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!  


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!


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!

2013 NoVAGO Cache Awards!


What were your favorite caches of 2013?   Which ones brought you to awesome spots?  Which dazzled you with their creativity?  Which ones made you want to pull your hair out in frustration perhaps from a tricky puzzle or devious hide?  Maybe it was a cache that allowed you to learn something new?  Or maybe one that tested your physical limits?  Was it a traditional?  A well-thought out multi?  An amazing puzzle?  Gather all those memorable caches together and nominate them for the 2013 NoVAGO Cache Awards!

Every year, the NoVAGO community nominates and selects the best caches hidden the year before.  It provides an opportunity for area cachers to help recognize those that make caching in Northern Virginia a great experience and also provides a terrific way to highlight caches worth making a detour for.  

You can find information on the award categories & eligible caches on this forum thread:  NoVAGO’s 2013 Geocache Awards.

Nominations are currently open and all are encouraged to send in their lists of memorable caches!   Once nominations close on March 15, we’ll pull together the ballot, voting will open, and then winners will be announced at NoVAGO’s Spring Event in late April.  There is no limit to the number of caches you can nominate for each category and either via email or this form, nominations are easy to submit.

Don’t let your most memorable caches get overlooked:  send in your nominations today!  :)


NoVAGO’s 2013 Cache Award Nominations Period is Open Until March 15th

You have until March 15th to submit your nominations for the best caches placed in the NoVAGO area during 2013. The NoVAGO forums have more informations about the Nominations guidelines, including lists of eligible caches. This year you have two options for submitting nominations, either by e-mail or via Google Docs.

If you want to join in the discussions about potentially noteworthy caches, check out the 2013 Standout Caches thread in the forums.