I got myself into a predicament a few weeks ago when I spontaneously decided to hike down to the mouth of a river, on a newly cut trail. For several reasons I decided not to return the same way but to explore the area and go back to the road along the riverbank. This turned out to be a very bad idea because at several areas there was no choice but to walk in deep muck past my ankles. The whole hike was a struggle and I would not do it again unless I was prepared for such conditions. On a positive note, I certainly felt like an explorer, like I was at a place no one had been before. The scenery was very beautiful and there was lots to discover. It was a spiritual experience and will remain in my memory for a long time.