Eagles Nest Double Nest Hammock
$69.95, http://eaglesnestoutfittersinc .com/product/DOUBLENEST.html
What camper wouldn't want to stretch out after a hard day on the trail and gently sway in a hammock, one that's large enough for two, actually? But what camper would want the hassle of lugging around a bulky hammock all day? What say we stop with the rhetorical questions and tell you about a hammock by Eagles Nest that folds up into the size of a softball in a compression sack? Made with quick-drying nylon and aluminum carabiners, this hammock can hold up to 400 pounds.
$7, (916) 965-8955; claireT2@att.net
If you must use a cane, Fair Oaks resident Claire Gliddon thinks you should at least twirl it in style. After her 88-year-old father was told he needed to use a cane, Gliddon tried to cheer him up by knitting the cane a sweater. It's caught on. Gliddon now sells cane sweaters, which she says will make you the talk of any senior-citizen cruise. Email or call Gliddon to order.
"Access All Areas: Selected Writings, 1990-2011," by Sara Wheeler
$18, North Point Press, 312 pages
Sara Wheeler is one of those extreme travel writers not afraid to put herself in rugged circumstances for the sake of experience and a good story. This is a collection of her best essays, culled from books such as "Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile," and "Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica." Wheeler also kindly adds postscripts to some of her earlier writings.
The recent cruise-from-hell aboard the Carnival Triumph apparently isn't keeping most people from wanting to go on a cruise. In an instant survey of 13,500 travelers commissioned by MissTravel.com, 81 percent of people ages 21 through 33 said they would still like to sail. But folks 60-plus expressed more skepticism, with only 36 percent saying they would book passage after the Carnival mishap.
Marta (@MsMarta20): "I mean ... we came to Dublin for two days and saw no sights. We literally drank the whole time. #travelfail"
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