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. 

Do You Remember When the Internet and Gadgets Were Not Widespread?

It’s hard for many young people to imagine life without their smartphones, apps, and internet service. But before the mid-20th century, people did just fine without all the excess technology. If you wanted to communicate with loved ones or friends, you called or visited them in person in decades past. Handwritten letters were also popular and even taught as part of proper etiquette. For the kids who were bored back then, they used their creativity to entertain themselves. They played board games, went for long walks, played at the park, or read good books. Here is more information on a time when we didn’t have the Internet and why that was a good thing.

We Used Maps, Phonebooks, and Help From Others to Get Around

It is a little sad that today’s youth may not know how to understand maps, atlases, and phonebooks. But in decades past, this is how people learned how to find places that they were unfamiliar with. Or they may have pulled over at a gas station to ask others how to locate certain places if they got lost. Also in decades past, you had to write addresses, names, and phone numbers in a small book that you kept on hand. This enabled you to use your common sense more and it taught you to follow directions carefully.

Libraries Were The Main Sources of Research

Before you could find out anything on the Internet, there was a time when you had to visit the library to obtain the information you needed. You read encyclopedias, non-fiction books, old newspaper articles, journals, and magazines to gather research. It took more effort to find out facts in those days.

You Learned About The Latest Music From Radio

A long time ago, the only way you learned about the latest happenings in music was by listening to the radio. If you wanted free tickets to a concert, you would have to be the first or second caller to obtain them. When you listened to the radio, you heard fun interviews from your favorite artists and you could even record those interviews with blank cassette tapes.

Relationships Were More Meaningful

Nowadays, you can press some buttons and establish so-called relationships due to social media and online dating sites. But decades ago, people created relationships in more meaningful ways. Maybe you went to church with your neighbors and through real face-to-face interaction, all of you became friends. As a child, you learned proper conflict resolution strategies such as apologizing, extending forgiveness, not putting the other person down during disagreements, and working issues out calmly. Manners went a long way back then, and people exhibited more respect and empathy for each other.

Basic Life Skills Were Commonplace

Before the digital era, everyone possessed important basic life skills. These skills included sewing, how to prepare nutritious meals from scratch, knowing how to make minor home repairs, growing veggies, and fruits, knowing how to repair minor car problems, and how to manage money without relying on apps and finance blogs. Now there is a concern that future generations may not have those same skills or at least with the same capabilities as their grandparents from generations ago.

In conclusion, life was simpler in the days before the Internet and gadgets arrived on the scene. What would happen if we learned a few lessons from the past and incorporate them into our modern world? Maybe we might be happier, more self-sufficient, and even better spouses, friends, parents, and employees.

Discover the Possibilities of City Photography

When someone mentions photography, perhaps your mind goes to the stunning mountain views of Ansel Adams, or the famous celebrity portraits of Annie Leibovitz. But there are dozens of different styles of photography that anyone can explore anywhere. Let’s take a look at some photography styles you can use in cities.

Street Photography

Street photography is a broad term that can define any photographs taken on the street. It may surprise you to learn that the first known photograph was not a portrait or landscape, but a Parisian street scene captured by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. Street photography is, therefore, as old as photography itself.

The term street photography is often used today to specifically describe photographs taken of people in public spaces that are going about living their day-to-day lives. Humans of New York has brilliant examples of this. The photographer, Brandon Stanton, interviews his subjects and shares their stories bringing his street photography work into the realm of photojournalism. His work has inspired similar series in other major cities.

Architectural Photography

Every city you visit is bound to have gorgeous architectural structures. From the towering heights of skyscrapers, to the clean lines and geometric shapes of museums and civic centers, cities are every architectural photographer’s dream. Golden hour, which is during sunrise or sunset, provides some of the best lighting to capture beautiful shadows and colors.

Cities also have interesting older buildings and abandoned structures. Aged facades and peeling paint create all kinds of photographic possibilities.

Cityscape Photography

If you have the option of scoping out a bird’s eye view of a city, cityscape photography can be a fun and challenging adventure. Choosing just the right angle and time of day can show how vast and bustling a city is. Add a little extra visual interest for your nighttime cityscapes by using long exposures to capture the streaks of light created by the traffic below.

What about equipment?

We are living in the best time in human history for access to photography equipment. We have the option of using classic film cameras or a variety of high tech digital cameras. DSLRs are the top choice for photography professionals, but can be a bit of an investment for the average hobbyist. If you’re just getting started, or like traveling light, you may have the perfect camera for your needs right in your pocket. Don’t believe it? Check out these brilliant photographs created exclusively with cell phones!

There are so many possibilities to explore within the world of photography. All you need to do is grab a camera and get started!

Getting A Tattoo

Tattoos have become a common form of “body art” or “body modification” that has become widely accepted in most societies. People get tattoos that they feel that represents them and something near, dear, or important to them. People use tattoos to represent who they are and showcase something that stokes their passion.

