For those who can't decide...
I have set my tent up in the yard and slept in it, and for myself, not the kids.
I never set my tent up in my yard, that would be just silly.
I've never owned a tent.
I have slept in my hammock in the back yard, I don't care what the neighbors say.
I don't use my hammock in the back yard, except to adjust hang before a trip.
People sleep inside their house, when they have a perfectly good hammock to rest in?
For those who can't decide...
My wife is out there again. She skipped last night, because she doesn't have a tarp, and it was raining.
Now I'll have to buy her a tarp...
I hang outside in my back yard every couple weeks, just to test things out and make sure I'm not losing my touch setting it up quickly. There's a small, but nice wooded area in my yard where I can hide from the neighbors and most of them have fences anyway so it's nice and private.
I'll admit, I set up my MSR Hubba just the other day since I'm bored and just messing around with gear, itching to get back outside! Hammocking is WAY better, but I'll probably still use it now and then. After all my hammock trips, it did feel nice to sit up inside the tent on a solid surface and spread out on the mat.
I'm with you all the way. I can't get enough of my super comfy hammocks. A few years back I got a super cheap hammock stand from Wal-Mart (texsport, I believe) and now sleep indoors as well as out with a hammock. I still have my REI half-dome but I keep it as a loaner in case I go camping with someone who doesn't have any gear. Still, if I have an xtra hammock they will usually go for that instead! I, too, do not remember feeling this much excitement, bording on passion, for tents. There have been many a day where all I do is drive out to the woods for the sole purpose of getting a good nights rest in my hammock with the sound of wildlife entertaining me until I drift off to sleep.
I have spent much of the summer (when not camping) sleeping in one of my hammocks in the backyard. I've set up a tent in the yard before to "camp" with one of the kids, but never just for my own enjoyment.
I've gotten so accustom to the hammock this summer, I'm not sure how I'll work things out for the winter. My wife has already vetoed adding a hammock in the bedroom, despite my best persuasive arguments, and the rest of the rooms are occupied by kids. Maybe a subzero DIY down quilt system is in my future.
+1 on hanging in the front yard. Backyard is a 1/4 acre of English ivy, the previous owner didn't want to have a lawn, i guess. Neighbors didn't think anything until I broke out the tarp projects. I got some funny looks then. Keeping the big tent, for now, for car camping with an air mattress and the dog.
Hammocking, car camping, backpacking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Getting in touch with nature is getting expensive. Good thing I can DIY!
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