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Re: BM's Boggy Adventure & BG Pix! Updated 8/2/'21!

Postby Boggy Man » Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:22 am

My July 5'th, 2021 Adventure, Part 2 (Click Here For The Beginning With More Pix)!

Then, I headed straight for my sinking spot to see what it looked like for the first time this year, and mud was already exposed! :D However, the water around it was still a little high, and parts of the edges of the mud were also underwater, which meant that the bog would likely sink under the water :( once I took the fateful plunge! :twisted: I dropped my stuff off at my usual spot in the shadow of some trees to the west, swapped memory cards in my camera, and took photos of the bog, surrounded by my wall of sticks to prevent animals from falling in! I decided to show full-sized 4320 x 3240 photos to really show you a good view of the treacherous mire!

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A full-sized photo of my patch of hungry quagmire, looking east!

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A full-sized photo of my patch of ground that is far from solid, looking roughly north!

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A full-sized photo of my patch of sucking muck that can swallow you whole, well over your head, looking west!

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A full-sized photo of my patch of gulping ground, looking south!


To Be Continued...
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Re: BM's Boggy Adventure & BG Pix! Updated 8/2/'21!

Postby Boggy Man » Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:22 am

My July 5'th, 2021 Adventure, Part 3 (Click Here For The Beginning With More Pix)!

I then headed to the north side of the pond, and took some photos of the mud exposed there, and then took photos of the mud exposed on the south side. This time I am using the usual smaller 1600x1200 size photos:

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Looking eastward at mud on the northernmost part of the grassy meadow around the pond, where a seasonal stream enters from the north (left).

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More mud exposed on the north side.

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Even more mud on the north side.

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Mud and algae where the seasonal stream slowly seeps to the north side of the pond.

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The northernmost part of the mud again, this time looking westward.


To Be Continued...
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Re: BM's Boggy Adventure & BG Pix! Updated 8/2/'21!

Postby Boggy Man » Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:23 am

My July 5'th, 2021 Adventure, Part 4 (Click Here For The Beginning With More Pix)!

Keeping to the west side, I then headed to the south side, and took more pix of the mud exposed there, taking care not to stumble into any soft spots, since many spots seemed to be floating on water:

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Some exposed mud amongst the sedge grasses.

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More exposed mud just to the south of the pond that is to the upper left, kind of like a low boggy "stream" heading south that water slowly seeps through. The mud may be floating on top of a layer of water!

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Looks like something went through this small patch of mud!

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Another patch of disturbed mud!

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A mucky area running through the sedge grassy meadow, likely part of the "boggy" stream seeping between the main pond to the north and a tinier pond to the south.


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Re: BM's Boggy Adventure & BG Pix! Updated 8/2/'21!

Postby Boggy Man » Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:23 am

My July 5'th, 2021 Adventure, Part 5 (Click Here For The Beginning With More Pix)!

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Finally, a photo of a rocky spring in clay mud which is currently covered in algae, on the northwest side of the tinier pond south of the main pond.

Around that time, as I was heading back, I began to feel raindrops! :shock: The first raindrops I felt in ages! It started to shower but then fortunately stopped. When I got back to my things my my sinking spot, I put my camera away, and proceeded to remove the sticks that surrounded the patch of treacherous ooze! But, it kept on starting to rain again with large drops, and would stop, and start up again! :x I finally managed to get all the sticks removed from around my bog, and wanted to take a photo, but I wanted the rain to stop first. I waited by my things, occasionally hearing thunder. When the rain finally seemed to ease off, I took a few steps towards the bog to take a picture, when BOOM! :shock: A crack of thunder had filled the air, which caused me to back away from the water again. Too dangerous to be around water when there is lightning present! :shock: The rain then got heavier :x , making me decide to head back to my bike to have lunch while waiting for this rain to stop.

Leaving most of my things there, I returned to my bike, put on a gray hoodie for extra warmth, grabbed my lunch, and headed into the woods where the trees were largest, and provided the best shelter from the rain. Then, as I snacked on two Pizza Pops, I watched to the southeast the rain falling in the clearing east of where I was sitting, and the downpour seemed to last forever. I watched as it seemed to get heavier and lighter, and heavier again, before it finally started to taper off, and after a while it finally stopped! :)

Everything was wet, and the air felt a bit cool, but since I knew that we were in a warm airmass, I knew that things would quickly warm up soon (the chill would be localized to the area with the shower). While I was waiting for things and for me to warm up, I walked back to the sideroad, and walked northward, up the road from my Crescent pond, towards the third pond (my Crescent Road pond is to the west of another pond the sideroad passes by), with the ring bog, stopping to probe some shallow clay an inch or so deep in ruts (with fresh rainwater) in the road, wishing that I could find deep clay like that. :roll: Continuing on down the road, I never bothered to hike down to the pond to the east, but instead walked as far as where the road turned east, and where an old overgrown trail leads up north, which I would take to access meadows to the north, but not at this time. I looked at some porous lava rocks in the clearing on the west side of the road, and glanced around for the entrance to an old trail to the west, that looped around to connect with the trail to the north, finally locating it. I then headed back to my pond, sun coming out, noticing how the grass was all wet, and water in the grass was feeling cold.

Back at my bog, I was dismayed to see that the pelting rainstorm had filled the low spots between the tiny bumps on the surface of the mud with water, and the surrounding water was slightly higher as well! :x But, I was finally able to take photos of the mire, in the open without all the sticks. I am showing the full size 4320 x 3240 versions for greatest detail:

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Full-sized photo, looking eastward, at my patch of "bottomless" quagmire, after the rainstorm!

