How muddy is the Dusky? Pretty damn muddy.
Here's a video clip of a small mud pit, of which there are literally
hundreds. I say it's small in that it is relatively short and isn't
that deep (only mid-calf) or so. My definition of deep is when it
reaches your knees. I've been in mud, on occasion, in which my very
short running shorts got muddy, so almost waist deep. Luckily the mud
was pretty soupy so it wasn't hard to get out of (or get into for that
matter :-). As mentioned, this mud pit was an easy one. If it was one
of the hard ones, I wouldn't have been filming it as I tramped through
it. It is deep enough that most people that have seen this video have
remarked that they were glad it wasn't them in it.
This picture below shows a very
of the track. There are places that look like this which have water on
top of them or others where the mud stretches as far as the eye can
see. Though on the Dusky, "as far as the eye can see" might not be that
far as the track meanders all over and the bush is so thick that your
sightlines are often quite short. Approaching this mud pit, you really
can't have any idea how deep it is. It could be mid-calf or well above
the knees. There is a footprint, but that footprint can be days old.
You really don't know for sure but experience tells me that it isn't
ankle-deep. Sometimes when crossing, you look for branches in the mud
to support your weight. Trying to go around the muddy area damages the
track and vegetation and makes the muddy area that much bigger, but
even then, sometimes I still go around it. Shame on me.