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    Well, I have done it. Going hanging.

    So, now that I have pondered, wondered, worried, fretted, kicked the dirt around, planned, replanned, backed away, came back, retooled, bought stuff to hike and tent camp, then to hang, sold stuff to hike and tent camp, that I though I might use, dipped my toe in the water, jumped in the water, tore my acl, tore my mcl, got black and blue toe nails hiking, bad feet, bad back tenting, great meals on a campfire, heard sniffing noses of who knows what under my hammock, a racoon trying to steal/destroy my boot, frozen water bottles, wet everything, seen beautiful sunsets, caught in some awesome (did I say awesome?) thunderstorms, spent some wonderful times alone in the piney woods, lost myself for mile after mile of God's creation in pure wonder and peace as well as what ever else might come my way, the thought of picking up my walking sticks and a loaded pack has taken my heart. How was that for a way too long sentence?
    It seems I have been searching for the last few years since I lost my soul mate and husband to cancer. I have found hiking and hanging in a hammock is the place where I can come to terms with all of it and find real peace. I am selling my business of 26 years and goin' hiking and hanging! Yikes! Here I go!
    Thank you, hammock forums, for all of the information you pass along to get us up and off our real butts or spiritual butts and get out there. Some of us find our lost souls or way back because of you. I am not sure you realize some of your impact. Keep up the wonderful and supportive work.

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    "Awesome" gets overused but sometimes it is appropriate. Your post is awesome =) Happy trails and happy hanging!

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    I hope to see you on the trail someday 😊

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    Hope to meet up with you and your wife some day. I am always watching for group hangs in the South that I can make. Now, I will have more opportunities.

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    Backatya! Hope that happens.

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    Hello Dog Listener, I am sorry for your loss and very happy you have found a hobby you enjoy. Thank you for the story in your post and congrats on retiring. In a few short months you will wonder how you ever had time for work.
    What is a herder of cats, you ask? https://youtu.be/Pk7yqlTMvp8

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    Come on down to the NJ Pine Barrens this weekend. Should be hot! Not something we experience much around here. Looking for a high of 95 to 97* F, but it cools off a lot at night, and Lower Forge campsite is next to ice-cold Lower Forge River. Just dip in and cool off! Oh, and it's blueberry season.

    https://hammockforums.net/forum/show...16-Lower-Forge
    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Wish I could but, yeah, the but is still in play for a short time, must still fulfill my obligations. Gosh! I can hardly wait to meet many of you as my small hanging/hiking world expands. Thank you!

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    Question, OutandBack, how do you herd cats? My border collie gave up:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog Listener View Post
    Question, OutandBack, how do you herd cats? My border collie gave up:-)
    What is a herder of cats, you ask? https://youtu.be/Pk7yqlTMvp8

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