Provisions: Travel stuff you need

The Cacoon Hanging Lounge is a hybrid hammock/tent.
The Cacoon Hanging Lounge is a hybrid hammock/tent.

A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience.


“The Battle For Paradise: Surfing, Tuna and One Town’s Quest to Save a Wave,” by Jeremy Evans

$24.95; Nebraska Press

Evans, a South Lake Tahoe writer whose last book delved into the demise of the ski bum, this time travels to one of the best surfing spots in the world: Pavones, Costa Rica. “Battle for Paradise” details how a proposed tuna processing plant nearly ruined this geographic treasure that needs a specific swell pattern to produce monster waves.


Cacoon Hanging Lounge

From $340;

Sometimes, in the outdoors, you just want to hang out. This contraption – is it a tent or a hammock or a crazy hybrid? – will allow you to do that in style. You hang the hammocky thing, which weighs in at 14 pounds and is made of a cotton/polyester blend, from a sturdy tree and then kick back. Its website says the design was inspired by “the hanging nests of the weaver birds” in Mexico. By the way, weight limit: 440 pounds, so two people can get cozy.


“6 of America’s Most Scenic Food and Wine Festivals”

1. South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Florida

2. Hilton Head Island Food and Wine Festival, South Carolina

3. Taste of the Beach, Outer Banks, North Carolina

4. Taste of Vail, Colorado

5. Aspen Food and Wine Classic, Colorado

6. Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Maine

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