As we trudged in further, the mud became deeper and more intense. I started to sink. The next step took me down further and my gumboots were completely stuck. Caleb pulled me out. A few steps later, I was stuck again. I started to learn to step from tree debris to tree debris rather than just anywhere. Each time I sank, ants swarmed up my legs, biting relentlessly. Sweat poured down my back.