Merry Cachemas!


Hang your caching bag by the chimney with care,
because all through NoVAGO there is excitement in the air!
Nestle GPS batteries snug in their chargers,
while you make sure a pen is ready for caching departures.
Each day of Cachemas there will be a present to unwrap,
12 days of gifts & 12 new caches on your map!

Yes, Cachemas is coming!  A holiday treat from all of us at NoVAGO, the 2014 Cachemas Series is a 13-part journey that will take you on a tour of Northern Virginia. From Alexandria to Purcellville to McLean and Manassas, the fun begins on December 20th!  Happy holidays from NoVAGO to you!

Pathtags, Pathtags!

We are very happy to announce that NoVAGO’s first pathtag has hit the store shelves!! :dancing: 


You can get all the details on how to get some of your own on this forum thread:  Pathtags Have Arrived!

Of course, we must give big thanks to all who helped us get our first design produced. Kudos in particular to our designer, Dephogration, and also LPYankeefan who worked to help us secure The Geocoin Store’s support.  Do make sure to get yours before they sell out!  :)

Mark Your Calendar!

We hope everyone will mark their calendars because the fall event date is set!  Join us at Vint Hill Village Green’s shelter for our annual fall picnic and auction on October 11, 2014!   Stayed tuned for more details — the event page will be publishing soon — but meantime certainly save the date!  You won’t want to miss the fun!  :)

NoVAGO Wants to Hear from You!

As you might have already seen on our Facebook page, we in NoVAGO are curious:

What brings you to our seasonal events? 

Do you primarily come…

To seek new caches?
To see old friends?
Meet new people?
Sample the food?
Sit and socialize?
Ask caching questions?
Play games?
Or _____________?

eventWe currently have a poll thread in our forums and we encourage everyone to please let us know your opinion.  We look towards using your responses to help us plan our future events!

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!