recreation http://www.kplu.org en Why are we such gear freaks in the NW? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-are-we-such-gear-freaks-nw <p>In the Pacific Northwest, we know that yoga pants, polar fleece and hiking shoes are great for grocery shopping. But when we head into the great outdoors, we love to pile on the high-tech gear.</p><p>Sure, the weather here demands a certain level of protection from the elements. But what is it that compels people in the Pacific Northwest to want every piece of equipment out there?</p><p><strong><a href="http://kpluwonders.org/content/why-are-we-such-gear-freaks-nw">Read more on I Wonder Why ... ?</a></strong></p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Charla Bear 5226 at http://www.kplu.org Why are we such gear freaks in the NW? Washington ski areas may expand recreation opportunities http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-ski-areas-may-expand-recreation-opportunities <p>BELLINGHAM, Wash. &mdash; Congress has approved more summer activities at ski areas on federal lands.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/nKwnD0">The Bellingham Herald reports</a> the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act the cleared the Senate Tuesday will allow ski areas to be used for more than winter sports.</p><p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:25:10 +0000 The Associated Press 2945 at http://www.kplu.org Washington ski areas may expand recreation opportunities