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    Re: Lost people DO follow circles, says research
    From: Michael Dorl
    Date: 2009 Aug 21, 20:38 -0500

    
    A few personal anecdotes...
    
    We live on the border of a few thousand acres of public State of
    Wisconsin Land.  We routinely get people coming to our door who have
    managed to get themselves lost.  I've noticed this is more apt to happen
    on cloudy days when people don't have the Sun as a reference.  Last year
    during the annual deer hunt, we had a guy come to the door a bit after
    dark.  He had no idea where is was nor did he really know here he had
    parked his car.  There are four parking lots around the border of the
    area..  After having him describe where he parked, I was able to figure
    out where his car was  and drove him there.
    
    Some years ago we did a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
    This is huge area located in Northern Minnesota.  There is an even
    larger adjoining area in Canada called the Quetico.  Anyway we had gone
    about 15 miles into the area by canoe camping along the way.  We decided
    to take a hike on one of the hiking trails.  My group stopped for lunch
    but I walked ahead a bit and came upon a area full of blue berries.  I
    was so intent on picking the berries, I lost track of where the trial
    was.  After a bit of aimless exploring, I decided I had better either
    stand still until the rest of my party got worried enough to come
    looking for me or at least not make my situation worse.  I could have
    easily wandered off and been hopelessly lost.  Anyway, I put my coat as
    high in a tree as I could as a kind of benchmark.  I then explored the
    area keeping within sight of my coat until I happened on the trail.  I
    retrieved my coat and returned to my lunch.
    
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