A History of Tattoos

Despite tattoos becoming more popular in the last several decades and becoming an accepted part of modern society, tattooing one’s body is far from a new phenomenon. Otzi the Iceman was discovered in September of 1991, and even back then he still had ancient versions of tattoos on his mummified skin. Otzi’s body and his life were dated between 3370 and 3100 BC. That means tattooing was common as far back as four millennia ago.

Other countries with a history of tattoos that date back to ancient times include Chinese cities such as Qäwrighul, Yanghai, Shengjindian, Zaghunluq, and Qizilchoqa where tattooed mummies were discovered.

Europeans have been making tattoos out of dyes like ivory as far back as 35,000 to 40,000 years ago. Most tattoos were found on the arms and legs as well as across the chest and torso.

Tattoos Today

No doubt tattoos look completely different in the 21st century than they did back in ancient times. However, they are still popular forms of body art. Tattooing as we know it today began in the 1870s and has become more modern over the last 140+ years.

Today, a series of many small, micro-sized needles inject ink into people’s skin to create the picture or the image that the person wishes to receive. Most people say certain parts of their bodies hurt more than others when getting tattooed, but most say tattooing is not painful as the needles are so small and thrust in and out of the skin rapidly enough that it feels more like tickling than pain. However, areas such as the top of the feet or the ribs have been said to be more uncomfortable to have tattooed than other body parts.

Professionals in Tattooing

Today, people work in tattoo parlors and studios doing this work on people’s bodies professionally. There are training programs that offer people the skills they need to be successful in tattooing for a full-time career. In the 21st century, there is quite good money that can get make in the tattooing industry. Tattoos today run from $100 to $300 per hour of work that the artist has to do to complete the tattoo. Large, custom tattoos can run into the $1000s if it takes the artist several hours to a couple of workdays to complete.

Tattoo parlors and shops exist throughout the U.S. and in most countries throughout the world today. Tattoo parlors that regulate the use of needles and artists who are certified by the state in which they practice get considered quite safe today. To get licensed by the state in which they work, most artists must complete 360 hours of training under someone who is certified and do more than 50 tattoos to receive their license.

Famous Tattooers

TV shows about tattooing have become more common in the last several years. Shows such as L.A. Ink and, Ink Master, and Black Ink Crew New York have given way to many famous tattooers. Some of the most well-known tattoo artists today include Kat Von D, Paul Booth, Scott Campbell, Tina Bafaro, and Erin Chance.

Today, both men and women succeed in tattooing and can make a relatively healthy income. The average income for a tattoo artist is stated to be around $107K annually, according to ZipRecruiter.


Tattooing has become more and more common as it is a modernized art in the 21st century. As long as tattoos are not “offensive” and are not “controversial” in nature, most jobs allow people to have tattoos. Jobs may require that they are covered, but most workplaces will not stop you from getting hired because you have tattoos.

Tattooing is far from new, but it continues to be a way to express one’s self, and it’s becoming more accepted by society as more and more people jump on the trend and get tattoos. So, if you want to get tattooed and you know what you want to get, it’s time to explore your options! Find a certified tattoo artist, a reputable shop that practices proper needle disposal, and ensures you are safe as possible.

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!    

Serenity in the Sand

Beaches are a place of wonder, and not every beach trip is made equal. There are many different ways to enjoy a day (or a week) in the sand. Even the beaches themselves are different. Sleeping Bear Dunes in northern Michigan, for example, boasts beautiful dunes you can climb, trails to walk, and a beautiful view of the lake, which is a vastly different experience than a trip to La Chiva Beach in Puerto Rico. La Chiva sports crystal clear waters for snorkeling and water that is an awe inspiring blue. 

Origins of Beach Vacations

Beaches didn’t always promote feeling of relaxation and tranquility. In fact, it was quite the opposite! According to Smithsonian Magazine, beaches were feared as being wild and dangerous. They were a place of shipwrecks and natural disasters. That viewpoint wouldn’t change until the mid 1700’s. It wasn’t until the 20th century that beach vacations started becoming popular in the Americas, Paste reports. 

Tranquility of the Water

Walking slowly along the beach as the sand shifts between your toes and over your feet, while looking out over the small, blue, crashing waves can bring feelings of relaxation in a class of its own. And science can prove it! Inc discusses the calming effect the color blue can have on the brain activity as well as the benefits walking over sand has on pressure points in your feet. Going to the beach is proven to be good for your health. Start planning your beach trip now, it’s for your overall well being. 


As relaxing as the beach can be, there are still times when it could be dangerous. Be sure to check with the correct local offices or authorities to determine if the conditions of the beach will be safe before you head out. Things such as high water levels, riptides, or other weather events could be a factor in determining the safety of the beach. 

