NoVAGO 2010 Cache & Cacher Award Honorees

NoVAGO peers selected the following caches and cachers for recognition as the best of the best for 2010.  The announcement was made yesterday at the NoVAGO Spring Event at the Blue Ridge Center.  A big CONGRATULATIONS to those cache owners, and individuals so honored…and a big THANK YOU on behalf of NoVAGO for the contributions you’ve made to keep this pastime so enjoyable for all of us.  Please remember to thank and congratulate them when you see them on the trail, or at a future event.

Best Theme/Series
Alien Invaders by Buglady1 (GC2HHE8 GC2HG5X GC2HHVZ GC2JE0D GC2JE3B)

Best Kids Cache
Fishy Canyon by Ty (of team Serrabou) (GC2FV5Q)

Best Location Cache
Uncached Territory by mapman132 (GC238VA)

Best Hike
Serrabou Cove by Serrabou (GC2895Q)

Best History-Related Cache (TIE)
The 3 R’s 1897 Style by 2Wheel’in (GC25JGA)
Stratford Junior High (Custis Trail Series) by LostDogsArlington (GC2KG0M)

Best Multi-Stage Cache
VSP Sky Meadows Wildlife Adventures by KJcachers (GC24TDY)

Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache
What’s My Sign? by nighthawk700 (GC2GBTG)

Most Creative Cache
What’s My Sign? by nighthawk700 (GC2GBTG)

Most Challenging to Find
LAUREL LEAVES are beautiful this time of year by reedkickball (GC2GF43)

Best Log
reedkickball – Trev’s “InSaNe II” Cache (GCW5RZ)

Best Picture
reedkickball – Nice Waterfall, but where does the water come from? (GC1FD0G)

Cache of the Year
366 Days of Caching- The Long, Long Road by cphug184 (GC2BN10)

Rookie of the Year
seadog129

Cacher of the Year (TIE)
Nemo Consequentia
Nighthawk700

NoVAGO Spring Event At The Blue Ridge Center (GC2RR99)

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz…ain’t you glad you is?  NoVAGO’s first seasonal event the “Spring Event At The Blue Ridge Center” will be held on 15 May 2011.  Come one, come all…you don’t have to be a NoVAGO member, you don’t even have to be a Virginian…whether you’re a new cacher, or an old timer…come on out and meet some great folks, eat some delicious food, and have a great time – it’s guaranteed!!  You can find all the particulars for this event by clicking on the blue title bar for this post.

NoVAGO’s 2010 Cache Awards Voting

Hey!, do you enjoy finding micro caches? – how about traditionals, puzzles, multis….does just finding a cache of any type brings a “Smilie” to your face?  Well, here’s your chance to recognize those caches and cachers that bring you so much joy.  Voting instructions and the list of NoVAGO’s 2010 most outstanding caches and cachers is below …and it’s time to pick your favorites by voting.  The polls close at midnight on April 30th, and the most outstanding caches and cachers will be announced shortly thereafter – probably at the NoVAGO Spring Event.  Please take the time to vote.

 


NoVAGO’s 2010 Geocache Awards

Below are the caches and cachers up for awards. Votes will be accepted up until midnight May 10th. Vote by picking one cache or cacher from each category, and email your votes to: 2010awards@novago.org Please include your geocaching userid.

There will be extra incentive to visit these caches, in the form of another cache, Coming Soon!, that you can log after you fulfill the requirements for the cache.

I’ve created an annotated bookmark list with all the nominated caches.

Here are the nominees listed in each category:

Best Theme/Series
Arlington Park Series (APS) by Nemo Consequentia & GrandmaMoses (GC27BV0 GC27BVY GC27BV3 GC27BW1 GC27BV6 GC27BW5 GC27BVD GC27BW7 GC27BVM GC27BW9 GC27BVR GC27BWB GC27CWM GC27CXB GC27CWX GC27E3W GC27E44 GC27E41 GC27E47 GC27E42 GC27E4A)
The Triwizard Tournament by wesmsl (GC2JQDE GC2JTX9 GC2JTXK GC2JTY5 GC2JTYM)
Alien Invaders by Buglady1 (GC2HHE8 GC2HG5X GC2HHVZ GC2JE0D GC2JE3B)
Things found in my basement by Bill.on.the.sly (GC255R1 GC27BN6 GC27BMZ GC28G4N)
Size Matters? by Bill.on.the.sly (GC2AEBP GC2AEBV GC2AG15 GC2AH85)

