I'm an Eagle with 3 Palms from the late 80's and early 90's. Our troop was VERY active. We camped at least once a month all across Texas and had 2 "High Adventure" trips each Summer along with a regular Summer Camp. We did everything from attending the Summer Olympics in Atlanta to canoeing the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota to backpacking all over the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico to water skiing and fishing Lake Sam Rayburn. I've been to Philmont twice; once for a regular backpacking trek and a second time to attend National Junior Leadership Instructor Camp. My brother (also an Eagle) went through the same troop ahead of me. He's much older and was gone by the time I joined, so my dad got to witness and participate in two complete Boy Scout careers. He held virtually every leadership position available to the parent of a scout, and I held several different youth leadership positions over the years.
Needless to say, I'm somewhat well-versed in the ways of the outdoors. I'm quite an experienced backpacker and camper and I used to be almost as much at home in a tent as I was in my own living room. I had been out of the game for a while during and after college, so when I grew up and got married, I decided I wanted to get back into the outdoors. I grabbed all my gear, grabbed my wife, and off we went. We went backpacking exactly twice before she said "never again". Between her heat exhaustion, and the fact that we couldn't have had worse weather unless it had snowed (on both trips), I can't really blame her. Granted, in her perception, a "disastrous and miserable weekend out in the sticks" was a normal jaunt in the woods for me. At least we didn't get wet and were able to walk on a nice trail of decomposed granite, we didn't get injured, dehydrated or hungry, and all of our equipment worked flawlessly, what's not to like?!
And that is how we ended up with our Jayco. She said she would never go camping with me again unless she had a "solid roof" over her head and a warm dry place to sleep. So now that we're in a place in our lives where we can afford it, and our 28BHBE was my compromise to be able to get my "camping" fix. I know it's not really camping so much as RVing, but it's close enough for me!!
2014 Jay Flight 28 BHBE
2015 RAM 2500 6.4L HEMI, Tradesman 4x4, 3.73
Blue Ox SwayPro (BXW 1503)
Upgraded from an REI internal frame backpack and a Eureka 1/2 dome tent!