Extreme Love

After some ups and downs in her life, Janet Blaser took a trip to Mazatlán, Mexico. She loved the beach, the people, and the culture so much she moved there! She now lives for about $1000 a month on the beach in Mexico, and can’t imagine being anywhere else. 

Go Surfing to Catch a Wave

Both professional and amateur surfers live for the exhilarating experience of riding the biggest wave they can find. If you’re heading to Hawaii, California, or another tropical destination, going surfing can be a great way to experience local culture while enjoying the ocean. 

History of Surfing

Surfing has been around for several centuries. The earliest known record of surfing is from 1767 in Tahiti, and it is believed that the sport has likely existed in some form since ancient times. While the first surfing competitions as we know them today did not appear until the 20th century, early Polynesian cultures are believed to have chosen their village leaders based on their surfing ability. 

Surfing Equipment and Safety

Choosing the right surfboard is the most important step in planning a memorable surfing experience. Surfboards are generally made of coated foam or other lightweight materials, and they come in a variety of sizes and types. Be sure to select a board that is appropriate for your height and matches the type of waves that you plan to surf on. 

Always dress appropriately in order to protect yourself from the sun, your board, and the water. Depending on where you are surfing, wear a wetsuit or a rash guard and board shorts, rather than a bikini, t-shirt, or other clothing. Other essential equipment includes a leash to keep the surfer connected to the surfboard, surf wax to help the surfer avoid slipping off the surfboard, and surf earplugs to protect the ears from extreme temperature or pressure differences.

Always bring plenty of water, and avoid surfing during the sunniest hours in the middle of the day whenever possible. Never go surfing alone, and use extreme caution when surfing in unfamiliar areas.    

Competitive Surfing

Tourists surf occasionally on vacation, but natives to top surfing areas often participate in a variety of competitions that may lead to careers as professional surfers. Children, teens, and adults who live in Hawaii, California, and other tropical areas often spend part of the majority of their days in the ocean, and natives to coastal cities often begin building their swimming and surfing skills from a young age. Bethany Hamilton, a Hawaiian surfer, became well-known as a teen, and she continues to inspire both surfers and other women around the world.     

Where Can I Go Surfing?

While surfing is often thought of as a Hawaiian sport, it can be done in virtually any coastal city that is located in a tropical climate. According to the Travel Channel, some of the best places to catch a wave around the world include California, Costa Rica, Australia, Morocco, and Tahiti, in addition to Hawaii. Many top tourist destinations offer surfing lessons and equipment rental.  

If you’re heading to Hawaii or another popular ocean destination, be sure to add surfing lessons to your to-do list and get ready to have some fun in the sun!

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. 

The Revival of Family Game Night

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there were no cell phones or computers, no television. After the evening meal, the family might stay at the table together for a rousing board game. Through all of the inventions of modern time, those evenings have nearly been forgotten. They don’t have to be, nor should they be.

Tabletop Games, a Prelude to Board Games

Many believe chess to be the oldest tabletop game in the world. This game of great wit and forethought came about around 600 AD in either India or China. It is not, however, the oldest.

Checkers dates back even further to 3000 BCE. First thought to have come about in Ancient Mesopotamia, or what is now known as Iraq, checkers, or draughts as it is known in the UK, continues to be popular today. While also a game of strategy, unless involved in tournament play, it doesn’t take the deep mindset of chess, being a game children and adults alike can play.

The First American Board Games

Board games, as we know them today, are games created for the mass market to promote family fun. Games in a box emerged with Monopoly in 1935. Made and sold by Parkers Brothers, the game actually originated as The Landlord’s Game by Lizzie Maggie at the turn of the 20th century. Her game rules were to demonstrate a monopolist mindset, versus the anti-monopolists, when finances were paid out to all investors sharing the wealth.

However, the actual game of Monopoly is credited to Charles Darrow. The Philadelphia salesman was introduced to The Landlord’s Game through friends following dinner one evening. He later patented his own version, known as Monopoly, and sold the copyrights to Parker Brothers. Learning of Maggie’s influence of the game, the company purchased her patent, as well.

More Games, and Their Future

From there Parker Brothers continued manufacturing a wide variety of board games including Clue, Sorry, Risk, and Trivial Pursuit. Their competition was the Milton Bradley Company, which invented Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and the Game of Life. The Milton Bradley Company bought out Playskool with its most famous game, Yahtzee, in the 1960s.

Through the years other types of board games emerged such as the very popular 1990s Dungeons and Dragons, originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and eventually marketed by Hasbro, who also bought out Parker Brothers. But, with the onset of video games and computer games, board games have gone by the wayside.

With an increased demand to go back to our roots of the family sitting down, together, for dinner, some are bringing out their old board games, too. There is a definite need in today’s society to return to those times together, whether through those old board games, or new ones piquing the interest of modern youth.