NoVAGO Spring CITO – Neabsco Style was a Success!

Team_Palazzo (left) and JPWAVE (right) find a “mother load” of trash at NoVAGO Spring CITO – Neabsco Style.

On Saturday March 13 the Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition held a clean up at Neabsco Creek. NoVAGO partnered up and hosted our NoVAGO Spring CITO – Neabsco Style to help out. Geocachers joined a slew of volunteers helping to remove about 150 trash bags, 30 tires, buckets, furniture, three 55 gallon plastic barrels, and 2 children’s motorized vehicles.

Clock wise from top: DePhogration (left) picks up bottles that Hooclass2002 (right) tosses up out of the tangled root dam, Awesnap in a trash crater with his trusty CITO bucket, and Hnybee (left) and Holn1b4IDie (right) crossing a plank with their bags of trash.

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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NoVAGO’s 2019 Geocache Awards — Nominees

NoVAGO’s 2019 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!

All curious and avid NoVAGO cachers (that’s you!) 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!

Voting will begin immediately and continue until April 22.  Voting is open to all NoVAGO members. Ballot is hosted on a Google Form. If you encounter any problems or have any questions please send an email to awards@novago.org. If you vote early and then change your mind, simply fill out another ballot. Your most recent submission will be counted. You do not need to have found a cache to vote for it.

VOTE HERE

Winners will be announced at NoVAGO’s 2020 Spring Event, Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Without further ado, here are the nominees:

Best Theme/Series (three or more caches in a series or that share a common theme)
Studio Ghibli by CWillyPngn (6 caches)
Park and Solve by rlobecker (4 caches)
Congressional Medal of Honor by pwesleynd93 (25 caches)
Wigging Out Over Board Games by Awesnap and MJBinski (17 caches)
Unlaced by Serrabou and ZippyFinn (6 caches)

Best Kids Cache
Duck Hunt (Kid Friendly) by Morpheus1977
Bisonbot by CWillyPngn
Totoro Forest by CWillyPngn
Hanging Around the Beatley Central Library by Awesnap
Catnip Scramble by CWillyPngn

Most Outstanding Location/Scenery
UNLACED: I Can’t Quit You Baby by Serrabou
Goldfish Princess by CWillyPngn
UNLACED: Chim Chim Cher-ee by Serrabou
Chopawamsic Island by Luv4VA
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
Park & Solve, Hilltop Village Center by rlobecker
Anything for the Kids: Impromptu by topazfae

Most Physically Challenging to Find
The Perilous Tree Climb of Awesnap by Awesnap
Rocky Road by T_N_C
The Goonies Underworld Adventure by Luv4VA
Chopawamsic Island by Luv4VA
World 1-2 by Luv4VA

Best Historical/Educational Cache
Victorian Memories at Ivy Hill Cemetery by kusunflower
Hall’s Hill Wall by Bocco
Hedges Run by topazfae
Oorah! USMC Adventure Lab BONUS by Awesnap
The church that moved an interstate highway by freddiecrs

Best Camouflage
LPB Not just for Arlingtonians by angryguy
Braddock Road…but which one? (Resurrected) by pwesleynd93
Kings Park Forever by NetworkCacher
Van Gogh Bridge by TheUnstealthy Monkey
Not just a collab by alb27 & Johnotone

Best Multi-Stage Cache
Soot Sprites Delight by CWillyPngn
The Zombies are Coming! by thesharkjonas
UNLACED: Space Oddity by Serrabou
Magic Map by rlobecker
The Chinn Park Regional Library by Awesnap

Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache
Following the Leader by Jess and Wipps
The Kodama Tree by CWillyPngn
UNLACED: Rockit by Serrabou
First Camera by rlobecker
Anything for the Kids: Impromptu by topazfae

Best Traditional
AGBH – CC Water Park by angryguy
GMSGC by pwesleynd93
MAGC-6 by pwesleynd93
Kings Park Forever by NetworkCacher
The Curse Of Height-Challenged People by topazfae

Best Letterbox Hybrid
Ode to The Holy Grail by MJBinski
Catnip Scramble by CWillyPngn
The Goonies Underworld Adventure by Luv4VA
World 1-2 by Luv4VA

Best Other (Earthcache, Whereigo, Event, Virtual)
Take a Dip in Neabsco Creek by kiisikwa
Petrified in Prince William Forest Park by Awesnap
Indiana Limestone and the Temple of Books by Awesnap
Taylor Hotel (Civil War) by wallmeister22601
SURVIVOR18: The Vote by ZippyFinn

Best CITO (Cache In, Trash Out)
NoVAGO Summer CITO for Veterans by DePhogration
Occoquan Fall River CITO by DePhogration
Yo Momma Says Clean Up Moore by Nothereeither
North Springfield Park CITO by Aronel
Mayfield Fort CITO VI by Awesnap
Featherstone Elementary CITO by Awesnap

 

Best Log


Jumped like the dickens! by QUE3NBE3


Kayak pub crawl by ZippyFinn


Mission Impossible trapeze by jemcjb


My jacked-up twinge-y knee by ZippyFinn


Three weirdos on a beach by MJBinski


Each of the stops led to much jubilee by Hooclass2002


Best Photo


Bug Eyed by CWillyPngn


Cement Ghosts by DePhogration



GeoSurrealism by rlobecker


Hanging Out by xBWx



Iced Over by DePhogration


Light at the End of the Tunnel by TopazFae


Luray Rainbow by seadog129


Has anyone seen Mike Wazowski? by mcgmarauders




Post Flood River Icicles by Serrabou


Puddles by ZippyFinn


Sandbar by ZippyFinn


Shenandoah Arc by ZippyFinn


Vultures on the Farm by freddiecrs


You Woke Me Up! by seadog129

Rookie of the Year
RudyBooBoo
SuperGunta06

Best Volunteer
effstop
Awesnap
ZippyFinn
Serrabou
freddiecrs
Dephogration

Cacher of the Year
ThompsonKickers
TheUnstealthy Monkey
MJBinski
CherokeeThree
CWillyPngn
Serrabou
Awesnap
ZippyFinn
angryguy

Cache of the Year
Oorah! USMC Adventure Lab BONUS by Awesnap
Ode to The Holy Grail by MJBinski
Park & Solve, Hilltop Village Center by rlobecker
Catnip Scramble 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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Cache Across Northern Virginia Series & Coin

NoVAGO is offering up the chance to see some of the more unusual sites in the area over the course of the next few months while working towards a Cache Across Northern Virginia coin.  The first cache can be found at Paxton Manor near Leesburg, VA.
Details:
  • The cost of the coin is $15.  As part of this 2020 NoVAGO series, you can earn $.50 off the cost of a ‘Cache Across Northern Virginia’ coin for each cache you find.
  • Take note of the code provided in each as proof.
  • To claim your coin you will need to send a list including the cache name with the date found and the associated code word to: officers@novago.org.
  • Caches will roll out over the next few months. You can find a bookmark list here –> https://www.geocaching.com/plan/lists/BM7FFGZ?sort=name&sortOrder=asc&skip=0&take=500