Years ago, on a back-packing trip to the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, we purchased a genuine, hand-made local hammock. We got the “matrimonial” size. Bill and I could both sleep in it — with our heads at opposite ends! It was cool and comfortable and easy to transport from one place to another. After¬† we returned to Colorado, we took our Yucatan hammock on all of our camping trips. We would tie it between two trees in a camp site, and relax in its folds during the day, or sleep in it on hot nights.

Eventually, however, it began to wear out. One night we found ourselves unceremoniously dumped onto the rocks and dirt. The ropes and strings were breaking and unraveling.

We were ready to buy a similar hammock when the forest service implemented a new rule. It was now illegal to tie anything trees in their campsites.

So, we found a nice, wide, two-person hammock with a collapsible metal frame. It could all be carried in a duffel bag. It’s easy to set up and break down. It will not damage trees or dump us our backsides in the middle of the night

For a great selection of hammocks for your own comfort — at home or while camping — visit this website.