Well, finally got a moment to post this trip report. Russ and I arrived at the trailhead to the Devil's Path at 10:30ish and proceded down the path. Snow fell the night before and there was around 3 inches of snow everywhere. About halfway down the trail we ran into VETO walking in the opposite direction He got a little turned around and was wondering where we were. He arrived at the trailhead the night before and put his hammock into a sweet hemlock grove.
We all walked to the hang sight and climbed above the Devil's Kitchen Lean-to to our hang sight. Nice, Nice, NICE!!! Plenty of trees, a brook not frozen over, and wood for the slate fireplace built by hikers from long ago.
After Veto, Russ and I set up, we set out for wood and I prepped the fireplace. I started a fire and lo and behold, here comes Knotty and JayS!!! We were so sure they bailed out with all the rain in NJ and the lower Hudson Valley. BUT HERE THEY WERE!!!! We were all delighted for the company.
Knotty and Jay set up and helped the guys hunt for more wood (cause there never is enough!) Russ and I were the only one's with a canister stove, but the temp was good enough and there was not a single problem. We all had a wonderful dinner, stood around the fire, ate dark chocolate and some mysterious alcohol that Knotty brought (delicious by the way!!!!) and talked about hangs gone by. I am convinced Russ and I have to take the plunge to Dolly Sods!!! Temps 32-34.
In the morning, Russ got up early to build a breakfast fire (kinda his thing) and we all had a nice breakfast. Hey, the water didn't free and neither did our boots!!!! Yayyyyy!!!!! Jay and Knotty were going to take a day hike before leaving the Catskills. Veto, Russ and I headed down the trail and out to the People's Republic of Woodstock for lunch and beer.
We all had a wonderful time and enjoyed having the Hammock Forum guys with us. Foot surgery tomorrow....
Next stop..MAHHA and a sherpa or two.
Thanks for looking.