Stretch Out for a Snooze on National Hammocking Day

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

July 22 is National Hammocking Day, so what better way is there to celebrate than by hanging around in a hammock? Lauren Spierings, a student at UW-Eau Claire, enjoys spending her summertime in a hammock, and she has a few tips and tricks when it comes to hammocks: 1.) Make sure your hammock is a good, sturdy brand. 2.) Check the straps for wear and tear. Strap it up at least neck height or higher (unless you enjoy being a centimeter above the ground). 3.) Check out places like Phoenix Park and Randall Park, or any place near water. 4.) Be sure to pick out a good tree – not too little, not too big. You don’t want the tree to snap! 5.) Get creative with your surroundings when finding a nice spot for your hammock to hang. “The best way to celebrate such a fun holiday is simple: grab some friends, some ’mocks, a speaker, maybe a cooler for chilled drinks, and head to your favorite spot for the day! What could be better?” Spierings said.