2021 OFFICER NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN!

All the events and activities you enjoy throughout the year are the result of a very dedicated team, also known as your board! If you want to help give back to make NoVAGO even better, now is your opportunity. NoVAGO’s Officer Elections are fast approaching. Nominations will be open for the month of November followed by voting in December!
NoVAGO’s Officer Corps consists of these five positions:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Public Relations
You can find details about these positions in the NoVAGO By-laws. Nominations will close on December 5, 2020. Please ask the person you are nominating before you throw their name out!

NoVAGO OLYMPIAD2020

Citius – Altius – Fortius

NoVAGO is pleased to announce that a new series will begin on October 24th. 15 hiders will publish Olympic caches and cachers will be able to earn a medal for their country in several ways. But first, you need a country!

Country bibs (Greece / South Korea / Jamaica) will be distributed at the NoVAGO Fall Event on October 24th (https://coord.info/GC8JZYQ) with some satellite distribution points prior for those who can’t or don’t want to attend that event.


The first satellite distribution can be found here: https://coord.info/GC90T87

The second satellite distribution can be found here: https://coord.info/GC9057H


Geocaching HQ has also agreed to judge photos taken at each cache, but you gotta have a bib to win!

More details as we approach the Opening Ceremony!

And the 2019 Cache Awards Winners are…

Since our Annual Spring Picnic and Cache Awards Presentation had to be cancelled due to Virginia COVID-19 restrictions, NoVAGO wanted to do something special to announce the award winners online. Sneaky_Molly made a series of 18 award presentation videos that were released on Facebook.  The winners will still be given an award coin when group gathering restrictions lessen.  Contact NoVAGO President Nothereither to arrange meet ups to pick up your coins.

HERE ARE THE 2019 NoVAGO CACHE AWARD WINNERS:

Best Theme/Series (three or more caches in a series or that share a common theme)
Congressional Medal of Honor by pwesleynd93 (25 caches)

Best Kids Cache
Catnip Scramble by CWillyPngn

Most Outstanding Location/Scenery
Leesburg Hidden Art #1: Discover the Charm by hrothroc

Most Creative Cache
In Memory of Dr Tooth A Magical-Mystery Bird House by robbitandpaul
Duck Hunt (Kid Friendly) by Morpheus1977
UNLACED: Rub sOMe BACON on I† by Serrabou
Anything for the Kids: Impromptu by topazfae

Most Physically Challenging to Find
Rocky Road by T_N_C

Best Historical/Educational Cache
Oorah! USMC Adventure Lab BONUS by Awesnap

Best Camouflage
Braddock Road…but which one? (Resurrected) by pwesleynd93
Van Gogh Bridge by TheUnstealthy Monkey

Best Multi-Stage Cache
The Chinn Park Regional Library by Awesnap

Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache
First Camera by rlobecker

Best Traditional
MAGC-6 by pwesleynd93

Best Letterbox Hybrid
Ode to The Holy Grail by MJBinski
Catnip Scramble by CWillyPngn

Best Other (Earthcache, Whereigo, Event, Virtual)
SURVIVOR18: The Vote by ZippyFinn

Best CITO (Cache In, Trash Out)
Yo Momma Says Clean Up Moore by Nothereeither

Best Log


Jumped like the dickens! by QUE3NBE3

Best Photo


GeoSurrealism by rlobecker


Light at the End of the Tunnel by TopazFae

Rookie of the Year
SuperGunta06

Best Volunteer
ZippyFinn

Cacher of the Year
CherokeeThree

Cache of the Year
Oorah! USMC Adventure Lab BONUS by Awesnap

Congratulations to all of the winners! Cache owners of winning caches, as well as winning cachers and log-writers, can add this cool logo to their cache pages and/or profiles as they see fit:

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NoVAGO’s 2019 Geocache Awards — Nominees

NoVAGO’s 2019 Geocache Awards

Listed below are the caches and cachers nominated by their peers for awards for 2019. Thanks very much to those of you who took the time to send in nominations!

All curious and avid NoVAGO cachers (that’s you!) are encouraged to visit as many of the nominated caches as possible before voting.  Here is a bookmark list of the nominated caches. Go get ’em!

Voting will begin immediately and continue until April 22.  Voting is open to all NoVAGO members. Ballot is hosted on a Google Form. If you encounter any problems or have any questions please send an email to awards@novago.org. If you vote early and then change your mind, simply fill out another ballot. Your most recent submission will be counted. You do not need to have found a cache to vote for it.

