A Video Introduction from Joe and Andy

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Trek Light Gear’s Favorite Albums of 2009

Music plays a large role in the Trek Light lifestyle.   Since we live in the age of the iPod, your music has become as portable as our hammocks and any good road trip or journey abroad isn’t complete without the right soundtrack. There’s really nothing quite like relaxing in a hammock and listening to good music and I know lots of you have brought your Trek Light hammocks to tailgate and relax at countless music festivals over the years. Music is also almost constantly playing here at Trek Light HQ and so I thought I would share with you (in no particular order) some of my favorite albums that have gotten a lot of play in 2009.  While I tried to stick to albums that were released in 2009 the list also includes some older albums that I either recently discovered or re-discovered… Up From Below – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros A fantastic debut album from a band that clearly had as much fun making the album as you will listening to it.  Infectiously uplifting and melodic, every time you think you can nail down their sound or genre they’ll throw you a curve ball. Fielding 10 people in the band, think Arcade Fire and the Polyphonic Spree with a dash of the Flaming Lips.  Sometimes a combination of all three and sometimes none of them of them at all.  Check out this video of the band squeezing into NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series or this video from a recent show. Weird? Very. But oh so good. Ode to Sunshine – Delta Spirit Another debut album that quickly became an instant classic for me and got lots of play in 2009 (though it was released in ‘08).  They’re currently putting finishing touches on a new album and you should definitely give this one lots of play before hearing what they’re up to next.  An awesome album cover and a great album title seal the deal on this one. Everything Touches Everything – These United States These United States is at the very top of my favorite ‘undiscovered by the masses’ band list and has been since first hearing their incredible debut album, titled (get ready for it) A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gate to the Garden of Eden . The group seems to get better and better every time I see them and they don’t show any signs of letting up.  Already three albums deep, their last album Crimes was another scorcher. I definitely recommend listening in chronological order but really just get any one of their albums, listen to it twice and then try to stop. Elvis Perkins in Dearland – Elvis Perkins in Dearland A hard to describe album, it begs to be listened to with some good headphones.  Elvis’ father was the late Anthony Perkins (of Psycho fame) who died in 1992 from complications of AIDS and his mother was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 which crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11.  The tragedy clearly fuels and surrounds Elvis’ music but never loses its optimistic rhythm – sometimes melancholy can sound so good. Rapscallions And Ne’erdowells & Land Pirates – Mayhem String Band While their debut album is from 2007, it was the release of their latest album Land Pirates in 2009 that made me revisit their original and realize just how good they both are. While often labeled a bluegrass band, the term bluegrass doesn’t nearly contain these guys.  Hailing from Oxford, Mississippi they’ve managed to take all their collective influences and pull from them at will, meaning that in the midst of all that down home bluegrass you’re bound to hear anything from the delta blues to an Irish jig, with a righteous murder ballad thrown in for good measure.  They can nail the traditional bluegrass tune with a talent beyond their years but it’s their own tight songwriting and chemistry that sets them apart from those other bluegrass bands pickin’ in the corner.  These albums may have you doing some foot-stompin’ whiskey drinkin’, but they’ll also have you writing down those whiskey-fueled lyrics and posting them on your next status update. […]

Trek Light Adventures: More From Guatemala and Belize

Free Base checking in… Picture 1 and 7 come from Lake Itza in San Jose, Peten Guatemala. Both are over exposed as the extra light allowed into the lens brightens up this night scene and blurs the swinging hammocks. Chillin’ 10 to 15 feet above the the ground on an elevated platform Andy and Denny, a friend, stay lifted with a perfect view of Lake Itza and its clear waters. The warm temp of the water served for a nice, and needed,  evening bath for us dirty travelers. A superb hammock destination to say the least. In the second pic we are about 15 feet high in an old tree posted with our feet up. This enormous tree is of the type that holds a presence through which it speaks the wisdom and mysteries of time (same tree shown in pic 4,5,6). This abstract shot is one of my favorites. The only thing in focus is the careful woven material of the hammock as the background hints towards jungle foliage while revealing two sets of feet strung up in the canopy. This comes from the Cayo district in Belize, it’s a secluded spot and the likes of any one else perching a hammock in the lofty branches of this tree again are not high. […]

Trek Light Adventures: Joe and Andy (Pt. 2)

(Another great email from Joe and Andy, this time from Belize. Enjoy…) I believe in Belize, Because I believe, I can find some trees, That my hammock, Will fit in between. The first pic gets a little artsy as we are always trying to push the boundaries of how our pictures turn out. Under the shade of this palm tree is the perfect spot to relax. This pic comes form Hopkins Village in Belize. […]

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Trek Light Adventures: Joe and Andy (Pt. 1)

One of the biggest joys of running a business like Trek Light Gear is hearing about our products traveling around the world. As it is with a lot of entrepreneurs, most of the long-distance traveling I’ve been lucky to do in my life came before I started the business.  I know that those days will come again (want to help? buy hammocks now!), but the truth is that taking a few months off to wander and explore just isn’t too easy when you’re the Chief Everything Officer of a young retail business.  So, jealousy aside, nothing makes me happier than hearing that what I’m doing is in turn helping others to explore the world in a more comfortable and exciting way.   A few weeks back I received the email below from Joe and Andy, AKA Team Freebase, about their adventures in Central America with their trusty Trek Light Hammocks along for the ride.  I instantly wrote back and asked if they’d be interested in keeping in touch and sending in pictures and stories along the way (or whenever they got an internet connection) and the great news is they were psyched about the idea.   So, without further delay, here’s the first email I received.  I’ve already got a few more lined up and I’ll share them along with more to come (including videos!) in the days ahead. Hey Trek Light, Joe and Andy here, AKA Team Freebase. Both of us have recently completed our BA while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. We picked up our Trek Light hammocks up on Pearl St. in Boulder, set them up on the two story deck that night and have been using them ever since. We finished school in August and left for Belize mid September. We are enjoying ourselves thoroughly and the comfort and relaxation that our hammocks provide adds to our pleasure. So far we have remained in Belize traveling all over the country, starting in Caye Caulker, into San Jose Succotz in the Cayo District, and then down south to Dangriga, Tobacco Caye, and Hopkins Village. The first, second, and last pictures come from Hopkins Village which is a beautiful small fishing town just south of Dangriga on the Caribbean coast. We got into Hopkins and were welcomed generously, just as everywhere else in Belize, and found ourselves on a sandy beach plot paying $7.50 for the both of us to set up shop for the night. The first picture displays a sunrise over the Caribbean, mosquito net deployed, as Joe sleeps the night into day. […]

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