The very high gas prices we are all complaining about affect us in many ways. This week, I made some phone calls and sent some e-mails to industry contacts to see just how badly it might impact our recreation in 2006.
It's not a pretty picture.
The first things that occurred to me were activities that always use a lot of fuel to get to the action. Boating immediately comes to mind. One of the best examples is saltwater fishing where the runs can be long.
For years, several friends and I have booked a late summer tuna chunking trip out of Ocean City, Md. The run from the inlet to the tuna fishing grounds in the gulf stream is usually four hours or more each way. The big sportfishers, usually powered by twin diesels, use a lot of fuel and the price of the charter has been creeping up over the past three years. This year, creeping would not be the word to describe the potential price change.