Just saw this post and thought I'd offer anything I could. I'm fairly new to all this too, but have been out a few times. I've never really been much of a camper before because I always hated sleeping on the ground. As soon as a buddy of mine introduced me to hammocks, I became fairly engrossed with the idea.
I have a WBBB and a new 3-Season Incubator UQ that I'd be more than willing to show off for you.
I'm in Bellingham too, so feel free to shoot me a PM and we can compare notes and try out gear if you're interested. Let me know,