We were in the swamp at the advice of a librarian, 63-year-old Kitty Norwood, who I mentioned in my last post. Kitty is a bit more extreme than your average Dewey Decimal expert. She’s fished the Mississippi her whole life, for stripers, catfish, largemouth, bream, and more, and has had her share of close calls on the river. She told me one story about how she got her boat stuck in a patch of mud, way back in a bayou. To get it unstuck she had to crawl out of the boat, but the bottom on which she’d hung was so soft that she started to sink. She got free, but she still had to free the boat, so she laid flat to spread out her weight, then spent an hour that way nudging the bow around and inching it through the muck toward deeper water.