Below the Waterline: Being an outdoors vagabond holds potential
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Below the Waterline: Being an outdoors vagabond holds potential

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More and more anglers are traveling by motor home and camping rather than owning a home.

At no time in our lives has the outdoors been more important. Fishing, hunting, camping, riding a bike or just getting out to “blow the stink off” is a release unlike any other. Politics, layoffs, social media, bad roads, taboo becoming OK and the family unit being picked apart puts stress on all of us, and not just those directly impacted. The outdoors is the “cold beer” and shade tree for stress.

We are seeing our mores and morals tested and we have to have a release for it. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tic Tok and a host of other social platforms are changing our landscape. Honestly, the minority has the loudest voice and the media clamors for sensationalism.

Time for that to change and I know of no better way than to make it invisible and find good things outdoors away from cellphones and computers to take our minds off of it. Don’t get me wrong. I am glued to BASS Live, MLF Live and all things fishing on the web and TV, but nothing beats participation and finding a niche that is more than the worldwide web.

The “CLOUD” means fluffy things in the sky, not Internet jargon, and once you find your happy place it knocks the dirt out of your veins. It cleans the pipes and pushes all the mess away.

I read all the time and have noticed more folks getting campers, motor homes and other outdoor camping gear than ever before. Numbers there are up, but there is an important factor that has to be protected for it to all come together. That is, having parks and recreational areas for us to enjoy it.

I remember a blanket over a clothes line. There are no clothes lines anymore, and for those who don’t know, folks use to hang their clothes outside to dry versus using a dryer. Another missing element to that is the clothes pin, but that is another bit of nostalgia now found in antique stores.

Camping and other outdoor activities blend together and I am seeing local and professional anglers moving to a camping and transient lifestyle versus having the American Dream of owning a home. More anglers are looking this as a cost effective way to live in comfort without worrying about property and real estate taxes and maintenance of a home.

The more I read and the more I see our state trying to fix everything with more taxes, the more this looks like a great way to live. There are initial costs of the camper or motor home, but once that is conquered the monthly outlay is minimal. It sure makes us think.

Professional anglers used to stay in hotels and motels, but today they camp. The cool part is they travel together and their kids are many times traveling with them and home schooled. The experience for them as they travel the countryside is better. They get to see our wonderful country from an outdoors perspective. The outdoor digs have birds and wildlife versus a pop machine and bed bugs. They are always near a lake and opportunities outside fishing abound.

For the average angler, it means you can fish the same or a new lake every day. Load up and away you go. Campground to campground, you can take the dog and cat along, too. Groceries are less expensive than restaurants and there is nothing better than cooking outside.

The gypsy life has tons of perks and from my way of looking at it, very few negatives. Gasoline and/or diesel costs replace electric, gas and home bills, but that is minimal to outlays associated with ownership of a home. No doubt you cannot have as much stuff, but that might just be a good thing.

It is easy to pull a boat along and the more I look at it, the better it sounds. You cannot get away from everything negative, but a lot of it is left behind. I no longer watch news and am glued to only sporting events, so I have minimized the negative already. If I could wean myself from Facebook and other social media channels, my life would be even better. Today my job depends on, it but with retirement I might just be ambivalent to it.

This lifestyle isn’t for everyone and I am not sure I could actually do it, but getting rid of the junk will make it easier. A group sale or two is on the radar. Less clutter makes it easier.

Every day I increasingly want to be off the grid, but close enough to it for my wife not to go crazy. I could live on a mountain top, but my wife is a bit more store-dependent. A compromise just might work.

Terry Brown is President of, an industry leading, daily website and social media fishing centered community that provides information on products, industry newsmakers and fishing techniques. You can read more by going to


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