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A little while back I decided I wished to take part in the great outdoors and also to achieve some leisuse, excercise and social networking.
I joined a Hiking club.
An early part of the activity involed a cross country jaunt enjoying many of the spectacular views of our wonderfull countryside.
On the rerurn journey our walk included one along the sea shore. This I found easy going and managed to get ahead of the main group out on my own in front. I was pretty pleased with myself at my stamina and easy pace, apparently not enjoyed by all in the group.
I approached some muddy ground where obviouslt the tide had recently receded from. I quickly ventured fourth on my merry way and as I approached a narrow neck of water, seeping down form the land side towards the sea, I took a huge step to pass over the stream. As I reached my footing on the other side to my shock surprise I was up to near my waist sinking in gooey wet gey sticky mud.
After recovering my compossure and shock I managed to withdraw each leg one at a time and recover to more solid footing. I was a mess with mud foot to near waist and as the main group arrived nearby carefully finding a secure footing for themselves I was presented before them in this miserable looking muddy state. This drew a few smiles and smirks from the Group as though to say that'll serve you right pioneering ahead of us and not following the Group Leader.
A lesson well learned for future outings, stay with those who know.