DePhogration was our Pit Master once again. Hzoi stepped up for an emergency shopping trip to replace the weird, flame resistant charcoal that wouldn’t light. Once that was done, DePhogration soon had burgers and hot dogs sizzling on the three hot grills. The team effort continued when Effstop showed us his skills with a spatula and kept those burgers from burning. Thanks for the getting the main attractions on the table, guys!
As usual, the crowd rolled in and out during the event. Over 50 geocachers logged the event. Most of the group signed the log book and dutifully picked up their icebreaker challenge sheet. An hour or so went by as folks tried to figure out who’d had a ‘stick in the eye’ or ‘cached with a crying child.’ Eventually, someone cracked the code and the party migrated into the park to get the coveted group FTF. Eventually, they came back for another round of food. The 50/50 raffle bucket came around. The pot was $176 thank to our generous members. This helps offset expenses like burgers and buns, but also things like website fees. MrPsyduck was the winner and he graciously gave his half back to the organization. Thanks MrPsyduck! Award winners were announced and a few general announcement were spoken. We had a moment of silence for our caching friend, tmustang1, who passed away a few months ago.
The weather wasn’t looking great, but the rain held off just long enough for the event to conclude. For most of us, the usual post-event caching in the park would have to wait for another day. A few intrepid souls braved the downpour and went for those geocaches anyway.
Fairfax County Park Authority is offering opportunities to discover geocaching around the county. Participants will be with a naturalist and will learn how to operate a GPS unit as well as some of the basics of geocaching. There will be actual geocaching taking place at these events.
Classes are on the following dates are require pre-registration and an attendance fee:
Geocaching HQ has updated Adventure Lab® to give creators/owners the ability to select “themes” for their labs. There are 31 themes and owners can select up to three. Owners of Adventure Labs® should have received an e-mail letting them know how they can add these to their labs. Those who are just creating their labs, will be required to select at least one theme when they are first setting up their lab.
These themes are meant to help adventurers find something to meet their mood. Want to avoid bad weather? Check for an ‘Indoor’ adventure. Want something that’s sure to be kid friendly? Check for one marked, ‘For kids.’
What do you think? Will these new themes influence which labs you chose to work on?
Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization invites you to join our spring picnic. In addition to eating burgers, hot dogs, and potluck sides, there will lots of opportunities to meet nice folks and trade geocaching stories. The award winners for the 2021 Best of NoVAGO will be announced at the picnic as well.
Where: Mason District Park – Pavilion A, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia
Thanks very much to those of you who took the time to send in nominations! We had a lot of nominations this year and have been working hard to compile a list of the most popular for our members to vote on. While not all nominations were able to make the final cut, we were impressed with every suggestion that was sent in to us, making the decisions even harder.
Below are final caches/cachers from all categories for you to look for and vote on. Additionally, Best Photo IS on the final voting form. We invite all adventurous geocachers to go out and start finding as many of these wonderful caches as possible. For a geocaching.com friendly list, click here.
Voting is scheduled to be open for ALL categories April 1-20, 2022. Winners will be announced at our NoVAGO 2022 Spring Picnic and Awards Event on May 1, 2022. Here is the link to vote:
[Update: 2/9/2022: The motion has been passed. 0-votes for no. 23-votes for yes. The NoVAGO bylaws have been updated to reflect the change and can be found here: https://www.novago.org/wp/bylaws]
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A motion has been made to make a change in the current NOVAGO club bylaws. A vote must be put before the membership to approve.
The 2022 NOVAGO Officers have been blessed with more volunteers than our current bylaws allow to serve on the Board of Directors. The current wording of the bylaws allows a maximum of five (5) appointed directors. The 2022 NOVAGO officers would like to be able to appoint no more than six (6) directors.
The new wording of Article X, Section 1 shall be changed to read.
The board shall consist of Current Officers and a maximum of six (6) “Director(s)”of this Organization appointed by the Elected Officers. One Director position shall be automatically filled by the outgoing President. The Current Officers may select any active members at large to fill the remaining positions. Should the past president be re-elected or elected to another office, the position may be filled by any active member. Only Current Officers of this Organization shall retain the powers granted to the board in Article IX.
All members of this page (logged in) may vote for this change January 30-February 5, 2022 at the following link:
JPWAVE and Team_Palazzo hit the garbage jackpot at last years NoVAGO CITO
NoVAGO is again proud to partner with Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District in our ongoing partnership to keep VA parks clean. Join us March 5, 2022 for our Winter CITO and help us clean up the Neabsco Creek area near Eagles Park.
Cleanup Supplies will be provided. Dress well for the weather and put on boots. For you Souvenir hounds out there this fits right in for you to earn your CITO Season 1 souvenir. CITO Season one starts Monday, March 1 and goes through Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
Prince William County parks has come to value NoVAGO and our community spirit. Come out and make our parks cleaner and community better for our efforts.
Santa needs help… save him before it is too late and “Cachemas” is ruined…
WHAT IS THIS? NoVAGO is pleased to announce that a new series began in December. It will consist of 8 new caches, one bonus, and an Adventure Lab and released on each Saturday until the series conclusion. A kickoff event was held in Woodbridge on October 30th.
HURRY! FIND THEM ALL AND SAVE SANTA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!