I'm In Now!
I feel like I can finally post in the hammock forum now. Thursday night I went camping in a nearby state park with two others and slept in a hammock!
Well I'm using the term "slept" pretty loosely. I really don't think I did much sleeping and when I did I was dreaming about laying in the hammock not being able to get to sleep. It was a very strange night. Not due to discomfort though, I loved hanging. I always have trouble sleeping on the trail on the first night. I think I'm just too excited about being out again and on this trip I had a lot to be excited about.
First of all this was my first time in a hammock. Recently I had wanted to try out hammocking but the expenses were getting to be too much. My dear friend and avid hanger Shug came to my rescue and mailed me one of his custom designs. Yes, yes, yes I was in a Shug special! He knows what he is doing. It was very comfortable but I think it was just too exciting for me and I couldn't wind down.
Also I'm experimenting with this hammock to start using it for week long hikes on the AT. I get pretty excited when I start thinking and planning for the AT hikes too. Also I was cooking dinner for our Cub Scout pack the next evening. Prepping a meal for 130 people was weighing on my thoughts as well.
I think all of that was hindering my rest but I think I'll be fine. The hammock was very comfortable and whenever I got out I didn't have that stiff-body feeling that can come with sleeping on the ground. My two buddies were on the ground and one of them was very stiff and he had been on a cot! Anyway after spending a week on the AT I'll bet I can get a good nights sleep while hanging.
I'm looking forward to telling Golden all about it Thursday over a cigar while we podcast.
Welcome to the forum Rylan! Sounds like Shug has you on the right path.
Excellent, another 'Bama hanger. Welcome to the trees!
Nice to hear Ryan, That shug is a gentleman, and a scholar. He's directed me to Hammockforums. I only came across his videos accidently. Man since then I purchased a speer winter tarp,and ordered a Blackbird. All after I made a very comfy hammock I might add from shugs direction to jeffs page. THANKs AGAIN SHUG !!! It's like he's leading a horse to water and everyone finding out. They get here and say why didn't I think of that before.
Yeah Rylan ....... glad you got out in it. Give it some time and you will never come down. Might take a wee bit more time and even some other hammock types. Can't wait to hear about it on the podcast!
Welcome to the hanging gang..... Your off to a great start, with a hammock mentor.... :D
as a fellow newcomer to this I would like to say hello and welcome. Where are you located in AL.
Other Alabama folks: I'm in Auburn. I would say War Eagle but that's kinda embarrassing right now!
Shug: Watched your latest video on my iPhone today and hoped I would see you here!
Anyone nearby: Join Golden and myself every Thursday evening with a backpacking discussion and a cigar. We podcast it at SouthEasternBackpackers.com and are available on iTunes.
Hey, they beat LSU in basketball....grrrrr