Captain Stuart, surly an outdoorsman of your stature knows of what Daniel Boone once said: "I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks."
I myself constantly fall back on that when trudging back from my duck blind or deer stand with th girlfriend in tow.
I'm an Eagle Scout, we can't get lost.
NRA Life Member
Ladyfriend: "I need help with the leaves in the yard"
Me: "Controlled burn?"
LadyFriend: "I forgot my Boy Scout turned into an infantry officer."