Best Kids Cache
Fishy Canyon by Ty (of team Serrabou) (GC2FV5Q)
Gone Bananas by mobywv (GC2FEEX)
Farm Kids’ Cache by The VanDucks (GC2AXG9)
Diary of a Wimpy Cache by GoL1ttle10 (GC2DVYA)
SNAP-CRACKLE-POP by 2Wheel’in (GC2D6MN)

Best Location Cache
I Spy a Fisherman by Serrabou (GC29YA7)
“Run, Get to the Choppa’!!!!” by GunRunner762 (GC2F63F)
Neglected by flyingmoose (GCZM93)
Uncached Territory by mapman132 (GC238VA)
Heir To The Throne by flyingmoose & Zygote2k (GCT8X8)

Best Hike
Serrabou Cove by Serrabou (GC2895Q)
Uncached Territory by mapman132 (GC238VA)
I Spy a Fisherman by Serrabou (GC29YA7)
Ten Dorks a-LARPing – NoVAGO 2009 Cachemas by Serrabou (GC21Q90)
Donaldson Run by LostDogsArlington (GC27K3E)

Best History-Related Cache
ALLH #20- Ash Grove Mansion by cphug184 (GC2KN4E)
The 3 R’s 1897 Style by 2Wheel’in (GC25JGA)
Stratford Junior High (Custis Trail Series) by LostDogsArlington (GC2KG0M)
DS #9 – A Big White Oak and a little history by TeamObbie1/Dirt Stumpy (GC23A17)
Dranesville Tavern by JRockford (GC25WD2)

Best Multi-Stage Cache
Daddy – I wanna Pony! by 2Wheel’in (GC2C3Q0)
VSP Sky Meadows Wildlife Adventures by KJcachers (GC24TDY)
ANTs in the Poplar Tree by 2Wheel’in (GC2H2YG)
Alien Invaders: Russian Olives by Buglady1 (GC2HHVZ)
Gone Fishin’ by NetworkCacher (GC2J862)

Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache
What’s My Sign? by nighthawk700 (GC2GBTG)
Revenge of “What’s my sign?” by nighthawk700 (GC2JK78)
Heir To The Throne by flyingmoose & Zygote2k (GCT8X8)
Western Traveler by mapman132 (GC2HE6W)
366 Days of Caching- The Long, Long Road by cphug184 (GC2BN10)

Most Creative Cache
All Over My New Shoes 🙁 by Jeffnerner (GC2856N)
Park near the ART by 2Birderz (GC24EMT)
What’s My Sign? by nighthawk700 (GC2GBTG)
Revenge of “What’s my sign?” by nighthawk700 (GC2JK78)
ANTs in the Poplar Tree by 2Wheel’in (GC2H2YG)

Most Challenging to Find
The Climb by DisneyFanClub (GC2DYEK)
Things found in my basement #1 by Bill.on.the.sly (GC255R1)
Lincoln Park Swamp by reedkickball (GC2FV7Q)
LAUREL LEAVES are beautiful this time of year by reedkickball (GC2GF43)
APS #09 – Doctor’s Run Park by Nemo Consequentia & GrandmaMoses (GC27BVM)

Best Log
ClarksinVA – What is best in life? – link to log
two000miler – The Palindrome – link to log
reedkickball – Trev’s “InSaNe II” Cache – link to log
nighthawk700 – Dark Matter – link to log
flyingmoose – Cornbread is Extra – link to log
cphug184 – Pi Are Not Squared — Pie Are Round – link to log

Best Picture
marmon69 “Monkey hangin with turtle” – Gone Bananas – link to log
marmon69 “Air predator at 1 o’clock” – “Run, Get to the Choppa’!!!!” – link to log
cphug184 “Riley at the vista” – Compton Peak – link to log
reedkickball “2010-09-29_09-02-46_544” – Nice Waterfall,but where does the water come from? – link to log
Serrabou “found this guy and brought him home to inspect” – Fifteen Two – link to log
ClarksinVA “Fortunately I was able to escape unharmed!” – Gone Bananas – link to log
Serrabou “off to save the world” – Barney Beaver’s Fantasy Story – link to log

