Morning! Exciting outing for me. I'm going to be starting back up on Bushcraft II soon. I was out on the back side of a 80 acre rescue ranch not far from my house. I'll be making a bushcraft site out there as well, with full permission in exchange for volunteering with care taking the animals. I have experience cleaning horse frogs/green breaking horses, etc. Night started out great. Was with my camping pal Alan, I forget his name on here but he's a lurker on BCUSA. I've gone out with him about 6 times now, met him once in a national forest at 2am 4 hours out from my home, 1 hour driving without cell phone service. That's how much I trust this camping pal of mine. We had some heavy rain with half the sky clear and sun out, which felt amazing because it was pushing 85F. That cut the temperature down quick but made the night sickeningly sticky/humid. We set up a tarp over a picnic table that was out there, but otherwise it was full primitive. We made a fire ring and dug out about a 2ft wide by half a foot deep hole. Property owner has given us permission to develop tidily. The ranch hand who's also my personal handy man, Morgan, came down and played the Mandolin/Guitar for us for about an hour before a last night cap and heading out and telling us good night. I popped into my hammock and slammed down on the ground. RIP $150 Dream Dorian Hammock. (As a new home owner I can't afford to buy any new gear lol) I believe I had to short of a hang and the suspension straps weren't able to take any tension off. It also had a few micro rips so one of them went RIIIIIIP. I'm also chubby, lol. Anyways, I was considering calling it quits and flaking on Alan and heading home since I lived so close. It was now around 1am. Decided to tough it out. I was going to sleep on my 3/4th pad and cover the dirt with the reminents of my hammock as a moisture barrier by the fire. After an hour being a firebug I decided I needed to set up a shelter with one of the tarps I brought (car camping effectively). Than I saw I had chucked my Pup tent in the trunk and decided to give it a go. 2am, in the dark, have never even unraveled this pup tent since I bought it at a military surplus place. It was pretty straight forward, and I have to say, I'm impressed and I'm in love with canvas. Slept maybe 4 solid hours, thanks to Alan who noticed I didn't have a full pad at 3am and went and got me a spare he had. Over all, best (though only) time I've ever had sleeping on the ground. Thanks for reading! I'm going to try to start posting my trip reports on http://www.synsurvival.com as well as well as a directory of bushcraft style camping locations I know of or can get people permission to use.