So imagine you are marooned on an island and you don’t have a compass. The horrors! Which is worse, being marooned or not having a compass? You will need to practice your orienteering skills… of course you may need to figure out what orienteering means! A few things you can do is look up at the sky when you wake in the morning. The sun will rise in the east and set in the west. You should be able to figure out what direction is what by that. If you are still confused you can look for a tree and find the moss growing on it. Generally, the moss will grow on the shady side of the tree, the north. I think my biggest question wouldn’t be what direction was what…You are on a island, no one is around so what difference does knowing what north is? Well, at least finding north would give you something to do.
How to celebrate – Find your directions without a compass. Buy an extra compass in case you lose one. Avoid wearing red in any shade.
Where is your compass when you need it!?! I don’t know about you but whenever I go on a boat I make sure I take one with me. But that’s not what today is all about, it’s about being marooned without a compass. If that happens, you need to look for obvious things that let you know what direction is what.
There are simple ways to know where you are. The sun rises in the east, sets in the west so you can use that. You can also set your way by finding the North Star in the night sky and set your way by that. You can look at the moss growing on the trees, seeing which way your shadow falls and using something that casts a shadow as a sort of sundial.
However this brings up a totally different point. You are marooned. Do you really need to know what direction east of west is anyway? I mean, where are you even going if you have a compass? You may know which side of the island is the east coast or the west coast but does that really matter?
And then, maybe you don’t want to get rescued! There can be good reason for staying where you are forever! So in short, if you are marooned without a compass I think this may be the least of your troubles. After all, what good can a compass do you if you don’t know where you are in the first place!?!
How to celebrate – make sure you carry a compass with you. Give a compass as a gift. Just don’t get on a boat today.