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 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.


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

Best Volunteer

Cacher of the Year
TheUnstealthy Monkey

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.
  • 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:
  • Caches will roll out over the next few months. You can find a bookmark list here –>

NoVAGO Cache Award Nominations

Start leafing through your cache lists, logs and pics! It’s time to start the nominations for the NoVAGO 2019 Cache Awards! This is the time to show your appreciation for those that go the extra mile in the caching world.
Nominate your favorites here –>
As an added incentive for showing folks love, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win TWO geocoins at the close of the nominations on February 15th.

Nominations for NoVAGO Officers


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:

Vice President
Public Relations

You can find details about these positions in the NoVAGO By-laws ( ). Nominations will close on December 15, 2019, at which point any necessary ballots will be assembled and posted. Please send nominations directly to: .

NoVAGO’s 2019 Geocache Awards: Call for Nominations

😎 👏 NoVAGO’s 2019 Geocache Awards 👾 🥰

Each year NoVAGO honors some of the best caches that were placed in Northern Virginia. Cache nominations and awards are a chance for you to recognize the efforts of fellow NoVAGO cachers who have placed hides that you have enjoyed. Please consider sending in nominations, we need your input 🙏

This year, we’re starting early. From now until (date to be announced) we will be taking nominations for the categories below (see this post for a description of categories). After the nomination period ends, the list of nominated caches and cachers will be consolidated into a ballot and be voted on by all NoVAGO members. That’s right, even if you didn’t submit nominations, you are encouraged to come vote. Winners will be announced at NoVAGO’s 2020 Spring Event, date TBD.

For now, the Best Other category will be used to collect Letterbox Hybrids, Earthcaches, Whereigos, and Events. If warranted, a separate category may be created on the ballot if any of those types receives an excess of nominations.

Email your suggestions to the following address: Please include your NoVAGO username with your nominations. Alternatively, you can use ➡️ this form to enter nominations. 🌐

The Categories:

  • Cache of the Year
  • Best Theme/Series* (three or more caches in a series or that share a common theme)
  • Best Kids’ Cache
  • Most Outstanding Location/Scenery
  • Most Creative Cache
  • Most Physically Challenging-to-Find Cache
  • Best Historical/Educational Cache
  • Best Camouflage
  • Best Multi-Stage
  • Best Mystery/Puzzle
  • Best Traditional
  • Best Other (Letterbox Hybrid, Earthcache, Whereigo, Event)*
  • Best CITO*
  • Best Log on a Cache
  • Rookie of the Year (any cacher that found their first cache after August 1st, 2018)
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Cacher of the Year

*Series, Events, and CITOs sponsored directly by NoVAGO are not eligible for nominations. (Individual caches that are part of a NoVAGO series are eligible.)

Cache Eligibility:

1. Cache must have been published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019, and still active as of early 2020.
2. As many nominations per category will be accepted, however try to keep it to 5 or under per category. (Many emails/form entries are fine, and you don’t need to have a nomination for each category with each email)
3. Caches must be within Northern Virginia, (NoVa will be defined as Alexandria (city), Arlington (county), Clarke (county), Fairfax (county), Fairfax (city), Falls Church (city), Fauquier (county), Frederick (county), Loudoun (county), Manassas (city), Manassas Park (city), Prince William (county), Stafford (county), Warren (county), Winchester (city))
4. We will compile the nomination submissions and you will be voting on the top nominees in each category. So the more nominations we get, the easier it will be to discern the best of the best. You do not need to have found a cache to nominate it.

You will get a confirmation email when you submit nominations via email.