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Most serious hikers would agree that a good hike should have some distinctive attribute that makes it memorable. A three mile stroll through the woods is fine, but throw in a waterfall or a cliff-side trail and it quickly becomes something much more noteworthy. Nothing fits the bill more than climbing to the top of a volcano. Whether it’s active or dormant, a volcanic hike promises to be anything but ordinary. Here are a few of the best volcano hikes in the world…well, at least the best volcano hikes we have done…OK, the only volcano hikes we have done.   Cerro Chato – La Fortuna, Costa Rica (Dormant) Hiking Cerro Chato provides hikers with the rare opportunity to swim in a volcano (water not magma). We did this hike on our honeymoon last summer and it was easily one of the highlights of the trip. The resorts and travel agencies in the area will recommend doing this hike with a tour guide which costs over $100 per person, but we would recommend taking a taxi to the trail head and climbing without a guide. The entrance fee is only $12. The tour groups that we passed all seemed miserable and...
We got to thinking that maybe all you great people out there hammocking in fabulous places like the beach or deep in the forest or in the middle of an electric music festival or in your grandma’s backyard might be wondering about the all great people here at ENO. Here is a quick look at some of the folks who really make the hammock magic happen! Enjoy! Adam Position: Sales Manager Birthplace: Georgia Favorite ENO product and why: Helios/Technest combo. It’s so light you don’t even know it’s in your pack. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?  The ability to talk to animals. Favorite outdoor activity: Working in the yard.         Sadie Mae Position: Resident Office/Therapy Dog Birthplace: Somewhere in Western NC Favorite ENO product and why: Launch Pad- It’s my dog bed. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? The ability to talk to people. Favorite outdoor activity: Sunbathing         Corey Position: Warehouse Associate Birthplace: Massachusetts Favorite ENO product and why: Vulcan because it’s awesome, it makes sense, and it has a great name. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I would like to...
Hammocks are great. They’re comfortable, relaxing, and portable! But what if I were to tell you there’s more to a hammock than just their serene qualities?
Freebies, Freebies, and more Freebies You’d be surprised to find out how much your taxpayer’s dollar gets you. Many national parks provide free amenities such as snowshoe rentals, guided hikes, and even boat rides free of charge! The day trip entrance fee is usually $15 a person or $30 a car, but the National Park Service is kind enough to host entrance fee-FREE days. In 2016 this includes 4/16-4/24 (National Park Week), 8/25-8/28 (National Park Birthday Week), 9/24 (National Public Lands Day), and 11/11 (Veterans Day).   Plan Your Route in Advance- Apps are your best friend If you are going to hit multiple National Parks/destinations, be sure to whip out mapquest planner to see what the most efficient route is. With these long rides the cost of gas makes quite the difference (if you are anywhere near as broke as I am). The app “Gas Buddy” allows you to compare gas price along the way. Other useful apps include “SitorSquat” check out the state of the bathrooms, and “iExit” which shows which amenities are available at each exit.   Be Sure You’ll Get Your ZZzzzz’s If I had a nickel for every time I didn’t think I needed a...
When preparing yourself for a few weeks or even months on the road, oftentimes the hardest part, even more than planning the details of where you’ll go, is what to take. Certainly for me, I kept finding new and essential items to have in my bag. Each time I walked into REI, I’d walk out with another few hundred dollars’ worth of stuff I just HAD to have. Each article I’d read on the subject would list endlessly new ‘must haves’. So what really are the key elements to deciding what to take? First, determine what your trip intends to accomplish. Are you blogging? Are you a photographer? Is it a spiritual journey? Is it just for fun? Once you’ve established your intended purpose, consider where you’re going and what climate you can expect. These analyses will help you focus on what’s meaningful, and what’s excess. Our goal? Pack as lightly as possible. Let’s start by creating a list of categories: Clothing Toiletries Gear Electronics Accessories Now we’ll look into each category. Trust me, you’ll list out more than you need. The best advice I’ve heard is this: Lay out what you’re going to take. Take half of it. Then double how much money...
This past weekend we discovered our new favorite place to hike and adventure—Hocking Hills. Ohio’s Hocking Hills is an absolute treasure and a mecca for weekend warriors.
Our friends at the Hammock Initiative have done something pretty cool.  The group dedicated to “global chillout” through hammocking held a Sway Day on May 30, 2015.  Over 300 people came to Fargo’s Island Park in Fargo, North Dakota to join in on the hammocking fun!  Check out the video recap of the event here: Visual Manifesto of Sway from Hammock Initiative on Vimeo.
Do you find yourself at work constantly looking down?  It might be at your glaring computer screen, your phone, the copier, your notebook, iPad, or so many other things.  We get stuck not taking in the things around us, but constantly isolated to our own space.  After a long day in the office, being outside can help you rest, relax and refocus. When we get outside, everything changes.  One of the first things I think you should do is look up.  By simply looking up, you are taken out of your current situation and you begin looking at something so much bigger than yourself.  It is a freeing experience that always brings my day back into perspective. My favorite way to “look up” is in a SingleNest hammock. It is lightweight, packable and the set-up is incredibly easy.  If you have tried to set up a hammock in the past, you may have struggled with tying knots or finding the right distance between the trees.  With the Atlas Straps, all the tough work is eliminated.  Just wrap them around the tree and you will find yourself with tons of hooks to get the exact right “hang” you desire!  Set up time...
I love my kids. They have definitely changed my life for the better and recently, I have learned that we share an affinity for hammocking. My kids ask me almost every day if we can hang up our ENO hammock, but I think we enjoy using it for different reasons.  Personally, I prefer the relaxing part of being in a hammock while my kids love to swing like peas in a pod or stones in a slingshot. At 10, 6, and 4, I really couldn’t expect them to want to do anything else. I tried to figure out the best way for our whole family to love our time in the hammock, so I thought through these four rules. Using them, my kids get to enjoy their hammock time and I get to enjoy mine as well. Sometimes we get to snuggle together, but no matter what, we’re all happy in our hammock.   Rule 1: Let them set up the hammock. At first, I wanted to make sure I set up the hammock perfectly every time.   However, my Atlas straps and DoubleNest hammock are so easy to use that it took me no time at all to teach my ten...

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