Tuesday, September 13, 2016

North Carolina Geocaching, Upcoming Events and The "COVETED" SNAP!!! Cache of the Day Award

North Carolina Geocaching

Nana & I teamed up with Jim & Lynne (jtmlam59) last Saturday (9/10) and headed towards the NE part of North Carolina to see if we could grab some geocaches.  We had a target list of 47 caches some of which neither had found, some that SNAP!!! had found and some that jtmlam59 had found.  SNAP!!! ended the day with 23 finds while jtmlam59 had 25 smilies.  We did have some trouble with a few caches and even had 2 caches where even a TACO (telephone a cache owner) did not help!!!  

We did hand out a few favorite points during the day.  Here are our favorite caches found Saturday.

GC4690C - Bridges of Perquimans County
Hidden by pattycake3
A nice size cache uniquely hidden.

GC5ZKZN - Up River Cemetery - Est 1865
Hidden by steve-n-kim
Nana loves cemetery caches!
A fairly easy puzzle cache

GC6NDBT - daddy rayrays cache
Hidden by pattycake3
an evil evil cache

GC6K2BA - Betweixt and Between
Hidden by Wheels
cute with a little bit of trickiness

Here are some other events in the area we plan to attend.
 Mark your calendars – hope to see you at some of these events!

Saturday – September 17 – Norfolk, VA
GC6RCQ0 – Calvary Cemetery CITO
Calvary cemetery Norfolk
9 till 10 AM
you will earn a souvenir for attending this CITO
Saturday – September 17 – James City County, VA
GC6QHZ7 – Powhatan Creek PADDLING EVENTure
Just off of the blueway
10 till 11 AM
Tuesday – September 20 – Virginia Beach, VA
GC6Q9N0 – 3rd Tuesday – HIDEY AWARD RALLY – GCHR Sept Event
Rick’s Cafe
6 till 8 PM
Saturday – September 24 – Virginia Beach, VA
GC6RM57 – Clean the Lakes Natural Area - CITO
Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Nature area
9 till 11 AM
you will earn a souvenir for attending this CITO
Tuesday – September 22 – Chesapeake, VA
SUBMITTED - GC6RGY0 – AACC – September 22, 2016
Elizabeth River Boat Landing Park
4 till 6 PM
Tuesday – November 1 – Virginia Beach, VA
GC6Q9TM – The Nominees Are…..
Rick’s Cafe
6 till 8 PM
Saturday – January 7 – Virginia Beach, VA
GC6HYJ2 – 10 Years! Milestones M-n-G and Hidey Awards!
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
5 till 9 PM
The "COVETED" SNAP!!! Cache of the Day Award

Every day we go out geocaching, we award favorite points to the caches that 1) make us smile, 2) we really like or 3) make us wish we had thought of that.  Then, later in the day, when all the caching is done, we sit and discuss the best of the favorites.
That discussion takes anywhere from 1 minute to sometimes 30 minutes.  We are trying to figure out which cache was not only the best cache of the day but which cache, if any, was worthy of naming as the winner of the "COVETED" SNAP!!! Cache of the day Award.

People ask us what it takes to be a winner of the Cache of the Day Award – well…. good container, lovely scenery, takes us someplace we didn’t know of, sometimes it is getting caught by the CO, sometimes it is just how the cache hits us.

Listed on the right hand side of this blog (towards the top) is a list of pages.  Each year, 2016, 2015, etc. has it's own page.  The 2016 page lists all the winners of the "COVETED" SNAP!!! Cache of the Day Award.

So far this year there have been 28 caches awarded this prestigious daily award and all of those are eligible for the "SUPER-COVETED" SNAP!!! cache of the Year Award.   The idea of a Cache of the year came to us in 2011.  We took each of the winners of the Cache of the Day and laid them all out and eventually came down to 3 or 4 best of the year.  Here is the small list of each year's winners:

In 2011 we took a trip to Pennsylvania and visited GC59AF: Thousand Steps Cache.  To this day both Pam & I think of it as our best cache ever and it was named the 1st SNAP!!! Cache of the Year.

The 2012 winner was in Smithfield, VA,  GC3PTB0: Smithfield's Porcine Parade.

In 2013 the winner was a WVTim cache.  GC44RDE - The Key is the Key.  Note: This cache is now archived but there is a cache just like it in Virginia Beach - see GC59VFY.

In 2014 the winner was a great Wherigo cache in Norfolk: GC4XD7M - The Hermitage Gardens: A Walking Tour - hidden by Prytz+1.

In 2015 the winner was a fantastic cache just outside Clarion, PA: GCT397: Train Trestle Falls - hidden by Captain Crash.

Till next time!!!
Stay Safe & Keep Caching!!!

Suffolk Nana & Papa - - - or just plain ol' - - - -  SNAP!!!  

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