VOTE HERE

Winners will be announced at NoVAGO’s 2020 Spring Event, Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Without further ado, here are the nominees:

Best Theme/Series (three or more caches in a series or that share a common theme)
Studio Ghibli by CWillyPngn (6 caches)
Park and Solve by rlobecker (4 caches)
Congressional Medal of Honor by pwesleynd93 (25 caches)
Wigging Out Over Board Games by Awesnap and MJBinski (17 caches)
Unlaced by Serrabou and ZippyFinn (6 caches)

Best Kids Cache
Duck Hunt (Kid Friendly) by Morpheus1977
Bisonbot by CWillyPngn
Totoro Forest by CWillyPngn
Hanging Around the Beatley Central Library by Awesnap
Catnip Scramble by CWillyPngn

Most Outstanding Location/Scenery
UNLACED: I Can’t Quit You Baby by Serrabou
Goldfish Princess by CWillyPngn
UNLACED: Chim Chim Cher-ee by Serrabou
Chopawamsic Island by Luv4VA
Leesburg Hidden Art #1: Discover the Charm by hrothroc

Most Creative Cache
In Memory of Dr Tooth A Magical-Mystery Bird House by robbitandpaul
Duck Hunt (Kid Friendly) by Morpheus1977
UNLACED: Rub sOMe BACON on I† by Serrabou
Park & Solve, Hilltop Village Center by rlobecker
Anything for the Kids: Impromptu by topazfae

Most Physically Challenging to Find
The Perilous Tree Climb of Awesnap by Awesnap
Rocky Road by T_N_C
The Goonies Underworld Adventure by Luv4VA
Chopawamsic Island by Luv4VA
World 1-2 by Luv4VA

Best Historical/Educational Cache
Victorian Memories at Ivy Hill Cemetery by kusunflower
Hall’s Hill Wall by Bocco
Hedges Run by topazfae
Oorah! USMC Adventure Lab BONUS by Awesnap
The church that moved an interstate highway by freddiecrs

Best Camouflage
LPB Not just for Arlingtonians by angryguy
Braddock Road…but which one? (Resurrected) by pwesleynd93
Kings Park Forever by NetworkCacher
Van Gogh Bridge by TheUnstealthy Monkey
Not just a collab by alb27 & Johnotone

Best Multi-Stage Cache
Soot Sprites Delight by CWillyPngn
The Zombies are Coming! by thesharkjonas
UNLACED: Space Oddity by Serrabou
Magic Map by rlobecker
The Chinn Park Regional Library by Awesnap

Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache
Following the Leader by Jess and Wipps
The Kodama Tree by CWillyPngn
UNLACED: Rockit by Serrabou
First Camera by rlobecker
Anything for the Kids: Impromptu by topazfae

Best Traditional
AGBH – CC Water Park by angryguy
GMSGC by pwesleynd93
MAGC-6 by pwesleynd93
Kings Park Forever by NetworkCacher
The Curse Of Height-Challenged People by topazfae

Best Letterbox Hybrid
Ode to The Holy Grail by MJBinski
Catnip Scramble by CWillyPngn
The Goonies Underworld Adventure by Luv4VA
World 1-2 by Luv4VA

Best Other (Earthcache, Whereigo, Event, Virtual)
Take a Dip in Neabsco Creek by kiisikwa
Petrified in Prince William Forest Park by Awesnap
Indiana Limestone and the Temple of Books by Awesnap
Taylor Hotel (Civil War) by wallmeister22601
SURVIVOR18: The Vote by ZippyFinn

Best CITO (Cache In, Trash Out)
NoVAGO Summer CITO for Veterans by DePhogration
Occoquan Fall River CITO by DePhogration
Yo Momma Says Clean Up Moore by Nothereeither
North Springfield Park CITO by Aronel
Mayfield Fort CITO VI by Awesnap
Featherstone Elementary CITO by Awesnap

 

Best Log


Jumped like the dickens! by QUE3NBE3


Kayak pub crawl by ZippyFinn


Mission Impossible trapeze by jemcjb


My jacked-up twinge-y knee by ZippyFinn


Three weirdos on a beach by MJBinski


Each of the stops led to much jubilee by Hooclass2002


Best Photo


Bug Eyed by CWillyPngn


Cement Ghosts by DePhogration



GeoSurrealism by rlobecker


Hanging Out by xBWx



Iced Over by DePhogration


Light at the End of the Tunnel by TopazFae


Luray Rainbow by seadog129


Has anyone seen Mike Wazowski? by mcgmarauders




Post Flood River Icicles by Serrabou


Puddles by ZippyFinn


Sandbar by ZippyFinn


Shenandoah Arc by ZippyFinn


Vultures on the Farm by freddiecrs


You Woke Me Up! by seadog129

Rookie of the Year
RudyBooBoo
SuperGunta06

Best Volunteer
effstop
Awesnap
ZippyFinn
Serrabou
freddiecrs
Dephogration

Cacher of the Year
ThompsonKickers
TheUnstealthy Monkey
MJBinski
CherokeeThree
CWillyPngn
Serrabou
Awesnap
ZippyFinn
angryguy

Cache of the Year
Oorah! USMC Adventure Lab BONUS by Awesnap
Ode to The Holy Grail by MJBinski
Park & Solve, Hilltop Village Center by rlobecker
Catnip Scramble by CWillyPngn

Congratulations to all of the nominees! Cache owners of nominated caches, as well as nominated cachers and log-writers, can add this cool logo to their cache pages and/or profiles as they see fit:

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