When I was younger I hiked to get to places I shouldn't have been and went light to make escapes easier. I camped to test various skills and to get away from people. I had a sense of accomplishment when I look at the distance I covered on the map and the conditions I conquered. I loved it.
Then I got a job, a comfortable house with a fireplace and a soft bed. My wife, despite loving the outdoors, didn't seem agreeable to sleeping under a tarp. Although we continued to hike, it became harder to justify giving up comforts of home to sleep outdoors. Oddly, my wife is amicable to the idea of leaving a tent behind these days.
Recently though, I have decided that I want to focus more on landscape photography, which benefits from the morning and evening golden hours. So, to get the early morning and sunset photos, I simply need to wake up and sleep there. I have returned to my old days and love it again-but often wonder why.
I realize that simply being outdoors should be enough of a reason to camp. It certainly is for me to hike. So, how do you convince yourself to leave the comforts of home for a night on a pad?