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Full-sized photo, looking northwestward, at a patch of wet muddy ground, where the puddles have a "bottomless" "bottom"!

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Full-sized photo, looking roughly westward, at the soggy surface of my sucking morass!

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Full-sized photo, looking southward, at the ground where taking a step into it results in a rather messy and muddy adventure!


To Be Concluded...
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Re: BM's Boggy Adventure & BG Pix! Updated 8/2/'21!

Postby Boggy Man » Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:24 am

My July 5'th, 2021 Adventure, Part 6, The Conclusion (Click Here For The Beginning With More Pix)!

I was disappointed that the clouds and rain earlier in the day had made things get cooler through the morning and early afternoon, at a time when things should have been getting warmer! It was like starting the early afternoon with temperatures just before daybreak! :x But, eventually, the sun was starting to work its magic, and I waited for things to warm up a bit more before finally deciding to have my first sink of the year in bottomless mud! :D Since things were on the cool side, I wasn't going to do any submergences this time. Since I felt that there might be some pockets of water under the mud which would bubble up to the surface, I felt that things weren't worthy of filming, either.

I got undressed, and kept my glasses on. I then headed to my patch of hungry ground, and took a leap into the center of the exposed ground! I quickly got gulped down to my armpits, with some gas farting around me. I then stood still and just rested my arms on the wet surface, loving the feel of softness taking the weight away from my body! :D My first sink in "bottomless" muck this year! :D I lingered that way for a little longer, struggling lightly, and lightly pushing on the surface of the muck without breaking it, making it quake nicely. The tiny depression where the mud met my skin on the surface was full of water (more like a string of water surrounding me), and I knew what would happen once my arms and hands broke the surface. Sure enough, as soon as I plunged my hands and arms down, watery mud and water came up. I then started to mush up the ground around me, because I wanted to make certain all tiny plants sprouting were taken care of, the mud slowly getting swallowed by water. I then started to move around to continue mushing up the mud, and mixing it into the water, but things were a bit on the chilly side, something I was surprised about, especially after all the record heat we had! I started to feel some leg cramps, but they didn't get too bad. I first started to exit on the west side, noticing how I was pulling a bunch of mud up to the surface there. Since that was the side furthest away from the pond, it was usually the thickest side, I decided to turn around and head to the east side, dragging the mud up to the surface there upon exiting instead.

My leg cramps were getting a little worse, but once I was out of the cold mud, it quickly got better. Instead of heading into the water for cleanup, I decided to head down to the north end and try to find the place I had sunk in last year. I then quickly found it, and facing east, stepped into the soft spot, and slowly sunk myself down into it. There was a layer of peaty muck covering a watery layer over top of the stiffer, but soft, main mud there. I worked my legs deeper down into it, and mushed the mud around me, mixing the watery part away, pulling up the stiffer mud from below. I slowly worked myself down to my chest, pulling up mud around me. I lingered for a while, and struggled until I reached full "stimulation"! ;) I could have faced west, and might have had faster results because the mud facing me there was thicker, but this was good enough. :) I enjoyed my sink to my chest, my legs held solid in the thicker muck below, a little bit more, before finally deciding that I should "get out while the gettin's good", before leg cramps return, something that is not a matter of "IF" it would happen, but "WHEN"! :shock: So, I slowly began to work my legs up through the thicker stuff below, rising higher and higher, until I was able to fully extract myself. I then headed to the edge of the floating mat of vegetation on the northeast side of the pond, and proceeded to clean myself off there, before finally returning to my things west of my sinking spot.

I grabbed my camera, and took a photo of my water-covered sinking spot, with a few lumps sticking up here and there:

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The water may be shallow in this patch of bare ground, but its "bottom" is not!

I then spent some time experimenting with some things that might enhance things in the future. I have been wanting to shoot "first-person" sinks again, but had to try and overcome some challenges. An old helmet worked well for my sinks at Harris Creek, since there were no submergences. But, the styrofoam interior would make it next to impossible to pull under. Pulling out the interior would leave a shell that would have a large gap between my head and it, too big and loose. So, I had to work something else out. :? Fortunately, I had some old belts that were partially broken and would have been destined for the garbage. I also sometimes pick up various odds and ends while cycling, and had found some red securing straps in the past as well. I had brought one junky belt and a nail, and managed to make a new hole in it to make it fit around my head (can't remember if i had made it earlier in the day). I tied two pieces of strap to the belt, to have one go over my head from front to back, and another from left to right for a chin strap, and it all fit nicely. By the time it was all done, it was getting too late to do anything more. Trying to mount my Gorillapod and camera would have to wait until my next adventure.

I had to replace the sticks around the bog again, to make certain no larger animals stumble into the treacherous ground, extending it further south because the floating vegetation to the south of my bog was thinning out, with more holes opening, exposing more bottomless quagmire in spots there. I then took a photo of the patch of inundated muck surrounded by sticks:

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My flooded patch of sucking muck, surrounded by sticks, waiting for my return in a few weeks time, when hopefully it will finally be truly exposed, hungry, and bloated with gas!

I gathered my things, many of which were still soaked by the rain, and returned to my bike, where I loaded everything back into my saddlebags, and headed back to the sideroad, then Crescent Road, and then the main road, snacking on a Sweet'n Salty Almond bar, finally getting down into the valley where I was picked up by my dad, after calling him earlier on his cell phone once I had cell service. It was a good thing I had the cell phone in a freezer bag, since it stayed dry through all that rain! My dad said that after he dropped me off, he had hit rain when he reached downtown Vernon, and had to use windshield wipers. But, by the time he got home, it was dry there.

