Puzzled? Don’t Fret… Help is on the Way

NoVAGO Puzzle Cache Workshop

Sunday, October 15, 2017 (1:00-4:00 p.m.)

Bull Run Regional Library

8051 Ashton Avenue

Manassas, VA 20109

Having trouble with puzzle caches? There are a lot of them out there. These pesky little devils seem to get filed in one of two places by most cachers. There are them that loves ’em and them that hates ’em. If you are in the latter category (or in the former and just want to practice), this may be the event for you.

This event will be geared toward beginning puzzlers. There will be a session later in the year geared toward more advanced stuff, but for today we want to get folks started. We welcome more advanced folks but don’t want you to be bored.

August 2017 Photo of the Month Winner

Congrats to Mrs. Seadog for her winning photo “Lonely Cacher” and a special “thank you” to Mr. Seadog for braving the elements to make this photo happen.  We also offer a big thank you to everybody who participated in the August 2017 photo of the month contest.

Next months Photo of the Month Contest is now open.  Please post your entries for the September 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.

NoVAGO Celebrates CITO Week with Multiple Fall Events

On Saturday, October 1st 2017 join the NoVAGO for our Fall CITO at Burke Lake Park. This is a popular place for hiking and families with some of the best trails around including a scenic 4.78-mile fitness/biking/hiking trail which loops around the 218-acre lake. It is also home to one of Virginia’s oldest active geocaches! This is an excellent opportunity to give back to Mother Earth by picking up trash and helping with trail maintenance at this great Virginia park all while earning the exclusive CITO 2017 souvenir.

The normal $10 per day Park fee for noncounty residents will be waived by the Park for all CITO participants. You will need to tell the Park Ranger at the gate that you are here for “Geocaching” AND for the “NoVAGO Fall CITO Event”.

NoVAGO Fall CITO at Burke Lake Park

Sunday, October 1, 2017 (9:00-11:00 a.m.)

Burke Lake Park

7315 Ox Road

Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Geocachers who attend CITO’s between September 23rd and October 1st are eligible earn a virtual souvenir for your profile page.  Here are some other CITO week events in Northern Virginia that you can attend: (See cache pages for more details!)

Saturday, September 23rd

Mayfield Fort CITO III

Manassas, VA

Hosted by:  Awesnap

Starts at 9am

Sunday, September 24th

Sunday Morning CITO in Arlington

Arlington, VA

Hosted by: Nemo Consequentia

Starts at 8 am

Saturday, September 30th

Cache Mob trails down the CCT 7/7 – Hike plus CITO

Great Falls, VA

Hosted by: VPDJ

Starts at 8 am


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

Fall Auction List

NoVAGO’s 3rd Annual Hauntingly Familiar Fall Event

October 28th is is quickly approaching and with that comes our annual Fall Event and Auction.  This auction is what sets up NoVAGO’s operating budget for the following year.  Please remember that donations benefit NoVAGO directly. 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 sauctionausages for each of our seasonal events, and covers our web hosting fees.

If you have an item you’d like to donate, please contact Awesnap via a message on gc.com, e-mail, or even Facebook.  Please describe the item, and state your silent auction opening bid if you desire to have one. Pictures are great as well! You are welcome to donate anonymously if you so desire. If you’d prefer, you may also contact any of the other officers. 

Here’s the Silent Auction Catalog, I will continually update the list to add items as they are donated/received:

Awesnap – 84 Different Path Tags that will be sold in 4 groups of 21.

Awesnap – Virginia DeLorme Atlas

Awesnap – Unactivated Geowoodstock 15 Geocoin

Awesnap – Will custom hand carve three Letter Box Stamps  

DePhogration – Two home made bamboo walking sticks

DePhogration – GX Proxy swag

Cache Clown 76 – One custom Wherigo Build

CWillyPngn – One custom Wherigo Build

HooClass2002 – Personalized Kayak Tour of X Marks the Spot

Pirate Rat – Two Western Safety Swivel Lens Headlamps

Pirate Rat – Magellan eXplrist 510 GPS

Pirate Rat – Garmin Etrex 10 GPS

Pirate Rat – Boots & Barkley Pet Treat Bag

Serrabou – 1 Serrabou Puzzle Solve or Escorted Toponaught Adventure or another Serrabou Cache Outing

MrPsyduck & hrothroc – Complete Idiots Guide to Geocaching book

MrPsyduck & hrothroc – Geocaching Starter Kit (Lock’n’lock container, 2 TB’s, 2 bisons, a geocache label, 2 of my homemade log rollers, and more)

Effstop – 2 Unactivated Travel Bugs

tcopkcp711 – 8 Lock’n’Lock Containers

Platoaddict – Unactivated International Flim Festival Geocoin

Platoaddict – Unactivated Travel Bugs 

Platoaddict – Unactivated Travel Bug Car Decal 

Platoaddict – Official Geocaching Swag

Robbitandpaul – Unactivated Geowoodstock 15 Geocoin

Two000miler – 25 Geocache Containers of Various Sizes

Schwandt – Several Cache Crates from Cache Advance


Introducing NoVAGO Spotlight Questions

On August 21, 2017 the first NoVAGO Spotlight Question was been published in the forums.

Last month NoVAGO sent out an email of 5 questions to about 50 of its members old and new on 5 different topics of geocaching.  In the email it said “I am asking 5 questions and just answer with a paragraph, a few sentences, or not at all.  You can be funny (but honest), serious, scary, or whatever.  Then I will pick one question and share everyone’s answers to it in the forums.”  These “rapid quick fire questions” ranged from scary stories, to recent fantastic caches found, and police encounters while out geocaching.

Hopes were that we would here from both members old and new.  Some of our members were spotlighted almost a decade ago, so this was great way to get their voices and wisdom back into the forums in a fun way.

This month’s Spotlight Question you can read all about some of our members most memorable encounters with BEES while geocaching!

If you did not get questioned and would like to please contact Awesnap via his email, facebook, or in the CONTACT US link on this website.