|Garage ho! Shovel ho! [Insert music for video game character finding useful tool here.]|
|Now we need to head due west to the edge of the shed, at which point we can turn and head toward the big tree along the dashed black line.|
|Compass says the first tree is on a bearing of 330° from the southwest corner of the shed. What a magnificent tree. It must be a tree from heaven. Actually, it is a tree of heaven, an invasive species imported from China. Fun fact: the bruised leaves smell vaguely like peanut butter. Don't eat them. Katie says, "We can also see the tree next to the 'X' on the map. Why don't we just walk there?" Because the map says we have to go by the big tree, Katie! Who knows? There might be bandits or crocodiles along the direct route.|
|There's the X! It's not red like the map shows, but this must be it. Time to start digging!|
|A hastily-constructed wooden trunk buried in a shallow hole! How mysterious! Whoever buried this treasure must have been worried about getting caught.|
If this practice exercise didn't make sense, check out a real orienteerer's guide with a different kind of compass. For more advanced exploring, there are other things to think about, like the difference between true north and magnetic north and the inherent uncertainty in getting and following a bearing (especially with a little compass like ours!), but for now, we at least know how to find buried phones in the backyard.
What kind of buried treasure have you found in your yard? What was a situation where you really needed your compass? Let us know in the comments section below!