We are in danger of losing old skills.
Sometimes, having these somewhat old skills can garner ‘Hero Status’ recognition in the camp ground.
Perhaps it’s just me, but it’s so easy to download that next app on the phone or buy that latest IT hardware to fill what we feel are missing bits of information in our lives.
And let’s face it, many of these modern-day luxuries (or are they already essentials) have only been around since the ‘90s – and later.
I’m thinking mobile phones and GPSs – and even computers and the dreaded internet.
So, it is with great pleasure that I look up at the setting sun and feel confident that I have a knowledge of the inner workings of the universe that allows me to predict how much time I have until sunset.
With an outstretched arm and all my fingers, I’m able to see how much time I have until the light starts to really fade.
You see… at arms length, each finger-width distance from the sun to the horizon is approximately 15 minutes. So, one finger width is 15 minutes until sunset; two would be 30 minutes; three 45 minutes and so on.
Now, most of us were born with four fingers – so that’s an hour. Coincidence? Perhaps…
That’s just one handy trick that you can share with your friends – or not. Imagine your camping compatriots’ astonishment when you pronounce that it’s about 25 minutes until sunset and you prove to be right. They’ll possibly bow down before you.
There’s so many other tips and tricks that the sun, the moon and the stars are just screaming at us. All we need to do is listen.
I plan to bring you so many more as we travel down this road together.
Keep safe and keep your eyes on the sun.