Swelter at the Shelter Event & Silent Auction

The NoVAGO Swelter at the Shelter Summer Event is fast approaching, 20 July 08 is right around the corner and will be here before you know it. The event promises to be a “doozie” as all NoVAGO events are; plenty of caches to hunt, great food, super people, a raffle, and back by popular demand…our NoVAGO Annual Silent Auction.

Please indicate your attendance and whatever potluck food item you may be bringing on the event page

The Silent Auction catalog (it will be updated as additional item donations are received) can be found in the NoVAGO forums.

The Silent Auction is the only method NoVAGO uses to generate funds to operate for the coming year. Check it out, there are already some great items on auction, and more will be added.

June 2008 Spotlight: TeamWeathergirl

TEAM WEATHERGIRL – What a great caching bunch!

Tell us about your caching name.

I work in the weather business bouncing between the National Weather Service and managing weather satellite development programs. My daughter got enamored with weather and picked up the nickname of “Weathergirl” at a young age. Weathergirl has four brothers and being the only girl is not always easy. Since she was the most enthusiastic about geocaching when we started, we went with her nickname. In a way it helps her stand out from the male dominated crowd she lives with.

Tell us about the members of Team Weathergirl and what each one of you brings to the caching experience.

Our youngest cacher’s nickname is Mr. O. He turns 10 this month and is the most enthusiastic about opening the cache to find the surprises inside. His most favorite treasures are matchbox cars. He likes caching with his fellow scouts so he can show off his caching experience. Weathergirl is the dominant “youth” cacher on the Team. She loves the challenges on the searches. Nothing gets her more excited than having to cross a creek or climb a tree. I recall she had just climbed the tree rufnredy made famous with his fall and she volunteered to do future vertical caches for him. She also gets interested in odd objects while caching. While out to find zgrav’s “Engulfed” last weekend, weathergirl found a 15 foot long, one inch diameter stalk of bamboo lying along the path. She couldn’t part with it and carried a half mile back to the parking lot. She even tried to convince me to squeeze it into the Prius so we could take it home. Mama Weather goes out with us periodically. She is especially adept at urban micos so I always know I have a secret weapon if needed. The three older boys don’t join the team much. They verbalize the belief that geocaching was invented by middle aged men to frustrate each other.

How were you introduced to Geocaching and what was the first cache you found?

I was attending a day of Boy Scout training called “University of Scouting” in Feb 2004 and in one of the classes I took, the instructor explained geocaching and letterboxing as different twists to outdoor adventure. My middle son, who was the boy scout, happened to have purchased an “old” GPSr (Garmin GPS 12 model) from my brother a couple of years before so we thought we would dust it off and give it a shot. I pulled up Geocaching.com, entered our home coordinates and was thrilled to see a cache less than a half mile away in Huntley Meadows. Mr O, Weathergirl and I took off immediately and found Rambo’s Huntley Meadows Cache. Since each geocache had to be entered manually and the GPSr was only accurate to 0.1mile, we didn’t do too many caches the first year. When I purchased a Garmin GPSMap 60 the following year and learned the fun of computer downloads and 10 foot accuracy, our finds started to take off!

Tell us about your receiver and any other “tools” (hardware and software) that help you cache.

We basically just load the nearest few hundred caches to our house in our GPSmap 60C, pick and area and go caching. I have had a series of wireless devices (currently a Blackberry) which I can pull up the cache page as needed. I end up pulling up the cache page on the device when I am stumped at a cache site. In urban areas this means we usually just follow the GPSr to “next closest” and see where we end up. I probably should use some of the available software to make our caching process a little more efficient. Megawheatie’s recent post on the GSAK macro to count points for the Potomac Trailmasters got me to download that am currently trying to learn more of what that software can do for us.

Tell us about a favorite cache.

I asked Weathergirl this one. She has really enjoyed flowerman’s caches and so it isn’t surprising that her favorite cache is one of his. That cache is “Easter Egg Hunt”. Finding each of the necessary bits of the coordinates in various flowerman caches allowed us to assemble the coordinates for the final cache. The final cache was a nice hike in the woods by mom, dad, and the two youngest which ended in an interesting stream crossing. Weathergirl loves hopping on rocks across streams. I was surprised she still remembered this as it was over three years ago.
I have to say that Reedkickball’s Be the Genealogist Series is my favorite. The puzzle parts are easily done and provide an interesting learning experience as well. Then each of the hikes are absolutely wonderful.

