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.

Local Geocachers Attend Class About Cachetur.no

March 10, 2018 – Over 24 geocachers descended upon the Thomas Jefferson Library to attend a class titled Let’s take a cachetur.  Cachetur.no is the hottest new geocaching application around that lets you plan private trips, group trips and public trips that are open for all.  Current NoVAGO President Platoaddict was the mastermind behind this class came prepared with slides and some cool cachetur.co swag for the attendees.  While developing this class the developers of cachetur.no reached out to NoVAGO and offered to help in anyway they could.  Attendees seemed very pleased with the information from the class.

Photo courtesy of Effstop

I’m sure I would not have tackled this resource without your instruction.” said LMNLanchot “Now it’s time to play around and see if I can work it alone.

Zgrav had this to say about the class “Thanks to the CO for a solid presentation with a lot of hands-on assistance and very useful answers to the many questions asked.

Great event and presentation.” said two000miler “Always good to have another tool in the tool chest for caching.

For those who couldn’t attend you can download the 650MB PowerPoint Cachetur.no presentation here.

January 2018 Photo of the Month Winner

Congratulations to Nothereeiether for his winning photo titled “Finding more than caches!” of HooClass2002 and Cache Clown 76 finding a special made tree just for them while on The Beaver Trail.  We also offer a big thank you to everybody who participated in the January 2018 photo of the month contest.

Next month’s Contest is now open.  Please post your entries for the February 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’s Winter CITO is Upon Us

Join us February 25th, 2018 for NoVAGO’s Winter CITO as we help clean up the area around the Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center.   This City of Alexandria nature center is located on a 50-acre park nestled along the Holmes Run Stream.  This center provides year-round programs, interactive exhibits, as well as taking care of over 30 live animals.

This event is being organized in coordination with Nature Center staff, and is designed to assist them in keeping this area clean and beautiful.

NoVAGO Winter CITO at Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center

Sunday, February 25, 2018

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Jerome Ford Nature Center

5750 Sanger Avenue

Alexandria, VA 22311

First Class of 2018 Kicks Off NoVAGO’s New Direction of Hosting Educational Events

Awesnap at the head of the class. Photos by Effstop

On Saturday February 3, 2018 thirty geocachers piled into a classroom for Awesnap’s Planning a Geocaching Road Trip Class. Our new President, platoaddict , want’s 2018 to be the year NoVAGO host’s more educational events.  On the horizon there are plans to host classes on a variety of subjects including GSAK, puzzle solving, cachetur.no, earthcaching 101, and a basic cache page creation class.

The Geocaching Road Trip class was held in Prince William County at the Chinn Library.  Awesnap’s presentation covered the basics of distance caching, selecting target geocaches, routing, project.gc, and a quick introduction to cachetur.no.

JPWAVE wrote in his log “I learned quite a bit more than I expected!! Yeah, I may do things in my own fashion but it’s really nice to see other options and new webtools which may be more efficient. EXCELLENT class!! Really looking forward to using these tips on our next road trip!”

Ezio10 wrote “Learned quite a bit from the presentation, particularly the features from Project GC and a site I never I heard of before, cachetur.

A few NoVAGO members who missed the class expressed interest in the seeing the power point so we have attached it here for you to download: Roadtrip Class Power Point

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Presenting the 2017 NoVAGO Cache Award Nominees

Congratulations to all of the 2017 NoVAGO Cache Award nominees!  To see a complete list of nominated cachers and caches please go to NoVAGO’s 2017 Cache Awards — Nominees.  This year a record breaking 28 cachers nominated 624 the best geocaches, logs, and geocachers of Northern Virginia from 2017.

Voting will take place in late March and the winners will be announce at the 2018 NoVAGO Spring Event (TBA).  Check back in the future as we update the information on this.  In the meantime we encourage all NoVAGO members to hunt down and find these caches before voting.

On a sad not there will not be a 2017 NoVAGO Nominations Bonus Cache, nor does it look like there will be anymore in the future.  The current challenge cache rules that Groundspeak place in 2017 prohibit challenge caches based on lists of geocaches.

NoVAGO’s 2017 Cache Awards — Nominees

🤩 😈 🥳 NoVAGO’s 2017 Geocache Awards 🥳 😈🤩

Listed below are the caches and cachers nominated for awards for 2017. Thanks very much to those of you who took the time to send in nominations!

Voting will begin soon, and will remain open until a few weeks before the Spring Event. ➡️ Meanwhile, all curious and avid NoVAGO cachers 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!

Winners will be announced at the 2018 NoVAGO Spring Event, May 6th. (There is not a bonus cache for finding nominated caches this year.)

