If all else fails, there are some traditional and time-proven ways of ascertaining which direction you’re moving in. Wake up early, and if you’re facing the sun, you’re facing east because the sun always rises in the east; when the sun sets, it always sets in the west. If it’s at night, you can use the stars to guide you, so brush up on your astronomy a bit so you will recognize the main constellations to use. If it’s overcast, but you’re in a wooded area, look to see if there is any moss growing up the tree trunks: make it a point to remember that moss always grows on the north side of a tree. There are also many navigational aids you can buy and bring along with you. One of the most important would be a map of the area you’re in.
It will let you know how far away you are from civilization, as well as highlighting any major bodies of water for you. Most cell phones, even if they don’t have enough reception for you to just call someone, have a built-in system that can help search and rescue teams in locating the area you’re in; if you want to go a bit more high tech, you can always buy a GPS receiver that will pinpoint exactly where you are via satellite so your rescuers won’t have to waste additional time trying to cover a more generalized search area.
Another navigational device we use is a globe: this spherical version gives a perfect view of our earth and is a great tool to use when studying the different processes and relative phenomena in regards to our beautiful home planet. The earliest use of globes has been traced back to the fifteenth century. Most globe-makers use the highest quality research and cartographic tools to design globes. This ensures the most accurate directional, dimensional, distance as well as location information regarding any countries and their respective continents all over the world.
Thanks to technological advances, we now have digital globes that produce an even more accurate, sometimes almost life-like raised relief representation of the earth and all its natural wonders. Using satellite images to relay the information requested, images appear on the screen, producing a television-like picture for the viewer. This device would be exceptionally handy to have along with you whenever you venture into the wilderness. There are even celestial digital globes for those of you who didn’t have time for that astronomy class ( ahem! ).
If you just couldn’t leave home without your laptop computer, there are also virtual digital globe interfaces that will help you to find your location, with some being extremely advanced in how exactly they are. The great thing about these virtual globes is that they can be used if you’re offline or logged in to the internet.
Just keep in mind, that although technology is great, unless you have solar-powered cells, they do run on batteries and will eventually run out of juice, so don’t completely depend on that latest gizmo of yours. It’s always best to have at least a basic working knowledge of how to navigate yourself out of danger!