In today’s paper, I wrote a story about the new Discover Pass the state is creating. The pass – $10 per day or $30 a year – would provide the holder access to all the state parks, plus recreation lands and facilities managed by the state departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources.
There are some interesting comments at the end of the story, including one from a person who said they won’t be buying a pass.
Also this morning I got a call from a reader calling to confirm that the shrimp season will last just one day in Marine Area 11, the waters off Tacoma. When I said yes, the season will be open Saturday only, he said he would forgo buying some shrimp pots and a license. “It’s not worth it,” the reader said.
Which got me thinking, is it getting too expensive for many people to enjoy the outdoors? With gas headed for $5 a gallon, new and existing entrance fees, increases for many state fishing and hunting licenses, are people being priced out from hiking, wildlife watching, fishing, hunting, camping and so forth?
What are your thoughts?