" I would never try to convert my wife to anything. If she really, really wanted to go backpacking that would be great"
As with most things in life, I am finding this out the hard way. I've only been married a little over a year after all...
Mrs Mags is at the tail end of her graduate degree (yes!!!!). Going part-time for four years while working full time means in between classes she is rather tired. She wants to decompress, unwind and relax.
She loves the outdoors, but has no desire to bushwhack, do 20 mile days and steep climbs on trips where me taking a canister stove is a luxury. Come to think of it, nor does she want to even hike five mile days with a pack. :)
Her idea of the outdoors is remote car camping with hikes mixed in. Something off the beaten path on BLM land where we have to take our own water and the nearest privy is somewhere back on a paved road. A Coleman stove is brought, good food is enjoyed and we often are in places as remote and quiet as any places I've done backpacking. In fact, we are going to this place next week. Never been:
Is it backpacking? No. Is it a beautiful place? I imagine so. Is it time spent in the outdoors with a person I love? Yes.
As with Nick, I don't want to convert my wife. Finding something we both love to do together seems a better option. ;)