Consider thinking “South” for direction

I was having coffee outside on a deck today and decided that I wanted to know what direction I was facing. I looked at my wrist watch to notice the time relative to Noon and it gave me a ballpark bearing on South, because the sun is always due South at Noon (actually, Noon – “Standard Time”). You can use a wristwatch in another way by pointing the hour hand at the sun, then determine the mid-point between the hour hand and 12, and THAT is South. It works whether AM or PM during daylight hours. My thoughts in the past have always been oriented to North, as maps are indexed that way, however, thinking “South” allows me to keep the sun in sight during daylight hours, and allows me to determine direction faster. So, consider thinking “South” next time you’re on an outing and the sun is shining.

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