Saturday, May 9, 2009

Question of the Day #185

Stars sparkled in a black sky at Yosemite National Park last night as we stared up beyond the pine trees. When the lights of plane streaked across the darkness, someone asked me, "Where do you think that plane is headed?"

"I don't know. It's hard to tell what's north or south."

All the friends on our cabin's porch began pointing in opposite directions.

"That's north."

"No, that's north."

"That's south."

"Suzie, look at the moon and think about where it rose at your house the other night," N said.

Thursday night, the moon had risen over the southern wall on my deck, creating palm tree shadows while N and I grilled.

I studied the sky. The moon was in front of me, straight up.

"Okay, then that's south. Which means if the plane is going that way, it's probably headed to San Francisco or San Jose."

"Right!" N said.


"You think?"

"I don't think so."

Everyone muttered as they stared up. And in all that quiet, in the middle of nowhere, there was a certain calm in knowing that we were all turned around together.

So when was the last time you had absolutely no idea where you were?



  1. When I moved to Arizona and didn't have the Ocean to my East. Everyone out here gave directions by the mountains. I had no clue at the time which mountain was in what direction. Took me a while to figure that out.

  2. On the way to the Azanin Dance Garden ( please view post on April 26th). Being driven about by someone who did not know the way too!! Luckily, all's well in the end.
    Have to say, not very good about north, south, east and west !! Therefore hubby has bought Garmin, a GPS gadget.

  3. When I first moved to Cairo, Egypt! It was so crowded, no matter what time of day or night you went outside, I felt claustophobic and lost.

  4. Yosemite sounds heavenly.

    I always seem to be lost. My sense of direction is horrible! The running joke in my family is if we are lost and I suggest going one way, my husband immediately goes in the opposite direction.

    Strange but I like being lost. Sometimes you find the most amazing surprises.

  5. I've gotten "lost" walking out of a ladies room!
    But having just returned from China, I have to say
    Thank goodness for a good guide!, because we rarely knew exactly where we were, but it was an exraordinary adventure!

  6. I never know where I am when I'm in Boston. After 13 years of visiting once to twice a year I'm not totally and completely lost but I'm never volunteering to drive either.

  7. The ocean is on the wrong side on this coast!

    Anyway, going down into the subway last night, I lost perspective on which way was north, but got on the right train because the signs said 'this one'.

  8. The last time I got lost... hmm... I can't recall anything right now. May be because I only go to familiar places lately or I would get lost all the time ;).


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