My family always enjoyed taking family camping trips, albeit car-camping when I was growing up, and I was hooked. In college, a group of friends and I started venturing farther off the beaten path with backpacking trips all over the sierras.

Now that I have young children, most of our camping has reverted back to car-camping style (where we're within a few hundred feet of the car at an "improved" camp-site) but as the kids get older, we're starting to gently introduce them to backpacking as well.