I analyzed the potential days in the past year that I could have done an overnight among the trees. My conclusion is that it's about priorities and there is an opportunity cost (definition for non-business types:) the loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one alternative is chosen.
I can sneak in an occasional day trip, but for an adventure, and wildlife spying I enjoy an overnight for a 2-3 days.
I generally work long term contracts, so I don't get paid vacation, PTO, paid time off. So to take 1 or 2 days off mid-week, has a high dollar income loss. See definition of Opportunity cost. I rather hoard my cash for when I get laid off and my contract assignment ends. but that's another topic. Weekends are more cost effective for me and my trail buddy.
Here are the priority choices I have made that compete with my tree time.
Starting with 52 weekends per year, and subtract along the way, although I occasionally get lucky with some that overlap.
52 weekends per year.
-26 weekends: Last year I was on-call every other weekend, this new job no on-call Yay.
-12 family birthdays: Parents are aging, nephews are growing, I stay tight with them.
-10 Wife or Fam gathering: valentines day, wedding anniv, mothers day, fathers day, Catholic Easter, Orthodox Easter, Yes I celebrate both) Halloween fam pumpkin carving, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New years day.
-3 I avoid busy high density crowded holidays: Labor Day, Memorial day, 4th of July
-6 Friends invitations, dinner with friends, friends playing a concert
-5 dog related, dog bath, dog events, get together with friends with dogs.
-10 gardening flowers to make wife happy, I mow my own lawn.
-3 Occasionally I do feel tired, sick and no mental energy to pull off a trip.
-8 rain, winds, forest fire. Last year the weather was beautiful when I was at work and rained on MY weekend time. I don't enjoy muddy trips and I fear thunderstorms.
-3 heat wave with temps over 100F, I would rather go kayaking instead.
-8 house repairs, maintenance, plumbing, carpentry, drilling, hammering and caulking.
-4 Car maintenance
-6 really boring trips with the Mrs to museums or botanical gardens or tourist traps.
-3 events with the lame cub/tiger/bear scout troop, those are basically babysitting.
I have found a tiny window of opportunity during Superbowl Sunday, I start on Friday night, and return mid-day on Sunday to still catch the main event.