What is your favorite type of cache (micro, puzzle, multi, traditional, etc.)?

Our favorite cache type is the earthcache. Although we have many more of all the other types, we really enjoy the combination of hiking, scenic location and learning associated with earthcaches. While traveling, we especially try to nab an earthcache in the area we are visiting to learn about the local geology. We have gotten some very interesting lessons on glaciers in Wisconsin, rivers/falls at Niagra Falls, artesian wells in Indiana, earthquate fault lines in California, the Katria induced levee breaches in New Orleans, rock creation in Colorado as well as the wonderful ones in this area.

Tell us about a memorable caching experience that you have had.

Three years ago we integrated geocaching with our family summer vacation. We planned two nights in four different spots: Lancaster, PA, Warren, PA, Niagra Falls, Canada and Corning, NY. We combined seeing the local sites with geocaching in each of the areas. This was probably our first sustained period of geocaching and taught us how many interesting places geocaching can take you that you wouldn’t otherwise go.

Have you converted any muggles into Geocachers? If I remember correctly, your brother caches. Who started whom?

We’ve introduced many folks to geocaching through work and scouts. I think the two that have gotten into it the most are my brother and his family (TeamBobcats) and one of my boy scout leader friends (Jeepincrew). While the geocaching “seed” has been planted in many of the scouts…we will see how those seeds germinate.

Tell a funny/or interesting story from GeoWoodstock in NC last year.

This adventure began as my younger brother and I going off and spending some time together for the first time in our adult lives. He is 9 years younger than I with three siblings in between. I went off to a private boarding high school, then to the Air Force Academy followed by a distant/mobile military career–so we’ve never really spent any time together. Now that we’ve both become hooked on geocaching, we’ve found a good reason to spend some “quality” time together. He flew into DC and we loaded up my full sized conversion van for a long caching/camping weekend at GeoWoodstock. As we started, he told me he had this idea of sending in a request to the TV show “Amazing Race” for the two of us with a “bring distant brothers together” theme. We had a great time caching but the experience of four days with me in a van and tent may have dashed the “image” he had of his oldest brother.. He alleged that while driving the van (not the most agile of caching mobiles), I often grabbed the GPSr from him when I desperately needed to make a decision on a turn. In addition, he alleges that I spent more time looking at my GPSr screen looking for caches than out my windshield while driving. He seemed to have gone home a bit of a nervous wreck. So much for the “Amazing Race”! But no need to worry about us, we’ve spent numerous days caching together since and are currently trying to find a weekend to do some of the Allegheny Geotrail.

Your family has been very involved in Scouting. Tell us how Scouting and Geocaching have become intertwined.

Over the last few years we have had a child in girl scouts, cub scouts and boy scouts simultaneously. Weathermom is the leader of Weathergirl’s Girl Scout Troop and I’ve been in a leadership position in cub scouts and boys scouts. Weathergirl earned a geocaching badge in girl scouts and we’ve incorporated geocaching in our hikes with the boys scouts. The idea of finding a treasure seems to bring out a real spark of enthusiasm in the boys. Often, we’ll put ammo cans full of candy in the woods and give the boys the GPSr’s and let them go find the treats. (Perhaps just a new approach to giving dads some quiet time at the campsite?) The cub scouts don’t have the stamina for long hikes but I’ve found that putting five caches out along our projected path keeps them almost running from point to point….no more “dragging” little boys along! There is now even a cache at the top of Viewing Rock at the Goshen Scout Reservation in west central Virginia. Last summer I took the cub scouts up this steep hike and took their picture around the cache overlooking the scout camp and lake. We’ll be heading back there this July for another go.

Have you set any Geocaching goals for yourself this year?

We are trying another of those family geo-vacations again in August. This year we are flying out to Montana and hope to get caches in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. But most of all, we are looking forward to some really cool earthcaches in Yellowstone National Park.