It was a day that wasn't as great as I had hoped, with that day of all days finally having the forecasted thundershowers come true! It greatly shortened my time concerning things muddy. If I had more time, I could have worked the mud looser even more, and perhaps even found a strong pole to poke into the mud and pull up in multiple areas, to try and loosen it deeper down that way, an idea I came up with at the end of my season last year. Perhaps even managing to bring up enough thick mud from below to mix with the water to make the mud all exposed and above the water! But, at least I finally got to sink into mud that is "bottomless", even though I never got to submerge, or make any videos. I even manufactured a makeshift "head mount" for my camera (hopefully it will be a rock solid enough mount), which could allow me to start creating videos that makes the viewer be the one plunging into the mire, struggling before finally submerging in the voracious morass! :twisted:

And so, the wait begins for my next adventure a few weeks after this one! :roll:
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Re: BM's Boggy Adventure & BG Pix! Updated 8/9/'21!

Postby Boggy Man » Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:35 am

My July 30'th, 2021 Adventure, Part 1!

After my last adventure, I waited over 3 weeks for a chance to go on another one! I had to wait until my mom didn't need as much help after her left knee replacement surgery for osteoarthritis the day after my previous outing, and I also wanted to get on top of weeds that were getting ready to go to seed in our raspberry patches and vegetable garden. Once I had that done, then the day before my bikeride, I finally biked downtown and had my first haircut in 16 months, since I had finally had my second vaccine shot several weeks earlier, and then afterwards, had to pick blueberries for my mom. With all that out of the way, I was all ready to go! :D I didn't want to wait any longer, since I didn't want to go on the BC Day long weekend (Saturday July 31'st to Monday, August 2'nd), since I was worried that things might be more busy in the back country. :? It was also supposed to rain for the first time in ages (actually since my last outing) in the middle of the long weekend, which could potentially cover my bog with water, or at least puddles. :? So, Friday, July 30'th was the day I had targeted! :D

Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of forest fires in the Southern Interior, with the largest one being the White Rock Lake wildfire burning just to the west of us! :shock: Because of that, we have been having a lot of smoke in the valley, and the couple of days leading up to my bikeride, you couldn't see across the valley! When I biked downtown to get the haircut, I had to wear a mask all the way because the smoke was so bad! :x But, I knew that on my outing, I would be above most of the smoke! :)

Once again, my dad was reluctant to take me up into the mountains, since he was so worried about the rough road shaking up his truck. He felt that trucks like his new Dodge RAM weren't meant for rough gravel roads, but I felt that he was wrong. But, he was happy with all the work I had done around the farm and how I was helping my mom out as well, so he took me up anyways, up over all the washboards and potholes and gravel, with the smoke thinning the higher we got, the sky getting bluer and the sun getting brighter. He dropped me off at the small grassy, ox-eye daisy-filled clearing on the south side of Crescent Road, the morning air nice and warm at around 26˚C (79˚F). I took my bike for a brief test drive to make certain things worked, before loading up my saddlebags Aside from some slight gear changing issues, it was fine. He then left, and I was on my way, happy not to be surrounded by a milky haze! :D

I then headed straight to my sideroad leading to the three ponds, including my Crescent Road pond. In the past, I would usually check out two ponds to the south of Crescent Road, the second of which usually had mud exposed, but was in full view of the road, but I just wanted to focus on my sinking area! Up the sideroad, after I passed the first pair of ponds, the westernmost my pond, I walked my bike down a small trail over fallen trees and around other trees, to get down to the grassy clearing to the north of the pond, where I dropped my bike off in the shade of some trees, a place I had to use after a larger tree blocked access to my usual drop off point.

I gathered my things, and headed to my sinking area, noticing that all the White Bog Orchids had passed their prime, with flowers turning brown. I was so anxious to check out my main sinking area, I never bothered checking out the exposed mud on the north end, since I knew that my bog would be exposed, making it the best place in the area! :D I was just chomping at the bit to try out my makeshift head mount for my camera, so I could make a first person point of view sink! :D When I reached my area, I was happy to see that, sure enough, the mud was all nicely exposed, looking very hungry! :twisted: I took a photo of the patch of gulping mire surrounded by sticks:

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Looking eastward at a patch of ground that is so treacherous, that I have to surround it with sticks to keep any larger animals from getting sucked in!

I then proceeded to remove the sticks, dropping them into a pile in the grass further on shore, occasionally catching a whiff of swamp gas, sometimes like eggs, from the decomposition going on all the time in the bog, and surrounding area. Once I had all the sticks removed, I grabbed my camera and took more photos of the open patch of "innocent-looking" :twisted: ground, complete with a frog! To get the best look at it, I am including them full resolution (4320 x 3240):

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Full-sized photo, looking eastward at a patch of ground that supports the frog easily (can you see it?), but much larger animals, not so much!

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Full-sized photo, looking roughly northward at the patch of quagmire that is going to swallow me whole! Can you spot the frog? Most noticeable on the right side, there are also some sort of animal tracks from something that ventured out but was light enough to just make imprints!

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Full-sized photo, looking roughly westward at the treacherous patch of muck that can give you a very muddy full-body workout if you were to step into it! The frog is still there!

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Full-sized photo, looking roughly southward at the patch of ground where I wish a female was there, trying to catch the frog! Here froggy, froggy, froggy! Ker-Phlup! Then the fun begins!


