My navigation skills are so bad that I even get lost in my dreams.
When I used to go deer hunting, I only had to go 15 minutes away from camp and then take the rest of the day trying to find it again.
One time in particular I was hunting with my nephew and his buddies. Again, I walked just a short distance from camp. But, when it started to get dark I panicked. I even went as far as to shoot three rounds into the air which is what you are supposed to do when you are lost.
However, I learned later that my nephew told his buddies, “If we can still hear him, he ain’t lost.”
As it turned out when they finally did come to get me that camp was less than 100 yards from where I was at.
Then there were those times while I was serving in the Army.
Almost without fail while traveling to Fort Benning, Georgia I was supposed to merge onto I-85 towards Columbus, GA. But somehow I would end up going towards Montgomery, Alabama. Probably because while doing 80 MPH I would say something like, “The sun rises in the West and sets in the East.” And bingo, Alabama here I come.
While training at Ft. Benning I had to deal with the land navigation course. I can still hear the Land Navigation Instructor say, “If you wind up at Victory Pond, you are off the course.”
I took my time and plotted my map. Then I started on the course and when I arrived at Victory Pond, I knew I was off the course.
Time and time again I tried navigating that course. Heck, I even had all the help I could want and just could not grasp the concept. The weird thing was that I had no trouble going from point A to point Z. It was all of those points in between that I could never find.
While working in Columbus, Indiana I knew how to go from my house to the job and back but could not find anything in between.
So, now we live in a retirement complex and I take our dog for a walk every day and as long as I stay on the sidewalk, I can find our way back home.
My wife on the other hand can drive into a town she has never been and within a short time knows where every Wal-Mart is located and has no problem navigating to them or any other location in town.
It is amazing. I found today that they even have a phobia for it…Mazeophobia