Teva Tip 10 - Natural Ways to Know Your Direction
There are many ways to know north from east and south from west even if you do not have a compass.
For starters, you can use the sun. Most people believe the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Actually, in North America, the sun rises in the southwest and sets toward the northeast. The further north you travel, the more pronounced is the southern orientation of the sun. This means that you can also use the sun, even at high noon, to locate direction. To do this, place a stick in the ground and see which way the shadow falls. It will point almost due north.
If you live in the high chaparral territory of California, take a look at the hillsides to find your way. Having just returned from the hills of Malibu,
I learned that the north slopes of hillsides are far denser with growth than the southern side of the hills.
Wherever you live, at night, you can follow the path of the moon. If you see a crescent moon low on the horizon, you are looking to the west. If
you see a full moon on the horizon in the early evening, you are facing to the east.
And remember, if you have no set destination and no time restrains – it's impossible to be lost.