Re: First Annual Southeast Hammock Hangers Trip
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ed Speer" <info@s...> wrote:
> Chatooga River Hammock Hangers Trip Apr 19-20, 2003The First Annual Southeast Hammock Hangers Trip (FASHHT) is now
history--hope everyone made it home safe. It was a great weekend
with mild cloudy and warm weather. Seven hammock hangers from AL, KY
& NC converged Sat morning and began the hike. We quickly passed
King's Creek Falls, where a spectacular rain-swollen creek cascaded
over a verticle rock face and a sudden break in the clouds provided
probably the best sunny Kodak moment of the entire trip. Hiking on,
we passed blooming Trillium, Wild Iris, and Dogwood as we made our
way to the Chattooga River. We set up camp a bit short of our
originally planned distance due to Karen's mildly-twisted ankle--a
victum of rain-soaked tree roots! Everyone pitched in and soon our
unscheduled campsite became a cozy riverside home with hammocks
everywhere! Karen recovered over night and hiked out Sun am on her
own (she thanks Coy for the pack assist).
With our hammokcs, we were able to use this tiny established
campsite, although there was level space for only one tent--the
hammocks literally saved the day for us! In addition, we were
satisfied our hammocks did no undue harm to the site.
The shelters consisted of five Speer Hammocks (including a home-made
one), one Hennessey, and one Crazy Creek--the uniqueness and color
variety of our camp certainly created a carnival atmosphere! Everyone
got the chance to show off their specific gear and we learned from
each other. For two hammockers, this was their first night off the
ground. For us old pros, it was a chance to strut our stuff and teach
others the better way.
The relaxed afternoon soon gave way to universal power naps and by
dinner time we gathered around a small camp fire in the midst of the
hammocks. Conversations continued well into the night.
With everyone well rested and Karen boasting "better than any night
I've ever spent on the ground", we packed up and left after breakfast
on Easter Sunday, making it back to the cars by late morning. With
promisses to 'do it again', we parted and began our journeys home.
Some photos of the trip will soon be posted on this site. Thanks to
everyone who made the trip--I enjoyed meeting new friends and
renewing old friendships. Let's hope this is the begining of a new
tradition. Everyone who missed this trip should definately plan to
make the next one! ...Ed