Khanlin Rodgers - The State Hornet
With all the shady trees blooming on the Sacramento State campus, the members of the Hammock Club are taking in the scenery. Its members can be spotted on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. in between Riverfront Center and Lassen Hall, near the bus stop.
This club was founded two years ago to build community among students. It started with just some friends hanging out in hammocks, but now the club organizes trips for its members featuring hikes and camping. There’s even a hike planned with Peak Adventures later in April.
Their hope for the club is that it will serve as an invitation for others to come relax. Hammock Club Secretary Jess Long described what the club is like.
“You come hang out about once or twice a week, or whatever, and you’re just around people who want to have a good time,” she said.
There are no requirements for this club, other than, perhaps, a love for the outdoors.
There are no dues and no mandatory attendance. You don’t even need a hammock; the club usually has extras.
Vice President Anna Sosken said the hammocks are just an icebreaker to make new friends.
“You don’t need a hammock, you don’t need to know anyone,” Sosken said, explaining that anyone can join the club.
President Trent Simonson said the best place on campus to hammock is simply anywhere there are two trees a good distance apart.
He said the club aims to promote a “stress-free environment.”
“If you want to nap, come set up your hammock and take a nap,” he said. “If you want to do some homework, that’s no problem, just do your homework. Otherwise you can socialize and hang out with others that enjoy hammocking.”