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Re: HAMMOCK HISTORY
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2019, 07:55:21 PM »
For some reason, unknown to me, I have never thought much of getting in a hammock.  Probably this has origins when the only Hammocks in my suburban life were those metal framed affairs that people set up in their treeless backyards and kids like me routinely fell out of, usually when trying to get in (or is it on) one of them.

In the salad days of my camping activity most of my ventures were above the tree line fishing in high lakes where there are no places to put one up and sleep in it. 

If I had only fished lower down I could have achieved that lazy tag the europeans threw on the natives in San Salvador. 
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Re: HAMMOCK HISTORY
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2019, 11:30:42 AM »
Most of the Kracs have gone to hammocks for the reasons the peoples of the Caribbean did .  They are decidedly not low tech.  A few of us have held out.  I haven't tried to sleep in one overnight due to Max and my back.  I like knowing Max won't sneak off and get eaten.  And it's been a few years trying to figure out a sleeping system that I can get up in the morning from.  I'm sticking to it.
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Re: HAMMOCK HISTORY
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2019, 11:38:12 AM »
Interesting history.  We had one of the heavy canvas ones used on ships from the USN the whole time I was growing up.  Laid in it/played in it for years and years.  Never used one for camping/sleeping as an adult.  I don't think my back could handle it.
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2019, 01:09:33 PM »
Interesting history.  We had one of the heavy canvas ones used on ships from the USN the whole time I was growing up.  Laid in it/played in it for years and years.  Never used one for camping/sleeping as an adult.  I don't think my back could handle it.

My Dad was in the Navy in WWII.  He brought home a hammock like you describe.  Said it was one of the shipboard hammocks.  I never shot it, but if it wasn't bullet proof, it had to be close.  It stayed strung up in the shade between two pecan trees in the back yard when I was growing up.  Spent many a nap there when I was a kid/teenager.  It blew away in Hurricane Camille in 1969, along with the house and all the contents.
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2019, 01:22:19 PM »
Not to hijack the thread but Camille impacted me when we went down years and a huge ship was laying on dry ground. 

And now we have one coming at us.  Another fall in Florida.
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Re: HAMMOCK HISTORY
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2019, 01:33:28 PM »
Most of the Kracs have gone to hammocks for the reasons the peoples of the Caribbean did .  They are decidedly not low tech.  A few of us have held out.  I haven't tried to sleep in one overnight due to Max and my back.  I like knowing Max won't sneak off and get eaten.  And it's been a few years trying to figure out a sleeping system that I can get up in the morning from.  I'm sticking to it.

This is a good solution to the dog issue. I think the price is decent too for a huge skeeter net with a floor. Not backpack friendly maybe but the Kracs don't hike far anyway right?
https://squareup.com/store/cave-creek-hammock/
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Re: HAMMOCK HISTORY
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2019, 01:41:23 PM »
Interesting history.  We had one of the heavy canvas ones used on ships from the USN the whole time I was growing up.  Laid in it/played in it for years and years.  Never used one for camping/sleeping as an adult.  I don't think my back could handle it.

My Dad was in the Navy in WWII.  He brought home a hammock like you describe.  Said it was one of the shipboard hammocks.  I never shot it, but if it wasn't bullet proof, it had to be close.  It stayed strung up in the shade between two pecan trees in the back yard when I was growing up.  Spent many a nap there when I was a kid/teenager.  It blew away in Hurricane Camille in 1969, along with the house and all the contents.

Yeah, my old man was in the Navy in WWII, also, so that's where our hammock came from.  (He did 8 in the USN and 18 in the USAF.)
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Re: HAMMOCK HISTORY
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2019, 01:55:17 PM »
I recall seeing those canvas hammocks in WWII newsreel and movie footage.   After the Korean conflict, they were available as military surplus in the General Store in Sioux City, Iowa, our unofficial Boy Scout camping equipment supplier, but I never bought one. :coffee:

Heather bought one of those cheap, multi-colored, string hammocks when we were on our honeymoon in the Yucatan.....we never put it up and I have no idea where it is. :shrug:
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