This article pretty much describes 90 percent of my solo, summer backpacking trips.
My backpack is almost always packed and ready to go (minus the quilt, which is usually on my bed) or all my gear is laid out on a table. My GF is constantly teasing me about having my backpacking by the front door, but I'm pretty sure that she just thinks it's funny. ha!
Typically, once a week during the summer I'll come home from work, grab my pack, shove the quilt in and take off for the mountains. It's about a 30 minute drive to most of the trails in my area. I hike until sunset, set up camp, eat, and then fall asleep under the stars. In the morning, I wake up to the sunrise and bomb down the hill. Most of the time, I get home and up to work by 8am. Not a bad way to live!