outdoors http://kplu.org en Getting high in the Northwest ... on zip lines http://kplu.org/post/getting-high-northwest-zip-lines EATONVILLE, Wash. - Apparently Northwesterners are not afraid of heights and have a yen for adventure. We draw that conclusion because the industry of zip line tours and aerial adventure parks is booming in the Northwest right now.<p>Within the past couple years, fully a dozen commercial zip line attractions have opened in Oregon, Washington and Idaho... not counting at least twelve more in British Columbia and Alaska. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:16:27 +0000 6131 at http://kplu.org Getting high in the Northwest ... on zip lines Washington lawmaker: Discover Pass for state parks should be temporary http://kplu.org/post/washington-lawmaker-discover-pass-state-parks-should-be-temporary OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s new Discover Pass for state parks might end up being a temporary budget fix, rather than a long-term solution. At least that’s the hope of one, key statehouse Democrat.<p>Representative Larry Seaquist remembers well when two of the state parks in his district were on the chopping block. That was a few years ago.<p>So far, Washington has managed to avoid closing parks despite the after-effects of the Great Recession. That’s largely because of the new $30 annual Discover Pass. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:14:45 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5321 at http://kplu.org Washington lawmaker: Discover Pass for state parks should be temporary Why are we such gear freaks in the NW? http://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://kplu.org Why are we such gear freaks in the NW? National outdoors effort includes 2 Washington trails http://kplu.org/post/national-outdoors-effort-includes-2-washington-trails <p>A national initiative to improve access to the outdoors will focus on expanding two trails in Washington state.</p><div><p>President Barack Obama&#39;s Great Outdoors Initiative includes efforts to extend the Pacific Northwest Trail on the Olympic Peninsula and create a water trail along the entire length of the Columbia River through Washington.</p><p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 19:48:36 +0000 The Associated Press 2975 at http://kplu.org National outdoors effort includes 2 Washington trails