This photograph doesn't begin to capture the reality of the gooey mire that only reveals its true nature when stepped in. With no previous experience, I slogged right into the sticky stuff up to my ankles. When I finally escaped, my sneakers were coated so thickly in it that you couldn't see the laces. I had rubber boots in the car that I didn't think to wear, but if I had, I might not have been able to pull my feet out of the muck without leaving a boot in it. Lesson learned.