Cache of the Year
Heir To The Throne by flyingmoose & Zygote2k (GCT8X8)
“Run, Get to the Choppa’!!!!” by GunRunner762 (GC2F63F)
366 Days of Caching- The Long, Long Road by cphug184 (GC2BN10)
I Spy a Fisherman by Serrabou (GC29YA7)
Joey-Jo Sheepsower Horked His Dad’s Car by Serrabou (GC250NK)

Rookie of the Year
seadog129
ZATnKAT
NitroStein
SK6 Blue
nicole_and_jim

Cacher of the Year
Nemo Consequentia
nighthawk700
NetworkCacher
WWCD
Gaiter Man

NoVAGO “Frozen Event” GC1132A 27 Feb 2011

Come one, come all to what (regardless of the weather) promises to be a warm time with good friends.  Long time geocacher, or just getting started, NoVAGO member, or not…everyone is welcome.  NoVAGO is hosting a “Frozen Event” GC1132A at Lake Fairfax Park, click the blue title bar above to go right to the cache page.

Specifics are:

9am, 27 February 2011
Lake Fairfax Pavilion “K” (next to the lake)
Coffee and other hot beverages along with breakfast pastries will be provided.
NoVAGO Coins and Patches will be available for purchase.
Lake Fairfax Park has many geocaches, and there will even be a few new ones!!
Lake Fairfax Park Ranger attending (tentative).
Maybe a cache run to the BAT-21 caches if anyone is interested (since the final of the series is in the same park.).

NoVAGO Vote 2011: Call for Nominations

Hey, it’s November and that means (according to the bylaws) that it is “Open Season” in NoVAGO!!  What’s that mean??  It means that nominations for the calendar year 2011 Officer positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, Public Relations, and Treasurer) are being solicited this month.  There is an open topic in the NoVAGO News & Announcements Forum (click the blue title bar above to go to it) which explains the time line, nomination procedures, and the voting procedures.  Typically, NoVAGO does a poorer job with elections than the American public does during off-years…let’s reverse that trend.  We’d really like to see lots of nominations, followed by a BIG voter turnout.  You don’t have to be a long time cacher, or long time member of NoVAGO to nominate/vote…you just need to show some interest in your organization!  Please take the time to do so.

The 2010 Officers have done a truly outstanding job, some may wish to run again…others may not – point is, NoVAGO needs interested, enthusiastic  folks just like them if we are to continue to grow.  Please consider running for office, or nominating the individual(s) you feel are right for the position.  (Do get the concurrence of the individual(s) before making their nominations in the forum).  If you would like to run for office, you may nominate yourself…if you feel you just can’t do that…then let another member know and I’m sure they would be happy to nominate you.  Again, the forum topic (blue title bar) explains the procedures clearly – please take a moment to read it.


It is time once again to select those who will be running for the 2011 NoVAGO Officer positions.

There are 5 elected positions and it is best to have competition for all 5. You do not have to have a lot of caches to run!! You only need to have a passion for geocaching and a willingness to be involved.

It is NOT a heavy time commitment. The officers meet 2-3 times per year usually immediately before the quarterly event and we sometimes have conference calls in the evening (another 2-3/year?). Most of the time spent is event-driven and no more/no less than if you arranged the end of year party for yor kid’s team or the neighborhood yard sale. We all do things like that constantly so why not join a group of four others (plus the board of directors) to do the same for NoVAGO!

If you are interested, please post a reply to this thread including the office you are interested in holding. I will update this post with nominees next to the office listed below and we will assemble a ballot by December 1st and have an email address open for voting at that time. Winners will be announced January 1st.

If you want to nominate someone else for a position, please ask if they are interested before doing so. If they are interested, nominate them here and they will be added to the list.

