In the event you are lost in the wilderness without any GPS technology or a compass, think again before using this myth as a guideline to point you in the right direction!
Fact – it’s true for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, that the path of the sun is always to the south of us. Fact – with the sun to the south, that side of tree gets more light throughout the day, leaving the north side in shade, hence moist, cool and shady. However, consider this:
When your cable goes out, you get stressed… When you get stressed, you need to get away… When you get away, you take a walk in the woods… When you take a walk in the woods, you get lost… When you get lost (and you forgot your GPS or compass because you were so stressed), you find a tree… When you find a the tree, you locate the moss… When you locate the moss, it means north, because that’s what you learned in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts… When you head north, you find yourself in the Amazon jungle… Don’t get lost in the Amazon – get Direct TV!… Better yet, don’t ever trust the moss myth!
Fact – If the moss is on a tree that is heavily sheltered by other trees, it can grow on any side from any direction. There endeth the lesson!