To Be Concluded...
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Re: BM's Boggy Adventure & BG Pix! Updated 8/9/'21!

Postby Boggy Man » Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:39 am

My July 30'th, 2021 Adventure, Part 2, The Conclusion (Click Here For The Beginning With More Pix)!

I then took a close-up photo of the frog on my bog, and posting it in the smaller 1600 x 1200 resolution:

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There's a frog on my bog! Anyone trying to stand where that frog is would be in for a muddy surprise!

Now that I had finished taken photos of the bog with the frog, after getting out my breathing hose in case I wanted to have an extended "stay" beneath the surface later on, it was time for me to start working on mounting my Gorillapod to my makeshift head mount. I first took out my old white Speedo latex swim cap to put on my head, but once again, it was stuck to itself, and I had to work at peeling it apart, noticing that one corner, for some reason was partially melted into a goo. :? It had a slight tear from before, which had me worried about it failing. So, I was all prepared, and had bought a new Speedo swim cap (white with a green spotted pattern outside and green inside) the day before, this time not latex. After getting my old latex swim cap completely unstuck, I tried slipping it over my head, and sure enough, it tore apart. So, now it looked like I would be using my new swim cap from now on.

While snacking on a couple of Pizza Pops for lunch, using a couple of shoe laces, I worked on securing the Gorillapod's knobby "tentacles" to the head mount (one tentacle was intact, another had a few knobs broken off the end, and the third had most broken off, leaving a short stub of only a few knobs), with the longer two tied to the belt that goes around my head, and the shorter one tied to the red strap that fit over top of my head from front to back. I had set the picture format to 16:9 for the video. When I screwed the camera onto the Gorillapod, it felt quite solid, but the camera was sticking out too far from my head, which was not good. :? So, I had to take it apart and turn the Gorillapod around, re-securing it with just one longer shoelace this time. When I screwed the camera back onto the Gorillapod, it felt solid, and sat rather snugly against the center of my face, against my nose. I had the wrist strap removed from the camera so it would not be in the way or get wet or muddy. I then took some pieces of plastic wrap from one wad I had with me, and proceeded to wrap up the tentacles and the rest of the Gorillapod. I then took another piece of plastic wrap from another wad that I was keeping extra clean in a freezer bag, and carefully wrapped it around my camera, making certain that no part of the camera was exposed to the mud. I stretched it over the lens of the camera, making certain there were no creases, and that everything was covered. But, it tore on one side, forcing me to remove it and replace it with another clean piece of plastic wrap. I went over it all very thoroughly, stretching it over the lens to make it appear invisible, making adjustments to parts covering the Gorillapod as well, and then finally, I felt it was all complete! :D I would never attempt this without a waterproof camera!

I first decided to do a test recording to make certain that the image quality wouldn't be compromised by the plastic wrap, so just holding onto the camera with the head mount, I pressed record and walked over to the south side and then the north side of my sinking spot, and moved the camera around 360˚, and then stopped the recording. I returned to my things where it was shaded, and played the recording. I was surprised to see that there was no glare whatsoever when it was facing southward, in the direction of the sun! :D The image was crisp as well, with no smudging, frosting, or smearing! :D So, the video of a sink from my perspective was a go! :D

I had my junk shorts on, but wasn't certain if the new swim cap would handle the pressure of putting the head mount over top. So, I decided to just go without the swim cap, since I just had a haircut, and my hair was so short that it would dry out quickly in this heat. Since the camera would be against my face, I couldn't put my swim goggles on either. So, my eyes would be going under the mud unprotected (except for closing my eyelids).

Back at my things, I was all excited, and making certain everything was perfect. I was concerned about the wind that would occasionally come up, since it could interfere with all the sounds I wanted the camera to pick up, especially the bog's farts! So, I had to make certain that the wind had died down first. Since it was from the south, I decided that perhaps facing northward would help shelter it from the wind. I also decided to try and perhaps face slightly eastward, to try and avoid noticeable shadows from the sun, which would highlight my camera and its mount. With everything planned out and the wind having died down again, I pressed the record button on the camera to start the recording, put the head mount on my head, and made certain the camera was positioned properly. It was too bad I couldn't make out anything on the screen with it so close to my face, since it would have helped to get instant feedback! But, I just had to go on the faith that I had everything set up properly, and that it would all work out! :?

With the upside-down camera mounted on my head and recording what I was seeing, I headed through the grass over to the south side of my bog. After a brief pause, I then took a leap in a northeastward direction right into the middle of the patch of sucking quagmire, landing up to my chest in the farting morass! The mire turned out to be thicker than I had anticipated, meaning things were progressing faster than I had thought! :) I looked around, and then began struggling, pushing my arms down, breaking through the surface, and churning the mud around me, exposing its rusty brown interior. It heaved and quaked and farted around me, as I continued to mush it up around me. I looked at the doughy surface as it was rising up my right shoulder. I continued struggling as I slowly got sucked down deeper and deeper. As it rose up my face, I had to raise my head up to keep being able to breathe. With my head upturned, I found the suffocating ooze kept on trying to cover my mouth before it got over my eyes! I struggled some more before, finally taking a deep breath and then pulling myself down the rest of the way, the camera sucked under with me! Then, I quickly resurfaced, and took in precious lungfuls of air! I wiped the mud from my head and camera, and worked myself up higher, the mud still farting a bit around me as I worked myself higher and pushed more mud off me. I then slowly worked my way through the thick, batterlike ooze towards the north end, where I finally dragged myself up out of the muck onto the grass, and wiped the mud from my body back into the bog. I removed the headmount, and pressed what I hoped was the record button to stop the recording, but was uncertain. I tried several times to make sure. Then, I headed into the water to quickly swish the mud off the camera and head mount and returned it to my things, pressing the record button once again, to then see that I accidentally started another recording, which I then quickly stopped.

