Going Fishing

Fishing may have started out as a necessary means for finding food, but it has evolved over time into both a leisurely activity and a professional sport. 

Prehistoric Origins

Fishing has been around almost as long as humanity itself. According to Alimentarium, commercial fishing as a business model goes back to early civilizations. Fishing was also a major occupation as documented in the Christian bible. Deep-sea fishing goes back to the 15th century and has evolved into the massive industry that we know today. With industrialization came opportunities to cast larger nets and catch more fish. Even today fishing is a huge industry, bringing in approximately $150 billion in 2017 according to Financial Times

Leisurely Fishing

Beyond the commercial aspects of the fishing industry, there is something very relaxing about getting outdoors and casting a fishing line out into the water. There’s no hurry, no deadlines, and no pressure when you’re out in the peace and quiet of the water. Some prefer to fish on a lake, using a boat or canoe. Others prefer to fish on the flowing stream of rivers. Fly fishing is a specialty form of fishing that is quite popular. The YouTube channel The New Fly Fisher uploaded this video on the basics of fly fishing. 

Professional Fishing as a Sport

Beyond the fishing industry commercially, fishing has become quite a competitive sport. With sponsorships, prize money and television viewership, competitive fishing has found a place in the entertainment industry. Bass fishing is particularly competitive with many loyal fans. This video from the YouTube channel Bassmaster shows how big the fish can get and how seriously the fishermen take the sport. 

Enjoying Fishing

Fishing is a great activity for anyone of any skill level. Whether you catch anything or not, the idea of getting outdoors and enjoying some fresh air, peace, and quiet is very appealing for many. It’s a great activity to teach children about patience and introduce them to the outdoors. Professionals, amateurs and every level in between can enjoy everything fishing has to offer. 

Go Cycling to Explore the City

Cycling is a fun way for the entire family to stay fit, and it can be done virtually anywhere. 

Where Can I Go Cycling? 

Bikes can be ridden on streets, sidewalks, and trails in almost any town in the United States. Many large cities offer bike share programs or other bike rental services that allow riders to purchase single rides, daily passes, or longer memberships to make cycling more convenient. Cycling can be a great way to explore a new city while staying fit. 

Cycling Equipment and Safety

While children and casual riders usually do not need the most expensive bicycles available, committed cyclists who expect to ride a large number of miles each week should plan to invest in high-quality bicycles that are built to meet their needs. Before purchasing a bicycle, be sure to consider the type of terrain that you expect to use it on. Although most varieties of bicycles will perform well on streets and sidewalks, you should plan to purchase a mountain bike, fat tire bike, or other vehicle built to withstand rough terrains if you plan to spend a significant amount of time riding on trails. 

All riders, especially children and cyclists who ride on rough trails and in cities, should wear helmets while riding. Be sure your helmet fits correctly, and never wear a helmet that has been involved in a crash. Pads may also be worn, particularly by children and less-confident riders. Reflective clothing and lights are recommended if you must ride at night, though it is a good idea to avoid riding at night whenever possible. Be sure to bring plenty of water if you will be riding a long distance in hot or humid weather, and always pay close attention to traffic.  

Professional Cycling

While most people cycle for fun or to stay fit, it is possible for highly-trained riders to become professional cyclists. While the Tour de France is the best-known bicycle race, elite cyclists can participate in a plethora of other high-level races as both individuals and members of teams.

Some bicycle enthusiasts also commit to riding long distances to support causes that are important to them, such as participating in specific races, riding a certain number of miles, or even riding across the country.

Cycling can be a great way to stay fit while having fun in the sun. Regardless of where you live or travel, you’re probably not far from a trail, bike path, or other great place to cycle!    

Everything You Need to Know About Planting A Tree

It’s no secrets that more trees than ever are getting uprooted and moved in the name of “human activity.” Whether humans are looking to make paper goods or cut down trees to build buildings, towns, or cities, trees often get put on the backburner in the 21st century. Deforestation has devastated many wild animal’s habitats and will continue to devastate more of them if we don’t do something about it and soon.

That is where replanting trees comes in!

The Importance of Trees:

Many people have forgotten how important trees are to the world around us. Consider that over 180 million Americans rely on forest watersheds for their drinking water and the water that they use in their homes daily. If these trees were to get taken away, people would have to pay a lot more for water to have it filtered and provided to them at the same quality which it is now.

Moreover, trees remove pollution from the air in the surrounding atmosphere and help improve our air quality.

Large populations of wildlife rely on trees for their well-being and lives. They depend on forests, cover, and water. Moreover, about 1/3 of all endangered species live in the forest and require this protection for their existence to continue.

If trees are not present, soil can get eroded at a much higher rate by both wind and rain that comes through the area. Trees help manage heavy rainfalls and reduce flooding in many areas and also eliminates what deposits of foreign debris and mineral get put into the water when it goes into runoffs after it rains heavily outside.

These are just a few of the reasons that trees are so crucial to our planet and the well-being of humans living nearby. 

Helping Replant Trees:

Fortunately, many different organizations such as One Tree Planted (United States) or Trees for the Future (mainly works in sub-Saharan Africa) advocate keeping our forests healthy by replanting the trees that we use for natural resources. Other projects also exist such as Nature Conservatory’s Plant a Billion Trees project (worldwide initiative), which aims to plant a billion trees around the world are all aimed at keeping the world’s forests healthy to provide a healthy planet for future generations. 

