And the 2016 Cache Awards Winners are…

The rains stopped, the sun rose, and NoVAGO members flocked to Sundays ¡No Bull! ¡Pick that up! CITO and Bull Run Bonanza Returns events.  Thanks to everyone who helped out and attended to make this Spring event a success.  We look forward to seeing everyone again in the fall!


Best Theme/Series

Toponaut by Serrabou (12 caches)

Best Kids Cache

The Royal Order of the Holy Mackerel* by CWillyPngn

Most Outstanding Location/Scenery

14 – X Marks the Spot by hooclass2002, rodndor, and reedkickball

Most Creative Cache

2016 NoVAGO Murder Mystery #6: DiamondLog by 4everyoungs

Most Physically Challenging to Find

14 – X Marks the Spot by hooclass2002, rodndor, and reedkickball

Best Historical/Educational Cache

Fort Ward History by Ezio10

Best Camouflage

The Monkey’s Missing Treehouse by TheUnstealthy Monkey

Best Multi-Stage Cache

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by TheMalfoys

Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache

Toponaut: Hemlock 4, Master by Serrabou

Best Traditional

Pumpkin King’s Cave Across Accokeek Creek by sassyinmyheart

Best Other (Letterbox Hybrid, Whereigo, Event)

2016 NoVAGO Murder Mystery #3 – Tony Shark by Awesnap

Best Earthcache

Dr. Funkhouser’s Resting Geology by sassyinmyheart


Mayfield Fort CITO by Awesnap

Best Photo

Sugarloaf Mountain Pond by nothereeither

Best Log in 2016 on a Cache

y = (ZF)x + 3000 by ZippyFinn

Rookie of the Year


Best Volunteer


Cacher of the Year


Cache of the Year

2016 NoVAGO Murder Mystery #11 – The Finale by hooclass2002


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NoVAGO 2017 Spring Event: Bull Run Bonanza Returns

NoVAGO invites to you lend a hand, picnic with friends, and celebrate the 2016 NoVAGO Cache Awards!

We will kick off the day with the ¡No Bull! ¡Pick that up! CITO.  From 10 a.m. until 11:30 we will be helping clean up a portion of a long Cub Run north of Bull Run Regional Park.   This weekend kicks off the 2017 CITO weeks where you can earn souvenir for your Geocaching profile.  As this park is our host for Sunday’s picnic, it will be a great way to give back to the area!

By coincidence the spring event lands in the same park it was in 10 years ago!  We liked the name so much we decided to use it again.  So please join us at our Bull Run Bonanza Returns at Shelter 5 where NoVAGO will be grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs.  Please bring a dish to share and plan to join the fun!

We hope to see you there!

Bull Run Bonanza Returns

April 23rd, 2017
Time: 11:30 am to 2pm
Pavillion: 5


Voting has started for the Annual NoVAGO Cache Awards. To see the list of nominated caches, please visit this forum thread. Once you are done visiting as many of the nominated caches as you want to you can…


Voting is open to all NoVAGO members. Voting will be closed at midnight on March 31st. 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 NoVAGO’s Spring Event on April 23.

Spring CITO Season in Northern Virginia

Earth Day is almost upon us and one of the great ways geocachers can give back to the community is by hosting CITO events.  NoVAGO is proud to host an event created for folks to come and learn how to plan and execute a successful CITO.  Geocachers of all levels are invited to attend and learn about the resources that are available to help you make great CITO events.

Thursday, March 23rd

NoVAGO CITO Workshop

Lake Ridge, VA

Chinn Park Community Room at Chinn Library

Hosted by: DePhogration

7:15 PM to 8:00 PM


Groundspeak has also announced April 22 to April 30, 2017  as the dates to earn a virtual souvenir on your profile pages if you host or attend CITO an event during this time. Here is the list so far of Souvenir CITOs in the NoVA area: (See cache pages for more details!)

Saturday, April 22nd

NEW DATE!!!  Saturday, April 29th  NEW DATE!!!

2nd Annual Occoquan River Cleanup – Paddle CITO!

Brentsville, VA

Hosted by:  Hooclass2002

Starts at 9am

Sunday, April 23rd

¡No Bull! ¡Pick that up!

Centreville, VA

Hosted by: NoVAGO

Starts at 10am


Saturday, April 29th

Chinquapin Park CITO

Alexandria, VA

Hosted by: Ezio10.

Starts at 10am


There are more 2017 Spring CITO events on the way so be sure to check back for more updates!