Spotlight Cache: Kindness Rocks!

#WorldKindnessDay (November 13) Today we’re celebrating #WorldKindness Day by spotlighting the most colorful cache location in Leesburg. Kindness Rocks! (GC9RXFB) by HyperactiveGirl, is not your typical location. In a quiet neighborhood near the Potomac River is a home decorated year-round with a message – you matter. The Kindness Rocks Project is a national grassroots movement to spread kindness to strangers, one painted rock at a time. Messages written on colorful rocks are meant to offer encouragement, inspiration, comfort and more to unsuspecting strangers who find them. One of the leaders of the Leesburg group, Margie Hunter, has taken a leap … Continue reading

Spotlight Cache: Turning Point Suffragist Memorial

Spotlight Cache: Turning Point Suffragist Memorial #ElectionDay (November 8, 2022) #spotlightcache Today’s Spotlight Cache is Turning Point Suffragist Memorial (GC9CBRG) Women were not included in the U.S. Constitution until the 19th Amendment. Did you know that it took 72 years to pass and ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution? The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial is the first national memorial for the women who fought to win the right to vote. The memorial tell the stories and experiences of generations of these women so that future generations can better understand their sacrifices. It was because of their courage and determination that we … Continue reading

Geocaching.com Drops Benchmarking

Geocaching.com Drops Benchmarking Geocaching HQ made an announcement on October 17, 2022 that they will be dropping Benchmarking from the website. As part of their page updates, all logs will be removed. Owners who wish to save this information should do so as soon as possible. In addition, all challenge caches that require benchmark finds will be archived. Benchmark finds will stay in user statistics, so that others can know that you logged some before they were gone. The official announcement was hidden in the release notes within the forums. You can read it it here. Geocaching HQ is recommending … Continue reading

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Getting Permissions to Place Caches: Be a Good Neighbor

Getting Permissions to Place Caches Be a Good Neighbor #NationalGoodNeighborDay (September 28) Did you know that one of the missions of the Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization is to promote local land use policies when placing their geocaches? Our local reviewers, YetAnotherReviewer and CardinalReviewer, help maintain a geocaching wiki page where you can find many of Virginia’s localities and their policies. Remember to always seek out permission when placing your caches. You can find that link here: https://wiki.groundspeak.com/display/GEO/Virginia


Spotlight Cache: Book Nook

#ReadABookDay (September 6) Need at book for Read a Book Day? There are many great book themed caches hidden around Northern Virginia. Today we are spotlighting Book Nook (GC68AD1) hidden inside a Little Free Library on a neighborhood street in Fairfax. When I visited this area in 2020, I remember passing at least three other Little Free Libraries on the way to this one. What makes this one special is that it has lots of books AND a fun hidden geocache. The hiding location might take a bit of looking because access is hidden so well, but for those that … Continue reading

Spotlight Cache: If You Want To Run With The Big Dogs… Greyhound

#NationalDogDay (August 26) Its the dog days of summer and no better time to celebrate #NationalDogDay. Today we’re spotlighting a challenging multi-cache hidden in Clifton, Virginia. If You Want To Run With The Big Dogs… Greyhound (GC123T7) was hidden by BBQ back in 2007. Not only will finders get a well deserved block filled in on their D/T grid – this is a 3.5/4.5 – but they will also get to add their name to the log book of Northern Virginia’s elite. Here’s what some of its finders have said about it: “I’m still in shock after this cache and … Continue reading

New Locationless Geocache Available August 17, 2022

New Locationless Geocache Available August 17, 2022 What is the coolest place that you never knew about but found because of geocaching? If there is a special place near you that you discovered in the search of a geocache, its time to share your find with the rest of the geocaching community world wide. August 17, 2022 through December 31, 2023, you can log this unique cache icon (GC9FAVE) by uploading a selfie at your favorite place along with a description of where it is and why you love it. Remember no spoilers if there is a geocache hidden there. … Continue reading

Spotlight Cache: Catnip Scramble

#InternationalCatDay (August 8) Today we’re celebrating #InternationalCatDay by spotlighting this fun Letterbox Hybrid cache in Annandale. Catnip Scramble (GC8471C) was placed by CWillyPngn in 2019. In this fun walk through the park, geocachers will follow Jiji the black cat as he makes his way down trails, through tunnels, and even does a little waypoint projecting before finally getting to a regular sized container. Fans of Studio Ghibli films will immediately recognize this furry companion from the movie Kiki’s Delivery Service. Winner of 2019 NoVAGO Best Kids Cache AND Best Letterbox Hybrid. Congratulations! … Continue reading

Finding a Geocache on Memorial Day – or any day

Memorial Day is holiday to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. While observing Memorial Day, you might want to consider visiting one of these geocaches in Northern Virginia. Semper Fidelis Memorial Trail You will be following part of the Marine Corp Museum’s Semper Fidelis Memorial Trail – about 3/4 mile of walking – visiting statues and memorials along the way. This Werigo geocache by robbitandpaul was a 2015 NoVAGO Cache Award Winner! National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico. The trail is open from 9 to 9 and the museum is open 9 … Continue reading

Fairfax County Offers Geocaching Classes for Beginners

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: March 12, 2022 at Lake Fairfax Park March 26, 2022 at Burke Lake Park April 23, 2022 at Lewinsville Historic House May 7, 2022 at Lake Accotink Park May 21, 2022 at Colvin Run Mill Click here for more information. … Continue reading