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NoVAGO's Best of 2018 Challenge Mystery Cache

Hidden : 04/16/2019
Difficulty:
4.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:


This is a CHALLENGE Cache. The Cache IS at the Posted Coordinates but you MUST complete the challenge before logging a find.

This is a continuation of the yearly series of challenge caches for NOVAGO's Best Caches - for 2018 - this cache is along Fairfax County's Cross County Trail.

To log this cache, you must find the specified number of caches with more than 5 Favorite Points and Placed in 2018 in the NOVA area.

Since 2006, the Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization (NoVAGO) has sought nominations for the outstanding caches placed in the previous year. Then NoVAGO has placed a challenge or bonus cache to encourage area cachers to find those nominated caches. This year's cache is along Fairfax County's Cross County Trail (CCT).

(In years' past, the bonus cache was tied directly to nominations for the NoVAGO Annual Cache Awards; this has changed this year so please read the details below.)

To qualify for this challenge you need to find at least 25 caches that satisfy these criteria:

1) Was placed in 2018;
2) Resides in one of the counties/towns associated with Northern Virginia (see list below);
3) Has garnered 5 or more Favorite Points.


Here is a challenge checker to help you quickly determine if you qualify.

PGC Checker

If you would like to learn more about this process, you are welcome to visit the NoVAGO awards forum post describing the annual awards.

The cache IS at the listed coordinates.

If you are in need of some caches to help you qualify, here is the list of NoVAGO's Best of 2018:

If you are just getting started in caching, this is a great list of caches with which to start (watch out for those tougher caches).

Let us know how many you have done in your log and we hope you enjoy them all. Click here and find out.

Nominated Caches:

Best Theme/Series (three or more caches in a series or that share a common theme)
Planetary Pursuit by Awesnap (6 caches)
VA Craft Breweries by lwillie63 and Awesnap (9 caches)
Doggo Walking by frumiousb (9 caches)
Wordgames by zgrav (3 caches)
Hidden Creatures by BurkoCat (4 caches)
Girl Scout troop 854 by The girls of Girl Scout troop 854 (5 caches)

Best Kids Cache
MUSTCACHE! by MJBinski
SURVIVOR18: Suburbia by rlobecker
Four Numbers by rlobecker
WMBD: Ellie Returns to Lacey Woods Park by platoaddict
Terra Incognita by hrothroc

Most Outstanding Location/Scenery
Herding Herons by Serrabou
MUSTCACHE! by MJBinski
SURVIVOR 18: The Lost Road by freddiecrs
War Time Tagging Virtual by reedkickball
A Walk Around Green Springs Garden Park Virtual by Aronel
The Monkey Has Found A New Treehouse! by TheUnstealthy Monkey

Most Creative Cache
Four Numbers by rlobecker
SURVIVOR18: Lowering the Bar by 4EverYoungs
SURVIVOR18: Mayfield Earthwork Fort by Awesnap
SURVIVOR18: Merge | Chickahominy by Serrabou
SURVIVOR18: Suburbia by rlobecker
SURVIVOR18: The Boston Rob Conspiracy by Pengie123

Most Physically Challenging to Find
SURVIVOR18: Cockpit Point by Hooclass2002
SURVIVOR18: Purgatorio by zgrav
Intersection by flyingmoose
Herding Herons by Serrabou
SURVIVOR18: Tribal Council by ZippyFinn

Best Historical/Educational Cache
Robert E. Simon’s Town by schwandt
SURVIVOR18: Mayfield Earthwork Fort by Awesnap
War Time Tagging Virtual by reedkickball
SURVIVOR18: Culper Spy Ring by MJBinski
Alexandria, DC by stolaf

Best Camouflage
The Stamp Act by Awesnap
Not Nice by kiisikwa
SURVIVOR18: Tribes by ZippyFinn
The Day The World Became Real by Pengie123
SURVIVOR18: Mayfield Earthwork Fort by Awesnap

Best Multi-Stage Cache
SURVIVOR18: Suburbia by rlobecker
Herding Herons by Serrabou
This Library Cache Will Dewey Decimate You! by Awesnap
SURVIVOR18: Loftridge Tree Mail by SP4FUN
The Day The World Became Real by Pengie123

Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache
SURVIVOR18: Lowering the Bar by 4EverYoungs
Dr. Gaston Tuyau’s Hidden Research Notes by Nothereeither
Anniversary Cache, Two Become One by nondescript
Princess Talent Show at the Hall of Doom by Awesnap
SURVIVOR18: Culper Spy Ring by MJBinski

Best Traditional
Four Numbers by rlobecker
SURVIVOR 18: The Lost Road by freddiecrs
The Monkey Has Found A New Treehouse! by TheUnstealthy Monkey
SURVIVOR18: Puzzle Challenge by sassyinmyheart
I’m Still Standing by Dragon and Phoenix

Best Letterbox Hybrid
MUSTCACHE! by MJBinski
SURVIVOR18: Merge | Chickahominy by Serrabou
Calendar Man Stole Batman’s Magnifying Glass by Awesnap
SURVIVOR18: Tribes by ZippyFinn
WMBD: Ellie Returns to Lacey Woods Park by platoaddict

Best Other (Earthcache, Whereigo, Event, Virtual)
SURVIVOR18: Eating Challenge by ZippyFinn
BARROVIAN RHAPSODY EARTHCACHE by DePhogration
ehcacoeg esrever naelcm by platoaddict
Robert E. Simon’s Town by schwandt
War Time Tagging Virtual by reedkickball

Best CITO (Cache In, Trash Out)
“The Shoveler” Needs A CITO! by MJBinski
Mayfield Fort CITO IV by Awesnap
Cache Mob – Ramble around Lake Mercer- CITO + Hike by vpdj
3rd Annual Occoquan Paddle CITO by Hooclass2002
Occoquan Elementary School IV by Awesnap

Cache of the Year
SURVIVOR18: Lowering the Bar by 4EverYoungs
Four Numbers by rlobecker
SURVIVOR18: Suburbia by rlobecker
SURVIVOR18: Mayfield Earthwork Fort by Awesnap
MUSTCACHE! by MJBinski
SURVIVOR18: Eating Challenge by ZippyFinn
The Day The World Became Real by Pengie123

Northern Virginia is defined as: Alexandria (city), Arlington (county), Clarke (county), Fairfax (county), Fairfax (city), Falls Church (city), Fauquier (county), Frederick (county), Loudoun (county), Manassas (city), Manassas Park (city), Prince William (county), Stafford (county), Warren (county), Winchester (city)


This cache was placed with permission from the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ovfba - Fubhyqre uvtu va qrnq gerr

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)