Spring Mud Season

Spring Don’t Get Stuck in the Mud

ATV finds a mud holeEvery year in spring there is usually what I call sinks holes in the yard.

This happens when the frost is just out of the ground and water is traveling underground causing certain areas to be spongy and soft, if you travel over these areas your stuck.

Some I have seen where you will sink 1 to 2 feet down.

Two weeks later and the sink holes usually disappears.

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Tractor finding a Sink HoleI can remember my first year on the resort grounds and I was riding my tractor when the whole front end just sunk in over the front tires, that was it, I’m now stuck good.

The mud just sucks those tires in deep and there’s no pulling it out. It’s time to get out the shovels and dig it out. What a mess when your done.

For the next 10 years I drive around, lesson learned.

Boots Stuck in the MudThis year I was cleaning up the drive way down to cottage #7.

It had just rained and there had been washouts on the road.

I was raking the gravel into the middle when I saw a two dollar coin on the side of the road.

Walked over to pick it up and down I went, right over my boots.

There was no pulling out of this mess, the suction on the boots was too much.

Had to pull my feet out of the boots to get away and got a shovel to pry out the boots.

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Lady Stuck In Mud for 12 Hours

When hiking in the spring through the bush you have to be careful, especially in low areas where water is still below the ground and has not drained away yet.

I found this article on the net where this lady got stuck for 12 hours with her dog in the Haliburton area.  She was not stuck with her car or truck, she was stuck with her shoes in the mud and could not get out.

Here is Article By: The Canadian Press

Source – http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/ontario-woman-64-rescued-from-mud-after-12-hour-ordeal-with-dog-at-her-side-205571421.html

Ontario woman 64, rescued after 12-hour ordeal with dog at her side

HALIBURTON, Ont. – A central Ontario woman didn’t panic when she was stuck knee-deep in mud for 12 hours because her dog snuggled up to keep her warm and calm.

Sandra Van Alstyne, 64, was out walking Monty, a three-year-old border collie, in the cottage country area of Haliburton Highlands on Tuesday around 10:30 a.m. when she encountered a muddy section of a trail.

“It didn’t look like it would be a real problem,” she said Wednesday from her home. “So I stepped in it and I got sucked down into it.”

Van Alstyne got her right leg free, but her left leg just wasn’t coming, she said.

“It was like it was cemented,” she said.

When she didn’t return home Van Alstyne’s husband became frantic and called police, who immediately started searching for her.

In the mud, meanwhile, Van Alstyne said she wasn’t too worried.

“I surprised myself,” she said. “I didn’t panic. I had my dog with me and he stayed right by me, even when it got a little chilly he was right there to snuggle into.”

About 12 hours after she got stuck, provincial police found her using a helicopter and tracking dogs and had to use shovels to help get her out. The officers themselves nearly got stuck while trying to rescue her, Van Alstyne said.

She got checked out at the hospital and is no worse for wear, except for a voice hoarse from shouting for help. Monty is fine too, she said.

“It was just fun for him,” Van Alstyne said. “He didn’t understand what was going on…He was such a comfort to have there.”

From now on, Van Alstyne said, she is going to take her cellphone when she and Monty go out for walks.

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I’m glad this story had a good ending, so don’t hike in the forest alone and take your cell phone with you along with your dog for company.

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Country life was always a factor when we looked for a place to live, so back in 2002 Heather and I quit our city jobs and purchased a small Country Resort on Halls Lake in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario Canada. We live on the resort grounds and enjoying helping people with their all season vacation and Family Reunion planning. Our Blog supports resort guests and visitors to the area by letting them know all the things happening in the Haliburton Highlands in order to get the most out of their vacation or weekend getaway. We'll be happy to help you find what your looking for in the Haliburton Highlands. May it be things to do, places to eat, family activities, sites to see, cottages for rent or sale, almost anything to do with the Haliburton Highlands.

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