While my son and I were fishing on the Angelina River near Jasper, Texas, I learned a lesson on having navigational gear close at hand. What happened was, we followed a slough until it came to a main waterway.
There were a couple of issues:
- The waterway was overgrown with lily pads.
- There were several connecting paths.
- We needed a certain path to get back to the boat launch.
- Using Google Earth I knew we needed to head East.
- The time was 1:00 pm and shadows were straight down.
- Neither my backpack, or the boat survival kit had a compass.
- All I needed was a simple compass to know which direction was East.
My son and I were at an intersection with around five routes we could take. Due to the lily pads the boat had limited mobility. The motor had to be pulled up every few minutes to clean the lily pads off.
What we ended up doing was driving the boat in one direction, then checking Google earth with my phone. Eventually I was put on the correct path and back to the boat launch we went.