Have hammock, will relax.
This is a favorite summer mantra in the North, when the air turns warm and the breezes bring the scents
of lilac and lily, or wood smoke and backyard barbecues.
With National Hammock Day celebrated on July 22, this is the perfect time to think about picking the
right hammock for your purposes.
Whatever the scents in your neighborhood, having a hammock close by, as well as somewhere to string
it for some rest, is a great way to enjoy a summer afternoon, or watch an Up North sunset.
Hammocks of course come in many sizes and shapes, depending on where you might want to stretch
your nest and what your lounging goals might be. Here are a few details to keep in mind when picking
out the right hammock:
- A single and simple parachute hammock is the best if you’re on the go. Made of lightweight nylon, in
either single or double sizes, the parachute usually packs into a stuff sack and takes up no more room in
your pack or backseat than a camp pillow. Remember, wherever you intend to hang, you will also need
the right suspension system to get yourself safely off the ground.
- For the backyard, you might prefer a rope hammock stretched on a heavy frame. Generally wider and
therefore tighter, the rope tends to maintain its shape more readily. Some folks prefer a rope hammock
hung from trees or posts, which also works, but is of course less mobile.
- If you choose a self-standing frame, you can move your hammock around the yard, chasing sunlight or shade as
necessary,but the trade-off is there will be more maintenance between seasons, including storing the frame and
keeping the metal looking good.
Speaking of pillows, whatever hammock style you choose, a pillow makes for even more restful time
suspended above the ground. So don’t forget the pillow. Or the rain fly, the sleeping bag, or the bug net.
You can even add a Bluetooth speaker or lights for even more comfort. These are all accessories that
make your afternoons or evenings outdoors more enjoyable.
Whether you are hanging in a simple nylon parachute hammock, a sturdier rope version, or something
that blends the best of both, time stretched out beneath the Northern sun or stars is a great summer
pastime in the Great Lakes state.