Go West Young Man!!!
By Montana Grant

Posted: April 13, 2018

Traveling west is great if you know where west is. The other day I needed to pick Mrs. Montana Grant up at the airport. I parked I the arrival area and waited for her to arrive. The cell phone went off as she was asking where I was. I told her that I was at the west end of the airport. She had no clue. Finally, I said “; I am near the rental car area”. Now she knew.

Any decent Boy Scout knows how to use a compass. Millennials use their Compass app on their cell phones. What should you do if you are in survival mode, have no cell signal, or compass?

Try making your own compass! You can construct a basic compass using a few common things.

First cut a small piece of wood, wine cork, or simply use a dry leaf. Magnetize a needle, straightened fish hook, or pin by “shaving” it 20 -30 times with your knife. Make the strokes toward the pointed end.

Now place the magnetized needle on the leave or stick it through the cork or wood so equal lengths stick out at each end. Now place the needle floater into a cup of water or puddle. Watch the magnetized needle shift toward magnetic north. Now you have an idea of which direction to travel.

You can also accept the fact that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Place a marker at each location to understand direction for the day. Maybe buy a small compass that attaches to your gear. Whatever tool is most helpful, it could help you in your future travels.

Know you way to have a great day!

Montana Grant

For more Montana Grant, visit his website at www.montanagrantfishing.com.

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