2007 NoVAGO Awards

Cache of the Year Presentations
Ahem, and the winners are…

Best Theme/Series
Be the Genealogist-Final by reedkickball (GC14X8B)

Best Kids Cache
Farm, Field, and Forest by The VanDucks (GC10BXJ)

Best Location Cache
Infarmary by Ka-Ching! (GC11J8X)

Best Hike
If You Want To Run With The Big Dogs…Greyhound by _BBQ_ (GC123T7)

Best History Related Cache
From the Halls of Montezuma by Blakeley Pirates (GC10A6N)

Best Multi-Stage Cache
A Walk in the Woods by 2Wheelin (GC13ZDZ)
Fox Hunt by zygote2k (GC11027)

Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache
Be the Genealogist-Final by reedkickball (GC14X8B)

Best Letterbox Hybrid
Long Black Veil by flyingmoose (GCZZ9M)

Best Earthcache
Wetlands: A Natural Treasure by mgsgagag (GC105P8)
Tour de Geology by 2Wheelin (GC10N4P)

Cache of the Year
Be the Genealogist-Final by reedkickball (GC14X8B)

Rookie of the Year
Bubba Q Jack

Cacher of the Year
2Wheelin (second year running!)

REMINDER-NoVAGO Spring Fling – Redux Event!!!

Just a gentle reminder that this year our (rescheduled) Spring event, the NoVAGO Spring Fling – Redux (GC1BHNG) is this coming Saturday, 10 May 08, at Algonkian Regional Park. Good food, good friends, and a good time!! Lots of caches in the local area, and I hear there are even some new ones.

Please see the cache page for details, and if you have not signed up yet…it is not too late.

See ya there!!

April 2008 Member Spotlight: Bubba Q. Jack

Just how did Bubba Q. Jack get his nickname, will he keep his cache-a-day streak alive, and more . . .


Welcome to April’s Spotlight!

Tell us about your caching name.

There used to be a great Bar-B-Que place on the way to Shady Side Maryland called “Pig Outs” that had the best ribs. I would drive from Arlington, Virginia just for lunch or dinner but it went out of business. In a quest to replace such wonderful ribs I went from Maine to Florida stopping at as many places to sample the fare. I’ve located several restaurants (joints) that come close but never perfect. One place was named Bubba’s and I liked the idea of adding the Q and Jack which is the nickname for John. Thus Bubba Q. Jack was created.

How were you introduced to Geocaching and what was the first cache you found?

After gaining 35 pounds on my quest for the best Bar-B-Que I was looking into joining an exercise club or buy some home equipment. After realizing the dropout rate of the clubs and watching my previous “Healthrider” gather dust I considered Orienteering. Teams and running did not appeal but there was a nice alternative, Geocaching. A quick introduction at REI sales counter and I had my first GPS and cache in hand a day later. It was a cache in Arlington under a bridge in a local park.

Tell us about your receiver and any other “tools” (hardware and software) that help you cache.

A Garmin Etrex Legend was my first GPS and served me well for the first 200 or so caches. When the leaves came out I changed to a Garmin 60CSx. The first 700+ caches were printed out on paper. Realizing that I had gone through over $300+ in toner and paper in a few short months I went paperless. A Palm was my solution. Bought a laptop and loaded Cashemate, Mapsource and GSAK software which seem to work well together. Oh and upgrading the memory in the Garmin so I could run the Topographic software was a real help. After running up and down
steep hills in Scott’s Run, with the Garmin showing 30 feet East then 30 feet West without that feature, it seemed a no brainer.

What essential items do you always carry in your cache bag?

Spare batteries and a small pocket knife with tweezers (for those wonderful nanos) and a pen. Everything else is occasional like a mirror, flashlight, blacklight, camera, Ziplock bags and towel, rain jacket, and shoes and socks.

Do you trade items in and out of caches? Do you have any “signature”swag?

Not very much but do enjoy retrieving and placing the Hot Potato TB when I can be helpful. I’m happy to take a coin or TB along on a longer trip when I go to Maine or North Carolina and can really make a difference in miles. I do have three coins that were given me. I placed one several months ago in a cache to see how far it would travel. It’s still there.

What is your favorite thing about caching?

The people are the best part and seeing how creative they are with their caches. It seems like there is a cache for everyone. The pure friendship when you are able to walk up to a perfect strange, holding a GPS and looking puzzled, and say “found it yet” and receive a smile.

Are you a lone cacher or do you prefer caching partners and why?

