How to Use Hammock Straps

Hammock straps are hands down the best way to hang a hammock from a tree.  Although you can certainly use ropes, dedicated hammock tree straps are not only easier to use, but they also won’t cause damage to the tree when used correctly. Of course, a hammock with a built-in stand, like the Mock One, is almost always the most straightforward, man...
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20 Outdoor Activities for Kids

It’s a full-time job keeping kids engaged and active while playing outside. Especially for high energy kids, time spent in fun outdoor activities has many benefits. Kids today spend half the time outdoors that their parents did, and their development is worse for it. Outdoor time in the previous century was less structured, but there are still ...
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The Ultimate Road Trip Checklist: 46 Essentials Items

Forget baseball, the ultimate American past-time is road tripping. They make us feel a certain way. This is the birthplace of Route 66, affordable cars, and lots of infrastructure to support such a pastime. The perfect road trip is part Oregon trail, part Jack Kerouac, and all adventure. The open road makes us believe in possibilities and get ...
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13 Best Beaches in Texas

When you think of Texas travel, wide open deserts, weird Austin, and lots of barbeques come to mind. But Texas has a secret gem about which few people know. You’re about to become a member of a secret club. Texas has great beaches.  You might ask yourself.. Are there any good beaches in Texas? Short answer is; yes, lots. Long answer, there’s ov...
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How to Tie Hammock Knots

You can easily set up a hammock pretty much anywhere if you know how to tie just a few simple knots. Although I still prefer to use tree straps (or a built-in stand like featured on the Mock ONE), sometimes rope is the easiest - or, possibly, only - way to go. Luckily, knowing how to tie just five knots goes a long way towards hanging a hammoc...
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How to Hang String Lights In Your Backyard Without Trees

String lights are a creative way to add a unique dash of ambiance and atmosphere to your backyard. Although hanging them from trees is perhaps the most straightforward method, it's completely possible (not to mention easy) to hang these stylish lights up without using any trees at all. Here is everything you need to know to hang backyard strin...
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11 of the Nation’s Best Hikes

By no means an exhaustive list, here are 11 hikes across the country that simply have to be on your radar -- from the rolling mountains of the southeast, to the jagged peaks of the west, to the canyons, waterfalls, and old-growth forests of the Pacific Coast. Happy trails!
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