As Travis hinted in the previous post, life since the C&O Canal has been, in a word, soggy.
Even in such trying conditions, our new hammocks handled the evening rain and passing storms admirably. That said, I came just shy of scampering over and into Travis’ hammock during a few particularly fierce rounds of thunder. Willett slept soundly below Travis’ hammock all evening.
Here are a few sunny shots of hammock life:
So far hammock life has been quite pleasant. They are quite cozy and, if you position yourself correctly (diagonally), quite comfortable. We both stayed dry, as did our belongings, which makes the hammocks at least as effective as a proper tent in rainy conditions. Finding two sets of trees at an appropriate distance is significantly easier than finding a flat, bare patch of ground. We are, after all, in the woods. As an added bonus, we have very little interaction with the swampy ground.
Some may see hammocks as the “separate bedrooms” option for thruhikers, but rest assured that Travis and I are no less fond of one another and he does not stink or snore excessively.
Stay tuned–stories of our wet weather rescue forthcoming!