A What?

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Dale is getting himself ready to  hike some of the Umpqua Trail. He has been hiking 2 or 3 times a week. While in Joshua Tree (city), he was talking to a man that had hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico. He shared some tips with Dale and one of those was sleeping in a hammock instead of a tent. It is supposed to be lighter packing than a tent, pad and all that.

When we reached Temecula, we had to go to JoAnns to find “sport nylon”. They had a good selection in many colors. He chose a light green and found thread and needles. It was kind of fun shopping with my man who was going to sew!

I was a little reluctant to let him just use my new Husqvarna Viking Emerald 218 sewing machine. Kind of like that anxiety Dale gets when I start going into his shop and using his tools!

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He set up outside since the weather was fantastic. He first hemmed around the edges and then turned the hem again and sewed around again. From there I didn’t watch any more.

He took off up the hill to find some trees to try it out when he finished with the ropes and belts. I got a text to come up and try the hammock out.

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He found some trees by the Croc Mill Creek.

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The first try out was not the best. So down the hill he went to get another rope. He calls it the “structural ridgeline.”

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Ahh, much better. This allows him to lay diagonally and gives more room in the hammock.

In one day, he completed his sewing project and even tried it out. I tried to talk him into spending the night but he had these excuses that he didn’t have a sleeping bag to keep him warm or a tarp in case it rained. 🙂

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He’s a genius!

If you are interested, read his blog here.
The book he used The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping

If you would like one of these hammocks send Dale an email via his blog and he just might make you one!

Life is good great!!!
God is the joy and strength in my life. You can have it too!

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4 thoughts on “A What?

    Janice said:
    February 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Oh – the picture of Dale sewing is so familiar!! When Gerald and I were parked in Texas, he used my machine, and made a custom kayak cover using a car cover. It was perfect, and we had so many people stop and ask us where we bought it. Seriously – the picture looks almost exactly the same as Dale all set up by your trailer!

    Gwen responded:
    February 19, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Awesome, Janice. Love your goat photo’s. What fun you are having. I think back to the time when you first started building. You both have done so well. I can tell you are happy.

    May Your Soul Stir™ said:
    February 19, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Well very cool…a hiker and (for lack of a better word) seamstress! 🙂

      Gwen responded:
      February 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      That made me smile!

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