I am a big trout nut.
Big trout live off the beaten path.
The last couple years I have been having problems with my knees when the weeds get up and I can't see where I am stepping. It makes for an unpleasant feeling when I fish. My left knee needed replacing from an old work injury and decades of stream pounding.
I found a hole last fall and an old barb wire fence in the same outing and that resulted in my good knee needing surgery and a suture in my thigh. I was alone and entangled in a fence with a gash in my shin and my other thigh throbbing and a knee swelling up as I lay there. That knee never really came back to 100 percent. My back fusion is always in the back of my mind also.
I went out earlier this week and the weeds were up just enough to make my outing unpleasant again. I was hesitant to step and only stepped in bare places I could see that was not a hole.
This actually backfired on me and I ended up in mud all the way up to my groin in this safe looking step. I did not injure myself. I had someone with me so that was not a problem but I did scare myself and place some serious doubt in my mind.
Maybe it is time to look for a different hobby while I can still walk.