Wow, between Shane and Rat, looks like we've got a good start on the pictures! I was so busy running from activity to activity as a participant that I never did get around to indulging my own shutterbug nature. I got to do a lot of what I wanted to do, to the point that I just didn't have enough time left to do several other things I also wanted to do. At this rate, we're gonna need to make this hang a week-long thing so everyone has time to see everything!
Thanks again to UncleMJM for the starting and continuing to organize this hang, the delicious and hearty breakfast tacos on Saturday, and for every time you flatter me by endorsing my love of teaching. I'm by no means an expert in the field of hammocking -- I just read a LOT and went through a long (and costly) learning curve trying a lot of different things. Sorry I didn't get around to sharpening your knife for you again
Thanks to Oldgringo for the coffee Saturday morning (even if we were hovering like semi-polite vultures waiting for it to be ready) -- instant coffee is okay, but there's nothing like a properly-brewed cup.
Thanks to Caveman for offering to show me how to make a stove out of a soda can -- sorry I didn't sit still long enough to actually catch up with you and learn it.
Thanks to everyone who showed a real interest in the wild foods hike. Y'all made Brandy so happy to have people to share her knowledge with -- hopefully next time, we'll have a nice booklet to go with it. PM Kattelyn if you want any of the recipes for what she made.
Thanks to the Wanna Bs (nice choice of handle, btw) for sharing our campsite with us and drinking from the fire hose of camping babbling. Brandy sometimes wishes she could get me to shut up about it, so I'm glad I had another outlet I'm glad the pups got along (mostly), and that you two had a warm and successful hang. Now you have me researching Trangia stoves (though I may go with one of the larger cookset models -- they look to run a bit more efficiently for heating larger amounts of water).
For all you potluck chefs, wow! I just regret not having enough room to try everything -- that was one heck of a spread!
Thanks to Buck, Caveman, Cogneato, and everyone else who provided music on Saturday night -- I'm glad Brandy had some good players to jam with. I'll just have to keep practicing -- maybe someday I can join in on my own guitar, or a harmonica or something
Thanks to Kris and the other rangers for being interested enough in this whole hammocking thing to not only welcome us at their park, but on the TPWD Facebook page, and to show up for the potluck -- I hope I didn't bore you too much volunteering an explanation for some of the more esoteric items.
I was surprised to wake up to find out almost everyone else had already cleared out on Sunday...I'd been hoping to catch up with what I didn't have time for Saturday, since I remembered several people hanging around till well after noon last year, but it looks like the weather put a damper on that this year. Apparently the car trouble thing was going around -- I saw where someone else couldn't get theirs started -- glad you worked something out, and we ended up having to call in the rangers for a jump ourselves (just an old battery -- we replaced it in Corsicana), and they mentioned there were several others they were going to jump as well. So again, thanks to the rangers for all their hard work!
Now that I have all that thanking out of the way, I can look forward to Thanksgiving itself in a couple weeks, and then we'll have to see about getting in on the January hang at Caddo Lake.
Next year, let's see if we can take over the next loop over as well!