My sons first trip
This was my sons first trip out. I have the ENO Doublenest and just got the VersaTrek from Trek Light. I decided that since he's not quite 2 years old yet that I wanted him very close by. I read about others hanging kids next to them but I was concerned about him 'escaping' with me not waking up. I decided to hang him directly above me within reach so I could lay him in my hammock if he got scared, etc.
Tested it in the backyard and it was perfect. Then my wife checked the forecast...uh oh. "40 degrees is just WAY TOO cold!! You're not taking him!" We did an overnight test in the backyard to prove my point and I finally got the OK.
I bought a childs sleeping bag from Target to test. My son does not like to be covered so staying inside the bag or using it as a quilt wasn't going to work. This bag had double zippers for feet ventilation which essentially allowed it to be a sleeping tube of sorts. I hung the bag from a guy line hanging the hammock inside the tube. Zipped the bag closed at the feet and he's now got full coverage. He stayed toasty all night long with this setup and a few layers of clothing.
-Some might scoff at 40 degrees but that's cold for Florida ;)
-I intend to sew my own quilts but haven't had the time do so yet.
Oh...and he loves his hammock so much I've hung it in his crib (safely) and he sleeps in it every night.
Sweet! Great report and good thinking on how to rig it up to work for him and you. Over the holidays my sis was in town and so my oldest--that loves hammocks needed to give up his bed for a few nights. 2 bolts in the walls and slung up a hammock for him. He was a happy camper, but our younger son now wants bolts for his hammock in his room. Wish I could hang every night. :)
Congrats on the successful . . . blessing from the Mrs. !
Difficult to obtain, I know. My daughter is now 11 and I'm still fighting that battle. At least I know the definitive temperature is now 50*. If it is above 50*, we can talk about it. Below 50* and I am wasting my breath. Despite that my daughter is even on my side of this conversation. My 8 year old daughter also wants to go but knows better to let the 11 yr old fight this battle.
Glad to see you had a great outing. I used to live in Orlando and even though 40* is cold to most native Floridians, I'd much rather hang then than in the 100+* heat with the humidity that prevails in the summer months!
Now all he needs is a screen name and a HF buff and he will be stylin' and the envy of all the cool kids at Day Care. I must admit that this is the coolest thing I have seen on this site, almost two and already a woodsman with a 40 degree hang under his belt........CAN ANYONE TOP THIS????????????
awesome! looks like you both had a good time :)
thanks for sharing the pics
Fantastic pictures! Now that he is a veteran, you have to bring him to the Florida group hang this weekend in Ocala Nat. Forest.
That is just AWESOME! Coolest hammock pics I've seen. Kudo's to dad and son!
Nice report Tucker. Loved the pics of you and your son.
Now that is awesome.....yeah, I said awesome.
It is so nice to bond like that ....he will always remember. Hope ya'll had cocoa!