Originally Posted by Just Jeff
My wife doesn't hike. Just doesn't. Now and then I can get her on a car camping trip, but she doesn't hike.
So today's my birthday. I wake up, they sing, then hand me the cards. One of them is a letter...inviting me on a family campout at "Hammocks Beach State Park" on Bear Island! Which includes...drum roll...a water taxi ride to the island, then about a mile backpack to the site!
She hasn't said she'll sleep in a hammock yet, but at least she'll be hiking in to a "hammock" campsite! Baby steps...I'll get her there some day!
(And Sgt Rock is my inspiration...took him until retirement to get Dixiecritter hammocking with him!)
You're going to LOVE Bear Island, especially this time of year with few bugs. It's usually uncrowded and you're right on the ocean, so it'll be one of the most relaxing trips you'll ever take.
One tip - if there's ANY bugs around when you get there, camp in one of the sites right behind the breaker dunes. There are a couple of "nicer" sites on the far side of the lagoon - toward the sound side of the island - but they have some SERIOUS bug problems.
I'm not entirely sure about tree availability in the dune sites though...it's been quite a while since I've been out there.
Enjoy! Guess now it's my turn to get my wife out....