Sailing made me self sufficient and retirement was the next big factor in being a loner. I contend that I could sail around the world alone and be perfectly happy. I’m of the belief that being content with myself, hopefully, makes me a better person around others. That said, I prefer the company of other people but there are few that can cache on weekdays. I’ve had the privilege of caching with several people over the last year and have been amazed by their caching ability and genuine kindness. Still have close friendships with cachers I met on
my second find.

Tell us about your favorite cache.

Do.C.A.R.?T. moving cache jumps to mind. It is one cache that requires the finder to place it in another location. It seems to promote more interaction than other caches.

What is your favorite type of cache (micro, multi, traditional, etc.)?

This may sound like a copout but I like them all. Nanos and micros are perfect when I have to be somewhere all dressed up and can’t run through the woods and creeks. Multis force me to explore an area I would otherwise do a hit and run on. Traditionals can take me anywhere and I never know what to expect. Puzzles help keep my brain active. Storyline style letterbox hybrids keep me from walking through the woods looking at my GPS and force me to be more observant. Virtuals and earth caches will always bring me to something interesting.

Tell us about a memorable caching experience that you have had.

While hunting a cache around a reservoir I was careful to avoid getting too close to the water where the ground was still mud under a thin layer of dried earth on the way to the cache. Full of confidence after making the find I took a slightly different route back to the car that cut across a more open area. Half way across one foot broke through the crust and sunk into the mud up to my ankle. Pulling my foot out the shoe stayed behind. No problem I thought and proceeded to reach down the hole and yank at the shoe. Pulling at the shoe caused a down force on my other foot which then broke through the crust into the mud relieving me of my other shoe. At this point I started feeling a little like the Tar-Baby in Uncle Remus had me. Save myself and not the shoes seemed a
logical option and I walked the remaining 200 feet back to the car in my socks. Getting a smiley for the cache made it all worthwhile.

Tell us about your other interests or areas of expertise.

This is a tough question to answer. The statement “Jack of all trades and
master of none” comes to mind. I’ve done a little woodworking in the form of cabinet making, rough carpentry, and wooden boat building but allergic to wood dust. Bird watching which consists of mostly ducks. I can’t tell one Warbler from another. They don’t hold still long enough. Disc Golf is a real passion and won a tournament once but I was the only player in my category of “Senior Grand Master” so I don’t think the win really counts. Sailing, kayaking, antique and classic cars are on and off hobbies. Etching, painting, model building, photography are things I’ve dabbled in from time to time. I seem to have a Lot of interests and a short attention span.

Have you converted any muggles into Geocachers?

Hard to say but I’ve met some folks that seem truly interested when they ask what I’m up to. (Guess I’m not a s stealthy as I should be) Describing Geocaching in most cases peaks their interest. I usually give them the Web Address in hopes they will follow up and learn more about this wonderful activity. Sure hope they are converts.

I heard that you once combined two loves into one trip (BBQ and caching). Tell us about that trip and what places you traveled.

Not sure which trip but it could have been any one of the ones where I will finish a great caching day at a Bar-B-Que place to celebrate. Heck, I’ll stop at one for lunch and then keep caching. If I could figure out how to combine a “Cache along a route” with the nearest Bar-B-Que joints in one query I would be in heaven. Cached from Maine to South Carolina and ate sometimes two lunches just to keep be able to sample a new place and then Q for dinner. Oh
joy!

You recently accomplished a huge goal (366). Tell us about setting the goal and
then meeting it.

Caching is a passion but it has one drawback, you can’t complete it. I’m goal or task oriented and had to resolve this problem in order to feel I was accomplishing something. Setting goals like finishing a DeLorme Challenge or a cache a day for a year seemed to resolve my mental conflict. I enjoyed the Virginia DeLorme and the MD/Del DeLorme very much. Now working on the North Carolina DeLorme and hope to finish it by mid Summer. Outer Banks will be a fun trip and finding caches will surely bring me to some beautiful areas I would otherwise leave undiscovered.

Were there any days where you thought you might not get a cache and why?

It’s easy when you’re retired. We had that bad ice storm this winter but I was still able to get up early enough to get to the cache site and make the find before the storm hit. Walking back out of the woods the ground got covered in snow. By the time I got to the car and started home several cars had slid into ditches. Still made it home but that was the closest call. I kept several, close to home, virtual caches in DC available after that as fall backs.

