(yes, that's the best post title I could come up with.)
Last Saturday we visited the Earth Day festival in downtown Asheville. Amidst the music food, and vendors I happened upon these amazing, portable hammocks made by a local company; Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO.) I have been seriously wanting a hammock lately now that the weather is warming up, but our property doesn't really have an ideal spot for a standing hammock, or a perfect place for the traditional kind in-between two trees. I loved the idea of having a portable hammock that could easily be taken down during bad weather, or brought along to the beach or a camping trip, or even moved around the yard to follow the sun. I decided to try one of ENO's Double Nest Hammocks (for an early Mother's Day gift,) and I am so, very pleased with my purchase!
We also got the Slap Strap accessory kit that makes it crazy-simple to use the hammock practically anywhere you want. We hung it in the trees by our house, and on the porch, too. It's a lot roomier than it appears, and will fit two adults comfortably....and boy, is it comfortable. Much more so than traditional rope hammocks. I've already fallen asleep in it twice! And even though we aren't hard-core campers and hikers, I love that the whole thing rolls up into a little bag about the size of a hoagie sandwich, so we can take it anywhere we please.
I went with the obnoxiously bright pink+orange, but they have plenty of other colors to choose from, too! I also can't help but feel a little smug supporting such a cool, local business run by two brothers. Gotta love that. I highly reccomend this hammock, and not just for outdoorsy types, either. Hammocks are also synonymous with lazy folks (like me) and are just as enjoyable for an afternoon of dozing with a good book, as well as resting after a treacherous mountain hike. Since they have such broad appeal, I think they'd make excellent gifts...Mother's Day or otherwise!
...and if Max would get his little hiney out of it for two seconds, I might be able to have a turn once in a while.