We can only reason that had we been camping in a wooded area, the problem would likely have been compounded. So what's to do?
We can hear a lot of, "Use your GPS, silly!" coming out. And we do have a GPS. But depending on your GPS' abilities and mapping software, that may or may not be of help. For us, our GPS didn't display anything other than the main road running through the BLM area – trails and side roads, nada. While we could "spot" our camp site on the GPS, it would only give us a general idea of where we wanted to be, but no specifics on just how to get there.
Now there are some GPS units that have a "breadcrumb" system. When setting out from your site and heading back to the main road, spot your site, and turn on the "breadcrumb" system. This sets up a file in your GPS unit that takes into account distance, direction, and turns. When it's time to come back, call up your breadcrumb trail file and your GPS will give you a steer – even if it doesn't have a specific road in its permanent memory.
We talked to the folks who market the locator, and they tell us that it will also guide you if you're driving off the beaten path. Just set your 'come back to this" point, and head out. Recall your "home" point when you need to get back, and get a clear set of directions for getting there. Disclaimer time: We've not tried it, but we think it's worth a further investigation. Here's a link.
There are also some apps for smart-phones that claim to do a similar job. If you've tried any of these, please let us know. Write russ at rvtravel dot com.
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