I love me some storms to hang in. Lightning...well, less so. But wind and rain? Ahhh...ain't nothin' like it to help me fall asleep.
"Just prepare what you can and enjoy the rest."
USS Virginia, 1983 - rode out a hurricane coming back from our yearly "spring break" cruise down to the Caribbean. I stuffed a bunch of clothes under the outside of me so that I was wedged up against the wall of my rack to keep me from rolling around or falling out, slept like a baby after that. All my life really storms put me to sleep when I feel safe and snug.
I adore Hanging in Storms. We mostly storm watch on the Oregon and Washington Coasts, some times in the mountains.
I never consider the lines to the hammock breaking, as I am swinging.
I am very careful about tent camping in large storms. I have had huge trees come down around me. Living in western Oregon I am also concerned about floods or too much water causing problems around my tent. Hanging does not present as many issues with the water.
The smell of ozone is amazing after lightning. You can literally smell the spark in the air after a couple of really close strikes. Been there.
What I love most about being in my hammock during a storm is knowing there is no place around me I would rather be. I am protected, off the ground, warm and dry. The rest is a light show.
“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”
― Alan W. Watts
I cannot wait for the first good storm of the year here... And I'm hoping it will be coming in on a Saturday evening so I can run out and get a good seat to watch.
"We're the Sultans of Swing."
Well, you can't always tell when storms will roll up on you and develop suddenly sometimes. It's happened to me a few times. I'm talking real severe stuff that turned into strong cells with tornado warnings on the weather radio.
If you're going to spend time like this outdoors, you can expect it, like it or not.
Maintain your gear to perform, prepare your site and be aware of any overhead dangers and sometimes praying isn't such a bad idea either.
This thread has me thinking about if I should change my metal spikes to some plastic ones.
If you are not complaining about getting wet you did everything right! ;-))