Wow! What next…will you keep the streak going?

As of this writing I have but it is now not a priority. It’s kind of hard to
stop caching. Next are those puzzle caches that are still close to home and have given me fits in a good way. The price of gas is likely to be the deciding factor how my caching evolves, that and having driven 30,000+ miles in one year and gone through a set of tires, brakes, and a battery to find 2,393 caches. The NC DeLorme needs to be completed and then there is West Virginia or Penn. So many caches so little time!

Anything else?

Yes, I want to thank everyone for their encouragement. Their posts in the Forum, the friendship at the events, being asked to join a team to go after the really tough caches, that I would otherwise be unable to find on my own. The calls that say I’m going after this or that cache “want to come along?” This all meant a lot and I’m very grateful for the kindness.

NoVAGO 2008 April CITO Event and Picnic

Come one Come all … to the
NoVAGO 2008 CITO Event and Picnic
Sunday, April 20th

This is a combined event and sign up is through the CITO page at GC19V2A. It will be a great time and a chance to meet old friends and put a face with all those new names you have been seeing in the logs.

Event Schedule
9:30am-10:00am arrival, log-in, and instructions
10:am-12:00 pm CITO! PRE-Picnic Caching!
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm pictures, and clean-up
12:30 pm-4:00 pm NoVAGO Spring Fling Picnic 2008

CITO Parking and Picnic Location
Falcon Ridge Recreation Center
22025 Evergreen Mills Road
Leesburg, VA 20175

For more details see the Cache page at GC19V2A

March Member Spotlight: LionHeart

It is with great pleaure that I spotlight LionHeart this month – the man behind some of the most amazing puzzles!

Tell us about your caching name.
My caching name came from an old Scottish saying, “A man is a lion in his own cause”. So I have the heart of a lion when it comes to my own cause. My cause is that I have a chronic liver disease called Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). It is a characterized by inflammation, destruction and fibrosis of the intrahepatic and extrahepatic bile ducts that leads to cirrhosis of the liver. PSC is often complicated by recurrent episodes of bacterial cholangitis (infection of the bile ducts with bacteria). Patients with PSC also have an increased risk of cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). The cause of PSC is unknown but many investigators suspect that it is an autoimmune disease. Other etiologies, such as infectious agents, toxins or recurrent infections of the bile ducts are also possible causes. Although the disease is slow in progressing it varies from one person to another, often liver transplantation is the only therapeutic option for patients with end stage liver disease resulting from this disorder. The progression of the disease is also unknown. The most famous of individuals that have had the disease are Walter Payton and Chris Ledoux (also answers to my Spare Parts cache). I’m currently listed with MAYO Clinic in Rochester, MN awaiting transplant.

Tell us how you started caching/how were you introduced to caching.
My wife actually bought me a GPS for Christmas a few years back. She wanted me to take up a hobby and she knew that I like to be outdoors. She did a lot of research on her own finding the right GPS and at the time and we were friends with Blunoz and his family. After I got my GPS, Blunoz helped me understand the basics of geocaching and took me around Ashburn, familiarizing me with the various hiding techniques and styles of caches.

What essential items are in your cache bag?
I don’t have a cache bag per se but I do have a caching vest. It’s a police tactical vest. Originally designed for law enforcement purposes, it has proven itself as a great asset for caching. I use to carry a backpack with me when I went caching but found it to be too bulky. The vest better distributes the weight of items and keeps them closer to my body. In my vest I carry two bottles of water, a leatherman kit, a small mag flashlight, extra batteries, hand wipes, a notebook, pens/pencils, swag, travel bugs, a couple of telescoping wands (one with a mirror and the other a magnet on the end), snacks for the kids, a knife and of course my Garmin 76CSX GPS. I also carry occasionally a medic kit that slings over your shoulder, if it is going to be a longer hike and the potential for injury is greater.

What is your favorite thing about caching?
Finding hidden natural treasures while hunting a cache. I can’t think of a better place to be than on a rocky outcropping, looking out over a green valley that lies before me or finding myself in a moment of quiet solitude, deep in the woods.

Tell us about your favorite cache or type of cache.
My favorite type of cache is a mystery/puzzle cache. I got hooked on them at a very young age when I lived in West Chester, outside of Philadelphia. My father and I would get a copy of the Sunday Inquirer and look for the puzzle challenge of the week. Then we would drive around Philadelphia all weekend, visiting various spots and deciphering the clues, trying to win the contest. It was never about the prize; it was about spending time as a family and mentally challenging ourselves.

