Adventure is not the same anymore. Childhood memories of camping trips and fishing expeditions that used to include sleeping in tents on the uneven and cold ground has now been replaced with wonderful adventures using a jungle hammock. Strung between the trees and swathed in mosquito netting, the jungle hammock is an adventure in itself. The jungle hammock is nearly double the size of today's standard backyard hammocks and constructed of heavy, nearly indestructible canvas to protect you from the elements. The old style jungle hammock was treated with a creosote coating for waterproofing. One drawback to this is that people discovered that if the hammock became wet, it stunk, but of course, this too was all a part of the adventure.
To ensure you stayed cool, the jungle hammock was designed with side vents made out of mosquito netting, which helped protect you from a variety of flying insects. Once you had settled into the old jungle hammocks, you were in for the night. A zipper ran down the side and kept you securely in place in case the wind picked up and rocked you harder than you had anticipated. The canvas tube seemed perfect for a night out in the woods, listening to owls, the croak of the night insects and bullfrogs, but somehow the sound seemed immediate when you were not hidden away in a tent with the flaps closed.
The old jungle hammocks put you in the heart of nature where you could almost reach out and touch the trees. As you rested in the hammock, you could feel the breeze drifting through the mosquito netting, and if the wind picked up, you were rocked side to side. Obviously, this was something you would never experience in a tent.
Today, the Jungle Hammock is not made of creosote-soaked canvas. The quality of hammocks has improved immensely, making them even more comfortable. However, the beauty of falling asleep in a hammock under a canopy of stars is the same. Every stretch of woods becomes a jungle paradise in the mind of a child sleeping beneath the stars, suspended between tall trees and listening to the creatures of the night. Now you can experience the outdoors in style and comfort. Perhaps it is time to break out the hammocks and take your kids camping so they can enjoy the experience.