When I started on my private about 10 years ago, I was paying $170/hr for a 172. That was with an instructor and wet. That's a lot of mowed grass. Surprisingly, prices seem to have remained fairly stable. I think my local airport charges around $150/hr for a 150 now, with an instructor.I was just talking with a co-worker about it an hour ago....it's so damn expensive now. With all the cheap Cessna 150's out there buying the airplane is the cheapest part, insurance, parking, landing fees, fuel, even the cost of lessons is a fortune.
I had a friend with an Arrow for awhile we used to bump around in, and another friend's father had a Cirrus SR20 I spent some time in, but with college, then work, I never found time (and more importantly, money) to completely finish my ticket.
I've thought several times about building a kit aircraft. I think I might really enjoy that challenge.