And the 2018 Cache Awards Winners are…


Despite the rain many NoVAGO members flocked to Sundays Yo Momma Says Clean Up Moore CITO at Claude Moore Park and NoVAGO 2019 Evento de Primavera del Cinco de Mayo Spring event and 2018 Awards Ceremony. Many thanks to the dedicated geocachers who showed up in rain gear to slosh around the park cleaning and to everyone who participated in our annual picnic festivities.  We had 50 names signed on today’s picnic log, but I guarantee there was more than that number of folks crowded under that little pavilion.  Also a special shout out to grill master DePhogration who battled the soggy downpours by fabricating umbrella stands to keep the flames hot and our burgers dry.  After we ring out our clothes and dry off we look forward to seeing everyone again in the fall!

Congratulations to the 2018 NoVAGO CACHE AWARD WINNERS:

Best Traditional

Four Numbers by rlobecker

Best Theme/Series

Planetary Pursuit by Awesnap (6 caches)

Most Outstanding Location/Scenery

The Monkey Has Found A New Treehouse! by TheUnstealthy Monkey

Most Creative Cache

Four Numbers by rlobecker

Most Physically Challenging to Find

Intersection by flyingmoose

Best Historical/Educational Cache

War Time Tagging Virtual by reedkickball

Best Kids Cache


Best Camouflage

SURVIVOR18: Mayfield Earthwork Fort by Awesnap

Best Multi-Stage Cache

SURVIVOR18: Suburbia by rlobecker

Zippy Finn Shining Star Award

“For being the best helper!”


Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache

SURVIVOR18: Lowering the Bar by 4EverYoungs

Best Other (Earthcache, Whereigo, Event)

SURVIVOR18: Eating Challenge by ZippyFinn

Best Letterbox Hybrid


Special Award

For going above and beyond to be a well-informed voter. She traveled near and far and found over 90% of the nominated geocaches:



“The Shoveler” Needs A CITO! by MJBinski

Best Photo

JPWAVE – Ladybug Picnic

Best Log in 2018 on a Cache

I Can’ Believe I Ate the Whole Thing by Awesnap

Rookie of the Year


Best Volunteer


Cacher of the Year


Cache of the Year

SURVIVOR18: Eating Challenge by ZippyFinn


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March 2019 Photo of the Month Winners

Its a TIE! Congratulations to both Zippy Finn for her photo titled “Puddles” and DePhogration for his entry titled “Iced Over.”

Next month’s Contest is now open. Please post your entries for next months edition in the April 2019 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 2019 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.

Introducing “NoVAGO gets Gung Ho at National Museum of the USMC” Adventure Lab

NoVAGO and The National Museum of the Marine Corps invites you to explore roughly 200 years of USMC history by teaming up and creating the new Adventure Lab
When Groundspeak released a limited number of Geocaching Adventure Lab credits to various geocaching organizations around the world NoVAGO was lucky enough to have been chosen. These new adventures are similar to the “lab caches” available at megas but will be in place for a much longer time, perhaps even permanently.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines–past, present, and future.  You can only access the museum during normal open hours and admission is free.
Also if you locate and correctly answer all 10 questions you will also receive coordinates for the mystery cache “Oorah! USMC Adventure Lab BONUS!” which is placed nearby in a Prince William County Park with permission.

March Photo of the Month: Voting open

Happy April, NoVAGO! Hope you marked your calendars for some of our upcoming events and are prepared to cast your vote for the 2018 annual cache awards. Read on for more details, but first, it’s time to vote for the March Photo of the Month.

Various creatures, some water and ice, and maybe an acid trip are all available for your viewing and voting pleasure. Which photo is YOUR favorite? Remember that the photos that receive the most votes each month will be eligible for Photo of the Year accolades. The poll will remain open through April 10.

If you forgot to submit your photo this month or want to get in on the action for next month, we’re accepting submissions now for the March photo of the month contest.


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Hide a cache: NoVAGO’s Annual Series

Have you always wanted to be a part of hiding caches in NoVAGO’s annual series? Not sure who to ask or where to start? Now’s the time to raise your hand and show your interest. We’ve developed a survey for interested COs to submit their cache ideas.

What do you need to know?

  • The D/T ratings for these caches will be no higher than 2/2 to reach broadly across the caching community.
  • Each cache page will include a description that highlights the area, focusing on history and/or places of interest.
  • The page should include links to at least three additional caches that could interest a visiting cacher.
  • NoVAGO will review the proposals and select the cache for each area.
  • NoVAGO will initially publish the caches and will adopt them back to their creators by the end of 2019.
  • Our expectation is all of the 2019 caches will be available through at least the end of 2020.

But what is the theme?

Shh! All will be revealed in good time. For now, we’re just looking for volunteers.

More questions?

Feel free to contact any NoVAGO officers, ask your questions in the comments, or join our Slack workspace. We have a channel specifically for the series.

NoVAGO’s 2018 Cache Awards — Voting

NoVAGO’s 2018 Geocache Awards

Voting has started for the NoVAGO Annual Cache Awards. To see the list of nominated caches, please visit this website post. You may want to spend some time reading the nominees for Best Log before voting. Once you are done visiting as many of the nominated caches as you want to,


Voting is open to all NoVAGO members. Voting will be closed at midnight on April 30th. 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, and prizes awarded, at the 2019 NoVAGO Spring Event, May 5th.