How do you find your way back to civilization if you find yourself in the middle of nowhere.?
It took awhile. After I had travelled billions if not Trillions of light years away, finding my old home would be impossible. It would be like finding a particular grain of sand on a beach on the other side of the planet. Then I realized it to be some kind of wormhole and that all I had to do was hop back in it and wham, just like that I travelled Trillions of light years back to where my body is still running its material course. So now I come back to see how things are. Then just like that I can go again when I see all is well.
Sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
According to the Forest Service. follow a drainage or stream downhill. This is often a difficult path, but could lead to a trail or road.
You and Rebecca are right. Walking downhill will eventually get you to a river and to civilization. If you have an idea of where you are, the sun can orient you; all you need is a couple of sticks. I used a similar technique to get out of a swamp when I knew which side of the road I was on but little else. We just had to walk up the road for a minute or two to get to the car.
Finding a river and following it downstream would be good.