while 4 of us "lolly gagged" around our camp(s) with our rigs fully employed a fella and his girl came strolling thru camp on their way to the spring up the trail. The fella stopped at Mike's rig for a moment of pause and then started to ask a few questions about hammocks. His main interest/concern/reply was that "i would hammock, but i can never find trees"
(now remember, there were 4 of us already set up and hanging)
i just gave him a side-ways look, and by his responsive stare back at me i dont think he himself even understood what he just said.
it reminds me of the time when Barry Goldwater commented that once on the South Rim of GC, he watched in amazement as numbers of people turned to watch a polaroid photo develop when the whole canyon in it's real-life majesty is right in front of them.
about tents or tarps, i too started tarping before hanging. it seems like a natural progression, as one HF'er put it "if i can sleep under a tarp on the ground, i can sleep under a tarp above the ground"
still, i dont agree that a full sized, fully enclosed hammock tarp is a tent. far too many pitching options for the tarp that a tarptent or real tent (floorless or otherwise) cannot match.
im surely aware that my winter tarp in "enclosed" mode might look like a tarptent to a passerby, but they may be unaware of the wonderful, hidden gem that is my hammock tucked up inside. Priceless!