Recently addicted reader first time poster just saying my first hi y'all. Cept we don't really talk that way up here in Paris....Ontario that is. I guess to be correct it should read "hi eh!".
So the wife and I are getting back into camping after a few years away and in looking up what's the best equipment for us, I discovered people talking about hammocks instead of a tent. A quick post on Advrider and I found hammock forums. I've been reading up on hanging ever since.
Last week we were at MEC to pick up a few stocking stuffers and lo and behold there were a few HH's laying around. So I thought why not try one out at home. Of course it got really cold and wet outside so I had to hang it up in the garage. I hung it up on my gladiator hanging system thingy but it was pulling away from the wall in a couple of spots so I had to come up with something else to hang it on. I thought about a couple of hooks, but why not spend 10 min and over do it, I mean that's what all the tools are for after all. So instead I used tapcons for the concrete and some really long screws for the studs on the other side, put a couple of 2x6 together and cut out a notch for the straps so I can remove them at will. My wife joked that I had a real man cave now! See attached pics for final result.
I wanted to make sure that we both could hang for as long as we wanted to really make sure this is something we both wanted to do. Survey says.....we have a winner, it was love at first hang ! So I'm now eyeing a couple of WBBB's, I hope they're planning on a boxing day sale since I missed the one they just had. Our annual 2 week escape to Florida this year will be a hanging adventure. We can both hardly wait. The only real question is do we ride the bike down if the weather is decent? I suspect we'll be driving down but one can dream no?
Hammocks and tarps decided on, WBBB & a Mamajamba, I'm still trying to figure out if we should bother with the TQ & UQ for our trip or just get a couple of pads and the quilts later. Do we get just a set of UQ's or just the TQ's for now in case it does get chilly? This is about the only thing I'm not sure about. We're planning on spending most of our trip in the southern part of FL although won't be making any specific plans so we can go where all the hanging action is. As far as quilts go, I know it's like hammocks, many to pick from and everyone likes something different. At the moment I'm leaning towards underground quilts, we both like the idea of a full size quilt over only a partial.
Hanging closer to home will require something as temps do drop down a bit in the spring and fall, so we'll have to make a decision eventually on which Q's to get.
Anyhow, we're both quite excited about hanging and I'm looking forward to learning even more about whoopies, toggles, oh my.... As it is, I'm already feeling all shug-up from watching all those funny but informative videos.