Tell us about the inspiration for one of your puzzle caches.
My twin daughters are usually the inspiration for my puzzle caches. That is why I typically have a strong female character in the stories that I create around my caches. One of my favorite caches revolves around my daughter Anna and her love of pirates. A while back Anna had created her own pirate map complete with a hidden treasure. That inspirational moment eventually evolved into “The Adventures of Anna of Ashburn”. Pursuing the cache, you not only visit beautiful spots near water but you also gain a history lesson about women pirates of the Caribbean. The original cache containers were real wooden treasure chests. Through the containers and the especially the storylines of my caches, I attempt to invite you into another world to experience the cache adventure as if you were really there. I also try to incorporate as much factual data as I can into each of the puzzles.

Tell us about a memorable caching experience.
I knew I was close to ground zero. I was deeply entranced looking at my GPS trying to get as close as I could to the exact spot. I briefly raised my head to see where I was going when suddenly I locked eyes with a small animal peering around a tree, six feet in front of me. Suddenly we both froze in our path. Neither of us blinking, each of us waiting for the other to make the first move. All I could think of was, “How am I going to tell my wife that I was attacked by rabid animal?” I quickly looked for something to defend myself. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a couple of hefty branches to my left. Quickly I looked back; he was still peering at me from behind the tree. I began inching my way to the left slowly, never taking my eyes off of the little guy. My left foot was now hitting the nearest branch. I thought to myself, it’s now or never, I quickly dropped down to pick up the branch and regained my footing assuming a defensive posture. Looking back at the little guy, he still had not moved. I stared at him another minute or two and then I suddenly realized that he was actually the cache.

How many states or countries have you cached in and how is it different from the NoVA area?
I have found caches so far in Colorado, Delaware, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. The climate and ways of hiding caches may vary a little bit from state to state; but what I continually find is that no matter where you visit, there are other cachers willing to lend a helping hand.

Are you trying to meet any geocaching goals right now? (a milestone #, DeLorme Challenge, clear off your first 10 pages, etc.?)
For me, it is truly not about the numbers. My goal right now is to teach my daughters the importance of preserving our natural resources. Every time I take them out with me, I try to leave them with something about the natural world around us, so they can carry it forward with them in life.

Tell us what keeps you caching. What do you love about this sport?
I’ll keep caching as long as it remains fun and my health does not fail me. Caching provides me with a creative outlet in terms of creating puzzle caches. For me, I would love to see the day that geocaching.com expands its software capabilities beyond HTML and enters a more interactive arena like macromedia flash, where you, as the cacher, will have a greater interactive experience in solving a puzzle cache. I know in time, our sport will continue to grow bigger and better. Ten years from now we’ll all be looking back, in amazement, as to how far we have come.

Fairfax County Parks Guidelines

The FCPA and NoVAGO are happy to announce the new guidelines for hiding caches in FCPA parks!

On the FCPA geocaching page you will find a list of “blanket approval” parks as well as a web form for requesting permission for other FCPA parkland.

We are very excited about this! It’s been a long time coming and everybody has been patient — but the wait is over! A huge THANK YOU to the NoVAGO members who worked on this project.

For more information, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/geocaching

NoVAGO 2007 Cache Awards

From now and until the 25th of February we will be taking the nominations for the categories below. The list of nominated caches and cachers will be posted for everyone to check out, and then vote on, starting on or before March 1st and will continue until 31st of March when voting will be locked.

The winners will be announced at the meeting in April, in Loudoun County

Please email your suggestions to the following email address:
matsusie(at)gmail(dot)com

Cache Eligibility:

1. Cache must have been placed between 1, January 2007 to 31 December 2007
2. Only 2 nominations per category
3. We will be submitting the top 3-5 nominees in each category for your votes. So the more nominations we get, the easier it will be to discern the best of the best.

The Categories:

Best Theme/Series
Best Kids Cache
Best Location
Best Hike
Best History Related Cache
Best Multi-Stage
Best Mystery/Puzzle
Best Letterbox
Best EarthCache
Cache of Year
Rookie of the Year
Cacher of the Year