I guess it has been about 10 years now and I remember taking a stroll through street fair and I met a guy that was selling small hammocks under the name Hammock Bliss. We got to talking and we ended up trading an hour of massage for my first hammock. So to answer my title question, it was a very worth while trade. I have been camping between two trees ever since. Recently I have even gotten my wife and daughter of the ground as well.
I am glad to have found this forum because I have found many more questions about hammock camping with a family in tow than I ever had by myself.
1) I need to find a less bulky way to keep the girls warm than I have found with a tube sleeping bag all the way around them.
2) I also would like to find a better solution the the curve that a parachute nylon hammock naturally falls into. This is the main complaint that my wife has and I would love to help her flatten out. She very much dislikes the HH asym design. And I am not a big fan myself since it forces my head to the L and my feet to the R. My natural sleeping position is the other way.
So, I am pretty good on the sewing machine and would love to come up with something that had a flat bottom and maybe accommodate a sleeping pad for warmth at the same time. Any suggestions. My first two attempts have failed with great laughter and the sound of seams ripping.
Thanks to you all and look forward to good discussions.