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    Greetings from L.A. (Lower Alabama)

    When I was a young boy scout at summer camporee, I asked my scout master if I could sleep in the canvas hammock he had hung beside the dining fly. He said it would be uncomfortable, that it was just for short naps, but I talked him into it. I still remember it being one of the best night's sleep ever when camping.

    When I was in college, my girlfriend's father owned a 25' Catalina and would take us sailing on long weekends. I remember lying in my bunk, hearing the soft lap of the waves against the boat and feeling their gentle rocking. Those, too, were some of the best nights of sleep ever.

    This afternoon, I lay in my Grand Trunk Ultralight with my faux Pea Pod (35° North Face mummy bag). It was warm and comfortable, gently swaying in the light breeze like being adrift on those soft ocean waves. I remembered that young boy scout and that college kid and thought, "Yeah, I'm back."

    Hi. My name's Jim, and I'm a hammock camper.
    “In a perfect world, you and I wouldn't exist. So let's not hope for one.” - Ze Frank
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    Senior Member Bradley's Avatar
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    Reading your post made me think of . . .

    I Am Canadian

    edit to remove youtube - - - I thought it might be a little much

    Welcome, Eh!
    Last edited by Bradley; 02-13-2011 at 12:14.
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    Welcome to HF!

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    Well, hey and welcome. I went to school in Auburn from 1987-1992, so I'm familiar with Smith's Station. Glad to have you as part of the Alabama hanging team. - Navigator

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    Great intro hiker. Welcome to HF!

    Fronkey

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    Welcome to Hammock Forums from Florida.
    I used to sail also and I agree, sleeping in a hammock does compare with sleeping on a sailboat. Thanks for bringing up that memory
    Mike
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    Hiker9:
    Welcome to HF from Bama..............If you ever get over to Opelika check out the Ms Ennis Cafe. Family owned and operated with some of the best Naner Puddin on the planet, very old family recipe. Also want to extend an invitation to join us at the Turnipseed Campground during the March 3 weekend.
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    Wow! It is an Alabama explosion on HF. Glad you joined us. Let us know when you hit information overload.
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    Thumbs up Hiker9,

    Greetings from L.O. - Lakewood, Ohio.

    Thanks for your intro and welcome.
    I hike with SCISSORS cause it makes me feel dangerous ... LoL

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbamaguy View Post
    Hiker9:
    Welcome to HF from Bama..............If you ever get over to Opelika check out the Ms Ennis Cafe. Family owned and operated with some of the best Naner Puddin on the planet, very old family recipe. Also want to extend an invitation to join us at the Turnipseed Campground during the March 3 weekend.
    I used to live in Opelika, attended FUMC on Avenue A. I think I've eaten at Ms. Ennis' a few times but it's been so long. I'll definitely go by next time I'm over there around lunch. Can't make the March 3rd hang but I'll be keeping an eye out for any others. Thanks for the invite!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bat View Post
    Wow! It is an Alabama explosion on HF. Glad you joined us. Let us know when you hit information overload.
    Darn near close, Bat. I'd like to eventually try a DIY Primaloft UQ and have bookmarked about 12-15 different threads already.
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