For those of us who are innately distrustful of nature, there is something immediately appealing about a tent that is suspended in mid-air. No hard ground to sleep on, no bugs (or snakes!) crawling in—just pure, elevated bliss.
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As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Luke 9:57-58)
Lesson: Realize that if you have ever told, will ever tell, or regret having told Jesus you will follow that such walking behind Him means you are never settled in this world. There just is no “elevated bliss” for a disciple of Jesus in this world. Reason? Because we follow a Lord who hung on a cross suspended between heaven and earth until the work of God was accomplished. There is to be sure His joys, His sufferings in your life – just no bliss.
Warning: Don’t try this at home. Let Jesus led the way for your life and you may, or may not, sleep in such a tent. Such comforts, or lack thereof, are up to Him. 1
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(wired.com)—Such is the idea behind the TreePod Camper, a two-person tent that you hang from a tree with a single length of rope. The idea stemmed from TreePod’s first eponymous product, a smaller tent mainly designed to give kids a quick and easy treehouse that can be erected without having to set foot in a Home Depot. That might be fine for junior, but this upgrade—measuring 54 by 84 inches at its base—offers something two adults could actually spend the night in.
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Once you have the frame together and the shell attached, it’s time to hoist the Camper into the air. This is actually the most difficult part of the process, as you’ll need to find a limb that is both high and thick enough to support the 500 pound capacity of the Camper, yet low enough to sling a rope over. TreePod offers instructions on how to securely attach your rope (not provided) to the tree, but you’re well advised to refresh your knowledge of clove hitches and other knots before you get too far along. I spent about an hour and a half getting the tent assembled and suspended. About half that time involved getting the rope in the right place and hauling the tent up to meet it. (This is really the only part of the operation that requires two people.)
If it’s not yet obvious, this isn’t a tent that you’re going to carry into the woods on your back. At 28 bulky pounds, it’s unlikely to find much uptake among serious campers. The instructions also officially require the use of a ladder in order to tie a knot around the tree branch, which isn’t something most people lug into the woods. Safety aside, without using a ladder, there’s no real way to hang the tent high enough so you can keep it from bottoming out on the ground once you climb inside.