Four tips to make a splash by hosting a “Drop Anchor” Event

Land ho! At long last, the journey named “2022” is fast approaching the port. Just like any voyage, the route was not always clear. Winds blew, waves rose, and the skies occasionally opened. Then again, how can we know sunshine without rain?

As your home appears over the horizon, a safe harbor is only a short while away. But when you step foot on shore, how will you celebrate? To welcome your arrival, we’ve rounded up some advice on how to conclude the year and begin anew by hosting an Event Cache!

1. Remember your dates! 📅

The Drop Anchor 2022 souvenir is available December 24-31, while the Full Sail 2023 souvenir is available January 1-8. Find a geocache or attend an Event between these dates to earn these souvenirs! If you intend to host an Event, be sure to give yourself enough time. Event Caches must be submitted at least 14 days in advance to allow community volunteer reviewers to double-check the listing.

2. Select the perfect venue! 🗺️

Event Caches take place in venues large and small, indoors and outdoors! To celebrate the conclusion of this year’s voyage, consider revisiting a favorite place from the year. Did you discover a new neighborhood or local business from geocaching?

3. Choose a meaningful time ⏰

The time of an Event is an oft-overlooked way to add nuance and flair! To close the year, consider an evening or late-night Event to conclude the day and the year as well! On a related note, don’t miss the chance to host an early morning or sunrise Event to begin 2023. An Event can welcome both a new year and a new day—simultaneously!

Please note that Events cannot span two calendar days.

4. Consider a CITO Event! 🌱

What’s better than combining an Event with the positive impact of a CITO? Although CITO Season 2 has concluded, the joy of serving your community will always be the wind in your sails. CITO Events are a great way for geocachers to work together for a common purpose to improve, beautify, or restore a natural area.


Do you have plans to celebrate the end of 2022 and the start of 2023? Tell us about your end-of-year celebration in the comments!

Adam is a Community Manager at Geocaching HQ. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, you can find him laying out for a catch in ultimate frisbee, playing the baritone sax, or lacing up his boots to cache on a PNW hike.