We are a family of explorers.
A few years ago my wife and I sold our house to travel the world with our three young kids (two sons and a daughter). As Five Take Flight we visited 38 countries in just over a year. It was the best year of my life. While my wife led us to cities and museums, I have always pulled our family towards nature.
I find my Haven in hard to reach places far from the comforts of home. I can get everything I need from a few days off trail.. except a good night's sleep.
Like everyone else, I am completely spoiled by our big mattress at home. 2 inches of foam on the ground or a traditional hammock is no substitute. I hoped someone would figure out how to make sleeping outdoors comfortable, never thought it would be me.
Each New Year, my wife and I pick a theme, a goal that we’ll aspire to over the coming months. We deemed 2018 “the year of creativity.” In July of that year, I found myself trying to get comfortable in a camping hammock. I envisioned my head and feet lowering, so my body was on a single plane. With this spark of an idea, the wheels started turning. Just before I shut the whole thing down due to a lack of time or expertise, I remembered that 2018 was our Year of Creativity. And thought, “why not?”
What followed was beginner’s luck. My first prototype was imperfect but already created the flat-lay I was going for. Our next couple of prototypes were a step in the wrong direction, but I kept at it. The success of that first prototype convinced me that with a few tweaks this could be a gamechanger.