I received a Hennesey Hammock of some variety for a wedding present from two of my bridesmaids. We had a running inside joke that life would never suck again if I had a hammock that began while we were walking around a local outdoors store just a smidge tipsy (It was, after all, girls night out!)
"Oh look at that!" I declared, pointing at the display hammock/tent "You don't have to sleep on the ground any more!!! It's all roses and butterflies!" I flop down on it, and BAM the display falls over, me inside this thing. Giggle fit ensues as we try to put it back up...
Months later it is the day after my wedding, and the whole world is gathered in my parent's living room watching me open gifts and I unwrap one of these things.
Many people marvel at it, wrapped in that tiny green bag, but most have no idea what it actually is.
"oh, a hammock? You guys sure have enough porches to use one..." and they dismiss it.
For our honey moon we decided a little back country hiking on our way down to the place we rented, and I casually toss the hammock into my backpack, not actually sure if it's something I'll use or not...but what better time to try some new gear when you have a brand new husband to pawn it off on if your pack gets too heavy?
On a whim we start setting up camp early, I unwrap the darn thing and hang it from a couple of trees while the hubs rigs the bear lines. ...I get in, throw my waaaay to warm for KY in July sleeping bag (I come from the north woods...) and get in...
And I LOVE it! So comfortable, the hammock swings gently, rocking me to sleep. I don't have to move a half a dozen dead trees like Hubs did (He refuses to hammock...so I guess we bring a tent and a hammock now...) and it keeps you cool in the summer swelter and humidity!
I've used it once more after that, and it was great. I guess I have lots to learn about it...and I never even fathomed that you could -Make- your own hammock, which is great, since I'm an avid seamstress.
What do you think I should make first? I don't want to mod the hammock itself, but I don't mind adding things like underquilts, etc, which I think we'll probably need for fall camping here. I don't do a lot of really cold weather camping (my sleeping bag is rated for +10) but I'm up for trying someday. I have several machines, including a 1952 singer that can sew just about anything you feed it - leather, nylon, multiple layers of canvass - and I'm excited to use it for something besides vintage looking dresses made out of cottons...