NoVAGO’s 2020 Geocache Awards — Nominees

NoVAGO’s 2020 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!

Winners will be announced at our NoVAGO 2021 Spring Picnic and Awards Event on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Voting Ends on April 30, 2021. Here is the link to vote:

VOTE HERE

Without further ado, here are the nominees:

Best Theme/Series (three or more caches in a series or that share a common theme)
Love’m or Hate’m by ThompsonKickers’ (20 caches)
Pirate gadget caches by VAPirate (8 caches)
Animal Crossing by CWillyPngn (3 caches)
Kev’s Containers by Kev_Kev_ (23 caches)
Cryptocache Challenge by DCExpat (8 caches)

Best Kids Cache
OLYMPIAD2020: Biathlon by CWillyPngn
AGBH – Sounds Like by angryguy
Animal Crossing: Nook’s Valley by CWillyPngn
OLYMPIAD2020: Luge by The Unstealthy Monkey
Locked in the woods! by Jaxward
A Creekside Adventure by GriffinTamer88

Most Outstanding Location/Scenery
Animal Crossing: Nook’s Valley by CWillyPngn
The Heron’s Spittoon by Serrabou
Adventure Lab Bonus: The Swamp Boardwalk by Reedkickball
Love’m or Hate’m Series #12 (village lake) by ThompsonKickers’
Battles of Winchester – 1st Kernstown by TeAm G Winchester
Red Rock Overlook Adventure Lab Bonus by dminimax

Most Creative Cache
OLYMPIAD2020: Rhythmic Gymnastics (Adv. Lab Bonus) by Serrabou
OLYMPIAD2020: Biathlon by CWillyPngn
Pirate Eyes by VAPirate
Animal Crossing: Nook’s Valley by CWillyPngn
21 Bison Tube Pickup by wallmeister22601
OLYMPIAD2020: Basketball by rlobecker

Most Physically Challenging to Find
Stafford GeoHunt by Luv4VA
Woodland Park Neighborhood Cache by GriffinTamer88
Rocks, Locks, and a Box like Ft. Knox!  by T_N_C
Roo’s Rescue (Adventure Lab Bonus) by Serrabou
The Heron’s Spittoon by Serrabou
Counting on You: Field Trip by zgrav

Best Historical/Educational Cache
William Grayson, the second son of Prince William by freddiecrs
The Sydenstricker Schoolhouse by rlobecker
The Battles of Bull Run & Manassas Bonus Cache by Notthereeither
Historic Houses of Alexandria, VA Bonus Cache by TrexM8s
African Americans of Alexandria (Lab Bonus Cache) by Ezio10
Lorton Prison Complex Lab Bonus Cache by lawnrescue911

Best Camouflage
Is It Real ? by TMustang1
Mohs nr. 7 by TheWanderesss
Spy Cache… Civil War Cipher by Jaxward
Are you a Fun Guy? by SmellTheRoses1229
There’s a Twist! by Thesharkjonas
Pirate Rings by VAPirate

Best Multi-Stage Cache
OLYMPIAD2020: Biathlon by CWillyPngn
OLYMPIAD2020: Basketball by rlobecker
OLYMPIAD2020: Luge by The Unstealthy Monkey
Animal Crossing: Fossil Hunt by CWillyPngn
Multi-Caches Bug Me by hrothroc
OLYMPIAD2020: Archery by freddiecrs

Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache
OLYMPIAD2020: Table Tennis by 4EverYoungs
OLYMPIAD2020: Rhythmic Gymnastics (Adv. Lab Bonus) by
Animal Crossing: Nook’s Valley by CWillyPngn
Roo’s Rescue (Adventure Lab Bonus) by Serrabou
OLYMPIAD2020: Curling by kiisikwa

Best Traditional
OLYMPIAD2020: Weightlifting by Nothereeither
Pirate Marbles by VAPirate
AGBH – Etch a Cache by angryguy
Pirate Plumber by VAPirate
MAGC-10 by pwesleynd93

Best Other (Wherigo, Letterbox, Event…)
OLYMPIAD2020: Bobsled by frumiousb
GeoQuarantine, the Heroes, and … by kiisikwa
The Reformatory by rlobecker
Animal Crossing: Hidden Pond Island by CWillyPngn
William Grayson, the second son of Prince William by freddiecrs

Best Earthcache
The Granite State Doubles Down in the Old Dominion by Awesnap
Calthemites at Accotink Creek Bridge by hzoi
Prince William County Liberty Memorial by Awesnap
Southwest 8 Boundary Stone by TheWanderesss
Virginia Diabase: Clarke’s Gap to Ground Zero by kiisikwa

Best CITO (Cache In, Trash Out)
Mayfield Fort CITO VII by Awesnap

Best Adventure Lab
Rhythmic Gymnastics by Serrabou
The Swamp Boardwalk by reedkickball
Apples of Winchester by Jaxward
African Americans of Alexandria by Ezio10
Roo’s Rescue by Serrabou

Best Log
“The container made me laugh out louse” by minnestrone
What a cool rhythmic guy” by Zippyfinn
“Ode to the Beer” by Nothereeither
“How Minnestrone Got His Groove Back” by minnestrone
“Trading, stamping on sweaty limbs, much rejoicing” by Serrabou

Best Photo

In disguise on by QUE3NBE3


Precision by minnestrone


If you had x-ray vision… by Nothereeither


James Branch by Serrabou


Old Rag Mountain – Mountain King


Lion’s Mane fungus by kiisikwa

Rookie of the Year
Jaxward
SuperTodd88
Quota05

Best Volunteer
ZippyFinn & Serrabou
Sneaky_Molly
Nothereeither

Cacher of the Year
MJBinski
minnestrone
CWillyPngn

Cache of the Year
OLYMPIAD2020: Biathlon by CWillyPngn
Roo’s Rescue (Adventure Lab Bonus) by Serrabou
Pirate Eyes by VAPirate
The Reformatory by rlobecker
OLYMPIAD2020: Luge by The Unstealthy Monkey
Animal Crossing: Nook’s Valley 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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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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