Sit Back, Relax and Unwind, Happy National Hammock Day!

Paradiso Hammock Sunset-M365 days a year there seems to be some obscure thing to celebrate.  We hear them on the radio every morning, see them all through social media and even celebrate a few that we feel passionate about (National Pancake Day anyone?).  The origins of the National (insert something completely random here) Day calendar seems to be unknown.  I mean lets be honest, who started National Rice Pudding Day, you either love it or despise it.  But, who can complain about a day encouraging folks to sit back and relax in one of the worlds most comfortable, portable and versatile hanging beds?  Not me!

The origins of the hammock date back 1,000 years ago to Central America where the Mayans and other indigenous people weaved them using plant fibers and tree bark.  In todays world, there is a whole culture based around a hammock.  Hammmocking has become a way to create community with events around the country brining like minded hammocking individuals together to sway away an afternoon.  There is also a large group of individuals who now use hammocks instead of tents on camping and hiking expeditions.  Using hammocks as opposed to tents give campers and hikers a lighter load as well as making a less of an impact on the environment.

If you are new to celebrating National Hammock Day I wanted to share some unique ways to celebrate across the country.

1) National Hammock Day Party, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia

Philadelphia is throwing an impressive hammock party tonight from 4 pm to 8 pm at Spruce Street Harbor Park.  There will be music, food, beverages and a whole lot of swaying!  Honestly, I wish I could participate in this one.

2)  Sway Day, Lake Nokomis, Minneapollis

Back on May 30, 2015 SwayDay took over Fargo.  This time it is headed to Minneapolis for a Sway Day celebrating National Hammock Day on Lake Nokomis from 4 pm to 7 pm  This is a BYOH (Bring Your Own Hammock) event that is sure to please!

3)  UF Hammock Club Hammock Day Gathering, Plaza of the Americas, Gainsville, FL

University of Florida Hammock Club (where was this when I was in college?) is celebrating National Hammock Day with a gathering from 10 am to 1 pm.  They plan to relax the afternoon away and create some memories in the hot Florida sun.

4) Your backyard, Anywhere

If you prefer the a less social way to relax or, like us being in the deep woods of Northern Maine, simply can not get to one of these events, check your backyard.  Do you have a hammock?  Do you need a hammock (we can help with that, www.byerofmaine.com)?  Get out there with your favorite book, the beverage of your choice and maybe a comfy blanket or pillow and just relax.

Whether you have the whole day to celebrate (sick day anyone?) or an evening to spare a few minutes, I encourage you to sway in a hammock today and celebrate another obscure but really awesome National Day of Celebrating.

PERFECT ADDITION: Moskito Kakoon And Traveller Rain Fly Offer The Best In Hammock Camping

Traveller Rainfly 2-MMy math has always been a little fuzzy, but in this case I’m certain that one-plus-one equals a complete outfit.

Stay with me.

On its own, the Moskito Kakoon hammock hit the market and earned a great reputation for its innovation, design and value. Better than its predecessor — the Moskito Traveller — with its flexible fiberglass spreader bars for the fine mesh netting, elastic tabs for the guy line and triple stitching, it was lauded as a roomy single-sized camping hammock built to last over the long haul.

This spring, we’ve debuted a new camping tarp, the Traveller Rain Fly. It’s lightweight, features a hexagonal cat-cut design, and employs reinforced corners. Including aluminum anchor pins and an ample amount of rope for adjustability in any conditions, it comes completely ready to use without the need to purchase any additional equipment.

Put together as a pair, the Moskito Kakoon and the Traveller Rain Fly are better and more mobile than any tent setup — at a fraction of the cost. The combined weight is less than 4 pounds, and the two items pack small enough to fit into a backpack.

You’ll be dry, outside in the fresh air, completely protected from insects and with enough space below the hanging hammock to store any items that need to stay dry.

Whether it’s for a camping trip with the family, a long hiking expedition or just a few nights out in your backyard, the Moskito Kakoon and Traveller Rain Fly add up.

In this case, the math makes perfect sense.

— TB

FATHER’S DAY: For The Dad Who Does Everything

Mauritius-in-Ceara-pillowDad needs a break.

His 65-hour work week is over. He’s coached every Little League practice for the last 97 consecutive days. The lawn is mowed, the hedges trimmed and the garden planted.

How do you thank the Dad that does everything for you and your family?

Simple: Get him everything he needs to enjoy a summer afternoon in the very backyard he just finished perfectly manicuring. It’s our Father’s Day Combo — a complete hammock setup, including hammock, stand and pillow.

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MAILBAG: Answering 3 Burning Questions

mailbox_05You’re asking, and we’re answering.

Winter seems to have an interminable grip on the northeastern part of the United States, but that doesn’t mean that spring isn’t right around the corner. (I know, I know. The calendar suggests that spring is already here, having arrived on Thursday — though the thermometer and more than half a foot of snow that fell across Maine that morning suggest otherwise.)

Because we’re so close to warmer days and summer events, we’re seeing lots of you getting ready by getting your hands on new gear and giving some of what you already have a much-needed freshening up.

Naturally, we field lots of questions from people at this time of year. Here are three of the most common:

How do I hang my hammock?

This is not as difficult as the novice might think. If you’re using a hammock stand, the stand is already set with hanging points at the right height and distance. Continue reading

10 Things You Didn’t Realize About Hammocks

Traveller XXL 3-LDespite Punxsutawney Phil having told us that spring is still quite a ways off in the distance, we’re not buying it. Not at all. If the calendar hanging over your desk says it’s March, then doggone it, it’s March and warm spring sunshine can’t be far off.

(No need to turn on The Weather Channel. Just take our word for it.)

So as you start rummaging through your backyard summertime gear, seeing what you need and what you don’t (Lawn darts? Seriously?), it’s time to get that hammock you’ve been wanting.

Why?

Glad you asked: Here’s 10 reasons you want a Byer of Maine hammock from Amazonas: Continue reading