I have been thinking alot about this recently; being gainfully employed, 40+ week, taxpayer etc etc.And I did reproduce X2. I remember talking to one of my partners at the time of the Unabomber case. Here we were with mortgages, car payments, credit cards, and it was reported that Ted Kazcinsky only spent $20/yr. That was his whole nut-4 $5 bills. He lived in a little shack in the woods, vegetable garden, snared a few squirrels, rode a rusty old bicycle into town, whittled the bomb parts from wood. The only money he spent was on stamps. Wow. Well, I made my choices, and didn't do any real backpacking for about 25yrs. We car camped a bit when the kids were little, and I have been able to do quite a bit of bicycling, skiing, sailing in the interim.But no backcountry. And I do have 2 real nice offspring. Who knows where I'd be now if I had moved to Truckee, or Carbondale, or Bozeman when I was 20? There are folks too, who go out with toddlers, it is possible. I just couldn't do it.
Anyway, I've been backpacking more the past few years, and really enjoying it.