I headed into the water to clean off, the yellow waterlily rhizomes providing a nice solid foundation to stand/sit/kneel on, although I could stand in the soft bottom as well to clean off. I had to swish away sediment to keep the water clear for immersing my head. I cleaned my head completely, and my front and shoulders and kinda my back. But to better clean my back, I had to go onto the floating vegetation at the edge of the pond and lay down on my back, with my weight forcing it underwater, and then rubbed my back side to side against the green vegetation (tiny rushes and perhaps some grass). I then returned to the water, where I splashed clean water onto my back, and then stood up and continued to clean myself lower down, until I was all clean. I also washed my junk shorts and hung them on a dead alder.

All clean, I returned to my things, and carefully unwrapped my camera and unscrewed it from the Gorillapod. There were a few drops of muddy water on it, which I quickly removed with my t-shirt. I was then all ready to check out the results of all my work! :D All excited to see my latest creation, I sat down in the shade with the camera, and played the video, having to turn the camera upside down, since the video was taken upside down. But then, came an extremely huge disappointment! :( The camera was pointing too high, with the entire video consisting of the sounds of my heavy breathing, sinking, struggling and the mire farting, but with a view of only the surrounding grass, with only brief glimpses of the edge of the mud and sometimes my muddy hands/arms! :x Then, the view of the surrounding grass turned to the view of the blue sky (with some footage of a fly flying overhead), and then the sun with a bright vertical line, before the mud finally closes over, with some crackling sounds. Then it is black and silent, and then you can hear my breathing again as I resurface, and then the blackness disappears as I wipe the mud away from the camera, with you able to see things again between fragments of mud, with more view of the grass at the edge of the bog as I slowly wipe mud away from me, and slowly work my way to shore. Once in the grass, the video ended, so I did stop the recording right away.

So, that was a major letdown! :( What I had hoped to be a perfectly executed first sinking video was ruined by a bad camera angle! :x That was the same thing that happened years ago when I tried doing a first-person video in that same bog (back when it was small, before I had enlarged it) using a different camera. I wished that I had done a test video with the camera mounted on my head to make certain that the camera was looking in the same directions I was! Then, perhaps I might have then figured out something that would have worked better! :? I grabbed the camera, changed the format back to the regular 4 x 3, and then took a photo of the patch of mire that had swallowed me and my camera:

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Looking eastward at a patch of ground that had swallowed a 6' 2" man with a camera mounted on his head, who then escaped its deadly, sucking clutches!

Anyways, it was time for a personal sink. I was naked, and put on my swim goggles this time, so my eyes wouldn't get mud in them this time. Not too long ago, I purchased a bottle of a fog protection spray, and subsequently cleaned my swim goggles at home with soap, and then applied the spray, so I could avoid having the goggles fog up. I just hoped it would work. :? I then walked northward through the grass, away from my bog first, and then turned around, imagining the following fantasy scenario:

I had heard about a patch of mud that was so treacherous and deadly, that it regularly swallows animals, and sometimes people, and sucks them down so deep, their bodies are completely unrecoverable, lost forever in the muck! :shock: I knew that it was somewhere in this area, and heard that it had just recently sucked down some large animal, so all I had to do was walk around, looking for a patch of mud that had an obvious disturbed patch in it, where that animal had vanished was now lost forever! Then, I came across a break in the grass, and in the muddy ground, was a patch of churned-up mud that looked like it had indeed swallowed something big! :shock: Being adventurous, I walked over to the west side, and facing east, I carefully extended my feet out into the center of the undisturbed part, and then stood up, sinking down to my chest, and slowly getting sucked deeper, the mire farting around me! As I struggled in the doughy ooze, imagining that if I didn't get out of this suffocating mire soon, that I would soon be lost to the sucking muck forever as well, my stimulation quickly exploded! :D

After the release, it quickly felt as though my body temperature had suddenly dropped, as I went from feeling warm to chilled. I lingered there a bit, and struggled some more, before working myself up and then crawling over top of the mire, mushing the surface, and just enjoying the upper warmer layer of cushiony softness embracing me. :) Each time I stood up, I could feel the colder mud deeper down, but higher up, it was being warmed nicely by the sun. I mushed up the surface around me, and layed on my stomach, struggling a bit more, and enjoyed playing in the mire for a little longer, before finally getting out. I washed my hands before taking off my goggles, which were getting fogged after all! :x Perhaps I didn't clean them enough before applying that fog prevention coating. :? I would have to redo it at home before the next outing. I cleaned the a little bit of mud off the strap of the goggles and hung it on the same dead alder that held my junk shorts.

