picnic.  This year we’ll be heading to Sherando Park, a lovely 330-acre jewel in Frederick County near Winchester, VA.  The park offers a variety of attractions including hiking trails, mountain biking, a fishing lake, playgrounds, and of course, caches!  We will gather for a picnic potluck, have some games and enjoy a summer day socializing, caching and having a great time!

In fact, to really capitalize on the trip, block out the weekend.  A variety of related events and activities are planned for Friday evening through Sunday, including night caching, camping, hydrocaching, geotrail hunts, bike rides and time to enjoy many of the great caches our western NoVAGO area has to offer.   Keep track of all the developments on the event page: GC55ZQA.  

We look forward to seeing everyone on July 26th!

Splendid Springtime at Leesylvania

Get ready for a great geocaching weekend!  On April 26 and 27, NoVAGO invites to you lend a hand, picnic with friends and also celebrate the 2013 NoVAGO cache awards!

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The weekend kicks off with the Neabsco Road CITO.  From 9 a.m. until noon, we will be helping clean up a portion of Neabsco Rd. near Woodbridge.   Since this weekend is Groundspeak’s 2014 CITO Weekend, everyone who logs an “attended” at a Cache In, Trash Out event earns a CITO souvenir for their Geocaching profile.  As this area is right outside Leesylvania State Park, our host for Sunday’s picnic, it will be a great way to give back to the area! 

Then speaking of Leesylvania and picnicking, do return on Sunday, April 27 and join us for our annual Spring Event!   If tradition holds it should be a great afternoon of good food, fun, and friends!  We’ll be near the river at Shelter 2 where there are grills, a playground, plenty of space for caching games, and quite a few caches in the surrounding area to keep everyone busy.   Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided by NoVAGO.  Bring a dish to share and plan to join the fun!

At the spring event, we’ll be announcing NoVAGO’s 2013 cache awards!  Voting is currently ongoing now through April 12th.  You can find a list of the eligible caches and voting information here.  

Since spring has finally sprung, seek out fun, show up and socialize on a splendid springtime Saturday and Sunday at Leesylvania!   Hope to see you there!