A white sandy beach, plenty of sunshine and a drink in hand. As you lay back in your hammock and close your eyes, all of your worries slip away. The crash of the waves on the shore with the rustle of the palm trees is perhaps the most peaceful you’ve felt in a very long time. Sounds like perfection doesn’t it?
The Not So Perfect Caribbean Experience
When I left for the Caribbean with all my belongings in tow, I thought that my hammock would be my most prized possession. It came along to all of my destinations, but rarely got used. Why? Finding two trees on the beaten path is harder than you might think. Here’s what it looked like when I finally found two trees that were reasonably spaced together…
It’s All About Location, Location, Location
Worry not, this story has a happy ending. Who would have thought that the perfect place to use the hammock was actually in my own backyard. And guess what – It actually gets a lot more use for Backyard Adventures! A hammock is the perfect thing for setting up a relaxation spot along your journey. It provides an alternative to sitting on the ground which is often cold, wet or covered in mysterious plant species. Since I’m not a botanist I’d rather not chance sitting on anything poisonous!
Hammocking – it’s a word. Trust me when I say I didn’t make it up. Although hammocking is not in the actual dictionary there are plenty of website hits on the topic along with some really extreme pictures! Here’s our little mini-guide on how to successfully set-up and enjoy your hammock.
A How To with Serac Hammocks:
- Don’t forget to bring your hammock with you. Is it a Serac hammock? It should be! Serac’s hammock carry bag is small and lightweight, so it will fit in your day-pack easily.
- Find two trees. Depending on your location this may be harder than it seems. Pick a nice forested area and you should be fine.
- Open the drawstring bag. Pull the contents of the hammock out.
- Use the clips and straps, a combination of one each on both ends of the hammock. Serac’s strap loops can be adjusted smaller or larger depending on the width of the tree.
- Make sure you have the straps at a high enough height on the tree so your hammock will not be resting on the ground once you get in. The straps should be fairly tight around the tree, so they will not slip once you add your weight to the hammock.
- Carefully get into the hammock. We don’t want any injuries here! The best way is to grab the fabric in the middle on both sides and sit down. Lean back until your weight has been stabilized and then lift your legs in. The most comfortable hammocking position will be lengthwise with your head closest to one strap and your feet closest to the other.
- Now RELAX! If you’re like me, it’s so easy to fall asleep in a hammock. The design of Serac’s hammock is both durable and comfortable. Depending on if you enjoy the swaying motion, you can make that happen or it’s easy to stay perfectly still. To compliment the hammocking experience I often bring a book and my latest tunes or I just listen to nature’s harmonic sounds.
Have I convinced you to try Hammocking yet? Maybe the pictures have done the trick. I can’t wait to take out the hammock on our next adventure!
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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I was sent a hammock from Serac Hammocks in return for a review on it. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.
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