I found out on June 8 that I had 2 herniated discs in my lower back. The doctor told me that it didn’t warrant surgery, so I am on a long, slow road to, what I hope will be, a full recovery. I was hoping I could find someone to help me get in and out of the swamp and be featured in some videos, but it’s looking like the logistics of that are impractical. It’s hard to coordinate work schedules, and the weather is always unpredictable.
If I know you, and you haven’t stood me up, or taken advantage of my hospitality in the past, I may be open to sharing an adventure. Given that I’ve got a lot of catching up to do in the office, I’m not ready to take chances on new people.
My life and my schedule are highly unpredictable, as are the low tides that provide my window of opportunity for sinking. Consequently, my mudding adventures are spontaneous excursions that are seldom planned even a day in advance. It isn’t often that the weather, the tides, and my schedule cooperate to offer me an opportunity to slip out and get immersed in my favorite swamp mud.
So, on the question of visitors, the simple answer is “no”. Visitors require planning, commitments, and far more work than a solo trip. Most of the time, they cancel, or don’t bother to show up. When they do arrive, they need to be fed, they need a place to sleep, and they usually want me to take photos and shoot some video of them in the mud. That usually means I don’t even get to spend much time in the mud. Visitors always have special needs, and I’m just not the kind of person who can ignore his guests. When there is someone here, I find myself catering to them, and I really don’t have time for that.
This is not meant as an assault on any of my past guests. The simple fact is that not one single person has ever arrived just before the trip, and left immediately after we returned and put up the gear. If you add to that, that I get paid $75/hour to shoot, and $160/hour for consulting services, I’m not respecting myself by taking someone into the swamp, acting as their guide, and doing a photo shoot for them at no charge. Furthermore, I really enjoy swamping alone. It is relaxing and cathartic for me. There is no incentive for me to play host to anyone.