Hauntingly Familiar Fall Event Was a Spooktacular Success

Photo Courtesy of Effstop


The last big event of 2017 is over.  The weather was a perfect 70 degrees, the food was plentiful, and plenty of smiles filled the pavilion. Other than the swarm of uninvited yellow jackets everything else was about perfect.

The NoVAGO Lab Cache experience was a huge hit with the attendees, as well was the long awaited return of the event Icebreaker.

Until now, I hadn’t really cared for the Lab Caches but I think NoVAGO did them right!” wrote JPWAVE “Nice job!! Really enjoyed the “NoVAGO Graveyard: Tombstones” Lab Cache!!

Loved all the lab caches but the cool thing I loved most was the ice breaker game turned into coordinated for it’s own cache! Nothing in the world better than that!” wrote Sassyinmyheart “AND it gets you to meet all the new faces and see some accomplishments that old faces have conquered!

The pavilion emptied out for geocaching mid event but the crowds returned in time for the Auction, 50/50, and Pick a Prize drawings.  By the end of the event the logbook had over 50 geo-names scribed or stamped on it.

This was one of the biggest fundraisers we have ever had.  The NoVAGO officers want to express their tremendous gratitude for NoVAGO members and friends for their contributions to make all of these NoVAGO events possible.

Also the officers and directors want to thank all for attending and making this event a huge success.  We also would like to thank Plato Addict, Zippy Finn, Schwandt, and Serrabou for the awesome Lab Cache experience.  We also want to thank Cwillypngn for continuing to build good will with the park and for placing the Icebreaker.

NoVAGO’s 3rd Annual Hauntingly Familiar Fall Event

Summer has passed and fall is on the way. Come and help us celebrate the turning of the seasons by attending NoVAGO’s last major event of 2017. This year’s event will again be held with a Halloween theme.  Attendees are encouraged to come in costume to celebrate the season.

Be sure to log your “will-attend” as early as possible to ensure that we have enough food for the masses.  Attendees are encouraged to bring your favorite pot luck dish, all we ask is that you list what you are bringing in your “will attend” log so that others won’t bring in a similar dish.  As with all of our picnics NoVAGO will be supplying the charcoal, hamburgers, hot dogs, plates, and condiments.

Sunday, October 28, 2017 (11:00 am – 3 pm)

Burke Lake Park

7315 Ox Road Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Burke Lake Park charges a $10 entrance fee per car for non-county residents on weekends. There is no charge for Fairfax County residents. NoVAGO encourages attendees not wanting to pay an entrance fee to carpool or find alternitive parking to walk to the pavilion. For other vehicle fees please visit this LINK.

The silent auction will be going on throughout the event, so come and bid on the many cool items that will be up for auction! Our annual auction is NoVAGO’s main source of income. If you have any donations of items, please let NoVAGO know. We hope to see you all there, and look forward to finishing the year on a high note!

Click Here for a updated list of current auction items.

This is NoVAGO’s primary fund raiser, and it allows us to pay for CITO materials, event pavilion rentals, and furnish the burgers, dogs, and sausages for each of our seasonal events, and covers our web hosting fees.  For more information read How NoVAGO uses its budget.


Earlier this year NoVAGO had a special Pathtag made for our 10 year anniversary. These tags sold out within minutes of becoming available.  NoVAGO is please to announce that we have made a second order of these and these will be available at this event.  Tags are $1 each and sold in bags of 5, 10 or 20.


To help celebrate our 10th year Geocaching HQ has granted NoVAGO three 1 Day Only Lab Caches that will released during the event for all to find.  The link to these labs will be released at the event.

Lab Caches are an experimental often found at Mega-Events. In contrast to other cache types, Lab Caches are not required to have a container and can also be located indoors. This allows Lab Cache owners to innovate and test new ideas to make geocaching even more fun.

Our team is working on putting the final touches on the full schedule, events, food, and geocaches so please check back for updates on the various activities.  We look forward to seeing everyone!

Burke Lake park is asking for NoVAGO members to volunteer time to work with Burke Lake park on their Black Friday scavenger hunt.  For more information contact us at 2017officers@novago.org.

Class is in Session

With laptops, paper, and pens in hand it looked more like a university setting than a geocaching event.  On October 15th geocachers gathered at Bull Run Regional Library and sat at the ready to learn the basics of geocaching puzzle solving.  Since 2011 Two000miler has held 8 puzzle caching workshops throughout the Northern Virginia area.  His class today touched on substitution, playfair, bacon, vigenère, and other cyphers as well as understanding where a puzzle creator can hide clues on a cache page.  His most important advice he gives on solving puzzles is “Read the entire cache page, write down what you know, and look for patterns.”

October 2017 Photo of the Month Winner

Congrats to Serrabou for his winning photo titled “Yesssss? Can I help you?” of a snake that he encountered at M.I.L.L. Race: Barracks.  We also offer a big thank you to everybody who participated in the September 2017 photo of the month contest.

Next months Contest is now open.  Please post your entries for the October 2017 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 2017 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.