How to read a heading

How to read a heading

(Sixth in a series)

So, you’ve managed to find Old Mad John Redrum’s treasure map and you found the rock that looks like a witch’s nose, and you’ve used your trusty compass to figure out what direction to go.

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Did you ever wonder, how did Old Mad John Redrum even know what direction to write on his treasure map?  I mean, how did he know that you have to walk a heading of 270° to get to the old oak tree? Continue reading “How to read a heading”

Cowboy Candy – sweet pickled jalapenos

Cowboy Candy – sweet pickled jalapenos

_EDP3887One of the most prolific fruits of the garden around these parts are peppers!  In my yard, jalapenos and banana peppers and long green peppers grow like weeds (though I’ve never been able to grow decent bell peppers).

And when I say prolific, I mean just a few jalapeno bushes will wear a gardener out all the way from early-summer until first freeze sometime in October or November.  Each bush can potentially have dozens of peppers on it at any given time, with maybe a third of the peppers being ready to pick every day or two. Continue reading “Cowboy Candy – sweet pickled jalapenos”

How to walk a straight line

How to walk a straight line

(fifth in a series)  So someone (maybe a pirate) or something (like a treasure map) tells you to walk half a mile at a heading of 222° and you whip out your trusty compass and set your DOT (direction of travel) to 222° and orient the compass and you know what direction to go.

But there is still a problem with this.  If you take off walking forward following that DOT arrow,  there are a lot of situations where you could be walking off track but still facing the DOT. Continue reading “How to walk a straight line”

How to find directions with a compass

How to find directions with a compass

(Fourth in a series)

What if you find a treasure map!?  I know, when has that ever happened to anyone?  But still – stay with me for a minute.

If you were to find a treasure map it’d likely to say things like, “walk 25 paces at a heading of 220 degrees from the old oak…”  or maybe, “30 paces straight west from the rock that looks like a witch’s nose.”

You’ll be glad you took the time to learn a few simple compass skills, like finding directions using a compass! Continue reading “How to find directions with a compass”