Chapter 11 Summary

Brian is overcome by depression when he thinks about how long it is taking rescuers to find him, but he finds that if he keeps busy he is better able to maintain a healthy mental state. Fortunately, there is always plenty that must be done to ensure his comfort and survival.

Two days after his initial success building a fire, Brian digs a hole near his sleeping area in which to store his turtle eggs, adds wood to the fire, and cleans up his camp. Tidying up consists only of shaking out his windbreaker and smoothing the sand where he sleeps, but it is a routine that helps him maintain focus. Brian has decided to always have enough wood on hand for three days, which is actually a “staggering amount.” It will take all...

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