Join Us at Our NoVAGO Annual Spring Picnic and 2017 NoVAGO Geocache Awards Event

On May 6, 2018 NoVAGO invites to you lend a hand, picnic with friends, and celebrate the 2017 NoVAGO Cache Awards in Arlington!

At 9 a.m. we will kick off the day with a CITO at Glencarlyn Park where we will be cleaning up portion of trails along Four Mile Run in Arlington.  Located just over a mile from our picnic shelter this CITO is a nice walk or a quick bike ride up a paved path from our picnic location. Trash bags will be provided at the clean up.  To log your “will Attend” or to find out more information check out the geocache page at THIS LINK.

Soon after at 11:30 a.m. head south on the Four Mile Run trail to Barcroft Park for our annual Spring Picnic.  We will be at the only shelter in the park just feet of the paved trail.  Just follow your nose to our location because NoVAGO will be grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs for all to enjoy.

NoVAGO Spring Picnic and Awards Event

200 S Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206
May 6, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Barcroft Park Pavilion

Ice Breaker sheets will be available so grab one start meeting your fellow cachers.  An icebreaker geocache (along with others) will be published sometime during or after the event, but for those who complete the sheet will get the coordinates early.

A little after 1 p.m. we will start our 2017 NoVAGO Geocache Awards Presentation.  Every year NoVAGO celebrates the best geocaches, logs, and geocachers of Northern Virginia from 2017. This year we had both record turnouts for nominations and voters so come cheer on the winners as they are announced.  Click on THIS LINK to see a list of nominated caches.

If you do choose to join us we ask that you please bring a potluck dish to share. We hope to see you there!

March 2018 Photo of the Month Winner

Congratulations to ZippyFinn for her winning photo titled “Hamming it up at MUSTCACHE!” of Roo at the final of MUSTCACHE! We also offer a big thank you to everybody who participated in the March 2018 photo of the month contest.

Next month’s Contest is now open.  Please post your entries for the April 2018 Photo of the Month Contest forum.

Remember that at the end of the year all of the monthly winning photos will battle it out for the NoVAGO 2018 Photograph of the Year title.  That winning photographer will be awarded a NoVAGO Cache Awards Geocoin at our annual Spring Event & NoVAGO Cache Awards presentation.

NoVAGO Area Events for Spring CITO Season

Once again Earth Day is almost upon us and one of the great ways geocachers can give back to the community is by hosting CITO events.  Groundspeak has announced April 21-29, 2018 as the dates to earn a virtual souvenir on your profile pages if you host or attend CITO an event during this time. Here is the list so far of Souvenir CITOs in the NoVA area: (See cache pages for more details!)


Saturday, April 21st

3rd Annual Occoquan River Cleanup – Paddle CITO!

Brentsville, VA

Hosted by:  Hooclass2002

Starts at 9am


Sunday, April 22nd

NoVAGO Veteran’s Park CITO

Woodbridge, VA

Hosted by: DePhogration

Starts at 1 pm


Friday, April 27th

Occoquan Elementary CITO IV

Woodbridge, VA

Hosted by: Awesnap

Starts at 7:30 pm


Saturday, April 28th

Fred Lynn Middle School CITO

Woodbridge, VA

Hosted by: Awesnap

Starts at 9 am


Sunday, April 29th

NoVAGO 2018 Spring CITO

Woodbridge, VA

Hosted by: NoVAGO

Starts at 9 am

 

There are more 2018 Spring CITO events on the way so be sure to check back for more updates!

Northern Virginia Has 17 Events Dropped On the Area for the 2018 Planetary Pursuit Promotion

Northern Virginia has gone “event crazy” for the upcoming Groundspeak promotion “Planetary Pursuit.

Geocaching’s Official Blog describes this promotion as “The year is 2650. You are invited to join the Geocaching Explorers Club and be among the first geocachers to visit every planet in our solar system, earning souvenirs along the way. Find different geocache types to individually collect points on the Friend League between March 19 and April 8 and earn up to 10 new souvenirs to become an Official Space Explorer.

Attention space explorers! To give geocachers more time to complete their missions, Planetary Pursuit has been extended for an additional week. Please log all your finds before Monday, April 16!

You cane score Points as follows:

Action Point value
Log a Found it on any geocache (Traditional, Virtual, Webcam, Wherigo) 5
Log a Found it on a Multi-Cache or Letterbox Hybrid 10
Log a Found it on a Mystery Cache or EarthCache 15
Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points 15
Attend any event 15
Drop off trackable 4

* The max number of points you can earn for any cache log is 15 points.

You can follow all of the areas events in the NoVAGO Event Calendar located on the bottom right column of our home screen.  Who will be the first NoVAGO member to score all 10 souvenirs?  How many of us will get all 10?

Will you be participating to collect all 10 Planetary Pursuit souvenirs?

  • Absolutely! I am Ready for liftoff! (71%, 12 Votes)
  • Meh. If it happens, it happens. (24%, 4 Votes)
  • Grounded. No way. I am stopping Geocaching until this promotion is over! (6%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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February 2018 Photo of the Month Winner

Congratulations to JPWAVE for his winning photo titled “Lady Bugs’ Picnic!” that he described as “Somewhere…in Southern MD, there’s a ladybug picnic happening right now!” We also offer a big thank you to everybody who participated in the February 2018 photo of the month contest.

Next month’s Contest is now open.  Please post your entries for the March 2018 Photo of the Month Contest forum.

Remember that at the end of the year all of the monthly winning photos will battle it out for the NoVAGO 2018 Photograph of the Year title.  That winning photographer will be awarded a NoVAGO Cache Awards Geocoin at our annual Spring Event & NoVAGO Cache Awards presentation.