My new favorite camping gear

My girls test out the new hammock

My girls test out the new hammock

I recently acquired my new favorite piece of camping gear...I received a 2 person Grand Trunk hammock.  I had heard about people camping out in hammocks but thought those folks must be weird or have back problems or something.  Well, welcome to the weird parade Danny boy! I recently took the family car camping and like most of you spend the first night fitfully sleeping.  I'm relatively thin, so every time I roll over on my side my hip bone grinds through my sleeping pad and into the ground.  As a result I don't sleep very well  and I wake up feeling like my great grand mother. I had packed the Grand Trunk hammock more for the kids to play in during the day.  But in an act of desperation I decided to spend the night in it.  At first I was worried the curve might hurt my back or make it awkward and prevent me from turning over.  Far from it.  I slept like a baby.  The hammock was more than wide enough for me to roll onto my side and still sleep comfortable.  And since I was alone in it, the sides rolled up over me and formed a nice warm cocoon, keeping me warm and all the bugs out. Aside from my own comfort, I've been impressed with how strong the Grand Trunk is.  My two daughters regularly relax or paly in it along with 1-2 of their friends.  Believe me, they know how to torture test something! The only down side for me are the sides of the hammock.  When I'm in it alone the fold up and cover me inside the cocoon.   This was great for sleeping, but I'd like it to stay a bit more open for my afternoon siesta.    My only other beef is that there aren't enough trees on Kilimanjaro to string this thing up.  I don't know if I want to go back to sleeping on the ground again!
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