You Can Contribute:

Many of these conservation projects allow you and other everyday people contribute to their cause without ever having even to dig a hole to place a tree. Organizations such as One Tree Planted request that those who want to help donate $1 to the charity and they plant a tree with the dollar that is donated! These organizations (there are many) plant trees throughout the entire world to help offset the trees that humans are using as we continue to build and develop the planet for further human habitation.

Conclusions:

If you want to donate to any of these great charities, there are links on their websites where you can help plant trees and save your planet! Your dollar goes to a great cause, and the planet gets more trees, which we need to ensure that we can keep our planet healthy for many generations to come!

Camping Under the Stars

There is nothing in the world quite like a hot cup of coffee, from an old fashioned percolator, first thing in the morning on a campsite. Surrounded by the sounds of nature waking up as the sun filters through the trees. Camping is a family tradition for a lot of families. 

Through Time in the Trees

Thomas Hiram Holding was the man to put camping on the map, so to speak. Britannica writes, Holding was moved by the experiences he had as a boy which lead him to write two books on the matter and create the first camping association (Association of Cycle Campers) in 1901. By 1932 the first international camping organization was formed (International Federation of Camping and Caravanning). According to CampTrip, the 1960s saw a large increase in the number of families that took to camping as a vacation. It was cheaper than the previous alternative and lent itself to more time with nature. There was a significant improvement in the quality of the gear and a reduction in its weight. 

Nature Heals

Both the Huffington Post and the National Parks Service agree that going camping is good for your overall health. Being in nature for even a few minutes a day can help relieve stress, but staying out in nature without any screens can improve your circadian rhythms (which can aid in a better night’s sleep), reduce depression, and allow you the ability to truly appreciate all the beauty there is to be had in the natural world. Bringing people you care about with you can help build relationships and give you even more memories to share. 

Getting Started

RootsRated has a very comprehensive list of what you need and how to decide which type of supplies are best for you. To add to that list, a wire rack to go over the fire can be a great cooking tool. It’s cheaper than a stove if you are just starting out, but it takes more practice to cook with. A kitchen tent (a tall screened-in room that can be assembled over a picnic table) can be very helpful to store food and provide a place to eat without as many bugs. A hatchet to split your own wood can also be a lifesaver. You can’t go wrong with some rope and clothespins for an easy clothesline. Water Jugs will be needed along with the water bottle because you will most likely need to walk to a water pump for water, and one bottle just won’t cut it. A tarp is also a good thing to keep around. The more you camp the more you will tailor your supplies to your needs. Camping truly is a wonderful experience everyone should have at least once. 

Enjoy a Classic Game of Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a fun game that has been played on playgrounds around the world for decades. It has also been used for other purposes such as military training. Hopscotch has a rich history and still enjoyed by many school children and adult alike as a fun activity that is simple to play. It can virtually be played anywhere and very few supplies are needed to play it.

History of Hopscotch

Hopscotch traces its origins back to the early days of ancient Britain during the days of the Early Roman Empire. Hopscotch used to be played on 100-foot courts and was used mainly for military training purposes. Roman soldiers would run the entire hopscotch court in full body armor with their packs on to improve their footwork, agility, stamina, and endurance.

Over time, Roman children were drawing smaller versions of the hopscotch course with 10 spots to hop as they imitated the regular exercise completed by the adult soldiers as they prepared for battle.

Hopscotch Goes Worldwide

Hopscotch spread in popularity and has since become a worldwide activity. Hopscotch is called “Marelles” in France, “Templehupfen” in Germany, and “Hinkelbaan” in the Netherlands just to name a few options of how popular the game has become. More variations of the game have become popular as well as children look for new challenges and fun new ways to play a long-time favorite playground game.

Hopscotch Today

Today, hopscotch is a game that you can see getting played on school playgrounds throughout the US. Many playgrounds areas have hopscotch courts spray painted onto the pavement for kids to play on. In driveways in neighborhoods throughout the world, it’s an inexpensive game to play that passes time for children. Children simply draw the court out on the sidewalk or street with a piece of chalk and they have hours of fun playing this classic game.

Sometimes, even adults enjoy a lighthearted game of hopscotch for fun. Clubs exist throughout the country and there are even 5K and 1K races that have hopscotch built into them. One of the most popular events of the sort is the Hopscotch Music Festival which next scheduled to get held September 5th to 7th 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Tossing markers (usually a smooth rock or stone) and having to pick them up while standing on one foot or “hopscotching” can make the game more fun and challenging for older children. If a player misses their marker, falters, or lets their foot touch the ground, they are effectively “out” of the game. The last person left wins.

Many children also play with more than 10 squares to make the game more challenging by making the course longer. Soldiers used 100 spots, but 25, 50, or 75 may be used by children who want to find a challenge that meets their needs. Variations of the game that children have created over time also exist, but the root of it is always a fun jumping and hopping game!

Conclusion

Hopscotch is a fun game that can be played almost anywhere and continues to keep children entertained for hours. Imagination and creativity can give children many variations of this game and make it a fun game to play alone or with their friends.