There, but for the grace of God, go I. None so blind as though who will not see. I do look down on ground-dwellers....while lying above them in my hammock (all said in jest)
When i find something that makes things work better for me i try and share it.
" The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it."
“The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.” ~Wayne Dyer
I do. I seriously wonder why they would still sleep on the ground. I always think to myself that if they would just try it...
Lori homed in on some of my feelings/experiences....i've been hanging right at 7 years now and plenty of opportunity to 'get the look' over than many miles/parks/hikes/paddles...Interestingly it's not in the Nat.Parks or the State Parks (the ones that would let me hang), but on the trail AND specifically the AT. For those who know White Blaze and the spirit of pure hiking then you've got an idea of where I'm taking the thread to.
A lot of people seem to think that I'm cheating by hanging-can you believe it? Or even that hiking is supposed to be roughing it, like its supposed to hurt!
There is extant in the world of psychology a syndrome where if I'm hurting you are supposed to as well, if you don't then you surely consider yourself superior.
The first of the thread was do we consider ourselves superior...well I'm sure few of us would in any sincerity....but humble me thinks that ground dwellers think we do if only because we choose not to carry their cross.
Can I hear an amen from the peanut gallery?
For me, it's made getting out even more enjoyable. It's also fun to fiddle with the gear! Seems like there's so many variations one can mess with when you have a hammock and tarp and alky stove etc.
“Somebody told me it was frightening how much topsoil we are losing each year, but I told that story around the campfire and nobody got scared” - Jack Handy
well not 'pure' in the sense that i'm in a tent and if not pure than somehow I'm trying to beat the system, or skip a blaze!
It's funny some people think I'm the one roughing it in my hammock! My cousin Vinnie put it best when he first tried my hammock, he said "You spend all day camping compressing yourself verticaly, then all night in a tent compressing yourself horizontaly, but in a hammock you're decompressing...Where did you get this? ...how much was it?
"In your face space coyote"-HJS
"Every minute outside ... is a good minute!" -> Calvin & Hobbes, 8/1/1993