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Bog Hopping

Submitted by  on May 6th, 2011

I was out walking today and had to come back via an unplanned route; a route that had I had any choice in, I’d have avoided as I suspected it would be a smidge muddy. However, there I was, confronted with the reality of the situation and, initially, although the path was 3 inches or more deep in water I was able to avoid it by scrambling up a parallel bank. I was about 500 yards from the car and saw that I was confronted by more and deeper puddles.

I should mention at this point that this area is home to a well known bog. I looked, assessed my options and decided that rather than face the known hazard of these puddles, I’d take a chance and go off the path and try and pick a parallel path back, hopping from grassy hassock to hassock. Initially this seemed to be working, but as any of you who have tried to navigate through marshy ground will know, you never know when you are on solid ground. I was only about 20 feet from the path and suddenly found myself up to my knees in cold water and rather wishing I’d just marched through the puddles on the path! Suddenly, 20 feet seemed a long way!

The odd thing was that once I got back to the path, I thought nothing of any the puddles or mud, and having already got thoroughly soaked, it hardly seemed such a big deal. It left me thinking:

  1. Sometimes the known problems are better than just hoping there is a better way.
  2. That just accepting a bit of something you don’t want can definitely be a the lesser of two evils, and
  3. Once the worst has happened, it is often not nearly as bad as you feared.

Have you ever made matters worse by trying to avoid problems?

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