Please note, EVERYONE can nominate and EVERYONE can vote … not just the “oldtimers”. It is YOUR organization … please take part …

The current nominees for the officers positions are: (Check back here later for updates)

President : flyingmoose
Vice-President: Serrabou
Public Relations: BugLady1
Treasurer: Nemo Consequentia, KanukGirl
Secretary: TeamObbie1

If you have any questions, please post them here or contact me offline.

cphug184 (Chris)

NoVAGO’s Fall into Geocaching Event

Hear ye!!  Hear ye!!  Come one, come all…NoVAGO’s “Fall into Geocaching” Event is scheduled for Sunday, November 21st 2010, at Occoquan Regional Park.  If you’ve attended a NoVAGO seasonal event before…well, you know what a great time it will be, if you’ve never attended…then here’s your chance to experience NoVAGO at its very best!! A special invitation is extended to the new members of NoVAGO…come on out and put faces to names…this is a perfect way to do it.  Good food, good friends, and a darn good time guaranteed!!!. The event page has been published (GC2EVEX).  There are quite a few existing caches in the park, and even more next door in Laurel Hills Park.  Talk it up, plan to attend, and get ready for a great time….see you there!!

Brambleton Fall Festival Cacher’s Corner

The Brambleton Fall Festival includes a Geocaching Event!!!   They have set up a special area at the Brambleton Welcome Center for cachers to meet at the Fall Festival that will run from 4-7 pm on Saturday, October 9th 2010.
There will be snacks and drinks, and bathroom facilities available as well. There will be plenty of fun for the entire family. This will be the launch date for several new cache’s in the community, and we will have limited edition Geocoins available to the first 90 people to locate all these new cache’s and return to the Cacher’s Corner with the passwords from the cache’s. Feel free to bring friends, as we’re planning on introducing many new people to Geocaching at this event.

Mountain Trailmasters

Title: Mountain Trailmasters
Location: Sky Meadows State Park
Link out: Click here
Description: Like a good walk? Enjoy exploring the forests, mountains and trails? Here is the popular Occoquan and Potomac Trailmasters series redux except using trails and caches along the Shenandoah and the surrounding Mountains.

Calling all Mountain Trailmasters to meet with fellow hiking enthusiasts. Enjoy a chance to talk to others about some of the great caches, hikes and experiences you have had while walking the parks and trails in the foothills of the Appalachians.

Where: Sky Meadows State Park
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010
When: 11:00

There are many trails along the foothills of the Appalachians including Sky Meadows, Wildcat Mountain, Shenandoah, and the George Washington Forest These parks and caches overlook the trade routes of Native Americans and early settlers, were surveyed by George Washington, bore witness to epic battles of the American Civil War and now serve as an area of beauty and escape for the Trailmasters. How many of these trails and parks do you know? We have assigned a subjective (and arbitrary) point value to each of the caches in this general area. Can you get 50 points before the event? 100 points? How many do you have now?
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2010-10-23

Wolf Run Shoals CITO

Title: Wolf Run Shoals CITO
Location: End of Wolf Shoals Road
Link out: Click here
Description: If you missed the last CITO we hosted, this is your chance to come visit another gem of an area accessed by the Bull Run/Occoquan “Blue” Trail. We will meet at the posted coordinates, chat for a few minutes, and then head out on the trail for a few hours of cleanup. We will convene back at parking and have some refreshments.
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2010-09-11

SUMMER EVENT: NoVAGO’s Scorching Sortie to the Pony Barn GC2BMJ8

Your attention is invited to the NoVAGO’s “Scorching Sortie to the Pony Barn” Summer Event…come one, come all – everyone is invited: members, non-members, visitors, and the curious. The event will take place on 8 August 2010, at the Pony Barn Pavilion, Reston, VA.  If you’ve attended a NoVAGO seasonal event before…you know what a great time it will be, if you’ve never attended…well here’s your chance to experience NoVAGO at its best. Good food, good friends, and a darn good time guaranteed!!!.    Please click on the blue title bar for this post to go right to the cache page, then log your Will Attend note, and mark your calendar.  Our summer event will also feature the ever popular Silent Auction…please check out the NoVAGO Event Forum to review the topic on the Silent Auction “Primer” and Auction Catalog .  See you in the Barn!!!