I then got back into the mire again, facing east, and sunk slightly deeper, enjoying myself some more, before dragging myself out again. Finally, I stepped back in one more time, and this time, I was holding onto the breathing hose, and slowly sunk myself lower and lower into the hungry mire, turning my head upward as the mire rose towards my mouth. As the suffocating ooze was getting close to covering my mouth, I bit onto the end of the hose, and slowly struggled myself down deeper, the hungry quagmire sucking shut over my head, my hose then being my only source of air. I inhaled through the hose, and exhaled through my nose, the air escaping to the surface. As I struggled myself down deeper, the air I exhaled was starting to phlup, phlup, phlup to the surface. I occasionally felt the flat surface of the mire above my head with my hands, loving the feel of being totally devoured by the suffocating ooze! :D I struggled and worked myself deeper, the mud deeper down stiffer, but still giving way beneath my feet! I wished I had my goggles on, since I was concerned about mud getting into my eyes, even though they were tightly closed. Looking from the top, you would find it hard to believe that the "innocent-looking" :twisted: patch of mud had sucked down a 6' 2" man beneath the surface, except for the presence of a hose that was slowly getting sucked into the mud, two hands sticking up out of the doughy surface, and bubbles continuously farting at the surface, from the bog passing gas from my escaping breath! :shock:

Finally, I decided that it was time to get out, working myself up through the doughy, suffocating muck by working my feet up and bending my knees, then wiggling my upper body up through the thick mire as I straighten my legs, and then repeating the process. But, I noticed that I was bent over a bit backwards, and the more I worked myself up, the further back I was getting! So, I had to stop working myself up towards the surface, and instead had to wiggle my upper body forward through the thick batterlike mire into a more vertical position, a movement that I was really concerned about, since pressure against the front of my head could bring back my neck pain, which hasn't been persistently bothering me in years, just briefly! :? But, I had to get vertical before finally working myself back up all the way to the surface again, and dragging myself onto the grass on the west side, where I had entered from, pushing the mud from my body back into the bog.

I then returned to the water to clean myself off completely again, once again using part of the floating vegetation mat at the water's edge to scrub my back to loosen the mud before returning to the pond to splash water over my back to clean it off. It was nice to have the water fairly warm on top, which made immersing my head more comfortable. After cleaning myself off, I air-dried, with my short, recently cut hair drying off fast in the warm air, without giving me any chills, the reason I didn't need the swim cap this time.

I noticed that the sky, which had been so clear and blue, had been getting increasingly milky from more smoke as the late afternoon progressed, with the sun starting to get a bit obscured. I noticed that the sun was also a bit further down in the western sky than I had anticipated (where did all the time go). But, it was still quite warm, and comfortable. In fact, I warmed up so quickly, and the air felt so nice, that even though it was around a quarter to 6 PM, and I knew that I should call it quits and start setting up my wall of sticks around the bog, put my things away, get dressed and leave, the alluring look of the doughy, quivering, sucking muck was just too much for me to resist! :D

So, against my better judgement, this time with my glasses on, I took one final plunge into the soft, gulping mire, sinking back down to my chest, where I struggled and pretended I was going to be sucked under, although I wasn't going to get my head muddy this time. I lingered and struggled, loving the feel. In fact, each time I had sunk back into the mud, the colder mud deeper down was getting progressively warmer from absorbing my body heat from the last time I sunk into that particular spot! :) That it made it just that much more difficult to leave! I lingered and struggled, but while the feel was intoxicating, I was no longer able to get full stimulation. :? So, after some more lingering and struggling, I finally made my way to the edge and dragged myself out, pushing the mud off my body back into the bog to try and not lose too much of it.

I then, once again, for the final time, returned to the water to clean myself back up again, and then had to do some other cleanup, such as my head mount, and the Gorillapod. I started to put a few sticks back into place, when I remembered that I had forgotten to take a photo of the quivering, churned-up bog! So, I grabbed my camera, and took a photo of the mesmerizing muck (I am posting the full size 4320 x 3240):

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Full-sized photo, looking southward at the patch of doughy, suffocating quagmire that had swallowed me whole twice this day!

I then proceeded to put the rest of the sticks back into place around the bog, including in front of more of the fragile vegetation south of the main bog, since it too was getting potentially hazardous for heavier animals. I had it done in 10 minutes, and took another full-sized (4320 x 3240) photo:

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Full-sized photo, looking eastward at a muddy spot that is so treacherous, that it has to be protected by a wall of sticks to keep larger animals from stumbling in and getting stuck!

By the time I had organized my things, including putting my breathing hose back in its hiding spot, putting the wrist strap back on my camera and switching memory cards in my camera, it was already after 7 pm, more than an hour later than I should normally be heading back! :shock: I returned to my bike, put everything back in my saddlebags, walked my bike back through the side trail over some fallen trees back to the sideroad, and back to Crescent Road, and I was on my way back down the road to the valley!

I noticed how the smoke had thickened up higher in the sky, but at the level I was, the haze wasn't too bad. Once I got far enough into the valley, I was able to get cell service, and contacted my dad, who was on his way. When I biked out of the bush and onto pavement, the thick smoke in the valley really hit me, and I could really smell and feel it! My dad picked me up at roughly the same area he had picked me up before, since the timing of my dad leaving after my call when I got cell service was roughly the same as before. Since it was still light out when he picked me up, I felt that I had made the most use of the warm day. :)

Then, the mood of the evening suddenly took a frighteningly guilty downturn, when I found out that my late departure and phone call resulted in my parents being worried sick about me, thinking that something bad had happened to me!!!! :o :shock: My dad had spent the evening trying to figure out how to locate me or how to alert the authorities if I had never returned to contact him! :shock: He wasn't certain where to tell Search And Rescue to go if I never returned! He also wondered about how he could find me if he had to drive back up into the mountains after dark, where there was no cell service, so no communications!!! :shock: When we got home, there were maps laying on the kitchen table, and my dad wanted more information about the areas I hiked in, so he would know where to go if I ever failed to return! He also wanted me to mark whatever trail I was on with a ribbon to find me easier, something he suggested that morning when he dropped me off. He also seemed more determined than ever that this would be my final bikeride, because he felt that I went on enough bikerides this year (3)! :shock: But, I mentioned that I still wanted to enjoy the back country a few more times this summer, which he wasn't pleased about.

