I've been car camping with the family since I was very young. As I'm getting older, I've been realizing how special those times have become. I also enjoy getting out into the woods. I've also found that I enjoy it much more the lighter my pack gets. I have two young boys, a wife, and a somewhat demanding (but not very high paying) job, so my time and money are fairly limited.
Nonetheless, I have managed to put together a fairly complete set of gear for myself, including a beginner's hammock I picked up from REI and a very basic tarp that I made out of 3m window insulation that works surprisingly well.. I've never slept well on the ground, so it was a no-brainer for me to get into a hammock. I tend to be a stomach sleeper, though, so I'll be looking into my options.