Narrative Essay : Lost in the Forest

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So there I stood, no clue about my surroundings in a place I had never been before. Being in a forest all alone with nothing but a barely sharp pocket knife is a bad place to be but I had no choice in the matter, I was lost. I knew the first thing I had to do would be to build some kind of a shelter, something to keep me out of the weather and safe from any animals wanting to eat me. Next, I would need to find a food source abundant enough to last until I could be found.

So I set out to find a perfect spot. After walking for hours I came upon a stream that would be a perfect place to find a never ending food source. With it being spring, the fish would be starting to spawn, and with hibernation season ending, smaller game would be coming out to feed and drink from the stream.

This would also be the ideal spot for me to build my shelter. The area of the stream is location had a fairly wide open clearing, so it would be a good place to stay close to, and a good place to start a signal fire big enough to be seen easily seen from the air. I made a pretty basic shelter. I made a typical lean-to with branches I found lying around. I first found two tall trees kind of close together with branches about five to six feet from the ground.

Next I took the branches I found lying on the ground and attached them to the trees. With the frame now in place, I began adding to the frame by laying other branches onto the support beams to make a back wall and putting leaves and grass on top to help keep rain out. After finishing the shelter I covered the inside with leaves and grass to make a soft place to lie.

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