I ***KNEW*** that I should have called it quits around 5:45 pm, and started to put the sticks around the bog, instead of having that one last chest-deep sink!!!! :x I can't believe that I let it suck me back in again, in a luring way, like a moth to a flame! :x I just thought that since the days were still fairly long, as long as my dad picked me up before it got dark, everything would be okay, but he was getting used to picking me up around supper time, since my previous bikerides this year ended earlier, due to me not having anything more to do at the time, or not enough time to do more. :? Now, however, I have lots of sinking to do, making me want to stay there longer. Sometimes, I wished that I could camp out there to spend as much time as possible there, but due to soreness, I need a long break before my next day of sinking. I have been planning on waiting a couple of weeks before my next outing, which should give him a lot of time to cool off.

I later realized that I if I had rotated the head mount slightly (and slid the chin strap around accordingly) to position the camera over my left eye, then it would have pointed down further, and I could have captured all the action! :x Just one simple thing I failed to think about! But something to do for next time, and I will first do a trail run with it on my head to make certain it captures the correct view! If I could have had a do-over of the day, I would have done that, as well as skipped that last sink, to prevent my parents from being worried about me! :?

But still, it was a very nice day, with warm weather keeping me from feeling chilled, nice thick bottomless farting mud to sink into (heard some gurgling sounds before some farts, and felt the mire pass some gas from deeper down along my body before farting against me at the surface), and two submergence sinks - one brief with the camera and one longer with the breathing hose. I didn't have the Gorillapod cleaned yet, and would have had to also set things up for a camera video of that sink, and I just wanted to go for it right away. So, no footage of that session. The south side, where I mount the stick that holds the Gorillapod and camera, has been getting less stable as the grass mat there thins, making it more awkward for setting up the camera there, as well. But, at least I have a couple of videos to post - one a test video, and the other, the bungled main video. Last time, I had to use bug repellent a lot more to fend off bloodthirsty insects, but this time, I didn't have to use it as much, with hardly any mosquitoes, but still encountered the odd horsefly and deerfly. :) For some reason, this year, I haven't encountered any leeches yet, something I always encountered. I hope that I continue to not see any latch onto me this season. :)

I had been concerned about neck pain showing up, but that evening, my neck still felt fine, feeling like I had dodged a bullet. :) The day after my bikeride, my neck also felt fine, making me even more confident about dodging the bullet! :D But then, on the second day after my bikeride, my neck started to click and grind, sometimes sounding like crackling knuckles! :shock: That evening, just as I was ready to go to bed, I moved my head, and it made a louder crack, and this time I felt it slightly! :shock: I had forgotten about that crunching and cracking, which had plagued me several years ago in 2017, when my neck problems first started! :x I also had soreness in my shoulders, abdominal muscles and in my calves from some leg cramps, as well as some irritation in my eyes from exposure to mud. Most of the soreness and irritation vanished quickly, although it took almost a week for the soreness in my calves to vanish. But still, a week later, the cracking and crunching in my neck remains unchanged, and some days I get a twinge of pain! :shock: I am getting concerned about this, because I ***REALLY*** want to return two weeks from this outing, and with less than a week to go, the neck crunching and sensitivity is the only holdout, along with some feeling of neck strain. :?

Then, there are even newer complications! :shock: The nearby White Rock Lake wildfire to the west is the largest wildfire in BC, and has been getting larger, burning down the community of Monte Lake, located between Vernon and Kamloops! :shock: It has been getting closer to my brother's produce farm, and they are on evacuation alert, and even here, around Vernon, we were very briefly on evacuation alert as an overabundance of caution! :shock: Fortunately, it was quickly dropped here, but my brother's farm is still on evacuation alert, and it could turn into an evacuation order any day now! :shock: If that happens, then my brother and his family would have to come and live with us until it is safe for them to go back, if they have anything to go back to! :shock: That might affect my ability to make future postings of any adventures and videos, unless they go to bed early, something they do at home. But, having to move in with us might change that. :? We all just keep out fingers crossed, in hopes that they won't have to leave their farm, and they can continue to sell produce, and things are business as usual. There was some cooler weather with some rain showers this past weekend which helped stall the fire, but hot dry conditions are returning again, which could make the fire worse (the best conditions for my sinking adventures are the worst conditions for the wildfire situation). :? We will just have to wait and see.
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Re: BM's Boggy Adventure & BG Pix! Updated 3/2/'22!

Postby Boggy Man » Wed Mar 02, 2022 10:59 am

After each adventure, I try and get all the details down into a draft within days or a week, while it is still fresh in my mind. If there are any videos made during that adventure, then instead of posting the adventure right away, I usually sit on the draft until just before all the associated video material is ready to be released, and then I post it shortly before posting the video(s). For the 2021 season, since I was experimenting with first-person sinks, there has been audio issues which have been taking an extremely long time to clean up. After sitting on this draft for over half a year, I decided I didn't want to wait any longer, and decided to make the final edits and post it, even though it may still takes weeks before I am finished fixing up the audio (and perhaps some of the video itself) in the video (I guarantee it is worth the wait)! Enjoy! 8-)


My August 13'th (Friday The 13'th), 2021 Adventure, Part 1!

