Summer in the Blue Ridge

Looking for a fun way to spend this weekend? Join us for a summer weekend in the mountains! NoVAGO is returning to the beautiful Blue Ridge Environmental Center. Trails, lakes, mountains, food, friends, and goats. What else does your summer need?

The weekend kicks off with our annual Picnic: GC5Y257. Come, meet caching friends old and new, and enjoy a delicious potluck lunch. There are almost 30 caches hidden within BREC’s nearly 900 acres, so after lunch you can enjoy time relaxing in Demory Field with friends or go caching while exploring the hiking trails though the woods, babbling streams, wildflower meadows and historic farmsteads.

We will have our pavilion the entire afternoon as the fun doesn’t end at the conclusion of the picnic. BREC has been gracious enough to grant us exclusive use of their facilities through Sunday evening!

Therefore, do stick around and join us for camping and night caching: GC5Z365. Set up a tent and enjoy the unique opportunity of doing a bit of after-dark caching at BREC. As we wait for dark, we’ll have a campfire going, perhaps some s’mores, and we will share stories and tips for caching by flashlight.

Come Sunday, we’ll help give back by hosting a CITO: GC5YN2F. Blue Ridge Center has asked for assistance with some trail maintenance, weeding, and trash pick-up, so we’ll likely divide into several crews and say thank you by lending a hand.

Whether from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia or beyond, we hope you’ll make plans to come out and join us! It should be a terrific weekend!

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference

In July, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will host the 2015 ATC Biennial Meeting, and NoVAGO has been asked to assist. We’ve been tasked with presenting a Geocaching workshop and later leading a Geocaching excursion. We’re looking for your help!

Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2015 Biennial Meeting

Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
Sunday, July 19, 2015
NoVAGO’s presentation begins at 8:00 am

On Sunday morning, July 19th, NoVAGO will present Geocaching Down (and Around) the Appalachian Trail, a workshop designed to introduce participants to the basics of Geocaching. Later in the afternoon, we’ll travel to the Third Winchester Battlefield for a Geocaching Excursion. As we hike around the Battlefield, we’ll give participants hands-on Geocaching experience with permanent and temporary caches along the way.

This is a great opportunity to help educate the public and demonstrate the fun of Geocaching. There are several ways you can help:

  • Want to place some Geocaches?
    We can use your help to place some temporary caches prior to the event. Third Winchester Battlefield has two permanent caches, but NoVAGO will plan to place several temporary caches to give participants more to find.

  • Good at teaching others about caching?
    During our 90-minute introductory workshop, we can use assistants wiling to help answer questions and provide insight. This workshop will take place at Shenandoah University, starting at 8:00 am.

  • Enjoy seeking geocaches?
    We also need members willing to join us at the Third Winchester Battlefield at 1:00 pm to help guide excursion participants. We’d like to have enough assistance to allow small groups of excursion participants to join up with experienced cachers who will help show them the fun of Geocaching.

If you have the time and interest in joining the fun, we encourage you to contact the officers, post to our forum thread, or log your Will Attend on the Appalachian Trail Conference Training Event.

Vote Now: 2014 Cache Awards

Voting for the 2014 NoVAGO Awards is currently open, and will be through Tuesday, April 14th.  Check out the list of nominees on the forums and when you’re ready, cast your votes using this form.

The caches in the nomination list are also available in bookmark form to help identify them. If you’re headed out this weekend, check out the list and perhaps visit a nominated cache or two! And don’t forget: we’re also planning a challenge cache like those from previous years.

Voting is a great way to participate in this annual NoVAGO event.  Every ballot counts! Vote early and often!

NoVAGO is Headed South for Winter!

The temperatures have plummeted and snow is on the ground.  For many, the current weather might make caching outdoors seem improbable, but don’t despair!  NoVAGO has a perfect fix for that caching cabin fever.   Come join us this coming Saturday, February 21st for our annual Winter Event.

NoVAGO is Headed South for Winter (GC5K00D), so we can guarantee the temperature will be warm and the surroundings dry.   Thanks to our friends in RAG (Rappahannock Area Geocachers), Porter Branch Library in Stafford will host us for a morning of socialization, presentations and activities. 

Meet friends new and old over coffee and assorted snacks.  Brush up on your cache hiding skills or learn how to keep the authorities at bay from talks such as Take Pride in your Hide or Blown Away: Avoiding the Bomb Squad. To add to the fun, join in on interactive sessions. Learn how to build a Wherigo or create a great caching puzzle, or if you’re a GSAK user, bring your questions to our experts and get some one-on-one assistance with learning what GSAK can do.  Dreaming of the start of summer?  That means Geowoodstock and as this year it’s right in our backyard, we’ll also be hosting a panel that will help you prep and prepare for your first MEGA (or perhaps even GIGA?) event!

There is guaranteed to be something to suit all — newbie and veteran cachers and everyone in between — so do come out, join us, and let us cure your cabin fever with a great morning of caching fun!  See you there!