Today I thought it would be fun to talk about one of my favorite things. Hammocking. ( Yes, we’ve made it into a verb.) I am going to write a little bit more about me on here every now and then, so you can maybe get to know me just a little bit more. I thought writing about something I really enjoy would be the best way to kick it off. 🙂
If you have ever wondered what those crazy kids on campus or in parks are doing in their brightly colored relaxing devices, I am here to help you out.
Hammocking involves taking parachute hammock (I prefer ENO brand hammocks… you can check them out here) some rope or slapstraps and finding two trees to set your hammock up between. (It doesn’t always have to be trees either… I have seen some pretty creative people.) After you are all set up you jump in your hammock and RELAX.
Taking my hammock out to somewhere where I can be undisturbed in the stillness of nature is one of my favorite things. It is a great place to have my quiet time, read my Bible, journal or just think about life.
It is also a lot of fun to take friends.
This is where the adventures really start.
I got my hammock with my dear friend Abby. She is the one that sold me on the idea, and thus, the one who is in most of my hammocking adventures. With her I’ve attempted to camp overnight twice, (we made it all night once… but I don’t know if freezing all night in a park was truly worth it. Shout out to Michelle for sticking it out with us) successfully double stacked for the first time, and discovered some really cool places around Manhattan. We take “hanging out” to a new level.
Hammocking is not just for young, adventurous 20-somethings. I have shared my hammock with both the young, the old(er) and even my furry friend Laila. (Old-er would be referring to my grandpa, who did in fact love relaxing in my hammock on our family vacation.) You may be reluctant to try at first, but once you do, you realize just how awesome it is and discover the need to get your own.
But probably one of the coolest things about my hammock is how I can take it with me anywhere. I love going on adventures to new places around the country and taking in the beauty of the world from one of the best seats you could ask for. There is just something so cool about relaxing and just being still with the world.
To close, here are a few of my favorite pictures from some of my favorite hammocking spots. I hope this helped you “relax” today.