So I bought a highly reviewed cheap hammock. It fits into a tiny bag which is sewn into the edge. Comes with two substantial pieces of rope which tends to harm trees. Instead, I put up the hammock using tie-down straps.
It took longer to find two trees the correct distance apart and in the shade than it took to put the hammock up.
By gosh-by golly, about 15 minutes after laying down my back started to get cold. Got out a flannel throw I brought along. Put it on top. Back still cold. I put on long pants and flannel shirt. Still felt cold. I put the question to a forum I am a member of. Their response is to hang a hammock quilt underneath. I had no idea there were such things. There is even a hammock forum. Who knew a piece of cloth, a couple of hooks, and a couple of lengths of cordage could be so complicated.
I found the hammock fairly comfortable. Wasn’t quite sure what to do with my legs. Do I leave them straight out or bend em? SillyDog assures me it is the perfect height. She can slobber on my head until I agree to take her for a walk.
It’s loud grasshopper season right now, and I was wondering if one was going to join me in my hammock. No, loud grasshopper is not their official name. Don’t know what it is. Just know it’s a big grasshopper that goes airborne and makes a tremendous racket as it flies erratically for about 15-20 seconds. Bear cubs must love em.
Perhaps next post will be on the compass and map reading part of our trip.