Live in a Van Down by the River at the ‘Wintering Grounds’

Not livin’ in a dirtbag paradise? You’ll know just where to flop after you watch this squatter-centric video.

What can you find behind the strip mall with the gear shop in Phoenix City, Ala.? You’d think most of the answers to that question would be questionable at best, incriminating at worst.

But if you go during the right season, you’ll encounter a bustling community of friendly travelers hunting prime whitewater.

The camp lies on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, which paddlers far and wide know for its friendly flows. In this video, get a feel for the spread and — we’re willing to bet — meet a few of your new neighbors.

Runtime: 15 minutes

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Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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