Without further ado, here are the nominees: 👏

Best Theme/Series (three or more caches in a series or that share a common theme)
End of the Line by Awesnap (6 caches)
M.I.L.L. Race by Serrabou (5 caches)
CCT Challenge Caches by vpdj (48 caches)
Frog and Toad by CWillyPngn (4 caches)
TRIBUTES17 : Dork-o-Naut by ZippyFinn (3 caches)

Best Kids Cache
Toad’s Missing Buttons by CWillyPngn
Dear Toad by CWillyPngn
Barrett Branch Library Wherigo Adventure by Awesnap
Pohick Loop Interpretive Trail by Cache Clown 76
Insectopia by Awesnap

Most Outstanding Location/Scenery
The Ghost Deer Tale by freddiecrs
Beast of Goose Creek? by hrothroc
TRIBUTES17 – Be the Reediologist by hooclass2002
Uncharted Island Inhabitant by Lostone_65
On Beyond Ridiculous by cachedude2006

Most Creative Cache
Blue Line by Awesnap
M.I.L.L. Race: Spaceship by Serrabou
Toad’s Missing Buttons by CWillyPngn
The Ghost Deer Tale by freddiecrs
The Day The World Went Away by Pengie123
Wilton Hill by SP4FUN
Dear Toad by CWillyPngn

Most Physically Challenging to Find
M.I.L.L. Race: Spaceship by Serrabou
M.I.L.L. Race: Barracks by Serrabou
TRIBUTES17: D3 : Supreme Dork of All Time & Space by ZippyFinn
The Ghost Deer Tale by freddiecrs
Just Hanging Around by Chamma

Best Historical/Educational Cache
Barrett Branch Library Wherigo Adventure by Awesnap
Bush Hill by SP4FUN
Traveling Back in Time the Safeway by Ezio10
Boundary Stone of the District of Columbia by Grove at Arlington
TRIBUTES17 – ALLH – Broyhill Park by two000miler
Ghost Lake (FSf#1) by rlobecker

Best Camouflage
Wilton Hill by SP4FUN
Churchill Road Park III by M&R
The Day The World Went Away by Pengie123
Abandoned Hooes Road (FSf #2) by rlobecker
Inside the Outside by cacheus1a23
TMNT ROCKS! by nycjoyce & Taparent

Best Multi-Stage Cache
The Ghost Deer Tale by freddiecrs
Exhumed by lawnrescue911
Pohick Loop Interpretive Trail by Cache Clown 76
TRIBUTES17 – Be the Reediologist by hooclass2002
TRIBUTES17: The Royal Order of the Holy Wherigos by Ezio10

Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache
End of the Line by Awesnap
M.I.L.L. Race: Spaceship by Serrabou
TRIBUTES17: D3 : Supreme Dork of All Time & Space by ZippyFinn
Dear Toad by CWillyPngn
TMNT ROCKS! by nycjoyce & Taparent
Toad’s Missing Buttons by CWillyPngn

Best Traditional
Just Hanging Around by Chamma
Books & Bikes by PolarTB
Pumpkin King’s Cliff by sassyinmyheart
Cache to Eagle, NCAC Old Dominion: Trustworthy by TrexM8s
Abandoned Hooes Road (FSf #2) by rlobecker
Is this Wise?…. by ThompsonKickers

Best Letterbox Hybrid
Webs to the Face (or Eat a Spider) by Awesnap
M.I.L.L. Race: Ignition Sequence by Serrabou
Wilton Hill by SP4FUN
Blue Line by Awesnap
TRIBUTES17 – Roo’s Runaway by Nothereeither

Best Other (Earthcache, Whereigo, Event)
M.I.L.L. Race Communications Array by Serrabou
Barrett Branch Library Wherigo Adventure by Awesnap
Meow Mix by Cache Clown 76
The Dog Days of August by seadog129
Ice Ice Baby! by Cache Clown 76

Best CITO (Cache In, Trash Out)
Occoquan Elementary CITO III by Awesnap
4th Annual Occoquan Bay Refuge CITO by DePhogration
Cache Mob trails down the CCT 1/? – hike plus CITO by vpdj
John Jenkins Park (Hillendale Park) by Awesnap
Mayfield Fort CITO III by Awesnap

Best Log

ACKKKK! ANOTHER SPIDER WEB!!! by Awesnap


Buff Dale served us drinks by Serrabou


Freakin’ GREY STAMP PAD by ZippyFinn


Hopped over the blue poo puddle by Awesnap


I’m CC the 76th I am by Cache Clown 76


No one has ever sent me a text before by ZippyFinn


Whiffer Woman by Serrabou


Yoda wasn’t amused part 1 part 2 by TheUnstealthy Monkey

Best Photo
Preliminary vote coming soon…stay tuned

Rookie of the Year
Q4minions
Taparent
Lostone_65

Best Volunteer
CWillyPngn
vpdj
sassyinmyheart
ZippyFinn

Cacher of the Year
Awesnap
vpdj
platoaddict
DePhogration

Cache of the Year
TRIBUTES17: D3 : Supreme Dork of All Time & Space by ZippyFinn
M.I.L.L. Race: Spaceship by Serrabou
The Ghost Deer Tale by freddiecrs
End of the Line by Awesnap
Frog and Toad Are Friends 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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Australia Day Events in Northern Virginia

To celebrate Australia Day Groundspeak has created the Where in the world is Signal the Frog®? Australia!.  You can earn a Australia Day 2018 souvenir by hosting or attending an event on Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28, 2018.  A few members of our local geocaching community jumped at the the chance to host a Australia Day event!  So hop on over to one of them, hang out with fellow geocachers, and earn your Australia Day 2018 souvenir.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Australia Day! 5:30 pm in Haymarket Hosted by Gaiterman

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Australia Day 2018 5 pm in Sterling Hosted by Effstop

Bunch of Guys Down Under – Australia Day 6 pm in Stafford Hosted by Roadtrip

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Australia Day (1/28/2018) 1 pm in Dumfries Hosted by Cache Clown 76

Australia Day 2018 5:30 pm in Arlington Hosted by PlatoAddict


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