Very true Craig. The past 12 years of my life was a blur of starting a new career, moving across the country, supporting my wife while she was in grad school, finishing my undergrad degree, and most importantly, introducing a beautiful son and daughter to the world. While I don't regret the decisions we made, this was a period of my life which was largely spent away from the outdoors and where I focused primarily on establishing financial security for my family. I only spent an average of three to five weekends camping every year with my family.
As my children grow (now 9 and 12) I reflect back to my childhood and think of my most cherished memories. Those memories are of me skiing with my family, waking up in a snow cave with water dripping on me, hiking 50 miles down the Washington coast, etc.
Whether it's car camping at Ohanapecosh, paddling down a lazy river in my kayak with my kids, alpine skiing, throwing on our packs and heading down a trail, or just simply enjoying a picnic dinner with my family at the park, I find myself happiest and most at peace outdoors.