After my last adventure on July 30'th, I was quite on edge waiting for my next adventure, especially as the time for it drew closer, since I was eager to try out my fix for the reason behind last time's botched video. I hoped that having the camera over my left eye this time, instead of centered on my nose, would allow it to be tilted down enough to capture my action, instead of the just the surrounding grass, the sky, and just brief glimpses of the bog. I was concerned about the clicking in my neck, since it seemed unchanged on day 13 after my last outing from the way it was on day 2! :? Some days it was better, some worse. :? I just had to do things carefully with my neck in mind, and took comfort in the fact that my Thudbuster LT seat suspension on my bike smoothing the bumps out on the road was a real gamechanger! :)

I had decided that two weeks after my last bikeride would be the time to go, and the weather was warming up again. Friday, August 13'th was the best day to go, since I don't like going on weekends, and it was a day with a lull in the winds, where the days before had gusty northwest winds, and the days after was to have gusty southwesterly winds. I needed to have mostly calm conditions for my video. My dad complained the night before, when I sprang my decision on him, but he soon agreed to take me up. :)

The valley was all socked in with smoke from the White Rock Lake wildfire to the west of Vernon, but when my dad dropped me off in the mountains, it was a lot thinner, although I could still smell it. I tested my bike out right away to make certain it was working, and aside from some very minimal issues with my gears, and my front brakes being a bit worn, things looked great! After I had stuff loaded into my saddlebags, and a brief search all over the place for the cell phone (it turned out that it fell out of my things and into the rear right door sidepocket when I was taking things out of the truck), I was on my way, and my dad was headed back home!

I headed straight to the sideroad, and then the sidetrail, noticing some dry flat thinly splattered cowpies along the way, meaning that free ranging cattle were in the area again. But, I was happy to see and hear nothing when I parked my bike at the new dropoff point in the partial shade of some evergreen trees. I gathered all my things together from my bike, and made a bee-line southward, through the alders, willows and meadow to the area of my sinking spot, just inland from the shore, halfway down the west side of the pond. I set my things down in the usual spot in the shade of the alders, swapped memory cards in my camera, and headed to my sinking spot to have my first look and take my first photo of its state 14 days after I had last saw it:

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Looking eastward at the small patch of ground that was to be the entire focus of the entire day! It was surrounded by sticks to keep large animals from getting sucked in!

The mud was all nicely exposed, and the center was flatter, a sign that rain since my last outing had puddled there, before vanishing completely. It looked thicker on the sides, something that I should have taken care off last time, by pushing more mud towards the middle. I then put my camera away, removed my shoes and socks, and began to remove the sticks from around the bog, setting them in a pile just to the southwest, further onshore, hoping that any cattle wouldn't come around before I put the sticks back. Then, I took four photos of the open patch of hungry ground (once again, I am using full resolution, 14 MegaPixel 4320 x 3240 photos for best detail):

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Full-sized photo, looking east, at an "innocent-looking" patch of ground whose looks are deceiving!

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Full-sized photo, looking north, at a patch of ground that is far from terra-firma!

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Full-sized photo, looking west, at a very hungry patch of sucking quagmire that is just waiting to suck me down into it!

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Full-sized photo, looking south, at a bare patch of muddy ground. It is hard to believe that something that looks so calm, innocent and quiet can cause so much drama and peril!


To Be Continued...
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Re: BM's Boggy Adventure & BG Pix! Updated 3/2/'22!

Postby Boggy Man » Wed Mar 02, 2022 11:00 am

My August 13'th (Friday The 13'th), 2021 Adventure, Part 2 (Click Here For The Beginning With More Pix)!

After that, I got things organized, and was trying out various things to see if I could set up things to make my latest video experiment work! I kept on stopping every once in a while to walk over to my treacherous patch of gulping mire to stare at it, jump on the ground beside it to make it quiver and quake, and anticipate the upcoming experience of feeding myself once again to its bottomless hunger! :twisted: I took a lunch break, walking to the south end, snacking on a Pizza Pop, before starting to snap photos of the mud around the south end heading back, having to step carefully from grass clump to grass clump, due to soft bouncy mud in between:

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Looking at a patch of mud containing shallow clay in a rocky spring on the northwest corner of a tinier pond south of the main pond.

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Looking at a patch of mud exposed on the northwest corner of the tinier pond south of the main pond.

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Some more exposed mud on the northwest corner of the tiny pond.

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More exposed mud on the northwest corner of the tiny pond.

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Mud exposed in the middle of the meadow between the main pond to the north, and the tiny pond to the south. This stuff is deeper than the other stuff further south!


To Be Continued...
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Re: BM's Boggy Adventure & BG Pix! Updated 3/2/'22!

Postby Boggy Man » Wed Mar 02, 2022 11:01 am

My August 13'th (Friday The 13'th), 2021 Adventure, Part 3 (Click Here For The Beginning With More Pix)!

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More exposed mud in the center of the meadow between the main pond to the north and the tiny pond to the south, but closer to the main pond. That stretch is kinda like a seepage stream from the main pond to the tiny one.

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Even more exposed mud in that line, in the meadow, closer to the main pond.

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Soft mud exposed on the south shore of the main pond! It would be deep and treacherous!

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More soft mud exposed on the south side of the main pond! If you walk through the area, you would encounter a "solid bottom" of yellow waterlily rhizomes, but then, in between, nothing solid, and down you go!

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More open areas of treacherous muck on the south side of the pond!


To Be Continued...
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