Welcome fellow Show-Me Stater!!
You've already received some great advice from some of the other posts; so I'll try not to confuse things even more.
You mentioned that Shug got you here (way to go Shug!!!); so you may or may not already be familiar with his excellent video tutorials for new hangers. If not, be sure to check them out here
. Great advice and a lot of fun too.
One suggestion though. Hammocks do sleep much cooler than tents. So even though we're finally getting some warmer weather, you will still want some insulation below you -- even if its 70* outside. You can start with a cheap Walmart blue foam pad (its around $12 or so) until you get the funds together for a nice underquilt. You can just use your existing sleeping bag as a top quilt.
As to a hammock......like many others I prefer the Warbonnet
. But I wouldn't necessarily recommend it if funds are tight and you aren't sure you'll stick with hammocking. Buy an inexpensive hammock with a bugnet. Later when you upgrade to a better hammock you can always sell your "starter" hammock to someone on the forums.
Good luck and have fun!!!
p.s. to Herber: Good call on Hercules Glades. I'm planning to spend the weekend down there!!!