At a conference about five years someone asked me about the effect of increasing gas prices on peoples recreational activities. At that time, gas prices were skyrocketing to the unheard of price of almost $2.00 per gallon. Well, my answer was that it would be the availability of gas not the price that would affect recreational travel plans. No matter the price most folks would pay it to get away for the weekend and vacation. Their recreational activities were to important to miss. Well, we are now in uncharted ground. Gas prices are now higher in real terms than in 1979. Gasoline consumption is down 1% year over year. It looks like there are fewer people traveling this spring in eastern Washington. Of course, that might be due the cold, snowy spring in Washington. So the question is: Are you going to travel just as much this year?? Did you cut back on commuting expenses, by taking public transit?? Are you just paying for gas and cutting back elsewhere?? The real question is at $4.00 per gallon are we going to make changes in our daily lives or in our weekend lives? How important is fishing to you??