I have often thought that I am a Granola Girl trapped in a South Florida Girl body. I grew up in Boca Raton, Florida- back when it was a sleepy lil beach town. No one had heard of it. SNL hadn’t mentioned it in the “Coffee Talk” segments. It was a simple place to live. Then the invasion happened. Some time back when I was a teenager.. things in my sweet little home town changed. Somehow, someway my Lil hometown got on the map. Things changed overnight.
I didn’t fit in. I would rather spend my days outside then inside the mall. I ran around and jumped into the intercostal at whim- swimming whenever possible. I very rarely wore shoes and I had troll baby hair. You know, the kind of hair that stood up on its end because I wouldn’t let my mom brush it? I have learned, over the years, that I don’t quite fit here. I really realized this when I moved to Boulder, Colorado for graduate school. I had found my tribe. The people in Colorado loved to be outside as much as I did. The women there had real breasts. The men didn’t get facials. It was Utopia.
After grad school I needed a real J.O.B. – or so I thought. So I moved back to my hometown and found my wonderful job that I have had for the past 8 years. I have daydreams about moving my job to the mountains. I find myself looking longingly at mountain homes and barn studios. Whenever I have a chance to travel – I am all about moving my butt to the rhythm of the mountain music. I am still making plans for my big mountain move someday – I am not certain which mountain I will move to, but I will live there again. I am not interested in Colorado as much as I once was. My life there has long since past and I run the risk of diggin’ up bones if I were to return. I think I experienced the best it has to offer. My latest heart set is on Utah, California, or maybe North Carolina???
In preparation for my travels this Christmas break – I pulled out the ol’ camping trip guide. I love to camp. Love it. Love it. Love it.
IF you are a camping lovin’ Granola Girl at heart – here is my Granola Girl Tip #132 – (I just like to number them randomly because it gives the illusion that I give these tips ALL THE TIME – just roll with it.)
Get a hammock. It makes ALL the difference in the world between an awesome adventure and a “eh.. yea, camping was OK” adventure. You know why?? Because when you are beat from kayaking or hiking or whatever else you do on your camping extravaganza – restin’ your tired derriere in your very own hammock makes everything just right in the world. Ahhhhhh.
I bought my ex-boyfriend this super cool Eno hammock for his birthday one year. I am very happy I did – because when we went on our kayak camping adventure – yours truly spent every evening curled up with my “Still life with Woodpecker” book and my stash of peanut M&M’s. Heaven.
Don’t take my word for it.. check out all these happy hammock folks… all part of the Eno Photo Contest. So comfy and check out these views!!!
The best part about these comfy cozy hammocks – is that they compress into a small ball of easily transportable comfort. If you have a Granola Gal or Guy on your gift giving list this holiday season – I highly recommend shelling out the relatively small amount of money – compared to the amazing experience – necessary to purchase one of these truckin’ treats. Check out all the nifty colors, sizes and accessories here at ENO today!