I have noticed hammocks in the trees at Wanee's past. My first trip I was just awed by the beauty and coolness of the Mushroom stage area. Those massive trees and the blending of nature and function... First trip I thought they were just a part of the park's stage area. In '08 I learned that those were placed by people and shared freely (though I never took advantage of the opportunity since I usually tote a chair along anyway). After the SSR closed the fest (sniff, missed that this year - became sort of a tradition... "Take a load off Annie...") some of the guys camped next to our site came back late with some chairs and a hammock! I asked them what was up and they told me that after the show ended they spoke to someone on staff and asked what they did with the stuff. He told me they said that they cut them down and toss them. He (my neighbor) asked if he could have the hammock and was told take whatever he wanted...
If all true that could explain alot. Even if it was just a lowly clean-up guy who gave out incorrect information (to who knows how many people!) that one year... all those people STILL think it is simply approved practice to claim unattended items after the last show ends and the folks have left the area.
When leaving a chair behind I ALWAYS ask around to some of my always cool neighbors if they plan on staying put until.... and would they mind keeping an eye on my stuff for me. Never been turned down, never lost a chair, never failed to meet the best people and have a great time sharing the music with them! If you are late getting back or forget to go back, I guess considering it a donation to the cause is the best course of action
No sense being upset by it.
Every time I help someone at a Wanee (with either a donation of food, a forgotten item I can spare or just helping someone locate a lost camp site
, whatever...) they almost always offer something in return. I just tell them to pay it forward the next time they see a brother or sister in need. So next year you might be at Wanee and casually mention to someone your missing hammock and find yourself being surprised! I'll give you an example:
A, now, dear friend helped us out the first year after we got flooded out in Horsecamping (2007) with hot coffee and breakfast. She had mentioned the night before about having had one of Warren's picks in her camera case, but the camera had been stolen the past winter. She said she was only distressed by the pick being MIA, not the camera. Her husband had been sharing and helping us novices since we tried to set up and even shared a few rum and cokes to boot! We swapped e-mails and addies after the event, promising to stay in touch and meet next year at the same spot (which we did).
Upon arriving home I posted my "Wanee story" on the Mule fan site I belong to so as to share my great experience and inspire someone else to attend. I soon received a PM from someone who just felt moved by my post. She sent me her pick taped to a card with the date/song and a nice note filled with stuff that would make a polar bear feel all warm and fuzzy inside (now another dear friend of mine!) I went and bought the best bottle of rum I could find (from Trinidad/Tobago) and you can guess the rest can't you? Keep the faith and stay strong, there are still plenty of great people on this planet to meet!