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    Quote Originally Posted by sandykayak View Post
    Is there any way for someone to write the names of the people in the group photo?
    I'll work on that.

    Can anyone track down the "ranger" who took photos of my set up and my wooden sign? I'd love to have the pix.
    His name was Ken but I'm afraid I didn't catch the last name.

    Anyone have a shot of ldcakes' hammock hanging from her rental SUV and one tree?
    I think I have one on my cell after the main camera died. I'll check.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flackfizer View Post
    can anyone who caught it give me the name of the ranger who came by on Saturday? I would like to have short follow up chat with him.
    See above. Sunny might have his last name.

    Quote Originally Posted by sigma_pete View Post
    Excellent idea. I'm definitely in for getting one. I had forgot my camera at home and was going to put out a plea to JaxHiker and/or whomever it was that took several pictures of my clan (I was the one with the 3 boys and the dutch oven pizza and chocolate cherry surprise).

    sigma_pete
    I can probably hook you up. I tried to get several of you guys interacting as a family. I just wish my son could've been there to play with Hunter.

    Unfortunately it looks like March will be hard for me. I only had the first and fourth weekends free with activities tying up the others. It looks like I might pick up something on the 26th now too. Not that I think you should schedule the event around lil' ol' me of course.

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    Florida Hammock Hang Whooo-Buddy!
    Saturday evening, a new Low Temp comfy zone for me in my warm hammock.
    Twenty-Eight Degrees! (28*)
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    I can't believe nobody's posted Flack having to ski his way through the site hauling all that stuff. What a trooper!

    Crappy Cell Phone Pic

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    #1 - Using a "Winter Pulk Florida Style" including improvised Florida Snow Shoes.

    #2 - LDcakes Breakfast from the Hammock, Shug Style

    #3 - They brought everything including the "Kitchen Sink" even if it Froze in Florida.

    #4 - Welcome to Buck Lake - HF Logo

    More to follow as I get my phone emptied.
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    Ha! Beat you by 4 secs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaxHiker View Post
    Ha! Beat you by 4 secs!
    I saw that... But great job on the photos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFC Rick View Post
    Any chance there is an extra patch for purchase? I know I didn't hang this weekend but my pack is looking bare.
    Rick send me a PM with your mailing contact info.
    I will ensure you receive your patches. Anyone who attended, hanging or not gets a patch
    Hope your daughter is feeling better.

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    Snow shoeing with a pulk Florida style

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxHiker View Post
    I think this should be Phil's new avatar!

    See all that snow...errr frost
    Love many, trust few & always paddle your own canoe. American Proverb

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    Hi everyone. I wanted to pass along some of my thoughts about our 1st Annual Florida Hammock Hang. To say the least I was blown away! This whole event started back in late September with Flackfizer bringing up an idea of a get together somewhere in the state. Damifino and Islander came up with the idea to check out Ocala National Forest with a backpacking trip. I asked to tag along. One thing led to another and before we knew it, we had a reservation at Buck Lake and put the word out on the Hammock Forum. At that time, we had no idea how overly successful and well attended our little idea would become.

    The main thing I noticed throughout the weekend was the comradeship and compatibility with all the hangers. There was no one-upmanship about how many nights per year someone spent on the AT. No boasting to anyone who would listen about their newest and most expensive purchase, save for the “Ring of Stoves” display. Nobody exploited the fact that they had more camping, hiking, or paddling experience than anyone else. Whether you had kids along, dogs along, or flying solo, there was someone to share the weekend with and feel comfortable chatting and sitting around the campfire.

    Me personally, I am not really a fan of being in a group setting. I much prefer to be alone with my thoughts and get lost in the adventure of the moment. I was amazed to find how easy going everyone else was about the weekend. There were no schedules or demands to be somewhere at a certain time. If you wanted to get your kayak out for a paddle, it was up to you when and where. Want to hike the Florida Trail? You could head out on your own right from the campground or just ask if anyone else was up for a hike if you wanted company. The Florida Hang offered the best of all worlds. You could be as involved with the weekend as you wanted. No expectations.

    One of the highlights had to be the unbelievable display of dutch oven cooking. From the pulled pork that melted in your mouth, to peach cakes and cobblers, breakfast biscuits, Woodsman scrambled eggs, pineapple upside down cake, beef stew, and on and on. The best part was everyone was willing to share their pots and plates with everyone at the campfire. If you did not bring breakfast for yourself, there were no worries that you were going hungry. In kind of a strange twist, here I am trying to cut ounces from my backpack and the one thing I want most from the weekend is a 20 lb dutch oven.

    For me, I am very appreciative for having Richtorfla and Terri as sous chefs and to Zukiguy for his turkey fryer for the shrimp boil. I think everyone had a great time peeling shrimp and chowing down on a few potatos, sausage, and corn. Hog roast next time? I’ve got the cooker. I hear gumbo goes great with pork too.

    Thanks to SunnyTrike for arranging the wood. Our weekend would not have been the same without the constant campfire. Sorry you had to leave early.

    But the Golden Hammock award has to go to Mark, Islander. Without his endless enthusiasm and creativeness our weekend would not have been nearly successful. Plus a lot of people would still be driving up and down SR 19 looking for the turnoff. Great job, Mark.

    I am not trying to single individuals out from the camping group. I enjoyed talking with and meeting everyone in the group. My problem is I cannot remember names very well. But I had a great time being with everyone.

    The strongest memory of the entire weekend was around the campfire Saturday evening. I was in the dark setting up my hammock for the upcoming 28* night. When I came back to the campfire EVERYONE was circled tight around the fire. The best part was the unshakable feeling of friendship. Questions about who drove the furthest, who is the youngest, most popular hammock, favorite camp stove. The banter was hilarious. You could feel the synergy of the group.

    So whether we plan a paddling or hiking trip down the Suwannee, Canaveral National Seashore, or a quickie weekend at Myakka River State Park, I feel like I’ve got some new friends to share the adventure with. I cannot wait.

    edhess

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    A few pictures from Buck Lake.
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