Years ago, I was after a cache off Sorters road behind Lone Star college, along the San Jacinto River. I parked in the lot got out my trusty Garmin and headed into the woods.
The woods here are very dense with intertwining thorn bushes. It was really tough going. Came across several gator slides . Finally after about of 1/2 hour of bush wacking,
I got to the area. The canopy was kind of thick too, so my signal was jumping around. I walked around in circles for about 15-20 minutes and then I found the cache ! Ta-Da !
I signed the log and looked around. I had no idea where I was or which way to go. No traffic sounds, nothing. Then I slapped my forehead. I had forgotten to mark my car as a waypoint !
I kept looking around. Nope. No clue which way to go. I thought about calling my daughter and have her park in the lot and blow her horn so I would know which way to go. But, then I would have to put up with listening to her for years !
More sitting on a log thinking..... Wait..... Due west is the river. North the next closest object is Dallas. South is the river. (It curves here.)East is the parking lot or Sorters Road. Either one will get me to a point where I know where I am !
Ah-ha ! My Garmin has a compass ! Just mush due East and eventually I either hit Sorters Road or US-59.
A hour later, I hit a wall of thorn bushes, walked around them and ended up about 20 yards from my car ! hahaha.
Now, when I get out of the car, before I pick up my hiking staff, I mark the car !
And I never had to tell my daughter how stupid I was hahahahaha.
Edited by One of the Texas Vikings, 01 March 2014 - 10:00 PM.